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TIME FOR TEA AT WHITEHEAD RAILWAY MUSEUM

TIME FOR TEA AT WHITEHEAD RAILWAY MUSEUM

Whitehead Railway Museum is rolling out its cake-stands and best china for a new season of its popular Afternoon Tea after a sell-out year in 2018.

Having celebrated its most popular year with visitor numbers increasing by 50%, the award-winning Museum will welcome guests to step back in time and enjoy Afternoon Tea in a stationary historic railway carriage, located on the tracks within the Museum premises.

General Manager of Railway Preservation Society of Ireland Lisa Adair said: “We have had an extremely successful summer so far with speciality train rides, bespoke events, and our visitor numbers are continuing to rise. We were overwhelmed with the bookings we received for the Afternoon Tea last year and the start of this year so we know there is a big demand for this event. As we run a very busy summer schedule this offering finished in May, so we are really looking forward to kicking off our Autumn season and inviting people to experience the atmospheric carriage.

“Whitehead has always been a railway town and we want to make it a visitor spot that appeals to everyone, not just the railway enthusiast community, so having unique offerings such as Afternoon Tea brings visitors from near and far to the Museum.”

Operated by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland (RPSI), the Museum also offers a gallery experience that weaves through the rich rail history of generations, from seaside trips to tales of smuggling butter across borders. Visitors can enjoy an array of steam and diesel locomotives plus heritage carriages, see work in progress in the restoration workshops, enjoy afternoon tea in the Edwardian Tea Room, and hear all about the social impact of the railways and Whitehead.

Bookings have now opened for this season’s Afternoon Tea and the first event takes place at Whitehead Railway Museum on Saturday 7th September. Book now via https://www.steamtrainsireland.com. Whitehead Railway Museum is open 10am to 4pm Thursday to Saturday, while the Edwardian Tea Room, which is admission-free, serves tea/coffee and freshly prepared lunches. Experienced RPSI members are on hand for conducted tours at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm, with tours lasting just over an hour.

NEW VENUE LOOKING A SLICE OF THE GROWING FOOD AND DRINK SCENE IN BELFAST

NEW VENUE LOOKING A SLICE OF THE GROWING FOOD AND DRINK SCENE IN BELFAST

Belfast’s Linen Quarter is set to welcome a new venue, Tutti Frutti, following a £250,000 investment that will create over 30 new jobs. The brainchild of the Bachus group, the successful multi venue hospitality group owners of Filthy McNasty’s, The Perch, Miel et Moi, Rita’s and more, Tutti Frutti will represent a brand-new bar and pizzeria with fantastic live entertainment three nights a week.

Set to open on Saturday 1st December, Tutti Frutti combines authentic Italian pizzas with all the local charm that Northern Ireland has to offer. Revellers will be able to avail of an extensive range of drinks and cocktails with quirky names that play on Northern Ireland colloquialisms and cultural references such as ‘Cavehill Sunrise’ and ‘Our Wee Samba’.

Speaking ahead of the launch, General Manager, Michael Johnston said: “We are delighted to be investing once again in the Northern Ireland hospitality sector and creating opportunities for those that wish to carve out a career within the industry. Our level of investment clearly outlines ongoing commitment and our vision for Tutti Frutti ensures we are continually looking to bring something new and fresh to the market.

“There is nothing like Tutti Frutti in the city. Often people venture for some food in the city and leave the restaurant in search of somewhere lively for drinks. With Tutti Frutti our aim is to provide a place where people can enjoy quality, tasty food and then want to stay for drinks and dancing. We are confident this will be a destination venue for the city with plans in place for original events and themed nights for all.”

Adding to Michael’s comments, Operations Manager Paul Langsford said, “From Bingo to Karaoke Nights, Can-Can, Opera Singers and Drag Performers; no two weeks will be the same at Tutti Frutti. This is a destination bar and pizzeria, somewhere that will further enhance the Linen Quarter as it becomes a viable alternative to the Cathedral Quarter. We can’t wait for the public to experience it and truly get a flavour of what’s to come.”

Designed by award-winning Dublin based interior designers O’Donnell O’Neill, Tutti Frutti is an eccentric and off-the wall space with eye-catching elements dotted throughout the venue including a bespoke ice-cream van serving speciality drinks. All installations in the venue have been carefully curated and planned for optimal impact. Tutti Frutti will be open three nights a week from 3pm until late.

FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE RECEIVES AUTISM IMPACT AWARD

FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE RECEIVES AUTISM IMPACT AWARD

Foyleside Shopping Centre is delighted to announce that, owing to the hard work and effort of its dedicated staff, they are now the proud recipients of an Autism Impact Award from Autism NI. The prestigious Award is presented to organisations who go above and beyond to create an ‘Autism friendly environment’. This allows for the 30,000 individuals and families in Northern Ireland who are daily affected by autism to enjoy the same privileges as everyone else in the community.

Foyleside has six Champions dedicated to ensuring autism accessibility within the Centre, making it the largest Shopping Complex with a specially trained staff in Northern Ireland. These AQA accredited Autism Champions are Adrian O’Brien, Micheál Morrow, Angela O’Donnell, Amy O’Donnell, Alison Canning and Tina McAleer.

Foyleside Shopping Centre is only the second Shopping Complex in Northern Ireland, and the first Shopping Complex outside of Belfast, to receive the Award.

Wednesday evenings are also now being designated as “Quiet Evenings” in an effort to make retailers and shoppers alike more conscious of the challenges faced by Northern Ireland’s autistic community. The main mall and shop units will turn off any in-store music to help make the shopping experience more enjoyable for customers affected by autism.

Foyleside has also constructed a brand-new sensory room as part its initiative to make the Centre more universally accessible. The room is fitted with multiple features designed to calm, including fibre optics, bubble tubes and other devices aimed at destressing. Sound and light levels are adjustable and can be changed to cater to a specific child or adult’s needs.

Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager at Foyleside Shopping Centre said, “We are extremely proud that Foyleside is now accessible to the many individuals and families in Northern Ireland who are daily affected by autism. We want all shoppers to feel welcome, comfortable, safe, and above all, to have an enjoyable experience at Foyleside. We hope that we can encourage other businesses in Northern Ireland to follow suit and that, with our example, we have taken steps towards tolerance and inclusivity across society as a whole.”

With convenient parking until 9pm and over 50 amazing shops, Foyleside is the perfect place to be this Halloween. To find out more visit http://www.foyleside.co.uk/

 

THOUSANDS FLOCK TO FOYLESIDE TO MEET LOVE ISLAND FAVOURITE

THOUSANDS FLOCK TO FOYLESIDE TO MEET LOVE ISLAND FAVOURITE

On Saturday 29th September, Love Island 2018 favourite, Alexandra Cane visited the North West’s premier shopping destination, Foyleside Shopping Centre, as the popular retail mecca hosted its fashion and beauty extravaganza of the year. Hosted by Cool FM’s, Melissa Riddell, the event showcased the best in fashion and beauty for the upcoming Autumn and Winter season.

‘Feel Fabulous at Foyleside’ was an action-packed day of free style advice, giveaways, special offers and more as Alexandra Cane joins the centre’s key style retailers on the ‘Feel Fabulous’ stage. Alexandra hosted a live makeup demonstration, followed by an exclusive meet and greet. Shoppers flocked in their thousands to grab a picture with the Love Island favourite, at a new bespoke flower wall, created specifically for the Foyleside event.

The centre has gone from strength to strength within the past year, with new store openings including Inglot and Paddy McGurgan Make up Pro Store, broadening the fashion and beauty offering. With Holland &Barratt opening later this month, the Centre is reporting almost 100% occupancy.

For more information, visit Foyleside.co.uk or find the centre on Facebook and Instagram.

CRAIGAVON OMNIPLEX MARKS 1MILLION ADMISSIONS

CRAIGAVON OMNIPLEX MARKS 1MILLION ADMISSIONS

At only three years young, Craigavon Omniplex is celebrating hitting a significant milestone – 1 million admissions through its doors. The cinema opened in March 2015 and its modern styling in the Craigavon OmniPark is proving ever popular. The cinema boasts the latest in projection and digital sound technology. Omniplex Cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities including custom designed leather rocker chairs are a standard feature.

Speaking about achieving this milestone, Paul John Anderson, Director of Omniplex Group (NI) said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the ongoing appetite for cinema within the local area. Our team work tirelessly to ensure all customers have an unbeatable experience and the fact that customers keep returning, is down to the staff’s hard work and dedication.

“At Omniplex, we are committed to bringing the latest releases to customers and providing a place that elevates a movie going experience. Whether it is their first visit or one hundredth, it is our desire that each customer is offered the highest level of customer service, diverse scheduling and a welcoming environment.”Since opening, Omniplex Craigavon has strived to provide the most diverse range of movies to the local audience including classic movie screenings such as Home Alone & Lord of the Rings, a range of live events including the Met Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company & Australian Ballet, and of course the biggest blockbusters.

Omniplex Craigavon features include: Free Parking, 8 Screen Cinema, and an OmniplexMAXX screen with Barco Auro sound.

