IN PICTURES: Ten great things to do

Are you interested in art? What about theatre or music? Are you wondering where to take the kids or are you looking for an injection of culture?

Friday, 1st March 2019, 3:59 pm
Updated Friday, 1st March 2019, 5:05 pm
Winder Wimen, Riverside Theatre Coleraine, March 15 The Winder Wimen are delighted to be back at the Riverside for a second year to perform another of Joan Greenings hilarious one act plays The Book Club of Little Witterington in aid of Action Cancer. Tickets are on sale from the Box Office.;

Check out ten of the best things to do across the country in the coming weeks.

Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival, Co Tyrone, March 23-24 The walk on day one will be the Historic Landscape of the Sperrins Challenging Walk which will trace the reported route of the Flight of the Earls in 1607 when Hugh ONeill reportedly made his way across the southern ridge of the Glenelly Valley on way to Lifford and Rathmullan. On day two you can walk over over Bollaght Mountain. There will also be less challenging walks for families.
Woodturning Exhibition, Ballymoney Museum, until April 13 Featuring work from the Ulster Chapter of the Irish Woodturners Guild, the exhibition is still regarded as one of the most anticipated events in the cultural calendar. With established woodworkers and new names each year, there is always a great mix of traditional and contemporary styles of woodcraft. Admission is free and opening hours are Monday- Thursday and Saturday 9am - 5pm and Friday 9am- 4.30pm.

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St Patricks Steam Saturday, Whitehead Railway Museum. March 16 Experience the steam train which will be operating at Whitehead Excursion Station. You will be able to talk to the Driver and Fireman and to see the footplate. There is also an additional option to enjoy a visit to the Edwardian Tea Room, or explore the Whitehead Railway Museum and discover the secrets of the RPSIs 100-year-old Midland Railway buildings. Train rides will be running from 12 to 4pm, every 15 minutes.
UB40, SSE Arena Belfast, March 22 Following the release of A Real Labour Of Love - their most successful album for 25 years, UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey will bring their highly anticipated A Real Labour Of Love and 40th Anniversary Tour to The SSE Arena Belfast later this month. With 2019 marking 40 years since UB40 first performed live, the legendary reggae band will be celebrating with a greatest hits set that features global smashes including Red Red Wine.
I Shall Wear Purple, The Old Courthouse, Antrim, March 15 As part of a Northern Ireland tour, one of countrys leading theatre companies, c21, takes its latest production, I Shall Wear Purple to Antrim. Youth and experience collide in a scintillating, hilarious clash of culture in this new black comedy. As Olivia and Thomas find themselves in Malinderry Care Home for very different reasons; one tries everything to escape while the other never wants to leave. Shall Wear Purple is the fifth collaboration between writer, Rosemary Jenkinson and c21 Theatre Company; this fantastic show is directed by co-founder of c21, Stephen Kelly, produced by Tom Rowntree-Finlay and stars the renowned Stella McCusker as the headstrong and compassionate Olivia, alongside Patrick McBrearty as footloose dreamer Thomas.
Sunrise with Patrick, Navan Centre and Fort Armagh, March 17 Join with St. Patrick and through the bursts of early sunlight cast an eye back to what life and faith may have been like before his arrival and his introduction of Christianity to Ireland. This event will include song, story and breakfast for all attendees. As parts of this event will take place outside, please dress accordingly. Tickets are priced £5 and are available from
Game of Thrones Archery Experience, Castle Ward, March 16 Step into Winterfell and take aim where young Bran was taught archery by Jon Snow. Have a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed - in the Castle Ward courtyard aka Winterfell. Stand in the recreated Game of Thrones archery film set tipi, dress in a Game Of Thrones-like costume to look the part and get ready to take aim. Find out more at
Little Sparks, W5 Belfast, March 20 Bring along your youngest scientists for W5s Little Sparks toddler sessions. Visit the under 8s area, the town of Discovery, and take part in a 25 minute themed workshop as part of your visit. Bring along your budding Beethovens to shake, rattle and roll their way through a musical extravaganza Music and Rhythm workshop. Suitable for children aged 2-4. Places are limited and must be pre-booked. Visit for booking.
World Poetry Day, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, March 21 Celebrate World Poetry Day with Desert Island Poems at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace. To celebrate World Poetry Day, three poets join Paul Maddern to talk about the collections they would choose, what those collections mean to them and also, in true desert island style, which single volume of Seamus Heaneys poetry they would also like to be stranded with. Celebrated poets Frank Ormsby, Alice Lyons and Moyra Donaldson will be making the hard decisions in this celebration of what poetry means to us on World Poetry Day. Tickets, priced £10, are on sale from the Box Office on 02879387444 or online at