Free, Cheap and Fun Things To Do This Weekend 6th – 7th October 2018
Opt for the great outdoors this crisp, cool and colourful October and you won’t be disappointed. You may need an extra layer or two but it’ll be worth it when you see what’s in store for you.
Experience 25,000 Brent Geese at Castle Espie, get in on the action at Cinemagic in Belfast, make tracks to a Minibeast Workshop in Antrim or hop aboard the HMS Caroline for a Beer and Cider Festival!
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1. HMS CAROLINE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Saturday 6th October, 7pm - 11pm
HMS Caroline, Belfast
All aboard shipmates!
Learn how to pour the perfect pint, and discover how to create the finest beers and ciders, talk to the experts and listen to local artists and musicians – all served up with a whole lot of history.
Includes a guided tour of HMS Caroline. Sweet!
2. CINEMAGIC INTERNATIONAL FILM & TV FESTIVAL
Throughout October & November
FREE & Various £
And… Action! Celebrate local cinematic talent from our young people.
Get set for a giant of a film as the 29th Cinemagic Festival kicks off in spectacular style with Grace & Goliath, showcasing the very best of young local talent and giving Hollywood a run for its money.
With screenings, workshops, master classes and more, make sure you play your part!
3. THE BIG BRENT EVENT 2018
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October, 10pm - 5pm
Castle Espie, Co. Down
FREE Event (normal admission applies)
Join 25,000 Brent Geese on the shores of Strangford Lough.
Learn the story of Brenda, the lonely Brent goose, have brunch with local photographer Anthony McGeehan, sketch, make badges, create wildlife crafts and meet WWT photographer Nigel Snell.
It’s a migration celebration!
4. JO’S WALKS, SEA BIRDS & SEALS
Saturday 6th October, 2pm - 4pm
Keel Point, Murlough Bay
Get up and go with Jo!
Bring your binoculars, your best walking boots and a real sense of adventure as guide Jo, helps you seek out and identify sea birds and seals in this stunning stretch of sand-drenched, dune-filled coastline.
Keep your eyes peeled; you never know what you’ll spot!
5. RED BULL FOXHUNT 2018
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October
The chase is on!
Don’t miss the largest mass-start mountain bike event of the year as 550 ‘hounds’ rough it through Rostrevor’s tricky downhill tracks, moorlands and forest roads to outride 3 all-star foxes!
Meet the riders, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy good local food.
6. APPLE SUNDAYS
Sunday 7th October, 11am - 5pm
Ardress House, Co. Armagh
Adult £5.50, Child £2.75
Set right in the midst of Orchard County, lies a slice of apple heaven.
The perfect activity for a Sunday, you’ll learn all about Armagh’s famous apples, you’ll get to pick your own, try your hand at the apple press and take a guided meander through the beautiful orchard.
Charming, to its very core.
7. WOODLAND SCAVENGER HUNT
Sunday 7th October, 1pm - 4pm
Ely Lodge Forest, Marble Arch Caves Geopark
Hold Autumn in the palm of your hands!
Forage and find the signs that say Autumn is here, make bark rubbings, collect conkers, fallen leaves and twigs, make a woodland collage, spot minibeasts and woodland mammals.
It’s natural, educational and very beautiful.
8. ENNISKILLEN 100
Saturday 6th October
Adults £10, Under 12s FREE
Set your sights on some super bikes!
The Enniskillen 100 Revival – Ulster Superbike Championship Round 9 returns with 16 races from 125cc right up to 1000cc around 1.2 miles of airfield circuit. And boy do they fly!
All riders, all abilities, all fired up for the finish line.
9. THE FERMANAGH LIVE ARTS FESTIVAL
3rd – 7th October
FREE & Various £
Be part of the art!
Paul O’Grady headlines live at the Ardhowen Theatre, with international innovative and exceptional local talent delivering performances in dance, film, comedy, carnival and visual arts, with workshops and master classes so you can join right in.
It’s a feast for the soul, right here in Fermanagh.
10. WALLED CITY MARKET
Saturday 6th October, 11am -5pm
Guildhall Square, Derry~Londonderry
Get up to something different this Saturday!
Spend the day in the Maiden City and experience the very best of artisan traders with a wide selection of speciality foods and handcrafted products. Tickle your taste buds with homemade jams, chutneys & sauces, artisan breads & cakes, a range organic meats and of course some sweet treats!
Make a day of it and afterwards take a walk around the City Walls. Who knows what you might find out!
11. MINIBEASTS WORKSHOP FOR ALL THE FAMILY
Saturday 6th October, 10.30am - 1pm
Clotworthy House, Antrim
Delve into the fascinating world of…INSECTS!
Alongside the more common ones like ladybirds, woodlouse and centipedes are more exotic varieties just waiting to be explored. Enjoy a guided tour of the grounds, dig deep and learn about their life cycles.
It’s a mini adventure!
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