Walking Tour of Victorian Belfast guided by local historian
Thursday 17 May 10.30am – 1pm | £10pp
Tea and scones served at 10.30am in Luciano’s in the Grand Opera House. Tour will depart at 11am.
Belfast’s architectural heritage ranges from mock gothic to neo-classical to cutting-edge modern architecture, and its buildings are one of the best things about the city. Its Victorian architecture, however, just might be the most beautiful and Belfast is arguably the best example of a Victorian City in Ireland. With the recent restoration of the outside of the Grand Opera House, which itself was built in 1895 what better time than to explore the city and marvel at the huge impact of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Day Trip to Bloom Festival in Dublin
Sunday 3 June 2018 | £39pp (includes return coach and ticket to the festival)
Based on the highly successful Chelsea Flower Show, Bloom highlights the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry, Bord Bia’s annual Bloom festival takes place for five days over the June bank holiday weekend, in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Bloom continues to blossom and grow each year as Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors.
The show incorporates almost 30 show gardens created by Ireland’s top garden designers, over 100 delicious Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, and almost 200 retailers, all within a 70-acre site. Other highlights include floral and nursery displays, a plant village, a wide range of craft and Irish artisan food stalls, live music, fashion stage, cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s finest celebrity chefs and fun activities for all the family
- 9.15 am Coach departs from Grand Opera House
- 10.30 am Arrive Apple Green Services for comfort stop
- 11.45am Arrive Phoenix Park
- 5.00pm Depart for Belfast
- 6.30pm Comfort stop Apple Green Services
- 8.00pm Home
Friends are asked to make their own lunch arrangements as the festival site offers many food outlets, or bring lunch along with them.
The coach company is United Coaches, which have provided us with very comfortable and clean coaches on our last few trips.
Ursula Burns – The Dangerous Harpist
Thursday 28 June | 7pm drinks reception-Baby Grand Bar | Performance 7.30pm-Baby Grand | £10pp (includes glass of wine)
Ursula Burns is no ordinary Harpist. A composer, a comedian, singer and writer of songs the list is endless. Ursula will present to us her one-woman show but she has told me to expect the unexpected!
“The most dangerous harpist in the world accidentally made an album when she got lost looking for Lidl. ‘Oh no, not again,’ she exclaimed, in botheration, ‘this always happens!’ She had never intended to become a harpist. She was just pretending to play harp because she had red hair and was from Ireland. She longed for the carefree childhood days when the circus kidnapped her from the burning bus on the streets of Belfast. ‘Funny and enchanting in equal measure, with a lilting voice that makes the Falls Road sound like Brigadoon’ (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).
Day Trip to Abbey Theatre Dublin to see Le Bon Crubeen
Saturday 8th September| £59pp (includes coach,lunch and ticket to the show)
Day trip to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin to see the matinee show Jimmy’s Hall with lunch at Le Bon Crubeen
“Bursting with music, dance, poetry and song, the must see feel good show of last summer returns”.
Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.
A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to re-open the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.
The coach will depart from the Grand Opera House at 9am on Saturday 8th September with a comfort stop at Apple Green Services on the way down to Dublin and back up to Belfast. Lunch will be at 12pm and matinee starts at 2pm.
Please book through the Box Office on 028 90241919 and as always you are welcome to bring your guests.