January doesn’t have to be doom and gloom, it may be chilly but with so many things to see and do in Belfast in the upcoming weeks why not kick the new year off to a great start?
From live music to get your feet moving to paint workshops to relax your mind and let the creativity flow, Belfast has so much to offer you will want to stay longer to take advantage of the natural beauty and talent around every corner. Having some of the friendliest people, famous pubs and eateries and excellent shopping, A great day out in Belfast doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg as there is a wide variety of free to low-cost events to take advantage of.
Why not try soaking in the atmosphere and the mouth-watering smells of the local delicacies at St. Georges market or catching Dippy the dinosaur in the Ulster Museum before he leaves on the 6th January. And if you’re not tired of the family already why not get together for a fun day out and start the year on a high with Goldilocks and the three bears, visiting Belfast for the first time and could very well have the big kids singing and dancing along with the little ones.
Here are five things you wouldn’t want to miss!
Celebrating Freddie Mercury and Queen for over 25 years, Flash Harry is by far one of Northern Irelands greatest tribute bands. This particular show comes with a bonus of enjoying the gig from within the walls of Belfast’s infamous prison. Optional packages include a tour of Crumlin Road Gaol and a two-course meal before the show. I challenge you to sit quietly in your seat through this, I’m singing already!
2. We Are Vertigo, Unit 1, Cedarhurst Road, Belfast
Packed with activities for all ages and great for family days out, We Are Vertigo is guaranteed to get your adrenaline flowing. From adventure climbing, trampolining, indoor skydiving and skiing to the long-awaited monster, the new 30,000 sq. Ft Inflatapark is arriving at the end of January. The only indoor inflatable action course on the whole Island is just waiting on the bounce test!
3. Tutored Whiskey Tasting Evening, The Crown Bar, 17 January 2019
Why not warm up the insides with Northern Irelands oldest whiskey in one of Northern Irelands oldest bars? Visit the Crown bar to experience the history of itself and Bushmills in a combined tasting session. Not only sampling the greats like the 10-year, 16-year, and 21-year but get a heads up on their latest whiskey The Sexton.
Tickets priced at £49.95 per person and are available from the bar or by calling 028 9024 3187.
4. Ulster vs. Benetton, Kingspan Stadium, 19.35, 25th January 2019
Cheer on the Ulster rugby team and sing ‘stand up for the Ulstermen’ alongside a crowd of up to 18,000 supporters as Belfast comes alive with a passion like no other. It’s an event for everyone from groups to couples to families, with so many food choices to choose from and a bar on every corner, it’s very likely you may get hooked! If you’re a rugby fan, this is indeed one to get the heart pumping.
Check here for tickets!
5. Cavehill Country Park, Antrim Road, Belfast
Whether or not your new year resolution includes getting off the sofa or hitting the gym, this is one of the most rewarding walks in Belfast and one to give you a natural boost. Not only is it free but accommodates all levels of fitness from taking a leisurely walk beginning at the Upper Hightown Road entrance or a steep hike starting at Belfast castle.
The panoramic views are second to none, scanning from Carrickfergus right across Belfast and at 370 meters above sea level it really does take your breath away. Known as Napoleon’s nose and Said to be the inspiration for Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift this is somewhere you can sit and watch the world go by, visit the caves, enjoy a bite to eat in the Cellar Restaurant or soak in the history in the Visitor Centre.
For walk routes & useful information check here