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


The Bangor 400 Seashore Festival takes place on 29th and 30th June – a spectacular weekend of entertainment for all the family in Bangor Town Centre celebrating Bangor 400 years.  Enjoy a range of spectacular vehicles driving laps of Bangor, family activities, a Veteran’s Parade, Historical Re-enactments, Seafront Funfair & surprise characters along the pier.  HMS Bangor also docks for this special occasion.


This Saturday 29th June The Burnavon is pleased to pay host this year again to the CU Factor, a singing competition aimed at 12 to 19 years old organised by Credit Unions throughout Ireland. This year teenage talent from throughout the province will compete for the coveted title.  Join the compere for the evening radio and TV presenter Conor Phillips, a panel  of expert judges and this year’s contestants to see who will become the winner of the CU Factor Grand Final 2013!


Borderline Players are back on the 28th and 29th June at the Ardowen Theatre with the hilarious Ray Cooney comedy, It Runs in the Family. Set on the morning of the annual Ponsonby lecture in St Andrew’s Hospital, Dr David Mortimore is preparing for a career-making speech when his world is turned upside down by the surprise arrival of former flame and colleague Nurse Jane Tate. A cantankerous hospital chairperson, an unwelcome Police Sergeant and an unbalanced youth all add to chaos that ensues.


The LegenDerry Ladies  Three Day Craft Fair will take place  from 28th to 30th June on level 1 in the Richmond Centre with lots of homemade crafts for you to see and buy!  There will be over 45 stalls over the three days with an array of goodies! Everything from cupcakes and jewellery, to knitted goods and personalised gifts.


Libraries NI Big Reading Relay comes to Bessbrook and Brownlow Libraries this summer.  If you are aged 4 and over, exercise your eyes this summer on Libraries NI’s Big Reading Relay.  Challenge yourself to read between 2 – 25 library books during July and August. From 1st July, call in to any public library to get your Big Reading Relay Race Card. Each time you return your books, your Race Card will be stamped to keep track of your personal best.  Fun library events will be held and, if you finish your race, you will receive your winner’s certificate.  Why not encourage your mum and dad to enjoy the Big Reading Relay by taking part too?


Join Mr Hullabaloo and Jingles at the Courtyard Theatre Ballyearl Arts and Leisure Centre this Saturday, on an exciting summer holiday adventure as they travel the globe meeting lots of new and friendly faces whilst visiting some exciting places.  During this all new interactive adventure young children will have the chance to act out some exciting stories and hear some music from around the world.


The Belfast School of Performing Arts present Seussical Jr. at Stranmillis University College this Friday and Saturday. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge–not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!  SEUSSICAL JR. is fun for the whole family in this wildly unusual & exciting musical full of imagination!  This is an amateur production performed by the children of the Belfast School of Performing Arts.