Jacqueline’s Pick of What’s On This Weekend Across NI


Celebrate the summer at the Summer Garden Fete at Mountstewart this Saturday and Sunday.  Pick up some plants from visiting garden nurseries, tour the gardens at Mount Stewart with the garden experts, or settle back and enjoy the family entertainment.


The ever-fabulous Frock Around The Clock Vintage & Handmade Fair will be returning to the historical Lissan House, Cookstown on Sunday 29th June 2014 from 12-5pm. This event will feature around 40 fabulous sellers of quality vintage, handmade and upcycled fashion, jewellery, furniture, homewares & collectibles PLUS sweet treats, retro art and gifts, photography, a fantastic prize draw, and Much More! You can also relax and revive in the Vintage Tea Room located in the Victorian Dining Room and browse the second hand book shop. Admission costs £5.


The Derrygonnelly Fun Day on Friday and Saturday will commence at 7.30pm with a Soap Box Derby in the village adjacent with a historical display in the Methodist Church, and followed by a BBQ and dance in Tir Navar on the Friday evening. On the Saturday there will be a Fun Day from 2pm to 5pm with a fancy dress parade, vintage rally, busking competition, and kids’ entertainment.


Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again. The  Beach  boys last played Belfast  and Dublin   to sell out shows  and  this is their  first  time to  play outside the capital  cities and the only  UK /Irish  date in the mini tour  so  Derry will be full  of  summer sounds  on June  26th at Ebrington Square.


See Steel Magnolias at the Market Place Theatre Saturday 28th June. Robert Harling’s quintessential story of friendship and trust, ‘Steel Magnolias’ serves up a southern slice of life that’s as warm and comforting as sweet potato pie! In the world of Truvy’s local-homegrown beauty salon, six very different women come together to share their secrets, fears and love for one another while engaging the audience in hysterical and neighbourly gossip. From weddings to divorces, babies to funerals, new beginnings to happy endings, they share each moment in their lives with grace, determination, and perfectly coiffed hair. When tragedy strikes, it is in the familiar comfort of Truvy’s salon where they seek the solace and support that carries them through.  Presented by one of Northern Ireland’s leading Amateur Theatre Groups.


The Portush Regatta 28th – 29th June is a two day dinghy and cruiser racing programme organised by Coleraine Yacht Club in association with Coleraine Borough Council launching from The Harbour, Portrush.  Causeway Coast Maritime Heritage Group will be there with their racing curraghs. Take some time out to have a look at some maritime museum exhibits at The Harbour Office courtesy of Harbour Master, Robert Anderson.  The programme also features a RS Dinghy Association One Day Event on Sunday, 29th June.


Get out the glad rags, dust off the straw boater – it’s Jazz time! Join the restored 1960s steam train at Belfast Central. Relax as you leave the city behind and enjoy the sounds of New Orleans jazz from the Apex Jazz Band as we pause at stations which could be anywhere on the Northern Ireland railway network.  On Friday 27th June and 4th July, steam trains depart Belfast Central station at 7.25pm and return to Belfast Central again at 11.40pm.  Tickets cost £27 each and are available from the Belfast Welcome Centre, 9 Donegall Square North, Belfast or online from www.steamtrainsireland.com/events.

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