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


Newry will host their St Patrick’s Day Festival on Saturday 16th March. What promises to be a memorable family fun packed day, everyone will be entertained by a creative display of local talent as the parade makes its way throughout the city centre. There will be so much on offer from live music, street theatre, comedy and street performances of Irish Dancing which will provide an exciting carnival atmosphere not to be missed. Street Entertainment – Margaret Square: Compere Paul Clarke/Newry Community Band. Official address by Mayor John McArdle & Church Leaders. Derek Ryan/The Nooks/Cold Porter/Raglan. Street Entertainment Marcus Square: Belfast Samba Band/ Ceili Time – Raymond Carroll Fear a’Ti. For all our County Down events click HERE.


Be part of the Liveliest Festival Omagh has ever seen on Monday 18th March.  The St Patrick’s Day buzz will also be felt around Strule Arts Centre, with St Eugene’s Band performing outside while people enter to enjoy some lunch or to see the Arts & Craft Fair which will take place between 12.00pm and 5.00pm. This has been organised in association with Tyrone Design Guild and combines a unique selection of contemporary and traditional craft products that will undoubtedly offer a unique shopping opportunity.  For all our County Tyrone listings click  HERE.


Be active this St Patrick’s week-end… Venture into the West with friends or family at the Corralea Activity Centre. St Patrick’s week-end special includes 3 nights accommodation in lakeside self-catering cottages and 1/2 Day Outdoor activity with a qualified instructor on Sat 16th March. Activities include canoeing,  climbing,  archery,  mountain biking or orienteering (activities are weather dependent). .In the evening, enjoy the local bars and restaurants in the village or simply relax and curl up near the wood stove.  For all our County Fermangh listings click HERE


Join the National Trust in their St Patrick’s Day shenanigans at Springhill Moneymore on Sunday. With free entry for anyone who can prove they are called Patrick, this is sure to be a fine way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Discover the shamrock trail around the grounds, enjoy craft activities for the children, traditional food and music.  For all our County Derry/Londonderry listings click HERE.


Celebrate Saint Patricks Day in Armagh on Sunday as the streets come alive in a spectacular display of colour during this year’s carnival parade. The parade brings the local community together for a celebration of all things Irish under the theme ‘Armagh…It’s My Own Irish Home’.  For all our County Armagh listings click HERE.


Now in its 23rd Year The St. Patrick’s Holiday Monday Antiques Collectors & Fine Art Fair is one of the longest established in Northern Ireland and will take place at the Templeton Hotel from midday to 7.00pm. Fresh food and refreshments available in the Hotel and free car parking in the large hotel car park. For all County Antrim listings click HERE.


Help Belfast Zoo celebrate Lucy the chimpanzee’s first birthday, this St Patrick’s Day, and join in the fun at the chimpanzee enclosure!  Activities will include face painting, bouncy castle, animal feeding times, keeper talks and sing happy birthday to Lucy as she enjoys her birthday treats!  Tickets must be bought beforehand. For all our Belfast listings click HERE.