The holidays may be over, but there’s always plenty happening for families in NI!

Jacqueline from shares her pick of family events happening across the North for the last weekend of the summer holidays.


Herbert Smith Freehills in association with the National Trust and Arts & Business Northern Ireland is bringing live theatre to Rowallane Garden.  New plays (directed by Lyn Harris) inspired by real life memories of the House and Gardens will interweave with the beautiful surroundings of Rowallane and will take you on a journey of laughter and tears, perhaps when you are least expecting it!  11am – 4pm,Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September.


Design and create your very own teddy bear using recycled material then create some eatable art with Jacqueline Toal at the Strule Arts Centre on Friday 30th August.  Finally enjoy all your hard work at a teddy bears picnic outdoors (weather permitting!).  Suitable for 5+ years.


Early Life on an Island, Devenish Monastic Site – on the 1st September 1-5pm meet the early Christian Monk St Molaise and find out how he founded the site, who was burnt in the Round Tower and who were the Augustinians who founded St Mary’s Abbey. NIEA Boat runs from Trory Point at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.


Maghera Community Forum presents an International Dance and Music Festival on Saturday 31st August at Maghera Leisure Centre. You are invited to a fantastic afternoon with great musicans, dancers, singers, and workshops from all around the world! Funfair, face painting, dance workshops, craft and food stalls, and much more!


Aliens have landed at Armagh Planetarium!  We need some very brave space cadets to find these strange creatures and send them back to their own planet.  We are looking for trainees with excellent teamwork skills, expertise in thinking, a flair for problem-solving and a talent for patience and stealth.  If you think you are up to the challenge then Armagh Planetarium will equip you with a special laser gun for this important mission.  This is an event not to be missed and guaranteed fun for all the family.  The quest continues until Friday 30th August 12 noon until 4:00pm.


Ireland’s biggest airshow returns to the beautiful seaside setting of Portrush, on the north coast  for the eleventh time on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.  The spectacular West Bay of the bustling family resort is a natural amphitheatre for a 2-day programme of air displays, sea displays, ground shows, exhibitions and stalls.  The weekend regularly attracts crowds of over 100,000 and once again admission is completely free!

The East Belfast Arts Festival is in it’s 2nd year and will again be celebrating all that East Belfast has to offer. The programme for 2013 is jam packed with local, national and international artists. In new and unusual venues across East Belfast you will be treated to an array of music, visual art, theatre, literature, heritage, film and comedy. Highlights this year include ‘sons of East’ Roy Walker and Brian Houston, Kaz Hawkins, Carrie Davenport photographic exhibition, Art in the Eastside, East Belfast Public Art Trail, Poetry Slam, Literary Tour, workshops, the list goes on. Events are priced between FREE- £15.
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