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



Newcastle ‘Rolls’ out the red carpet for the Charity Car Show this weekend, Friday to Sunday, at the Slieve Donard Hotel.  Now in its 23rd year, the show continues to donate all proceeds to Cancer Research UK.  Filling the hotel’s Grand Ballroom will be more than 40 vehicles spanning 80 years of automotive history, all of them lovingly restored and maintained by their local owners.  Highlights of this year’s show will include an iconic DeLorean, a collection of Ford Escort rally cars and this 1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.


Learn how to be creative with your winter and spring wardrobe and to use the same clothes in different ways to create different looks this Saturday afternoon with Wendy Porter at the Market Place Theatre.  Find out the colours and shapes that flatter you the most and learn how to wear the same scarf in many different ways. This is a fun, informal workshop that is a great girlie day out with lots of tips to really help you enhance your seasonal looks.


This Thursday 26th January at the Ardhowen Theatre, Liam Reilly and Bagatelle take to the stage and play all the favourites including ‘Second Violin’, ‘Summer in Dublin’, ‘Leeson Street Lady’ and many more of the songs that helped this band to be a house hold name in Ireland, UK, Europe and USA.  Bagatelle has shared stages with artists such as Bob Marley, Don McLean, Jose Feliciano and many more. They have had albums produced by Phil Coulter and the late Gus Dudgeon, who produced for David Bowie and Elton John.


The Clans of Ulster are hosting a special Spring/Imbolc celebration on Saturday 28th January, at the Brantry Bard Centre, Eglish, from 11am – 4pm, followed by music at the Bottle of Benburb pub. The event commemorates the ancient tradition of Imbolc, which was celebrated all over Ireland, Scotland and Europe, and welcomes the coming of the longer days that herald Spring.

Derry /Londonderry

See Hamlet this Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January at the Millennium Forum.  A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words.  The King of Denmark is dead. Consumed with grief, Prince Hamlet devotes himself to avenging his father’s death with devastating consequences for his family and the Kingdom. The spirit of a murdered king, the wrath of a vengeful son, and the turmoil of Denmark in 1601. Shakespeare’s most iconic and challenging play tells the tale of young Prince Hamlet avenging his father’s death and fighting the new King who stole his throne.


Save the date this Sunday 29th January, for the Lagan Valley Island Wedding Fayre from 2pm – 5pm.  Following the success of the September show Perfect Bliss Wedding Events has organised a show which promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  Couples can expect to be introduced to over 45 top local suppliers who can provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise you would expect to find from the finest in the wedding industry that will help create their dream day. There will also be live performances from wedding bands and a catwalk extravaganza at 4pm to enjoy.  Couples attending the show enjoy free entry and free car parking.


Is there something you have always wanted to try but haven’t found the time to do it? This New Year why not Try Something New at the Crescent Arts Centre? Learn how to make original works of art to give as gifts or to decorate your home or party by folding, deconstructing, glueing, and otherwise recycling previously-loved books.  All materials are provided but feel free to bring any old books you would like to upcycle. Book Art takes place this Sunday at the Crescent Arts Centre at 10.00 am.


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