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What's On This Week: 30 June - 6 July

What's On This Week: 30 June - 6 July

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A lovely variety of events this week - talks, exhibitions, quizzes, music and even superheroes! Make the most of your leisure time this week, and feel free to come back and comment or share your pics if you try out any of the activities in this week's listing.

Monday 30 June

Derry ~ Londonderry

Playhouse Painters Summer Exhibition, Playhouse Theatre

Today is your last day to catch the summer exhibition of the Playhouse Painters, a group of retired people interested in creating art. Taking its lead from the ALLY Foyle ethos (Active Living in Later Years), there is a therapeutic element to the group, with members sharing a love of creativity. Phone 7126 8027 to find out more.

Tuesday 1 July

Newtownards

Women & War exhibition, The Space @ Ards Visitor Information Centre, 1 – 31 July

As part of Ards Borough Council’s commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the First World War, this is a fascinating look at the work of women during WW1. Director of the Somme Museum Carol Walker will give a talk using real stories of women, to illustrate the massive changes in their roles and rights between 1914 and 1918. Visit the website or call 9182 6846.

Wednesday 2 July

Belfast

Brainteaser @ Sunflower, Sunflower Bar, 7.15pm

Social Safari are a new organisation in Belfast, arranging social events based around fun shared activities as an instant ice-breaker. This is a free taster event based around brainteasers. You'll get a five minute conversation with each person, trying to solve puzzles and sequences - but don't worry, they insist you don't have to be any good at it! They just ask that you relax and have fun, and fill in a short feedback questionnaire afterwards. Although it's free, booking is required, so email hello@socialsafari.co.uk, with Free Trial Event in the subject line. Visit the website for more. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Thursday 

Belfast

The Great Belfast Tea Fraud, PRONI, 1 - 2pm

This lunchtime talk by Dr Pamela Emerson tells the untold story of this 19th Century crime. ‘Dummy’ boxes of tea, skeleton keys, a bribed boatman, a reported death in Jersey, suspicious land purchases in America and an untimely death... Come along to the Public Records Office on Wednesday to learn more about this Belfast mystery! Admission is free but booking is necessary to secure your place. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or phone 9053 4800.

Friday 4 - Sat 5 July

Warrenpoint

Tanglewood Music & Arts Festival, Narrow Water Castle

Now in its fourth year, Tanglewood is now well and truly established on Northern Ireland’s blooming summer festival scene. They have another cracking line-up, with over 50 acts including Ocean Colour Scene, Mojo Fury, Pete McAuley (Ram’s Pocket Radio) and Rory Nellis (Seven Summits), The Bonnevilles and Terri Hooley. Tickets are £16 for Friday only, £32 for Sat only and £45 for the whole weekend with camping. Visit the website for the full line up, further info and ticket sales.

Sat 5 - Sun 6 July

Armagh

Heroes and Legends Weekend, Armagh Planetarium, 10am - 5pm each day

After great success last year, Emerald Garrison's Heroes and Legends Weekend is back. Come along to have your photo taken with your favourite iconic characters, and feel free to arrive in costume! There are fan-built sets and props from films and TV shows, including Ghostbusters and Dr Who. To find out more, email info@armaghplanet.com or phone 028 3752 3689.

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Sunday 6 July

Belfast

Festival of Fools Sunday Treats, Belfast city centre, 6 July - 31 Aug

The PQ is delighted to hear Sunday Treats is back. I volunteered at The Festival of Fools in May and absolutely loved it, so do yourself a favour and get down to the city centre for some hilarious (and free!) street theatre. The summer of fun begins on Sunday with ultimate boyband Sean and Seamus Famous (2pm Cotton Court, 4pm St Anne's Square) and the gorgeous silence of Lulu's World (3pm Cotton Court, 5pm St Anne's Square).

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These events and everything else happening this week can be found in the What's On calendar

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