It’s finally the weekend! We’ve got our pick of some of the best things to do in Belfast to live the weekend to its full potential before the Sunday Blues officially kick in…

From beer, copious amounts of Afternoon Tea, champagne and even shipwrecks.

1. Champagne Fashion Teas

The Merchant, April 23 – 24, £35

Guests will be treated to two days of sensational style with five Fabulous Fashion Teas presenting the must-have looks from cutting-edge local designers and leading designer boutiques.

During each show, guests will enjoy Veuve Clicquot champagne and mouth-watering patisseries. Afterwards, guests and the public will be able to shop the collections hot off the catwalk, as featured designers and boutiques host bespoke pop-up shops in The Merchant over the weekend.

You can find more info about each show and how to get tickets at themerchanthotel.com.

2. Belfast Craft Beer Festival

Custom House Sq, April 21 – 23, £10

Belfast is playing host to an epic three-day beer festival celebrating Irish craft brewers, cider makers and distilleries. For everything you need to know about Belfast Craft Beer Festival check out our complete guide: All You Need To Know Ahead Of Belfast Craft Beer Festival plus 7 Drinks To Try At Belfast Craft Beer Festival.

As well as 25 of the top brewers, distillers and cider makers, the festival will also be offering an array of local artisan food and live resident DJs. Some of the city’s favourite food producers will be cooking up a storm including Broughgammon, Jolly Pies, Mike’s Fancy Cheese and Wolf and Devour.

We put in an appearance on Thursday and were mightily impressed by the lay out of the beer tent and selection of alcoholic tipples on offer. It was also great to chat to those people who put in the hard work making the fuel for our night’s out!

3. The Belfast Tempest

T13 Urban Sports Academy Queen’s Road, April 20 – 23, £10/ 15

The Belfast Tempest

Grab your cloaks, your cushions and your supplies and climb on board a shipwreck for a truly magical experience. Belfast is joining the global celebration in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with a truly extraordinary version of the Tempest – the Bard’s last play.

Join 230 people from across the city and a professional cast from around the world as choirs, dancers, actors, music and lights come together to create a uniquely Belfast Tempest at the Titanic Quarter in T13 warehouse.

4. Fusion Afternoon Tea as Solo

11 Wellington Pl, £18 pp

Solo’s Fusion Tea, offers an afternoon tea experience with a difference for anyone looking to reawaken their taste buds on a gastronomique journey. East meets West iwith this eclectic menu, filled with assorted hot & cold, savoury & sweet nibbles.

With three delicious tiers of Sweets; Savoury; and Savoury nibbles, we’re particularly lusting after the Wild Alaskan Smoked Salmon, Bruschetta, Samosas and Chocolate Cake – to name just a few! This looks like one delicious feed. Just make sure to book 24 hours in advance in order to ensure this gorgeous cuisine is cooked and ready for you! With House Cocktails or a glass of Prosecco just £5, why not wash it down with something alcoholic – it is the weekend…

5. Puckoon

The MAC, April 20 – 30, £19.50/ £25

John, Keith and Giles

Big Telly’s smash hit stage production of Spike Milligan’s Puckoon comes to the MAC by popular demand. A sell-out success on its previous Irish and UK tour, audiences are promised a rip-roaring night of humour with this absurd blend of theatrical anarchy, musical wit and impossible plot.

We were in the front row for the opening night and can testify that Puckoon will leave you breathless, whether from laughter or trying to keep up with the insane storyline.

The actors are given free reign to express themselves through a swath of comic characters and they seize that opportunity with both hands, putting on a production which is as close to organised chaos as you’re likely to see on stage.

Check out themaclive.com/shows/puckoon to check times and shows.

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