Our social programmes are designed to give your delegates a truly unique and authentic taste of Belfast and Northern Ireland. Using expert local knowledge, we will work with you to design a creative social programme for your event to ensure that delegates remember their trip to Belfast long after the conference has finished. In the meantime, we’ve pulled together some ideas to give you a flavour of what Belfast and Northern Ireland has to offer.
Guinness, Oysters and Irish music in a traditional Belfast pubSample a local brew in one of Belfast’s historic hostelries, visit one of the traditional pubs for a live Irish music session, or check out the hip and trendy bar and club scene, you’ll find it all in Belfast!
Ready, steady, Cook!Awaken your passion for cooking with fresh ingredients, local produce and leading local chefs at one of our cookery schools. Under the expert guidance of experienced chefs you will be given a step-by-step lesson in creating a culinary masterpiece at the Belfast Cookery School at Mourne Seafood or James Street South Cookery School. Bookings can be made for groups of up to 20 people and are perfect for team building and socialising.
Take a TourTake a walk through the streets of Belfast – our city centre is very compact and can be easily explored by foot. We have a range of tours that allow you to explore the unique history, culture and heritage of Belfast and Northern Ireland. A range of tours are available about our music, photography, literary, historical pubs and of course Titanic.
Sample local produce at the lively St George’s MarketIf you want to enjoy a real taste of Belfast, visit St George’s Market. Open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it offers a wide range of local high quality specialist food and products. Customers can sample the produce or relax with a coffee and newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. This market is a real treat and a great way to spend a few hours at the weekend.
1920’s Themed EveningThe Ulster Folk and Transport Museum ranks amongst Ireland’s foremost visitor attractions and offers a themed night to remember. Groups of up to 400 people can be accommodated for social evenings, conference dinners, fork buffets, barbecues and cocktail receptions. Get the evening into full swing with the sounds of a jazz band. A full catering service is provided and menus are tailored to your individual event style.
Historical Pub Walking Tour
This tour is always popular with delegates. Join us on a walking tour of Belfast’s oldest pubs including those of both architectural and historical importance. Perhaps the most famous is the Crown Liquor Saloon, owned by the National Trust, which is 150 years old and a Victorian delight with its old snugs, stain glass windows, gas light lamps and one of the best pints of stout in Belfast. Enjoy the craic, meet the locals en route and sample the local beer!
Northern Ireland Golf – The Home of ChampionsNorthern Ireland is home to some of the world’s best golf courses such as Royal County Down and Royal Portrush. Play courses that are home to recent US Open Winners Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy and British Open winner Darren Clarke.
Whiskey tasting at the oldest working distillery
those with a taste for the finer things in life – a trip to the oldest
working distillery is a must at Bushmills. The distillery’s famous
portfolio includes five award-winning whiskeys: Bushmills, Black Bush,
Bushmills 10 year Malt, 16 year Malt and 21 year Malt. Bushmills is the
only distillery in Ireland to make triple-distilled malt whiskey and
offers tours and whiskey tasting sessions all year round.
Festival feverFrom music and dance to visual arts and talks, Belfast has a jammed packed festival calendar to suit all tastes. Events throughout the year include the world class Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s, Belfast Taste and Music Festival and Féile an Phobail.
The Cathedral Quarter
The historic heart of Belfast is now the city’s up and coming cultural hotspot. These cobbled streets are dotted with gems of all kinds from restaurants, pubs, art and photographic galleries and even a circus! Each year the quarter hosts a cutting edge festival with the emphasis on bringing the arts to unorthodox places.
The centre for Irish language and culture is in the west of the city and is characterised by a lively culture of music, debate, drama, great eateries and traditional pubs. Already on the tourist trail, many visitors come to see the area’s famous political murals and peace wall but there’s plenty more to discover. Join one of the Gaeltacht Quarter’s organised tours taking in two famous cemeteries, or many of its political sites, head up Divis Mountain to discover some fantastic views, or visit Belfast’s only protected bogland.
The leafy area spread around Queen’s University in the south of the city, the Queen’s Quarter is home to a treasure trove of eclectic shops, cafes, bars, galleries, live entertainment venues, the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Ulster Museum. Recommended stops include the Naughton Gallery in Queen’s University for a spot of visual culture, taking in the exhibitions and enjoying the architecture of the Ulster Museum.