12 things to do in Northern Ireland next week

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has put together a list of 12 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland over the next week (June 11 - 17). For all events in ni2012 click on www.discovernorthernireland.com/events, visit your local tourist information centre or log onto http://www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland.

Queen Elizabeth II – Portrait of a Reign, Oriel Gallery, Clotworthy House, Co. Antrim, June 2 – August 2. Selected from the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition charts the monarch’s life through the work of eminent artists.

Photographic Exhibition, Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, June 13 – 30. Dungannon and Cookstown Camera Club present their fourth annual photography exhibition with a range of photographs of landscapes, flora, fauna, portraits, people and sport.

Wildflower Walk, Shane’s Castle Estate, Co. Antrim, June 14. A special opportunity to see the wonderful wildflower meadows, explore some of the hidden parts of the estate and find out how this species rich habitat benefits our local biodiversity.

Mid-Summer Concerts, Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House, Castlerock, Co. Londonderry, June 15 - 16. Enjoy an evening of classical music in the unique surroundings of Mussenden Temple including a buffet supper.

Magical Moths, Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills, June 16. Join the Ulster Wildlife Trust for a guided walk through the vast wildlife paradise to discover some of the hundreds of moths that dwell here.

Ulster Orchestra: The James Galway Prom, Waterfront Hall, Belfast, June 16. Join James Galway and friends as they perform popular classics from around the world including Mozart and Mancini.

A Grand Day Out, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Co. Down, June 16. Enjoy a day out with the whole family for Grandparents Day with a range of activities, performances, demonstrations, music and crafts.

RJ Rocks the 80s, The Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, June 16. A tribute show of the greatest rock anthems of the 80s including Queen, Dire Straits, Bruce Springsteen and Meatloaf.

Cookies and Cupcakes, My Little Kitchen Cookery School, Greysteel, Co. Londonderry, June 16. Learn how to create perfect cupcakes with frosting and toppings and yummy cookies.

Branny Ramble, Grants Ancestral Homestead 45, Dergenagh, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, June 17. The Branny Ramble route takes you on an exploration of the rolling agricultural landscape around the ancestral homestead of President Ulysses S Grant, the 18th President of the United States.

Father’s Day, Crom Estate, Co. Fermanagh, June 17. A fun filled afternoon with classic vintage displays, craft activities and a chance to challenge your dad at archery, egg and spoon races and hoopla.

Sweet Charity, the MAC, Belfast, until June 17. The MAC presents the wham bam musical sensation of the year - a feel good, must-see show that brings the pizzazz of Broadway to Belfast