• What’s on in Belfast

    by  • October 24, 2014 • Belfast, Children, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Festivals, Food & Drink

    A Round-Up of Upcoming Events in the Northern Irish Capital

    If you’re city breaking in Belfast this weekend and beyond, there’s a number of events taking place  over the coming days and weeks that might be of interest whilst you’re in town.

    First and foremost, this weekend sees the return of the Food and Drink Show, Northern Ireland’s biggest consumer food and drink event. Brought back once again following the success of its inaugural outing last year, the Food and Drink Show offers both retail big brands and small-scale artisan producers the opportunity to promote their wares and produce. There’s also a programme of cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs including John Torode, James Martin and Simon Rimmer, as well as celebrated local chefs and renowned food and wine experts. The show takes place at the King’s Hall Pavilion until Sunday, 26th October and tickets cost £18.

    From tomorrow (25th October) until Sunday, 2nd November meanwhile, Titanic Belfast hosts Into the Deep, an annual marine festival devoted to life under the sea. This family-friendly event explores what lies beneath the surface of the ocean, with hands-on experiments and talks from marine biologists, a mini rock pool aquarium, beach treasure and even life-size inflatable whales and dolphins. And of course, be sure to take in Belfast’s top tourist attraction whilst you’re there. Opened in 2012 to commemorate the centenary of the ocean liner’s demise, Titanic Belfast represents the world’s largest Titanic-themed visitor attraction. The museum comprises nine interactive galleries, each dedicated to a different section of the ship’s history and offers a mesmerising insight into the whole Titanic experience.

    Over at Crumlin Road Gaol, and part of the UK Russia Year of Culture Celebrations, the world-renowned Bolshoi balletic and operatic institution, together with the Russian Museum of Ethnography, presents a fabulously visual exhibition entitled ‘From Bolshoi to Belfast – The Theatre of Costume’. Combining costumes never before exhibited outside of Russia with sartorial sensations showcased on the catwalks of Europe’s fashion capitals, this fascinating exhibition brings to life the beauty not only of the Bolshoi, but of Russian culture too. The exhibition opens this Sunday (27th October) and runs through until Saturday, 13th December, tickets cost £5.

    Like Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol offers its own unique insight into the history of Belfast and the Troubles in particular, having housed some 25,000 convicts in its 150-year history including some of Northern Ireland’s most notorious murderers. Having closed its doors as a working prison in 1996 and undergone major restoration works, the ‘Crum’ reopened as a visitors centre and has since become one of Belfast’s top tourist attractions for its visits to the former cells and execution chamber.

    As November approaches, there’s a couple more festivals to bring to your attention. From the 13th to the 15th of November, the Belfast Beer and Cider Festival takes place at Ulster Hall with over 100 beers and ciders available to sample and savour. As well as the drinks, there’s also traditional pub games, beer tutorials and live music all adding to the atmosphere. Prices vary, see the website for more details.

    Last but not least is the CS Lewis Festival taking place from the 20th to 23rd November across various city locations, celebrating the life and literary legacy of Belfast’s most famous author. There’ll be readings, screenings art exhibitions, workshops and outdoor family events. Perfect for Narnia lovers young and old!


    With a French grandmother, childhood holidays on the continent and a degree in French and Spanish, a love of languages and travel has always been in my blood. Fresh from university with an unfettered enthusiasm to show off my linguistic ability and first-hand knowledge of the world beyond the UK, I entered the travel industry and, 16 years on, I’m still there! With several years spent in the luxury sector planning escorted holidays across Europe for the American market, followed by an even longer tenure designing short breaks with a difference in the must-see cities of Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Madrid, Prague, Florence, Brussels, Venice, Salzburg, Milan, Krakow and Berlin (to name but a few), it’s fair to say that Europe is my passion! Today my travels have taken me far beyond the boundaries of Europe with so many destinations still to discover, yet the continent abounds in such a wealth of treasures – historical and architectural, cultural and musical, gastronomic, artistic and linguistic – that its appeal, for me, will be eternal.