Top 6 free things to do in Belfast

Looking for cheap things to do in Belfast?  Here are 6 fantastic attractions and best of all, they are FREE!

Botanic gardens and palm house

The botanic gardens and palm house were established in 1928 and are a pleasant way to while away a afternoon.  Established in 1828, the gardens have been enjoyed as a public park by the people of Belfast since 1895. Why not pick up a picnic en-route and join the students and locals who meet up in the gardens.  There is a Tesco Express on the Dublin road with a good selection of pre-packed salads and sandwiches and from there it is a mere 10 minute stroll to the Belfast botanic gardens

Ulster Museum

The Ulster museum is conveniently located in the botanic gardens.  It’s a brilliant free museum where you can come face to face with dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies and as well as learning about local history, including the troubles, there are art and natural science exhibits.  Well worth spending a few hours here.

Opening hours are: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00 – 17.00

Lagan towpath

After visiting the Ulster Museum, why not head on down the road and take a walk along the delightful Lagan towpath.  From the museum,  head to Stranmills by turning left out of the gates and onto Malone road.  Here are the Google map directions for you.

The Towpath winds along the river and canal system taking in a  variety of wildlife, wetlands, woodlands and riverside meadows. The canal system dates back to the late 18th century and many features give an insight into the majestic era of the lighter – which was the name given to the boats that originally travelled on the Lagan Canal. For detailed information about the towpath and walks, you can check out the official website right here.

If after your walk you have worked up an appetite or thirst, the Cutters wharf is a popular bar with riverfront tables and an upstairs restaurant serving a varied, modern menu. The bar and restaurant overlook the canal and you will have walked past it on your way to the towpath.

Belfast city hall tour

Belfast city hall, home of Belfast city council is located in Donegall Square, right in the heart of Belfast city centre.  Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. Construction began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906 at a cost of £369,000.

The guided tour is free and lasts about 45 minutes. You will have the chance to see some of the building’s finest features and various rooms including the Council Chamber, Robing Room, Reception Hall, Banqueting Hall and The Great Hall. Simply sign in at the main reception before the tour starts.  I popped in one morning and booked a place for one of the afternoon tours.

The Titanic Memorial Garden is situated on the east side of Belfast City Hall.

Check here for more information and tour times 

St Georges market

St George’s Market is one of Belfast’s oldest attractions having been built between 1890-1896. The undercover market is less than a 5 minute walk from city hall. It’s a buzzing market and as well as the stalls, you may well get to see some local bands playing live..

The variety market takes place every Friday between 6.00am -3.00pm.

On Saturdays there is the city food and craft market offering a huge range of local, continental and specialty foods including meat and fish, cheese, coffee beans, tapas and organic products. Opening hours are 9.00am-3.00pm

Taking place on Sundays is the aptly names Sunday market.  This market is a mixture of the Friday and Saturday markets with a special emphasis on local arts and crafts, offering more local craftspeople the opportunity to show off their talents.

St Georges market is a  lovely spot and definitely worth a visit.

The Dome at Victoria Square

The Dome offers panoramic views that stretch for miles across Belfast city, the iconic Dome is a must do and it’s a great place to take some stunning photographs. Climb to the top using the stairs or lift.

 

How to survive with a survival bracelet!

You may well ask “What are these survival bracelets all about’. Well if you go running, walking, or camping. OR indeed, just out and about and wear boots or shoes with laces, then you might, just have had a lace break.You can use one of the survival bracelet cords to replace your laces.

This functional bracelet has many other uses too:

Travel washing line.

Emergency dog lead.

To tie something up.

Keep things together.

It’s breaking strength is 190 kg which will comfortably take two average size people if the need arose.

At only £1.06 this bracelet is an absolute bargain.  What would you use yours for?

Survival bracelet

5 Camping must haves

 

Updated 14th September 2016

Have you been caught by the camping bug? Take camping to the next level with these camping must haves.  All of this camping equipment is ideal for newcomers to camping as well as the more experienced camper.

