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


Children of all ages are encouraged to get out in the fresh air and have fun jumping in puddles this February half term with WWT Castle Espie’s Big Splash – the national puddle jumping championship. The time has come to see you can jump the highest and make the biggest splash!


‘I’ll Tell My Ma’ is a hilarious one-woman show by Patricia Gormley charting the adventures and mis-adventures in the life of four generations of one West Belfast family. Catch the show this Thursday 16th February at the Market Place Theatre.


Getting married? Don’t miss the Killyhevlin Hotel Wedding Show this Sunday 19th February. There are special discount for all weddings booked on the day. The show will include trade stands, bridal & evening wear fashion show,  live entertainment, refreshments served, competitions and much more.  2.00pm to 5.00pm.


Join in the “Wellies, Songs and Stories” this Wednesday and Thursday at the Ulster American Folk Park in Omagh.  Meet the blacksmith and have a taste of Mrs Mellon’s pancakes. Join them for songs and stories on a special family tour. Don’t forget your wellies!   Special tours at 12noon and 1.30pm each day. Just drop in, no booking necessary.  Normal admission applies.  Free entry for children aged 4 and under.


DIRTY DANCING IS BACK! Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing all this week at the Millennium Forum until Saturday. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two  fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring 35 hit songs, including “Hungry Eyes”, “Hey Baby”, “Do You Love Me?” and the heart stopping “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life”. Don’t miss your chance to see this sensational new production.


“Don’t Tell the Wife”, McNeill Theatre Larne,  Wednesday 15th to Friday 17th February. Edna Willis thought she was happily married to Bobby… well, as happily married as you can be to a man who eats onions with everything… but Bobby’s turning 50… a dangerous age for a man…  Larne Drama Circle is delighted to bring this side-splitting Northern Ireland comedy to the stage.  Tickets are £7 and are available from Larne Visitor Information Centre (028 28 26 24 95).


Special Lego Batman Movie Camp. Held at Clayrazy on 77 Holywood Road (7min walk from Strand Arts Centre), ending with a screening of the new Lego Batman Movie at Strand Arts Centre, Friday 17th February.  The Strand have teamed up with the Clayrazy to create a unique and amazing Lego Batman Movie Day. The kids will enjoy Lego Builds, Clayrazy make and take themed workshops, fun game and activities and Lego Freeplay, including Clayrazy’s NEW giant super-sized Lego bricks.  Registration cost includes Clayrazy make and take, snack and entry into this NEW Lego Batman movie.  Children should bring their own packed lunch.


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10 Exiting Things to do Next Week in NI!

Tourism NI has put together a list of 10 exciting things to do in Northern Ireland this week (February 27 – March 5).


  • Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend, various locations, Co. Fermanagh, March 3 – 5. Visit Fermanagh to rediscover some of the county’s most stunning visitor attractions for free over the Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend. Over the weekend visitors will have the opportunity to visit a selection of stately homes, museums, ancient sites such as Belleek Potter, Castle Coole, Share Discovery Centre and much more.
  • United Airlines Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Clayton Hotel, Belfast, March 1 – 5. More than one hundred local and international artists will perform in thirty concerts and showcases over this five-day festival. This year’s line-up features Paul Brady, one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters, Nashville’s Grammy nominated Darrell Scott and Mac McAnally, as well as local performers Kaz Jawkins, Peter McVeigh and Triona.
  • Ballycastle Food Tour, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, March 3 – 4. North Coast Walking Tours host a three hour, six stop food tour of Ballycastle focusing on the town’s varied cultural history, local award winning food producers and amazing community spirit. By the end of the tour you are guaranteed to be so full of facts, folklore and fabulous food.
  • Stayin’ Alive, Strule Arts Centre Omagh, Co. Tyrone, March 4. Now in their 19th year as the world’s premier tribute to the Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive continue to tour all corners of the globe with their No1 show dedicated to the magic of the Brothers Gibb. This unforgettable showcase will feature timeless classics such as ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, ‘Night Fever’, ‘Tragedy’, ‘Massachusetts’, ‘Gotta Get A Message To You’ and many more.
  • Cirque Berserk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, February 28 – March 5. Showcasing the finest in traditional circus thrills and skills, Cirque Berserk brings this treasured form of live entertainment bang up-to-date in a jaw-dropping spectacular created especially for the theatre. Combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action, this astoundingly talented international troupe includes over 30 jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and death-defying stunt men.
  • A Musical Celebration of Stevie Martin, Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry, March 4. A night of musical celebration will take place in the city’s Nerve Centre to remember talented Northern Ireland musician – Stevie Martin. Line up the evening to include performances from And So I Watch You From Afar, The Wood Burning Savages, Making Monsters, Furlo, Allie Bradley and John Deery & The Heads.
  • Give My Head Peace, Market Place Theatre, Co. Armagh, March 2.Give My Head Peace’ combines up to the minute satire, topical jokes and laugh out loud comedy. Featuring Uncle Andy, Da, Pastor Begbie, Ma, Cal, Billy and Dympna as well as superb stand-up from Tim McGarry, don’t miss the brand new GMHP Live stage show. It’s a night of guaranteed laughs.
  • Glass Painting, F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Co. Down, March 4. Express your creativity on a day long Glass Painting course with artist Naomi Whan! Participants will get the opportunity to learn a number of glass painting techniques including sponging, adding embellishments and mixing colours as well as techniques for brush painting and how to use outliners and peel – offs. Booking essential. Please contact (028) 406 3322.
  • The Royal Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, Movie House Cinema, Belfast, February 28. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, the ballet has wonderful ensembles, solos and, of course, the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess.Tickets from £10. Booking essential.
  • Ardnaglass On The Air, Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Derry~Londonderry, March 2. The highly acclaimed c21 Theatre Company presents a hilarious rural rom-com set in the fictitious town of Ardnaglass. Experience Ireland’s top premiere rural community radio station and join Hugh Francis O’Connell and Margaret Mary-Rose for the latest community news and gossip. Suitable for 16+.

Star Wars Snowspeeder Crusies to Eikon Exhibition Centre for Invasion N.I.

A first for Northern Ireland will be unveiled at Invasion N.I. this weekend when an interactive Star Wars Snowspeeder, something that could be mistaken from “The Empire Strikes Back” will be the centre of attention.

Nearly two months in construction, countless man hours have been accumulated to ensure the Speeder will be ready for the thousands of Star Wars families descending on Eikon Exhibition Centre.

The Emerald Garrison and Eikon will be bringing Star Wars to life in a way that amuses, entertains and educates at this award-winning family show.

The show features life-sized replica props, sets and characters from the new and original Star Wars trilogies, meet and greets with special guest actors including Admiral Piett (Kenneth Colley), Logray the Ewok (Mike Edmonds) and KLAATU (John Simpson), not to mention ‘Force Training’ for kids, it’s an event not to be missed.

The unofficial fan event is being run in aid of Make-A-Wish UK and has proven to be so popular 500 extra advance discounted tickets had to be released earlier this week.

The hugely popular Heroes & Legends Exhibition will complement Invasion over the two days with a selection of characters including Spiderman, Iron Man, Transformers, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Jurassic Park and much more.

Online advance family tickets are priced at £35 with a maximum of two adults aged 18+ per family.

Young Force Academy Trainees aged 3 and under can enter for free.

Tickets can be purchased from the Invasion N.I website, invasion.idamigo.com.


Northern Ireland boasts a unique collection of irresistible places to stay including quirky B&Bs, luxurious spa hotels and hidden gem properties for an ideal short break and Discover NI has selected the best offers of the week for you to choose from.

