Arts and Culture at Home
Listen to an orchestra in your armchair, or lose yourself in a photography exhibition at your kitchen table. While Belfast’s galleries, museums and event spaces have closed temporarily, you can soak up the city’s cultural scene from the comfort of your own home.
Don’t miss Belfast Film Festival’s online movie screenings and check out Belfast Exposed’s digital suite of photography exhibitions, essays, writing and activities to get your creative juices flowing. Tune into Ulster Orchestra’s YouTube channel for solo performances and recitals straight from the performers’ homes to yours; or examine fine art and sculptures in the Ulster Museum’s online collection.
Family Things to Do at Home
Looking for things to do with the kids at home? Belfast’s family-friendly visitor attractions have a wealth of activity packs, stories, videos and online resources so kids can keep discovering the city from home.
Go to Belfast Zoo’s social media channels for behind-the-scenes videos of what the animals are getting up to while everyone else is staying away! Have sea-themed fun with Titanic Belfast’s downloadable puzzles and science experiments; or try the daily photography-based activities from Belfast Exposed. Need new games and toys? Visit Learning Space’s online store for board games, toys and books, as well as educational resources for all ages and abilities to stock up your home classroom.
Taste of Belfast at Home
Missing your favourite restaurant? Longing for a tasty afternoon tea? Belfast’s chefs have taken to the internet to share recipes and cookery demonstrations so you can recreate their dishes at home. Whether you’re a pro in the kitchen or just find yourself with enough extra time to try cooking for the first time, find out how to create the taste of Belfast at home.
Join live streams from the owner of Coppi to learn how to make some of their contemporary Italian dishes; or watch the chef from Havana Bank Sq cover the basics and share some basics. Browse online recipe collections from James St and Avoca Café, or recreate Titanic Belfast’s Sunday Afternoon Tea.
Many of Belfast’s eateries have adopted takeaway, collection or delivery services, so you can enjoy meals from your favourite restaurants in the comfort of your own home! The takeaways include fully prepared dishes, or meals you can finish off yourself. And with everything from Asian food, to traditional pub grub, Sunday roasts and even afternoon teas on offer, there’s something to satisfy every craving. See the full list of restaurants offering delivery or takeaway.
Live Music and Entertainment at Home
Missing live music at the pub? Let Belfast’s venues bring the pub to you! Many of the city’s pubs have teamed up with local musicians to bring you live streamed performances on social media. Tune into the Sunflower Pub’s Tuesday night Song Club or Hatfield House’s Facebook Live streams.
Discover some of Ireland’s finest artists with the Duncairn centre’s digital line-up, which includes a virtual cabaret. Fancy a party? Have a full-blown fiesta in your living room with Revolucion de Cuba’s samba playlist on Spotify!
Visit Belfast Virtually
Whether you’ve never been to Belfast before or you know the city inside out, there’s lots of the city to discover – online! Take a virtual tour of our top visitor attractions; learn about the history of the Troubles in an online experience, or marvel at Belfast’s breath-taking views from your home. Explore Game of Thrones film locations virtually or stroll through our streets to view incredible street art. Test your trivia with our Belfast quiz or discover 14 interesting facts about Belfast.
Black Bush and Hot Sauce Cocktail Masterclasses
Bushmills® Irish Whiskey has collaborated with hot sauce specialists, Rebel Chilli, to host a series of online cocktail masterclasses this winter.
Rose Plays Julie
This uncanny and transgressive film about a young woman who tracks down her birth parents is Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s best work yet.
Ulster Orchestra Chamber Ensemble
Festival audiences are used to seeing the full Ulster Orchestra in all its glory but are perhaps less familiar with its versatility in smaller groups.
Virtual Christmas Wine Tasting
As Direct Wine Shipment’s popular Christmas tastings cannot go ahead this year, they are hosting a Zoom Christmas Tasting on Saturday 5 December at 2pm.
Linen Hall Library’s December Online Events
We may be in lockdown but there’s plenty of variety on offer from the Linen Hall’s online cultural programme in December.
Buy Belfast Virtual Christmas Market
Shop local this Christmas at the Virtual Christmas Market where local businesse will share and sell their Christmas gift ideas
Christmas Online Talks at Clifton House
Every Friday afternoon at 1pm, Clifton House will be moving their unique tours online, allowing you to find out more about life in the Poor House, or the storie
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