Here are Jacqueline’s pick of family events taking place this weekend across the North.


The popular “Sale on a Rail” event by The Style Fair returns this Saturday 15th February from 2pm to 5pm at Holywood Old School. Even more fabulous nearly new high end and designer fashion for you to buy on the day at up to two thirds of the original price.  Lots of top brands from the top end of the High Street as well as desirable designer labels. Tantalising rails from daywear to formal and chic to casual.  The only event of this kind in Northern Ireland entirely dedicated to pre-loved  and luxury recycling. So be sure to come early for the best choices!


The Craic Theatre is set to host a dark comedy with a difference as Stand Up Man by Derek Murphy prepares to take centre stage on 16th February following a two week run at the Grand Opera House’s Baby Grand theatre.  Stand Up Man follows Thaddeus McGuinn, played by Nick Hardin, a stand-up comedian who is one joke away from a mental breakdown. Disgraced ex-altar boy, Thaddeus, is about to face his toughest audience ever, his own sins. The play focuses on Thaddeus over one week, as he journeys back and forth between his audience and his family.  Well known Northern Ireland actor, comedian and TV personality, Tim McGarry will play a main role as Thaddeus’ alter ego as he visits his past and admits the errors of his way. This will be McGarry’s first serious theatre role after a successful, long-running career in comedy, radio and TV.


Enjoy a romantic paddle round Enniskillen Island with your loved one – together release a chinese lantern as you sip complimentary “bubbly” under the full moon on Friday 14th February from 6.30pm-7.30pm at Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen. Booking essential with Share Discovery Village.


On Sunday 16th February 2014 visit the stunning Belfray Hotel for the Perfect Bliss Wedding Fayre from 2pm-5pm. Meet with the staff from the Hotel & discuss your requirements for your Special Day. Browse through the services and products available from the suppliers in attendance.  Catwalk show from 4.30pm.   Admission is free.


From the producers of ‘A Viennese Strauss Gala’,  Magical Mozart by Candlelight is a sumptuous fully costumed show that will immerse you in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world’s greatest romantic composers – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  With beautiful settings, costumes and lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble and singers transport you back to the sumptuous past. An evening of classical music and song, which includes excerpts from Mozart’s Operas including ‘The Magic Flute’, ‘The Marriage Of Figaro’, ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’, and much. Also the European Spirit Ensemble will perform some of his most memorable pieces of Mozart’s magical music. Enjoy this evening of Mozart masterpieces at the Market Place Theatre on Thursday 13th February.


Looking for some Gothic Horror/Romance this Valentine’s Day? Make your way to the Valentine Drive-In Double Bill Experience at Ballee Playing Fields Ballymena on Friday 14th February featuring My Bloody Valentine (1981) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992).


If you are looking for the ‘PURR-fect’ date this Valentine’s Day, why not come along and join in the fun at Belfast Zoo? You and your Valentine can enjoy special animal feeding times and learn more about animals in love at the keeper talks.