TK Maxx Opens New Store in Lisburn

TK Maxx Lisburn is moving from the Bow Street Mall to its new location at Laganbank Retail Park. Spread over two floors, the new store opens at 9am on Thursday 17th August.

Offering big labels and designer gems at up to 60% less than the RRP and at a significant discount to the price in a department store or on the high street, every single day, the store will offer a huge selection of fashion and accessories for women, men, kids as well as the home, all with amazing savings.

To kick off the treasure hunt experience TK Maxx will be hiding large red labels around the Lisburn town centre on Wednesday, 16thAugust. These labels can be exchanged for gift cards in the store on opening day. Whilst out hunting keep a look out for TK Maxx promotional staff and be sure to go and say hello, who knows, they might just help you on your hunt…

A TK Maxx spokesperson said: “We are delighted to finally be bringing Lisburn its brand new TK Maxx store.TK Maxx offers a huge choice of great value style, for the wardrobe and the home all under one roof and with thousands of new items arriving each week, customers will always find something individual and special at a great price every time they visit.”

Store Address: Laganbank Retail Park, Laganbank Road, Lisburn  BT28 1XZ.


£200,000 New Playground and Sensory Garden opens on Blacks Road

A family fun day took place in West Belfast over the weekend to mark the official opening of a new Playground and Sensory Garden on Blacks Road.

Belfast City Council have invested £200,000 in the creation of the new stimulating playground featuring a range of play equipment for kids of all ages and abilities, a sensory garden, brightly coloured safety surfacing, an accessible path, fencing to secure the site and tree planting to provide screening and privacy for adjacent properties.

Visitors to Saturday’s event enjoyed a range of free activities including arts and crafts, laser tag, archery, a nature education and planting workshop and an urban sports, BMX and scooter display.

Councillor Matt Garrett, Deputy Chairperson of Belfast City Council’s People and Communities Committee, joined Harry Moore from the Department for Communities to officially open the new Blacks Road playground and sensory garden at the weekend.

Councillor Matt Garrett said: “It was so rewarding to see people of all ages out enjoying the new facilities at Blacks Road on Saturday.

“Through our Belfast Agenda, we’ve committed to making the city a welcoming, safe, fair and inclusive place, where everyone experiences health and wellbeing.”

The sensory garden creates an outdoor classroom, a willow den, community growing area, musical sensory zone, sand play area and specialist structures to promote motor skills development and spatial awareness.

A spokesperson for the Department for Communities said:

“In line with the Department’s regeneration objectives, the sensory garden provides an interactive, stimulatory and fun learning environment for children of all abilities.

“It encourages children to explore their senses and develop knowledge of the physical and natural outdoor environment through play.  It is a wonderful space that will provide much enjoyment for the children and young people of the area.”

For further details about Black’s Road and Belfast’s parks and open spaces, go to

Northern Ireland Cinema Day

Northern Ireland Cinema Day is back for its second year on Monday 28th August to celebrate the silver screen and bring film lovers together in a day of cinematic appreciation. 

Presented by Film Hub NI and supported by Northern Ireland Screen, Cinema Day will show screenings and cinema related events in Fermanagh, Rostrevor, Coleraine, Maghera, Portrush, Derry, Ballyclare, Newtownards and of course, Belfast.

 With most events free or greatly reduced, Cinema day aims to celebrate the strength and diversity of all of those involved in making and showing films in the present day. 

Highlights include screenings of a string of films from 1968 for just 50p. Portrush Film Theatre are screening Casablanca. Ormeau Baths Gallery are offering up a mini Ken Loach Season with a ‘pay what you can at the door’ policy. 

Into Film will present The Lego Batman Movie (with a Cardboard Box Office) at their Belfast headquarters and NI Foundation will be showing Northern Ireland soccer cinema treat Shooting for Socrates in the recently acquired Oldpark Carnegie Library. The Web Theatre in Newtownards will show The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Sara Gunn Smith of Film Hub NI said: 

We are very proud to present this exciting and diverse programme of cinematic treats, hosted by 22 of our brilliant members, taking place across NI on bank holiday Monday.

“Whether you’re a film buff, love a bit of nostalgia, want to support your local community cinema or are simply looking for a fun event to bring the family to, we have it covered.

“It’s a bit of a cliché but there really is something for everyone so we hope to see as many people as possible enjoying big screen entertainment in some really cool places. See you at the pictures!”


For full listings of the films available, visit:

Ulster Grand Prix 2017

Last weeks Ulster Grand Prix brought sunshine, socialising, and of course, road racing to Northern Ireland’s typically quiet area of Dundrod for what has been dubbed ‘The Worlds Fastest Road Race’.

Spectators and competitors from all over the world attended, and amongst them the familiar faces of Emmerdale actor, Dominic Brunt and TV personality, Pamela Ballantine could be spotted.

