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


Newry & Portadown Branch of the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI)  are holding their annual novelty Bath Tub raft race with junior and senior races and perpetual trophies this Saturday 22nd June. Race  will be followed by free family fun day in McClelland Park in association with sticky Fingers Early Years Arts. Other waterways events on the day.  For all our County Down events click HERE.


An Creagán’s Mid Summer Festival runs from June 21st to June 23rd with storytelling, entertainers, demonstrations and a spectacular bonfire to finish. Midsummer’s Eve is a time associated with magic, fairies and dancing.  On the eve of Midsummer’s Day, many bonfires were lit all over the country. This was in praise of the sun, for the days were getting shorter so people would light fires to try and strengthen the sun.  Sunday will see a gathering of wonderful sights and sounds from a didgeridoo playing story teller, a chainsaw carver, a woodland fairy, a mythological tree lady as well as a host of demonstrations from local crafters.  There will be lots for the smaller children as well including tumbletots, musical stars, bouncy castles and face painting.  The event will finish with a great wild bonfire and lantern parade.  For all our County Tyrone listings click  HERE.


The second Enniskillen100 Revival this Saturday 22nd June will feature parade laps by historic racing motor cycles, static displays, a PSNI BikeSafe event, displays of historic racing and rally cars and a selection of other attractions for motorsport enthusiasts and the general public alike. The sights and sounds of the 2013 Enniskillen 100 Revival at Enniskillen Airport will provide a unique mix of nostalgia and excitement for spectators and participants alike. Already confirmed to be attending is David Hailwood, son of the legendary ‘Mike the Bike’ Hailwood, who will be riding a Factory approved replica of his father’s famous Honda 500cc four cylinder machine.  Admission £10 adult, £5 12-16 year olds, Free U12. £25 family (2 adults & 2 teenagers) 12-5pm. For all our County Fermanagh listings click  HERE.


The Chocolate Lab in Kilrea are running a children’s chocolate class this Saturday 22nd June with the first class, Chocolate Bars and Lollipops, running from 11am-12.30pm  (under 7 year olds) and the second class  Chocolate Pizza Party, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm (over 6 years of age).  Refreshments will be provided. Spaces are limited and children must be accompanied by an adult. Free tea and coffee for adults.  For all our County Derry/Londonderry listings click HERE.


The Navan Fort and Centre is the venue this Saturday evening for King Conor’s Summer. At the invitation of the mighty King Conor, take your place at the lavish Supper table. King Conor promises a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach worthy of his important warriors and guests! The Supper is held in his feasting hall: a hall that will be filled with the sound of music from the internationally renowned Armagh Rhymers, stories from his bards and of course cheering and laughter! The Bards are ready, the servants are ready and King Conor hopes that you are ready too! This great value evening is not to be missed!   For all our County Armagh listings click HERE.


The Antrim Dragon Boat Race is an exciting new event in the fundraising calendar, which will take place on Sunday 23 June from 12noon – 5pm. It guarantees to test the stamina of the competitors taking part and also promises to be a fantastic day of fun and frolics for all the family!  The Dragon Boat race is in aid of the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and yound people, CLIC Sargent. Money raised will go towards the Northern Ireland Homes from Home appeal to provide free self-catering accommodation for children receiving cancer treatment and their families, within walking distance of the hospitals in Belfast.    For all County Antrim listings click HERE.


The Creative Legacies WOMAD Belfast Schools Showcase event takes place on the 21st June 2013 10am – 3pm at T13 Shared Space, Queens Road, and Titanic Quarter. Schools attend free but must register. Public can attend with a requested £1 entrance donation.  For all our Belfast events listings click HERE.

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