Northern Ireland Opera presents a new series of short films, ‘Northern Songs’

Northern Ireland Opera is to release eight short films, featuring songs composed by Northern Irish composers, performed in some of the most beautiful and historic locations around the country by opera singers from that area. The first film will release at 8pm on Thursday October 22nd on their YouTube channel. Four opera singers, Giselle Allen (Belfast), Doreen Curran (Derry/Londonderry), Carolyn Dobbin (Co. Antrim) and Ben McAteer (Co Down) have worked with Northern Ireland Opera and pianist Ruth McGinley (Derry/Londonderry) to create […]



10 Haunted locations to explore in the Causeway Coast and Glens this Halloween

The Causeway Coast and Glens is home to many hauntings and spooky tales. From haunted distilleries to Celtic Vampires, check out these 10 supposedly haunted locations to explore on the Causeway Coastal Route (if you dare!)     Ballymoney – The ghost of Bloody Hutchinson George Hutchinson is commonly remembered for his role in crushing the local United Irishmen during the 1798 Rebellion. It is said that every Friday 13th and on Halloween night, that ‘Bloody’ Hutchinson haunts Ballymoney town’s […]



A giant boost for dog-lovers in NI

The Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s only World Heritage Site and the country’s most popular attraction, proves a huge hit with four-legged visitors and their owners following the introduction of a new dog-friendly policy within the Visitor Centre. The Giant’s Causeway, which is cared for by conservation charity the National Trust, recently trialled a dog-friendly policy within the Visitor Centre and, following 100% positive feedback, has announced it is now fully dog-friendly. Ciara McClements, Visitor Experience Manager at the site, explained: “We […]



Harbour and marinas update

Ballycastle Harbour & Marina, Portrush Harbour and Coleraine Marina will reopen for visiting vessels from today (Friday 26th June). Overnight stays on board will be permitted. All visiting vessels must book in advance and will be asked to pre-pay prior to arrival. This will secure a suitable berthing space and avoid disappointment. Anyone requiring fuel must also book in advance. Please use the relevant number below to book: Portrush Harbour 028 708 22307/ 07889 081860 Ballycastle Marina 028 207 68525/ 07803 505084 Visitors are asked to adhere to current social distancing guidance and […]



‘Keep a Giant’s step apart’ – Giant’s Causeway Visitor Experience reopens 3rd July 2020

Visitors to the Giant’s Causeway World Heritage Site are being encouraged to keep a ‘giant’s step’ away from others when it reopens on Friday 3 July. The popular attraction which is managed by the National Trust, is reopening its doors on 3 July in line with government guidance permitting the reopening of tourist attractions where social distancing measures are in place. Similar to other National Trust places which began a phased reopening earlier this month, a booking system has been introduced […]



First Northern Ireland Music Film to be Released Since COVID-19

Premiering this weekend on World Music Day, Sunday 21st June at 7pm Come join us. Together. Under a Distant Sky. This weekend, the award-winning company Snow Water were due to host their annual Distant Sky Summer Solstice Festival on Rathlin Island. The Distant Sky Festival series was set up to “to share the things we love, the things we enthuse about, the things that keep us going” and they bring the best of music, spoken word and great company to […]



Great Ideas for Father’s Day 2020

Father’s Day 2020 will certainly be one to remember! Last year, we put together a list of 10 places in the Causeway Coast and Glens where you could dine out with your dad for his special day, but due to things being a little bit different lately, we’ve had to get a bit more creative this year!  If you live in the area, here’s some ideas of how to spend this year’s Father’s Day while maintaining social distancing, or buy it […]



Phased reopening of Public Toilets

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council is reopening its public toilets in a phased approach from Saturday 13th June 2020. The initial phase will see amenities reopen at the following beaches and coastal locations from 11:00am – 7:00pm: Portballintrae Whiterocks, Portrush East Strand, Portrush West Strand, Portrush Kerr Street, Portrush Atlantic Circle Portstewart Castlerock Downhill Ballycastle (Automatic PC’s) Cushendun Mill Street, Cushendall Ballintoy Harbour Waterfoot Benone Beach (The Ark) Extra safety measures will be in place and staff will be […]



Taste Causeway collaborates with NWRC on a new Safe and Alert Accreditation for Hospitality Businesses

Taste Causeway has collaborated with North West Regional College (NWRC) Business Support Centre (BSC) to develop a new Health and Safety Working Practices course for hospitality businesses in the Causeway Coast and Glens. It is relevant to restaurants, cafes, takeaways, food vans and restaurants within hotels. All participants will gain an appreciation and understanding of relevant legislation and guidance from the government and other relevant agencies such as the Health and Safety Executive and its application to their business. Businesses […]



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