If you are new to camping , you probably won’t want to splash out on an expensive tent to start with.  After-all, camping is not for everyone! North Gear waterproof tent offer a basic tent for 4 persons. Cheap (under £40.00) and easy to put up, this tent is great value for money. However, it is probably more suitable to a max of 3 persons, 4 at a squeeze.The Benross Group offer a neat tent dustpan and brush  set which is perfect for cleaning up your tent.  The brush and dustpan clip together for easy flat storage. The set is lightweight and easy to carry. Perfect for camping trips and going to festivals.2 x Blue inflatable camping pillows   Inflatable pillows are just what is needed for camping or travelling. They have flocked covering for that  extra bit of comfort. Easily stored and they take up very little space. Would be great for the beach too!Love this attractive portable wash bowl. Lightweight and it also folds up in its own carry bag.  Ideal for camping, picnics as well as a multitude of outdoor activities.Wow!  Unbreakable wine glasses!  These are perfect for a girls camping or glamping trip. Great too for pool parties, picnics and beach BBQ’s.  Each set of 4 frosted glasses comes complete with a carry bag.

 

 

 

5 Best camping gadgets

Here are 5 cheap gadgets that will  definitely make your camping trip a fun and memorable experience.

Love al fresco dining but don’t love tumbling bottles of wine?  These clever wine bottle and wine glass holders will be happy to step in and come to the rescue.  Perfect for camping, picnics, beach outings as well as barbecues. Check them out here

Wine bottle holder

If you miss having toast when you are camping, you will want to get your hands on this nifty portable toaster. Made by bright Spark, the toaster fits into any Bright Spark portable gas cooker.  Golden brown toast time after time.

Toaster

Turn the campfire into a colourful display with these mystical fire sachets.  Fun and entertaining, each sachet lasts for up to 40 minutes.

Mystical fire

This is a great way to store your toiletries during a camping trip.  Made by Dopobo® this hanging storage bag is big enough to hold all the necessities.

Portable hanging toliletry holder

Every camper should have a whistling kettle!  This compact whistling kettle is perfect for camping, making up to three cups of tea each time.

Whistling kettle

5 of the best kitchen gadgets

Here we have it!  A handful of the most unique, funny and most importantly, affordable kitchen gadgets. These cool gadgets would make the perfect quirky gift for someone who loves to cook.

First off is this adorable pet pig tabletop vacuum cleaner.  This gadget is handy for collecting all of those annoying crumbs.

Pet pig table  top vacuum cleaner

Next up is Eddingtons egg cuber – If you love egg sandwiches, this is the gadget for you. This curious egg cuber is great fun as it literally squashes your egg into a cube shape. An ideal gift for anyone with children who need encouraging to eat eggs, for chef’s or for that person who has everything.

Egg cuber

I just love these fun snails.  HeroNeo® Cute snail silicone tea bag holder. An inexpensive novelty item which is sure to put a smile on any tea drinkers face.

Snail tea bag holder

Another one for tea lovers. Meet Mr Fred the adorable tea infuser.  This little guy perches on the rim of your tea cup so you don’t have to worry about fishing him out.

Novelty tea infuser

Sandwiches will never be boring again.  Check out this butterfly sandwich cutter which will cut your bread into butterfly shapes. Brilliant fun for parties, school packed lunches and even biscuits.

sandwich cutter

 

Outdoor wedding ideas

Updated 12th September 2016

The great outdoors is a wonderful backdrop for a wedding.  Whether you are planning to keep things simple and have the reception in your garden or go all out and hire a venue or head to the beach, these ideas are sure to give you some inspiration in preparation for your big day.

 

 

Make your own hen party games

Updated 14th September 2016

It’s fun and easy to make your own DIY hen party games.  These games simply require a few pens, paper or card, access to a printer and a laminator if you want to keep things clean! Oh and lets not forget, a great imagination….

Who am  I DIY hen party game

 

Guess who Hen party game

Who knows the bride the best.  Hen party game

Advice for the bride