A week of events ensued, some of the most talked about being an evening with Carl Frampton and Lee Johnson hosted by BBC’s Mark Sidebottom and the annual Miss Ulster Grand Prix competition.

With auctions, an opportunity to meet the riders and family fun days taking place near by, bike week seemed to have a niche for everyone.

Take a peek at some of the highlights of the week below.

Sir Jeffey Donaldson MP pictured with his wife Eleanor and their daughter Laura.
Paul Givan MLA, Janet Gray MBE and Sam Finlay.
Kathleen Leathem, Janet Gray MBE (Blind Water Skier), Lynn Reid, Sammy Spence and Allan Ewart MBE pictured with Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale’s TV vet Paddy).
Glen Irwin (British Superbike rider) and his partner Laura Magee pictured with their son Freddie.
Cathy Haslem and Clifford and Jean Fitzsimmons pictured with Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale’s TV vet Paddy) and Pamela Ballentine (TV Presenter).
Dan Kneen (Tyco/BMW) and his girlfriend Leanne Harper.

Lady Killers at The Lyric

A hilarious critically acclaimed adaptation of the classic Ealing Comedy The Lady Killers, recently took centre stage at the Lyric Theatre Belfast. Director Jimmy Fey and comedy writer Graham Lineham (Father Ted The IT Crowd, Black Books) put a daring twist on their version of the comedy classic with an all female cast. The cast included Ex Eastenders actress Cheryl Fergison as One Round, Maria Connolly, Jo Donnelly, Julie Maxwell, Stella McCusker, Abigail McGibbon, Nuala McKeever and Christina Nelson. The opening night was attended by many of Northern Ireland’s theatre enthusiasts and the play received a fantastic audience reception.

For more coverage of this event see our September 2017 edition. 

First Thursdays Belfast

Belfast’s famous Cathedral Quarter will be playing host to a range of cultural events on the first Thursday of every month. ‘First Thursdays’ is the brand new initiative from Destination CQ showcasing the talent and culture within Belfast’s culture hub. Over thirty different venues helped to make the launch of ‘First Thursdays’ a massive success. Visitors and locals enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities throughout the day, including a series of live music performances across the Cathedral Quarter, exciting street performances and excellent food and drink promotions for some of Belfast’s top restaurants and bars.

After the success of the launch night event organisers promise it will not be the last time they bring ‘First Thursdays’ to Belfast with preparations already beginning for the September event. To find out what’s going on next month or to get involved visit:

See our September 2017 edition for more coverage of this event.  



International Film Festival Seeking Trainee Filmmakers


Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival, in partnership with Jordan’s Gift charity, have launched a new filmmaking project to teach and inspire 10 young participants across Northern Ireland. Those selected must be aged 16-21 and available from 10.30am-5.30pm in Belfast from the 14th _ 17th September inclusive. The project entails producing a short documentary film depicting the work that Jordan’s Gift do, as well as their origins and ethos.

Joan Burney Keatings MBE, Cinemagic Chief Executive has expressed her enthusiasm for the scheme saying: “We are really proud to be launching a creative project for young people  that came from an idea to capture on film how Jordan’s spirit continues to flourish through the wonderful charity set up by his family in his honour- to celebrate his life and also to help others. Participants will be mentored by a Cinemagic filmmaking team and they will have the opportunity to work on all aspects of the production to develop their skill set.”

Jordan’s Gift helps young people disadvantaged through disability or illness, young carers and young people living with social deprivation. They provide financial awards to assist with projects, education and equipment costs to help with recovery, rehabilitation and future planning so that young people can live and look forward to a meaningful and happy life. Colin Kennedy from Jordan’s Gift said “Jordan was inspirational. His love of life, fun personality and eagerness to help others, especially those less fortunate than himself encouraged us to set up the charity in his memory. I am delighted that Cinemagic has partnered with Jordan’s Gift to help young people whilst at the same time celebrating his life. I know Jordan would be both honoured and very, very proud.”

How to apply: Email or telephone Sean Boyle at Cinemagic on 028 90 311 900 to register your interest, explaining why you would benefit from the project. Deadline to apply is September 1st 2017.


Upcoming: The Annual Saintfield Horse Show

This Saturday, the 19th of August will see the gorgeous annual Saintfield Horse Show grace Tyrella House, Downpatrick. The show will fall upon us this year in it’s new and improved form. This sees several new classes added alongside the usual: show-jumping, working hunter, show ponies, ridden hunters, miniature horses, novelty dog show and trade stands. The new classes include the expectedly elegant Ulster Tatler Ladies Side Saddle Championship which shouldn’t be missed as well as dressage and the return of two Handy Hunter classes which have been absent for many years.

Indeed, high-profile judges are also the order of the day as the Downpatrick Race Course – Race Horse to Riding Horse class is to be judged by twice Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, trainer; Noel Chance. So get down to Downpatrick this weekend for this historically excellent event which promises to be better than ever!

