Here are Jacqueline’s pick of family events taking place this weekend across the North.


Saturday 12th January sees the Kirkistown Racing Circuit host a short circuit karting meeting by the 500 Motor Racing Club of Ireland, featuring direct drive junior and senior classes. This event is round 3 of a 4 round Kirkistown Karting Winter Series. Admission is free.


A long time ago in the far off city of Old Peking, lived a boy called Aladdin – join him on a magical carpet ride for this classic Christmas pantomime. Get ready for another treasure-filled adventure produced by Stewartstown Dramatic Society. Its pure panto genie-us at the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown from 11th to 26th January. Tickets are £10 (£8 concession).


Roll out of bed on Saturday mornings and join the mountain biking enthusiasts at Corralea. Mountain bikers are welcome to use the trails and a qualified Trail Cycle Leader will be on site to assist and advise anyone present on skills, techniques, bike setup and where to go. The session is open to Mountain Biking enthusiasts who have their own gear (bike in working order, gloves, helmet etc..) or novices who want to experience the tracks. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bike hire is available and includes helmet and gloves (minimum 12 years).


Roe Valley Arts Centre Limavady are delighted to present James Ivory’s adaptation of Peter Cameron’s novel, starring the superb Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney and Charlotte Gainsbourg on Saturday 12th January. 28-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund, but Omar must first get through three people who were close to Gund – his brother, widow, and younger mistress—in order to write it. Travelling to South America to persuade this dysfunctional ensemble of oddball characters awakens a greater journey in the young writer.  Never before screened in the UK, this beautifully filmed Merchant Ivory production was made following Ismail Merchant’s death. The screening will be introduced by a member of the Merchant Ivory Board and complimentary refreshments will be provided. This special screening also launches the Roe Valley  January-April Film Programme.


Step back in time in style and enjoy Victorian Afternoon Tea in style in the Dining Room of Milford House Museum. Visitors can book Afternoon tea in the Dining Room where you will partake of Tea using silver and china while the Mc Crum family portraits look down on you. Enjoy delicious  sandwiches cut in strips (no crusts!), smoked salmon, scones with fresh cream and jam, cakes and buns. You will be served by our guides wearing genuine nineteenth century clothing who will instruct you in the art of etiquette of Victorian Afternoon Tea. This is followed by a guided tour. Visitors can also book a living history tour set in the year 1899.


Join the Belfast Barge for our new monthly event, Kids Second Saturdays.  Every second Saturday of the month, kids (ages 3-10) are invited to come and take over the barge. The day is filled with hands-on activities, storytelling and kid-friendly tours of the maritime museum.  Each month we will feature a new theme and January’s Theme is SAILORS SALUTE!  Entry: £4 per child, £2 per adult.  11am-4pm (Last entry at 3pm). Storytelling at 12pm & 2pm