How to celebrate post-submission in Belfast!

Posted on September 16, 2013


So you’ve finally done it, hooray 🙂 If you’re reading this, we hope that after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears you have submitted your MA dissertation or PhD Thesis. After you catch up on some much needed sleep here are some fun ways to celebrate in Belfast this week:

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There’s no better way to celebrate than hitting the town for dinner and a show. Romeo & Juliet and Swan Lake ballet are on at the Grand Opera House this week: Or, you can get free tickets for Pride&Prejudice the musical at the Lyric on test drive the arts NI: Also, the Ulster Orchestra are in the Ulster Hall on Wednesday evening: Fancy live music? 80s group Deacon Blue are in the Waterfront Thursday night and Manic Street Preachers are in the Ulster Hall on Saturday.

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After being holed up in front of the computer for months on end, it might be time to get out and get some fresh air. Full Moon Paddle Power is a popular beginners’ Kayaking course with the stunning back drop of a full moon glowing over Strangford Lough. The session will teach you the basics and build your confidence in the boat, whilst you explore Strangford Lough by the beautiful light of the moon. This Wednesday, £36. Pre-booking essential, call 028 437 23933 or email

Or, visit Belfast Zoo for a special guided tour of the old zoo site celebrating the zoo’s 79 year hsitory. The tour focuses on the Bellevue area, where the original Zoo gardens were built in 1934. Visitors can also find out how the zoo adapted to the changing face of Belfast, particularly during World War II when the Cave Hill area came under heavy attack.

Walk off your hangover on Saturday with the Challenge Castle Ward 15km walk around this stunning walled demesne, taking in outstanding beauty and scenery, woodlands and ancient pastures. Bring your camera, a picnic lunch and wet weather gear.

Tuesday – Thursday: Fashion and style event at the Grand Opera House

Ladies, why not do lunch, cocktails and pay a visit to ‘Directory 14’; the fashion and style event happening at the Grand Opera House this Tuesday-Thursday. There are runway shows and makeup and hair masterclasses from some of the best known names in hair, fashion, makeup and skin care in Northern Ireland. More info here:

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Friday: Belfast Culture Night 


The city’s biggest, most colourful and inclusive cultural celebration is back! On Friday 20 September, Culture Night Belfast is ready once more to radically transform the streets of Belfast, indoors and out, for a magical evening of exploration and adventure. All Culture Night events are free and open to everyone, in Belfast’s “big night out”!

Culture Night 2013 promises to be even bigger and better, with a host of venues, galleries, artists’ studios, historic buildings, cultural organisations, churches, restaurants and many more throwing open their doors to the public to enjoy free performances, events, talks and tours. There will also be an amazing range of activities and events in the spaces and places outside, making Culture Night Belfast an incomparable interactive extravaganza for all.

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Northern Ireland’s biggest free food & drink festival, Taste Northern Ireland, hosted by Tesco, returns to Custom House Square in Belfast on the weekend of 20th-22nd September. This year’s foodie extravaganza looks set to be even bigger and better than ever before.  Northern Ireland’s best loved local producers and chefs will gather for a superb weekend of tasting, cooking and sharing their passion for home-grown food & drink. The event is under cover in a marquee and admission is free!

The celebrations will run all weekend with family fun, a petting farm, music and a full programme of top local chefs sharing their cooking tips and recipes, using home-grown local produce in a superb demo kitchen arena.

Friday 20 September: 2pm – 6pm
Saturday 21 September: 10am – 6pm
Sunday 22 September: 11am – 5pm

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