Omniplex is the largest cinema chain in the north, with other outlets including Armagh, Lisburn, Omagh and Newry.

KNOW HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER!

KNOW HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL THIS SUMMER!

Frozzy’s, producers of the healthy and nutritious lickable frozen yoghurt for dogs, has teamed up with renowned vet Luc Van Dijck and founder of the Luc Van Dijk Veterinary Centre in Wigan, to urge dog owners across the UK to be more aware of the risks linked to this summer’s rising temperatures. Animals can’t deal with soaring temperatures so easily, and dogs are especially at risk from severe overheating.

Speaking on heatstroke and sun safety, Luc Van Dijick says: “Dogs can suffer fatal heatstroke within minutes. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat through their skin and so they rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. Imagine wearing a thick winter coat on a hot summer’s day and you’ll understand why dogs succumb to heatstroke so easily.

“Even cats are at risk. Pale-coloured cats for example are vulnerable to sunburn; particularly on their ears, noses and sparsely haired areas. Use pet safe sun cream on exposed parts of your pet’s skin, such as the tips of their ears and nose, to avoid sunburn. If you’re unsure on the right product, please ask your vet.

“We have also had cases were curious cats seek out cooling breezes in the summer, and at this time of year we treat more and more cats with serious injuries after falling from heights when their owners open the windows.

“Signs of heatstroke include collapse, excessive panting, and dribbling. If you suspect your dog or cat is suffering, move them to a cool place, preferably with a draught, wet their coat and contact a vet immediately. Avoid overcooling by using cool, not freezing, water.”

Luc adds: “Most owners make the potentially deadly mistake of leaving their dog in the car while they nip out on an errand. But even a minute is too long. A car can become an oven very quickly even when it doesn’t feel that warm. If you see a dog in distress inside a car, official advice is to dial 999 immediately and ask for the police. A dog in distress in a hot car is an emergency and the police will advise you what to do based on the situation.”

Another common issue with animals in the heat says Luc, is the tarmac. “Dogs’ paw pads can burn on hot pavements. Place the back of your palm on the ground. Generally, if it’s too hot for your hand it’s too hot for their paws. Walk your dog at the cooler times of the day, either first thing in the morning or early evening.

“If a dog must remain outside, ensure there is ample shade throughout the day and plenty of water.  Putting ice cubes into your dog or cat’s water bowl is another fantastic idea. Dogs may also appreciate a paddling pool to splash around in.”

Noel Conlon, Founder of Frozzys says: “We are delighted to partner with Luc to get across these vital health messages. Our team have been extremely concerned by the continued number of stories in the news about animals left in cars while owners pop to the shop. Our frozen yoghurt was created specifically to give owners the ability to keep their beloved pet cool and safe in the heat when at home or on walks. These temperatures are exceptional, and we urge people to understand the risks and follow Luc’s advice. Awareness is key, and we hope that our appeal will help more animals to stay cool and safe in the sun.”

OMNIPLEX OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART 7 SCREEN CINEMA IN OMAGH

OMNIPLEX OPENS STATE-OF-THE-ART 7 SCREEN CINEMA IN OMAGH

Omniplex Cinemas, Ireland’s largest multiplex cinema chain has officially launched their new state of the art 7 screen cinema with a glamorous opening evening last Thursday.

The £5 million investment includes an OmniplexMAXX screen, the first Premium Large Format screen for County Tyrone. The new 35,000 sq foot development will host over 1,100 patrons at full capacity with a range of new restaurants including dinosaur themed ‘Rexy Jacks’ and American filling station themed ‘Hill Billy Fuel’. The cinema also features a brand new soft-serve ice cream called ‘Divils’ allowing customers to customise their ice cream with up to 24,000 combinations between special toppings & sauces. Omniplex Omagh is also the first Omniplex cinema to feature a ‘Click & Collect Station’ allowing customers to skip the queues when ordering their cinema treats online!

The OmniplexMAXX screen is the largest in the country standing at 18.7m x 10.2m, over twice the height of two double decker buses. Omniplex provides the ultimate cinema experience available, immersing the viewer in the movie using three key features; screen, sound and seats.  OmniplexMAXX features a giant, curved silver screen, red leather rocker seats, 4K laser digital projection for optimal viewing pleasure, and a Dolby Atmos sound system, the most advanced sound system available, filling the room with ‘moving audio’.

