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Museums get an over-18s rating for one night only! 

Robert Foreshaw Castle

Across Northern Ireland this autumn, museums will be opening their doors after-dark for adults-only events as part of a movement to kick-start a culture of ‘museum lates’ in Northern Ireland. 

Six museums are taking part in ‘The Late Shift’ event series from October 19th until November 4th.  Guests can hone their zombie-survival skills at North Down Museum in Bangor, join a ‘Carnival of Delights in Newry’s Bagenal’s Castle, give sunrise yoga a go at Mossley Mill in Newtownabbey, go ‘Into the Mystic’ with Armagh County Museum’s celebration of Van Morrison, join a 15th century house party in Enniskillen Castle or see electronic musician Ryan Vail headline ‘The Dark Tower’ in Derry’s Tower Museum. 

Adam Turkington of Seedhead Arts who oversaw Culture Night Belfast between 2011 and 2016 is programming the events.  He said, “Museum lates are all about a different night-time experience. People can go to a really unique heritage venue, have a drink with friends, and experience something completely unexpected.” 

‘The Late Shift’ is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Tourism NI, and the Department for Communities as part of European Year of Cultural Heritage. Tickets for these over-18s events are £10 and available to book online: bit.ly/LateShiftTickets 

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