Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 13th – 14th October 2018
October is well underway and as the weather tries to decide whether to be cold or mild, bright or breezy, hot or horrible, we can be sure of one thing. That our handy map of Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do can brighten up anyone’s weekend!
We’ve hand-picked our favourite family fun events - all happening this weekend not too far from you.
Check out this year’s Belfast International Arts Festival, Fashion Fest 2018, a Poetry Slam in Portstewart and a Red Squirrel Fun Weekend, a Neolithic Autumn Walk and a Girona Gold Event - to name a few.
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1. BELFAST INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2018
16th October – 3rd November
And action… Are you in for a treat this year?
This 56th edition includes screen icon Isabella Rossellini’s one woman show ‘Link Link’, multi Grammy award winning Angelina Kidjo’s Talking Heads album Remain in Light, and the story of Nina; Me and Nina Simone by folk legend Eric Bibb. With lots of local talent under the spotlight too.
Prepare to be awe-struck.
2. LOVE YOUR HOME
12th – 14th October
Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast
If you love your home you’ll love this.
Speak to the experts, be inspired, seek advice, discover unique products, visit the Artist & Makers Village, the Artisan Food Shop, get garden advice and home improvements know-how from over 175 exhibitors!
You’ll feel right at home with all this expertise under one roof.
3. RED SQUIRREL FUN WEEKEND
Saturday 13th & Sunday October, 1-4pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Newry
FREE (Booking Essential)
You’ll go nuts for this event!
Make a red squirrel feeder, enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, discover hidden treasure and learn all about the shy red squirrels. You may be lucky enough to spot one as you wander through the woods, so keep your eyes peeled.
It’s a great way to learn more about precious wildlife.
4. NEOLITHIC AUTUMN WALK
Sunday 14th October, 1.45pm
Cavan Burren Park, Fermanagh
Where better to study the Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, than here?
Take a walk through history with an experienced guide and learn all about the archaeological and geological heritage of this unique and extraordinary landscape – quite unlike anywhere else.
It’s a journey back in time - all in one afternoon.
5. FASHION FEST 2018
Saturday 13th October, 7pm
Sashay your way to this prestigious fashion event.
This year’s showpiece celebrates Kate Halfpenny from luxury brand Halfpenny London, designer to Rhianna, Kate Moss and Erin O’Conner. See the best in up and coming local talent on display with music by Emma Wallace.
If you’re into fashion, you won’t put a foot wrong being seen here.
6. CAUSEWAY SPECIALITY MARKET
Saturday 13th October, 9-4pm
Save every second Saturday in the month for something special.
Causeway Speciality Market hosts up to 52 traders peddling precision-produced local foods and goods. All produce must be grown, reared, caught, brewed, baked, pickled, smoked, cooked, made or created by the stallholder.
So you know you’re onto a good thing right away.
7. LAUNCH OF THE GIRONA GOLD STORY
Saturday 13th October
FREE & £10
This is what you call ‘event gold’!
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Girona Gold Treasure being brought to Portballintrae Harbour by Robert Stenuit. Enjoy an afternoon of stories, a kids’ treasure hunt and petting zoo and at night, a Spanish/Irish fusion evening with food, music, dance.
Say Ole to a great day!
8. NORTHERN IRELAND POTATO FESTIVAL
12th & 13th October
FREE & £
Celebrate all things potato!
Enjoy helicopter rides above the stunning Causeway Coastal Route, take a Super Spud Tour, and even taste Ireland’s first potato distilled vodka! The festival also coincides with a Giant’s Causeway free open day on the Saturday.
All decent spuds welcome.
9. SATURDAY POETRY SLAM
Saturday 13th October
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Prose isn’t just for Pros.
Poetry gets personal as absolutely everyone is invited to share their words with the audience. It’s a chance to deliver your creativity to an appreciative crowd and give others a little support too.
Celebrate the written word in all its glory, the art from the heart.
10. SQUIRREL WALK & TALK
Saturday 13th October
Cottage Wood, Cushendall
Take a guided walk through the epitome of Autumn.
Celebrate ‘Squirreltober’ by going in search of the famous red squirrel and see what else you can spot along the way; shrubs like Scots Pine, Elder, Holly, Ash and plants like Wood Sorrel, primroses, wild garlic and bluebells.
Robins, Sparrows and Blackbirds will also guide you along the way.
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