Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of family events happening across the North this weekend.


Take a step back in time with a visit to Cockle Row Cottages in Groomsport. The cottages illustrate life for a fisherman and his family at the turn of the last century. Also houses a seasonal tourist information centre and shop. Open daily June, July and August. Saturday and Sunday join in the fun at Cockle Row from 2pm – 4pm. The cottages are open from 11am – 5pm.  For all our County Down events click HERE.


The Alley Theatre Strabane is once again hosting the Sounds Like Summer Competition. See a wide range of talented musicians as they battle it out to become SLS:2013 winner and join past winners such as Gerard i2, Conor McAteer, King Coma and Pavesi. Expect 5 nights of wonderful music from very talented musicians all eager to win the main prize of the production of their own original track.  Qualifying heats take place Friday, June 14th at 8pm and Saturday, June 15th at 8 pm.  Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd at 8pm.  For all our County Tyrone listings click  HERE.


Tour of Fermanagh is a charity cycle challenge which is open to the general public and will raise funds for both the Lisnaskea Emmetts GAA club and the Clic Sargent childrens cancer charity.  Three individually tailored cycle routes (60km/100km/150km) will cater for cyclists of all abilities and fitness levels whilst showcasing the beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings of  Fermanagh. The Tour takes place on Saturday 15th June with all routes starting  and finishing in Lisnaskea.  Registration open until 8:45am on the morning of the event.  For all our County Fermanagh listings click  HERE.


Enjoy a little quality family time at The Jungle Moneymore and partake in a tantalising array of exciting adventure-packed activities sure to contribute to the family album of happy memories. Every Sunday until Sunday 29th September, The Jungle will be hosting their infamous Family Fun Days with activities starting from only £3per person.  Activities are suitable for kids aged 6+ and include  Archery, Boat Rides, Crazy Golf Kart Challenge, Fun Zorbs, Llama Trekking, Paintball Target Range, Powerfan Drop*, Segways, Treasure Hunts and more. Hot food and snacks will be available onsite to ensure your energy levels are kept stocked all day. For all our County Derry/Londonderry listings click HERE.


Enjoy archaeology days with a difference at the Navan Centre and Fort, as you get to witness what life would be like if the Georgians and the Celts swapped lives.  Visit the Iron Age dwelling and see how the Georgians are getting on in a Celts shoes. Can they manage cooking on an open fire? Are they comfortable in the Celts tunic and brat? Can they cope with bartering and self-sufficiency? All will be revealed at this Horrible Histories Life Swap on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June.   For all our County Armagh listings click HERE.


Celebrate the start of summer this Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June at the Theatre at the Mill with a bright, entertaining and feel good show, The Magical Musical Theatre , filled with the big musical showstoppers from the West End & Broadway.  Take the Theatre at The Mill live band on stage, add 4 of Northern Ireland’s best musical actors to the biggest numbers from hits shows including Chicago, Fame, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Evita and many more.  For all County Antrim listings click HERE.


In a first for this year’s Belfast Book Festival The Crescent Arts Centre will be taking over the Crescent Park on Saturday 15th June to bring you an event for all the family, young and old. With children’s writers, storytelling, food and drink and loads and loads of books, the Book Festival invites you to enter the magical world of stories. With entertainment, art workshops and much more.  For all our Belfast events listings click HERE.

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