Now that spring is here, and we are expecting guests later in the month, I thought it would be fun to share the lists I’m compiling of fun things to do in Northern Ireland in April With Kids, rather than just have them sitting here in my own notebook. So if you’re in the area, or planning a future trip, here are some of the things you’ll find in the North of Ireland.
I can’t believe April is already upon us! I was fooled this morning as I thought I still had another day left of March! So as I sit wondering how I’m going to fit all that I need to do into the weekend, and realising it is an impossibility, I am trying to relax and just take things one at a time and do what I can. Fortunately, I have my newest Degustabox treats nearby to keep me going! (if you use the coupon code X2OEC you’ll get your first box for only £5.99! (For my lovely US Readers click here for a 50% discount) You can’t beat that)
Because I like to feel like a tourist and try new things, I haven’t done most of the things on this list, but I hope to cross a couple of them off before the end of the month. If you’ve been to any of these events, or have others to add, share them in the contents below.
The Belfast Film Festival is in its 17th year and runs from March 30 – April 9. there will be 100 films representing 30 countries, in several venues around Belfast. You’ll be sure to find something for every age and genre preference.
From April 9-14, there 500 Irish dancers will be jigging their way around Belfast for the An Comhdhail World Irish Dance Championships.
Get out for some fresh air and fun for the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Hunt at The Argory in Mid-Ulster from April 10-23. There will also be walks and guided tours available of the Easter holidays.
Until Aptil 15th you can visit the Flints and Fishes: Stone Age Life in the Causeway Coast and Glens exhibition at Ballymoney Museum. Learn about Ireland’s first explorers and the people who arrived in the Causeway region of the North Coast.
Titanic Memorial Service will be held on April 15th at Belfast’s Titanic Memorial Garden, located at the east entrance of Belfast City Hall. This is the only memorial in the world that lists names of all the died during that fateful night 105 years ago.
The Festival of Fools runs from April 28 to May 1 and there will be more than 120 performers around the streets of central Belfast to make you smile. There are also back-up plans should it rain. My mom has been in town before during this event and makes a point of going down to see what’s shakin’.
Lord Mayor’s Day is April 29 at the Belfast City Hall. You’ll find entertainment for all ages, walking tours, crafts, stories, animation, music, and street performers from noon until 5pm.
Tayto Castle is a place that’s been on my wish list for the past 13 years. If you’ve ever been to Norn Iron, you’ll know that Tayto is THE brand of potato chip over here. Tayto crisps are manufactured in a castle in Tandragee! How cool is that? There are day trips out with Ulster Bus occasionally, or you can find your own way there by car or public transport. You can tour the factory and try a sample. Just note that you must be over 5 years of age, and must not wear open-toed shoes or jewellery. If you can’t make it to the castle, you can also order the crisps for delivery around the world.
The Whitehead Railway Museum is within tooting distance of us, so we’ll be checking it out soon. It only officially opened a month ago, after years of upgrades and additions. In years past we have had the opportunity to go on free tours of the workshops, but it’s now bigger and better than ever. Opening soon will be an Edwardian Tea Room which will be a wonderful addition to the town. This is a working museum, with volunteers rebuilding steam trains from across Ireland, the UK, and further afield, so there will always be something new to see. I’ll be sure to write more about it after we visit, so be sure to watch this space.
What are you planning this Easter break? Will you be staying close to home, or going further afield? There’s always something to do nearby, wherever you are, so get out and about, and have an adventure!