Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Bangor’s popular maritime event returns this weekend for 2016 featuring a tented village, food fayre, live entertainment and children’s activities.  Sailing into Bangor for the event is the impressive tall ship “The Mercedes” which will be moored alongside The Eisenhower Pier and open to the public for both days of the festival.  If you fancy sailing the high seas on the spectacular “Mercedes” there are opportunities available for hour-long sailings on both the morning and evening of June 4 & 5. There will be morning sailings at 9am on both days (£15), then Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 8pm (£20).


Prepare to be amazed, dazzled & bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing production Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries this Saturday at the Market Place Theatre. A spectacular show where Maths, Theatre and Digital Technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance proving that understanding maths can be fun!  Meet Danny Carmo, it’s not so long ago that he thought school and, in particular, maths wasn’t for him. He was more interested in dreaming about a future on the stage & perhaps the big screen – all he ever wanted to be was a famous magician!!! But when he knuckled down to learn all the tricks of the trade he realised that Maths was not only essential…but was the SECRET to a whole load of magic!


The Old Tyme Market Lisnaskea takes place this Friday 3rd June at the Corn Market Yard. A day when Lisnaskea primary school pupils experience the fun of the market day and sell the wares they bring. Refreshments provided for children. Profits from children’s stalls are in aid of their own school.  Children learn about history; old ways and crafts but also learn the importance of buying and selling, with emphasis on presentation, quality and pleasing the customer, as well as supply and demand.  Grandparents enjoy the event too and often contribute produce and recount memories of attending markets along ago.


Join the Ulster American Folk Park this Saturday and Sunday for Old, New, Borrowed, Blue, celebrating weddings on both sides of the Atlantic on the one day! The 19th century rural Ulster wedding takes visitors on a journey from courting, to the church and then on to the wedding feast. On the ‘New World’ side of the museum you will join the 18th century wedding party in pioneer America, complete with old-time music and dancing in the Pennsylvania Barn.


Would you like to learn a new skill? Guide Dogs NI are hosting a Volunteer Taster Session on Saturday 4th June at the Limavady Arts and Cultural Centre.  Ever found yourself wondering whether it’s appropriate to offer help to a blind or partially sighted person, and how you should approach them?  Do you know how to behave around a guide dog?  Learn some sighted guiding techniques, meet some of the friendly team from Guide Dogs NI and learn more about how our My Guide service helps visually impaired people to get out and about independently. Guide Dogs NI are currently recruiting volunteers across Northern Ireland in a range of roles.  To book your place or for further information please contact Alison Rankin on 0845 3727 402 or email alison.rankin@guidedogs.org.uk.


The Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival continues this week, into the weekend. The festival is centred on Rathlin Sound, the body of water that lies between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle. From the adrenaline rush of the Sailing Regatta and races as well as exciting and informative talks and tours, exhibitions and demonstrations, fun competitions, laid back lunches, friendly giants, curraghs and Viking ships, there is plenty to choose from including fantastic family friendly events. There is a fun filled and packed programme of events at the 5th annual celebration of our rich maritime heritage with an emphasis on locally produced food for this the Year of Food In Northern Ireland.


See Aladdin at the Crescent Arts Centre this Friday 3rd June.  This colourful tale from the Arabian Nights is set in the Middle East: a place of mystery, enchantment and strange, mythical creatures. This Large scale contemporary Shadow Puppet theatre tells of a poor street boy who falls hopelessly in love with a Royal Princess.
What magic would he need just to see her again?  Follow his wild and dangerous adventures as he gets caught up in excitement way beyond his control. Find out more about this inspirational and accessible art form after the show.

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