IN PICTURES: Ten great things to do

There is so much happening in Northern Ireland that sometimes it is difficult to know what to do first,

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 11:20 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 11:22 am
Grease, IMC Cinemas Banbridge, April 3-6
Banbridge Musical Society will be taking to the stage with their latest production of the hit musical Grease, which tells the story of a group of high school students in the late 1950s particularly focussing on the love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski. Taking on the lead role is no easy task and Banbridge Musical Society are very lucky to have Ethan Haddock and Lauren Hill playing Sandy and Danny. Tickets are on sale from www.gr8events.ie/banbridgems/
Grease, IMC Cinemas Banbridge, April 3-6 Banbridge Musical Society will be taking to the stage with their latest production of the hit musical Grease, which tells the story of a group of high school students in the late 1950s particularly focussing on the love story of Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski. Taking on the lead role is no easy task and Banbridge Musical Society are very lucky to have Ethan Haddock and Lauren Hill playing Sandy and Danny. Tickets are on sale from www.gr8events.ie/banbridgems/

We have narrowed down the choices to ten of our top things to keep you entertained over the coming weeks.

Belfast Zoo Birthday, Belfast Zoo, March 30 This year the zoo will celebrate its 85th birthday in March 2019. The zoo originally opened in 1934 and was home to tigers, polar bears, baboons, kangaroos, camels, brown bears and leopards among many more species. Join the wild celebration and enjoy a day of family fun including period street theatre, live storytelling, traditional-style garden games, and circus activity workshops.
Ward Sisters, Ranfurly House DUngannon. March 30 The Ward Sisters are a phenomenal three part harmony vocal group with an amazing country tone that is set to take the Country Music industry by storm. 2018 was a dream year for Colette, Caryn and Cait who have made their mark on the country music scene yet again after winning Best Newcomer at this years Irish Post Country Music Awards.

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The Worlds Wife, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, April 5 In conjunction with the visit to HomePlace by Carol Ann Duffy, the centre is delighted to present this staged reading of arguably her most famous collection of poetry. Original, subversive, full of imagination and quicksilver wit, The Worlds Wife is Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy at her beguiling best. A selection of poems will be read by Bronagh Gallagher and Susan Lynch with original music performed by Ursula Burns.
Ronnie Greer Blues Band. Market Place Theatre Armagh, March 30 Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer returns to The Market Place with his powerhouse band, featuring some of the finest musicians in the country, including Anthony Toner on guitar and vocals, and John McCullough on keyboards. Joining the band as special guest on this gig is Ken Haddock. Expect a night of blues, roots, soul and a little jazz-based music, performed with style and conviction.
Vampires Rock, SSE Arena Belfast, March 31 Sam Bailey is about to get her teeth into a real rocker of a show when she takes the role of the Vampire Queen in the hit touring musical extravaganza Vampires Rock Ghost Train in 2019. For more than two decades, Steinman and his crew have delivered exhilarating performances that have been packed with energy, fabulous dance routines, spectacular special effects and of course, amazing music that has everyone up on their feet. Throwing just the right amount of fun and humour into his script ensures that Steinman always has the audience roaring with laughter. A tongue in cheek story, spellbinding cast, fang-tastic fire routines, guitar gods and sexy vampettes take you on a ride through some of the greatest eighties classic rock anthems ever.
Poetry Jukebox, CS Lewis Square Belfast, until April 1 C.S. Lewis Square has a new feature - the Poetry Jukebox, which is placed on street locations with the aim of making poetry accessible to all. Push the button and listen to poetry based on the theme A Deeper Country which features in The Chronicles of Narnia.
The Bjorn Identity, Portico Arts Centre Portaferry, March 30 The Björn Identity are Irelands greatest tribute to the worlds most famous super group ABBA. The Björn Identity exceed all expectations of ABBA tribute bands from their exact replica costumes, vocal likeness and Abba style choreography, to Bennys famous white Yamaha piano. This show is at its heart, the most authentic ABBA in Concert experience in the country, with all the glitz of the 70s.
WOW Spring Walk, 100 Airport Road West, Belfast, April 6 Join the RSPB NI reserve warden for a guided springtime stroll at Belfast Window on Wildlife for a tour around the reserve. Spring is a busy time to explore the reserve. Nearly all of the wintering birds will have moved up to the arctic region to breed, but some black-tailed godwits will remain throughout the summer. However, this is the breeding season and anything could turn up.
Antrim Live, various locations, April 5-7 Antrim Town will be buzzing with activity during this weekend of cultural extravaganza. Now in its third year, Antrim Live is a festival of fun with something for all ages to enjoy. Kicking off this years event on Friday April 5, Nuala McKeever brings her new stand-up comedy show Letting Go or Losing It to The Old Courthouse, whilst the funfair arrives in town at the Castle Mall car park. Take in the sights and smells and sample some of the culinary delights at the Artisan Market. Or join The Jurassic Lock Down and Fossil Hunt and dive into the world of prehistoric beasts, Jay the T-rex and his little sister Roxie will be stomping their way into Antrim Castle Gardens in a fully interactive show. For a full programme of events visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/antrimlive.