Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of What’s On this week across the Northern Ireland.


This Thursday January 28th, join expert Dot Blakely for an informative morning birdwatch on the Castle Espie reserve overlooking Strangford Lough. Birdwatch Mornings meet in the Visitor Centre at 10:30am. Free for WWT members.


The Market Place Theatre Cajun, Bluegrass Club returns this Saturday 30th January featuring the best of bluegrass and Cajun music and food that is as spicy as the music.  ‘Wookalily’ are a female led band hailing from all over the North who have gigged extensively throughout Ireland providing a lively unique sound, crafting a flourishing stage presence to be reckoned with and creating a unique and quirky sound that’s all heart. Their style, sometimes referred to as chillbilly roots, has an old-timey feel with a young-timey appeal.


Celebrate NI Year of Food & Drink’s “Breakfast Month” with a Big Breakfast at Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre on Thursday 28th January between 10.00 and 14:00 at the Belleek Restaurant.
The Big Breakfast Event will showcase local produce, support local businesses and invite the local community to enjoy a Traditional Full Irish Breakfast in the Belleek Restaurant, all served on Belleek Parian China.


Enjoy a Scottish Ceilidh
this Friday 29th January, 8:00 pm at the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown. Enjoy a great evening of Scottish Country and Ceilidh dancing.  With the help of experienced dance leaders Ken and Linda McLean, see how it is done and then join in. You don’t need to have danced before, just come along with your best dancing shoes and a sense of fun.  Music provided by Risin’ Stour.


This Sunday come to the hidden haven of Lough Beg near Bellaghy, Derry~Londonderry, to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2015. At this time of year, Lough Beg is home to a wealth of wildlife, from breeding waders like lapwing to wintering wildfowl like tufted ducks.


See the Metropolitan Opera perform Puccini’s Turandot at a live screening this Saturday evening at The Theatre at The Mill Newtownabbey.  Nina Stemme takes the title role of the proud princess of ancient China, whose riddles doom every suitor who seeks her hand.  Tenor Marco Berti is Calàf, the brave prince who sings “Nessun dorma” and wins her love. Franco Zeffirelli’s golden production is conducted by Paolo Carignani.


The Wedding Journal Show returns to the Titanic Exhibition Centre on the 29th – 31st January with an exciting all-new show!  Loved up couples from across the country will find everything they need to plan their perfect day in this one-stop-wedding shop with hundreds of exhibitors presenting thousands of inspirational wedding ideas.  A great day out, visitors can meets local businesses and suppliers, enjoy unique show offers and discounts and make their dream wedding a reality.  The fun continues with a new Entertainment Stage – a special stage where the very best in local wedding bands, singers and entertainers will perform throughout the weekend.  Celebrate in style in the VIP Lounge where VIPs will be treated to a glass of bubby and chocolates, a nail and paint and a fabulous free gift!

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