Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 20th – 21st October 2018
Here we are, right in the middle of autumn, half way between sunshine and snowmen, midway between flip-flops and fur boots, and on the countdown to Santa arriving!
Whatever the season, whatever the weather, there’s a whole bunch of brilliant events across Northern Ireland for you to enjoy together. Check out Belfast Fashion Week, Apple Harvest Day, Red Squirrels and Reptiles, Open House Belfast and wicked Halloween-themed events.
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1. OPEN HOUSE BELFAST 2018
19th -21st October
A celebration of unique architecture, engineering and art.
Step inside some of the city’s most interesting places and spaces and discover what makes them so amazing. From The Boat to a 4x4 tour of Giant’s Park, from Queen’s to IKEA, you’re invited to get right inside the inspiration.
With talks and tours, events and exhibitions, it’s an open invitation.
2. BELFAST FASHION WEEK
18th – 21st October
Get ready for your close up!
Catwalk your way to the wonderfully prestigious West Coast Cooler Fashion Week featuring The Runway Edit with the best of High Street & Designer brands, Max Mara Weekend Brunch, Sushi Saturday and Style Sunday.
An unmissable event for any serious fashionista.
3. BELFAST INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2018
Until – 3rd November
And action… the Belfast International Arts festival continues this weekend.
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.
4. REPTILE AWARENESS DAY
Sunday 21st October
Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry
Online Family Ticket £24.50
Reptiles can often get a bad rap.
Just because they’re not the fuzziest or fluffiest of creatures doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate them. Take Sir David the friendly Iguana or Cornelius the Corn Snake, and a curious crocodile.
Snap up an online family ticket for the best value.
5. GHOSTS & GOURDS WEEKEND
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October, 11am – 4pm
Rowallane Gardens, Saintfield
Family Ticket £17.50
Discover the spooky goings-on in these hauntingly beautiful gardens.
Pick a pumpkin and carve your best face in it to scare away the evil spirits, then delve into the history and mythology of Rowallane’s trees as you follow the Tree Terror Trail – at your peril! (Additional £1.50)
Ghosts, gourds and goosebumps, all at Rowallane Gardens.
6. HALLOWEEN FUN DAYS
20th – 31st October
Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh
Shoofly & Pumpkin Pie anyone?
Experience the Halloween of days gone by in rural Ulster and Pioneer America. Have your fortune told, play traditional games, enjoy stories by the fireside and taste currant loaf baked on an open-hearth turf fire.
Have your wits about you too, there are spooky friends on the loose!
7. APPLE HARVEST DAY
Sunday 21th October, 2pm - 4pm
Florence Court, Fermanagh
Ever wanted to press your own apples?
Then try your hand at helping us harvest the many Irish Apple varieties grown in the rich and fertile grounds of Florence Court. Get ready to roll your sleeves up for it’s all about having a go.
While there, enjoy an autumnal woodland walk, a cosy cuppa and perhaps some apple pie.
8. THE LATE SHIFT
19th October – 4th November
£10 – Adults Only
And now, for something a little darker…
Step into the curious and the mysterious with a series of events across the province hosted in museums, after dark. Carnival of Delights, Maguire’s House Party, The Dark Tower, Sunrise at the Mill, How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse and Into the Mystic.
Party on, well into the wee small hours.
9. ROE VALLEY SPECIALITY MARKET
Saturday 20th October, 11am – 4pm
A crisp autumn day is perfect for market browsing.
Meet the local traders who set up stall to sell their arts and crafts, paintings, fresh foods, jewellery and toys. Enjoy the sights and aromas, as well as the live music by local musicians and soak up the wonderful atmosphere.
And don’t forget to take a little bit of Limavady home with you.
10. RED SQUIRREL SAFARI
Saturday 20th October, 10am – 12pm
Glenarm Forest, Co. Antrim
Go in search of one of Northern Ireland’s best-loved woodland animals.
The only species of squirrel native to the UK, Red Squirrels will be busy squirreling extra food for the winter months. Best time to spot one is early morning or late afternoon so keep your eyes open.
And don’t forget to look up in the trees overhead.
11. WILDLIFE IN WINTER
Saturday 20th October, 10.30am - 1pm
Clotworthy House, Antrim
Ever wondered how wildlife survives through the colder months?
Take your kids to meet the Park Ranger as they walk and talk you through the various adaptions and survival strategies many species must adapt to make it through the winter months. It’s an amazing, awe-inspiring story of survival.
You may even spot some of these little super-species along the way.
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