Jacqueline from whatsonni.com shares her pick of What’s On this weekend across NI


Have a great family day out at the Granshaw Country Fair this Saturday in Comber. Activities for all ages, animal displays, vehicle displays, Arts, Crafts and Specialty goods. Live Music, Food and so much more.


Prepare to enter the enchanted wonderland of Portadown People’s Park at the Enchanted Park Trail this Saturday, and meet some very special visitors who will transport you to a magical, fairy-tale world!  Enter through the grand gates of the park to find yourself at the start of the mystical Pixie Trail full of puzzles and clues for you to solve, with the promise of a sweet treat reward by the end. Meet Tinkerbell, Tobey the Gnomey and lots of their charming friends who will help you along the way and spread a little magic!  When you have finished the trail you can then enjoy a multitude of exciting activities on offer. Bring a blanket and check out the puppet shows at the amphitheatre, take part in traditional maypole dancing and make something to treasure at the arts and crafts workshops. Children will also delight at the fairground rides, face painting and balloon modelling to make it a memorable afternoon.


Experience Fermanagh’s newest visitor attraction and be immersed in the Lakeland landscape of Lough Erne on the Erne Water Taxi. Sit back, relax and see Lough Erne your way with our chauffeur driven boats. The taxi service provides a pick-up and drop-off from any accessible jetty on Lough Erne.  They also offer specialty tours of the Lough Erne, including a heritage trail and Food Trail. More info at ernewatertaxi.com.


Relive and remember the 1970s! Join artist and tutor Bill Gatt on Drawing Day at the Ulster American Folk Park Omagh Saturday 21st May, and celebrate their 40th anniversary. This is your chance to draw Clare, our life model, dressed like a visitor from 1976 when the Folk Park opened. With pastels, charcoal and pencils, add a splash of colour to your weekend in the company of our charismatic and well-known tutor Bill. This event is open to children, adults and family groups with a special focus on animals for the children who will have a chance to learn more from Bill. Free event, materials supplied: usual admission prices. Booking is not necessary; drop in – and try your hand at drawing!


Celebrate the sights and sounds of the Sperrins with a weekend of FREE events organised by Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership (SGLP) on May 20th and 21st at An Rath Dubh Hall in Moneyneena, Draperstown.  The ‘Spring Into the Sperrins’ weekend promises something for everyone with a packed two-day programme featuring tours and talks, workshops, live animals, gold panning and a dawn chorus walk to name just a few of the many FREE attractions on offer. All of the events are open to all ages. However, booking is essential for the Friday events and Dawn Chorus Walk.


BSPA present Fame Jr with its high- energy, contemporary pop score this Saturday at the Island Arts Centre Lisburn.  Set during the last years of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street (1980-1984), Fame Jr id the bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of gruelling artistic and academic work. With candour, humour and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. A show for all the family to enjoy!


Chinese Dragon Boats will be making their way around Northern Ireland to help raise vital funds for TinyLife with the second dragon boat race on Saturday 21st May 2016 at Cutters Wharf, Stranmillis.   This is an excellent opportunity to get friends and colleagues together for a great day out.  Teams of 15 – 20 will battle it out to be crowned the Dragon Boat Champions.

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