Speaking about the launch, Paul John Anderson, Director of Omniplex Group (NI) said: “We are delighted to officially launch Omniplex Omagh. Today cinema has become so much more than simply watching a movie.  Bespoke leather seating, designed with the utmost comfort in mind, the size and structure of the screens along with the latest in high tech sound technology, help transport the viewer into what becomes a completely immersive film experience in an Omniplex Cinema. The addition of our largest OmniplexMAXX screen means that the people of Omagh and surrounding areas can claim one of the best cinema experience offerings in the country.”

For bookings, ticket pricing and news from Omniplex, see www.omniplex.ie

JOIN PIZZA PUNKS AS IT BRINGS ‘ANARCHY IN THE OVEN’ TO BELFAST!

JOIN PIZZA PUNKS AS IT BRINGS ‘ANARCHY IN THE OVEN’ TO BELFAST!

Belfast is set to welcome a pizza revolution that will shake up the Cathedral Quarter next month and you will want to be a part of it!

 

Pizza Punks is an artisan and wood-fired pizza eatery with a difference. Its philosophy is simple: giving choice and value to their customers. You can have anything you want on your pizza at no extra cost., that’s right, unlimited toppings for one flat fee. Anarchy, right?

 

Pizza Punks has become famous for its legendary artisan wood-fired pizzas, their Sourdough base is handmade on site every day and proved for 24 hours for maximum flavour. Boasting a range of bases and unique toppings to suit every taste (vegan, gluten free and Halal). Its giant wood burning oven will also be front and centre in the new venue, so you can see first hand your creation coming to life.

 

Plus, it doesn’t stop at pizza! Pizza Punks is set to cause a stir with an incredible drinks menu on offer. Retro ice cream floats? Got it. Champion cocktails? Yup. Those crazy Insta-famous freak-shakes? Of course. All of that along with wine on tap, and a great selection of craft beers all served up alongside a great soundtrack – there really is something for everyone including the little punks in your life who can create their own pizza and ice cream from their own children’s menu.

 

The punked up look and feel of the Cathedral Quarter venue marks a new spot for locals, inviting the food lovers of Belfast to come in and hang out amongst the neon signage, wooden worktops and unique atmosphere. If that wasn’t enough, Belfast Street artist, Visual Waste is jumping onboard as a collaborator to punk up the interior even more.

 

The Pizza Punks team have created the perfect combination of menus for every occasion, whether it’s a brunch date, grabbing a slice on your lunch break, or a full-on pizza party with your crew they’ve got it covered.

 

Launching in April, stay in the know by following Pizza Punks Belfast on Facebook.

 

Power to the people, we say.

DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

DRIMNAGH WELCOMES NEW FIT4LESS GYM OPENED

Local born and bred businessman, Ross Norton from Perrystown opens a new state-of-the-art fit4less gym in Drimnagh this Thursday 27 July; creating seven local jobs in the process and significant investment into the local area.

With years of experience within the fitness arena, highly qualified personal trainer Ross Norton and his team are putting the finishing touches to the Fit4Less complex in Lansdowne Gate Business Centre.

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REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA BRINGS THE CARNIVAL TO BELFAST!

REVOLUCIÓN DE CUBA BRINGS THE CARNIVAL TO BELFAST!

Revolución de Cuba Belfast

Belfast – get set for a new and exciting destination bursting with carnival fever. Revolución de Cuba, the Latin rum bar and cantina, will bring old Havana to the city this summer when it launches at the end of July. Set on Arthur Street, right in the heart of Belfast, the relaxed, all-day drinking and dining hot spot will be reviving the glamorous days of the Buena Vista Social Club of the 1930s.

Head over to the Havana bar where Revolución de Cuba will entice you with a vast selection of exotic cocktails, before tucking into the delicious cantina menu brimming with hunger-fuelled Cuban fare. Kick back and enjoy the weekly sundown fiestas, featuring live music and special offers! Tiempo de fiesta!

To introduce you to how Revolucón likes to rumba, the team will be pulling out all the stops to get your taste buds tingling, with free ice cream and taco giveaways, a pay-what-you-like-night with proceeds going to a local charity and a city cycle tour takeover – all to get you into the rhythm of what’s in store. Keep your eyes peeled across our social media to find out more!

Revolución de Cuba knows how to throw a party and on opening night they’ll be putting their heart, soul and salsa-dancing feet into a Belfast carnival like no other. Expect tail-feather shaking entertainment from performers and live music throughout the evening, sip on complimentary Cuban cocktails lovingly made by the resident Cantineros, and sample canapés showcasing the restaurant’s enticing menu. Sign up here (www.revoluciondecuba.com/bar/belfast/) to be the first to know when the party date is unveiled and to reserve your place on the guest list.

Revolución de Cuba, bringing the glamour of old Havana to the heart of Belfastviva la Revolución!