Here are Jacqueline’s pick of family events happening this weekend across NI.


Prepare to be spooked! Come along to Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, for a bewitching day out for all the family on Saturday and Sunday. The garden will come to life this Hallowe’en with a terrifying ghost trail, spooky stories, Phil’s Farm and his animals and watch your little ones be transformed with fearsome face painting. To top off the event, why not behead, scoop out and carve your very own pumpkin to take home with you toward away the evil spirits!


CRAIC are delighted to be presenting the annual Johnny Crampsie Music Festival from 18th to 20th October, and this year there is going to be loads of ‘Song and Dance’ throughout the weekend.  The festival starts on Friday with CRAIC playing a very special session in the cabaret style auditorium of the Alley Theatre.  Joining them will be traditional Irish Dance from Niamh Brown School of Irish Dancing.


This autumn is set to be a busy one for Derek Ryan, the country singing sensation, with an extensive concert tour.  Derek and his band will be making a stop at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen on Wednesday 16th October on their 2013 concert tour, with special guest Hugo Duncan.


Cancer Focus NI and LILAC Cancer Support are teaming up to present Zumbathon for their Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign on Saturday 18th October at the Meadowbank Arena Magherafelt. It is a two hour Zumba session but you can stay as long as you want. Wear PINK and bring a friend, and most of all ENJOY YOURSELVES! Pre-register at LILAC house, Cookstown for £8 and get your goodie bag or pay £10 on the day. Everyone will get a Think Pink T-shirt.


For an evening of fabulous fashion, beauty tips and advice or simply an excuse for a girlie night out, head to Armagh City Hotel on Friday 18th October for Armagh’s annual Autumn/Winter Fashion and Beauty Event.  Perfect for those of us who like to make a grand entrance or those looking some inspiration for the party season, this annual event provides a fantastic opportunity to sample Armagh’s finest fashion and beauty under one roof. A fabulous night for all attending is guaranteed, showcasing the best of Armagh’s independent boutiques alongside the high street’s most loved names offer.

Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey present David Copperfield on Thursday 17th October.  Young David Copperfield’s sheltered life is thrown into turmoil when his mother marries the ruthless and violent Murdstone. Thrust into poverty and hardship, David must work out whom to trust if he is to grow into the man he should become. Capturing the haunting beauty of the Yarmouth coast and bustling Victorian London, Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens’ favourite child as only they know how.
The 2013 Ulster Bank Festival at Queen’s begins on Thursday 17th October and runs until Sunday 27th October.  It is the biggest festival of its kind in Ireland, attracts 60, 000 people from all over the world, and puts Belfast on the world map of artistic celebration.  But more importantly it’s a festival for the people of Belfast, to celebrate their city and their love of the arts. Find the full programme of events and book tickets at

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