Get on your bike this September!

Sunday the 24th of September 2017 will see the third ‘Ciclovia Belfast’ event, a fun and free race for cyclists of all ages and ability. There will be two hubs of activity on the day at Botanic Gardens and City Hall for leisurely fun with family and friends. The route itself is traffic-free and runs from Botanic Avenue, Shaftesbury Square, Bedford Street and Donegall Square West from 9:30 AM to 12:30PM.

Get out and get involved in this great healthy and exciting day out! To keep up to date, for all the latest information on Ciclovia Belfast visit, Facebook and Twitter.

Evvie Bishop (10).
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister with her partner Sam and son Finn.
(L-R) Emer Heverin(8), Gerry Heverin and Richard Bradley.

Bushmills Collaborates with Local Artists

Bushmills Irish Whiskey has collaborated with two local artists: Urban street artist, Visual Waste (Dean), and tattoo artist, Connor Curran as part of their #AnswerTheCall series which aims to celebrate and inspire artists across the country. Dean has been challenged to take a break from urban murals in favour of fine art which will culminate in an exhibit mirroring the confident and defiant spirit of the Bushmills brand, incorporating the elegance and smoothness of the whiskey.

The concept ‘Whiskey and Muses’ is a Bushmills and Visual Waste collaboration whereby Dean has created an urban interpretation of legendary artists who have inspired his career. The exhibition will take place at The Gallery, Belfast, August 24th – 31st.

Whiskey and art enthusiasts can register for the opportunity to attend the launch event on August 24th where Visual Waste will create a live paint demonstration and unveil the exhibition to friends, media and competition winners with specially curated Black Bush Whiskey cocktails on offer. To be in with a chance to attend the exclusive launch of Whiskey and Muses on August 24th, visit and register at the events section.

Connor then, from Crooked Mile Tattoo is one of the most exciting talents in the current tattoo world. He takes his inspiration from tattoos of the 40s, 50s and 60s and employs his own modern slant bringing old styles into the 21st century. As his #AnswerTheCall challenge, he has collaborated with Bushmills  to create a limited edition ‘Bushmills X Crooked Mile Tattoo’ t-shirt for bar staff across the country. Conceptualised by Connor, the t-shirt design represents the bold and defiant spirit synonymous with Bushmills whilst celebrating the innovative and creative design talent that exists in Northern Ireland. Fifty limited edition bar t-shirts are available to win at via the competition section so seize the opportunity!

Bike Ride Out for UGP Week

 It’s MCE Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week and as part of the festivities, Tuesday the 8th of August saw about 200 bikes form a ‘Bike Ride Out’  from three separate locations: the Balmoral Hotel, Devinish Complex and Dromara, home of the legendary Dromara Destroyers.  The event began with the completion of one lap of the world famous Dundrod circuit and continued with a Q&A session in the Grand Prix Marquee in the paddock area. It was a special day for Chris Kinley as he took a trip down memory lane, interviewing Ian McGregor and Brian Reid of the aforementioned Dromara Destroyers.

HARP Announces Official Partnership with the Northern Ireland Open

The Northern Ireland Open at Galgorm Castle, Ballymena kicks off this week 10th_13th August 2017 and spectators can expect to enjoy a cold pint of HARP while the professionals do battle on the lush greens and fairways as the iconic Irish lager  has announced it’s official partnership with the tournament.

HARP Brand Manager Jeanette Levis explained the sponsorship enthusiastically: “HARP’s ‘Pure Here’ campaign is about championing the people and places of Northern Ireland and celebrating what makes NI so special. I can’t think of a better event to be involved with or one that’s more ‘Pure Here’ than The NI Open.” Indeed, there were smiles all round in discussions of the partnership; Ross Oliver NI Open Event Manager said: “We are delighted to have HARP as the official drinks partner of this year’s NI Open.” He acknowledged that “HARP has a long and distinguished history of supporting sporting individuals and events from Northern Ireland and I’m sure players and fans alike will be delighted to know they can enjoy a great pint as the tournament unfolds across the four days.”

The NI Open is the final stepping-stone to the ‘big time’ of world golf, it is the second tier of men’s professional golf in Europe and part of the European Challenge Tour’s international schedule. It attracts a strong contingent of Irish European Tour winners, rising European Challenge Tour stars, European Tour winners, Ryder Cup players and up and coming professionals. Many eyes however on the day are expected to be on Ballymena’s very own Dermot McElroy as he takes to  his home turf.

This year’s NI Open will introduce an exciting new format: 156 players begin, 60 players survive 2 rounds and only 24 players make it through to Shootout Sunday, which will see 28 6-hole strokeplay matches eventually determine the 2017 NI Open winner.

Entry to the NI Open is free. Simply register for tickets online at or download the NI Open app.