17 Ways To Enjoy Easter Out And About In Northern Ireland

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If you’re stuck for a few ideas of what to do with your friends or family this Easter check out our low-down of 17 fab places to go over the holidays

Castle Ward Easter Fair, Castle Ward, Downpatrick, Co. Down
March 27-28
Solve the clues in the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt to win a delicious prize, join in the mad scramble as the annual mega hunt takes place on the front lawn, visit Phil’s Farm, take part in the chicken run race and enjoy a range of local craft and food stalls.

Castle Ward

Castle Ward

The Good Life Festival at Oxford Island, Oxford Island, Co. Armagh
March 25-26
A fun-filled and creative day out for all the family with ideas and inspiration for getting the best out of life.
From up-cycling and restyling to knitting and quilting there will be a wonderful range of handmade products to buy and new creative skills to try out, with a range of comedy, theatre, dance and children’s activities on offer.

Morning, Afternoon & Evening, Lyric Theatre, Belfast
March 24-26
Set in Northern Ireland and amongst the Northern Irish diaspora in Europe, the lives of three very different characters (all played by Andy Hinds) unexpectedly, and fatefully, reconnect.

Easter Celebrations at Ulster American Folk Park, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone
March 26-28
Stallholders, shopkeepers, travelling journeymen and entertainers are set to keep you amused this Easter as you stroll down Ulster Street witnessing the sights, smells and sounds of a busy market day. Try your hand at traditional crafts, meet the Easter chicks and enjoy story-telling sessions as you travel back in time to April 1916.

Ulster American Folk Park

Ulster American Folk Park

Eggciting Easter Entertainment, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady, Co. Londonderry
March 26
A great way to spend a couple of enjoyable hours with the kids this Easter, Babcock & Bobbins will entertain and amuse all the family with their hilarious antics.
The show features Giraffe Unicycles, Stilt Walking, Rola Bola and Fire Breathing. Show starts 1pm.

Old MacDonald’s Farm, Navan Centre and Fort, Armagh, Co. Armagh
March 26-29
Join in with a wacky interpretation of the ever-popular nursery rhyme.
Start with some face-painting or mask making so you can be part of the Farm – there’s a real choice of animals to be. Pre-booking for this interactive family sing-along is essential.

Navan Centre

Navan Centre

Watertop Farm’s Monster Easter Egg Roll, Watertop Farm, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
March 27-28
Watertop is a family run farm in the Glens of Antrim, with its annual Monster Easter Egg Roll taking place at 2:30pm on Easter Sunday and Monday.
There is lots of fun to be had and lots of prizes to be won, as well as a variety of activities taking place around the farm continuing into Easter week.

Easter Activities & Bunny Cruise, Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh
March 27
Come along to Share for a fun filled family day out this Easter, where you can enjoy a range of activities including a Bunny Cruise, face painting, balloon modelling, crafts, games, challenges and much more. Begins at 10.30am.

Curiously Comber, Town Centre, Comber, Co. Down
March 24
Visit an undiscovered, curious town with many hidden gems as Comber is transformed into Alice’s Wonderland for the day. Featuring a Mad Hatter’s tea party, tours of the town with the white rabbit, street theatre, live music, a petting zoo and more. From 11am – 4pm.

Curiously Comber

Curiously Comber

Féile An Earraigh, various locations, Belfast
March 21-28
Live music, theatre and a series of talks around the legacy of 1916 are amongst the highlights in the packed Spring Festival Programme. Tickets available at Belfast Welcome Centre, ticketmaster.ie and the Devenish Complex, Finaghy.

Festival of Colours, Titanic Exhibition Centre, Titanic Quarter, Belfast
April 3
Bring an energetic burst of colour to your weekend with this traditional Indian Spring time tradition.
Titanic Exhibition Centre will be the venue for the vivid, dye-throwing multi-colour frenzy which is at the heart of the annual Holi (Colour) Festival, which is a high-spirited, fun-filled party for all the family. Begins at 1pm.

Festival of Colours

Festival of Colours

Newry Twilight Market, Newry Market, Hill Street, Newry, Co. Down
April 1
The local market will be transformed into a food and drink haven where visitors will be able to feast on some of the unique food elements that make up the upcoming and thriving food and drinks sector in Newry, Mourne and Down.
It is expected that there will be a wide selection of local pop-up restaurants and food producers on the night, combined with entertaining chef demonstrations, food tastings, live music and full bar facilities. From 5-11pm.

Encore Performing Arts Academy Presents High School Musical, Alley Theatre, Strabane, Co. Tyrone
March 31-April 2
Join the very talented Encore Performing Arts Academy students as they bring the Disney Channel smash hit “High School Musical” to the stage.
The students of East High must deal with first love, friends and family while trying to balance classes with extra-curricular activities. With classic songs such as ‘Breaking Free’ and ‘The Start of Something New’ this is the perfect family show. Show begins at 7.30pm.

Easter Craft and Games Club, Palace Demesne, Armagh, Co. Armagh
March 31-April 1
Children aged 5-12 can enjoy the Easter school holidays at the excellent Easter Craft Club at the Palace Stables where they can get their hands dirty making traditional Easter crafts, take part in egg rolling, games and of course the ever popular Easter egg hunt. The craft club runs from 10am – 4pm and has a fully supervised lunch.

Demense

Palace Demense

Narnia Family Fayre, Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Co. Down
March 28
The Narnia Trail in Kilbroney Park will come to life with characters from the Chronicles of Narnia as part of the Year of Food and Drink 2016.
Samples of the best produce the area has to offer at food stalls plus browse the arts and crafts stalls.
Experience cookery demonstrations at the Cloughmore Centre, with face painting for children, wood carving, willow weaving and lots more. A great family day out, not to be missed.

Apollo Easter Scheme, Ulster Museum, Belfast
March 29-April 1
Children’s Music Academy team up with The Ulster Museum Learning Program, Artworks NI and Rukis Cirkus, for four days of learning and fun. With a splash of Science, circus skills, music and arts and craft mixed in with a dollop of natural history and fine art, Apollo is a great way to introduce the arts to children aged 4-11.

Ulster Museum

Ulster Museum

Easter Monday Family Fun Day, Florence Court, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
March 28
Join Florence Court for a day of Easter fun for all the family. Head out on an Easter egg hunt to find your Cadbury chocolate treasure, enjoy live music and much more. Egg trails £1 per child.

Compiled by Tourism NI , Please note some of the events require pre-booking. For more details on these and other events click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland.

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