  • Two Night Golf Escape, Hilton Belfast Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, from £173pps. Only thirty minutes from Belfast, the four-star luxurious hotel and country club, Hilton Templepatrick, is situated in the private grounds of the Castle Upton Estate with stunning views overlooking our very own 18-hole championship golf course. Deal includes two nights’ accommodation, full breakfast on both mornings, dinner on your first evening, unlimited golf, golf buggy, a bucket of golf balls on the driving range, and access to the Living Health Club. Valid until 31 March. To book call (028) 94 435500.
  • Celtic Garden and Walking Experience, Mahon’s Hotel, Co. Down, from £79pp per night. Situated in the centre of the Fermanagh Lakelands, Mahon’s Hotel has just gone under a big refurbishment and provides top class accommodation, unique bar and top class restaurant serving home cooked cuisine. Enjoy two nights’ three-star bed and breakfast and one evening meal as well as a visit to the Celtic & Famine Garden, a place of prayer reflection beauty and hope with statues carved from native Irish Oak. Package also includes a guided walk around Lough Erne at Castle Archdale Country Park. Valid until 31 March. To book call (028) 68 621656.
  • Time Together, White Horse Hotel, Derry~Londonderry, from £89pps. Ideally situated for The Walled City of Derry and the main road to the Causeway Coast, the four-star White Horse Hotel offers plenty do in and around the hotel. Treat that special person in your life to two nights’ bed & breakfast. Enjoy full use of the Leisure Centre and a fantastic four-course evening meal in 68 Clooney Restaurant on the evening of your choice, with a bottle of house wine included and breakfast on both mornings. Valid until 31 March. To book call (028) 71 860606.


For further information log on to www.discovernorthernireland.com/offers.

*All offers are subject to availability.


Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson To Play United Kingdom and Ireland June 2017

Sam Palladio To Join Tour On Select Dates 

3Arena, Dublin: Monday 19th June

The SSE Arena, Belfast: Tuesday 20th June


Nashville – Stars of the Lionsgate produced and distributed, hit series, “Nashville” are set to play for audiences in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland during a second international tour in June.  Launching June 9 in Birmingham, England, the tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Jonathan Jackson, plus Sam Palladio on select dates.  Tour stops will feature songs from the series as well as artists’ original material and are set to include: Brighton, Nottingham, Glasgow, Manchester, Dublin, Belfast, and two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

All shows go on sale Friday, February 17. “Nashville” staged a sold-out tour in the UK and Ireland in 2016.

“Our first international tour proved how tremendously popular ‘Nashville’ and its cast are beyond the U.S.,” said Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment. “We look forward to more sell-out shows this summer featuring cast members who are not only amazing actors, performers, and songwriters, but who have also become incredible ambassadors for our home state of Tennessee.”

On sale Friday, February 17 at 9am

The SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office: Tel. 02890 739074
Book On Line: www.ssearenabelfast.com

Ticketmaster: In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide
By Telephone (24 Hour):   0844 277 44 55 (ROL: 0818 719300)
Book On Line: www.ticketmaster.ie



6/9                    Birmingham         Barclaycard Arena

6/10                  London                 Royal Albert Hall

6/11                  London                 Royal Albert Hall

6/13                  Brighton               Brighton Dome

6/14                  Nottingham          Royal Concert Hall

6/16                 Glasgow               The SSE Hydro

6/17                 Manchester           Manchester Arena

6/19                  Dublin                   3 Arena

6/20                 Belfast                  SSE Arena

“Nashville” airs on six continents and in more than 100 territories, including the United Kingdom. In its fifth season in the U.S., the series has been a record-breaker for CMT, where episodes have become the network’s most-watched original series telecasts ever. Since its debut, the show has inspired multiple “Music of Nashville” soundtracks as well as a Christmas album, collectively selling more than a million soundtracks and millions more single tracks to date. Season 5 of “Nashville” airs in the U.S. Thursday nights at 9pm CT on CMT.

About “Nashville”

Now in its fifth season, the critically-acclaimed series “Nashville” is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows the personal and professional challenges as country music royalty including Rayna Jaymes, Juliette Barnes and Deacon Claybourne navigate their paths as artists and individuals. Surrounding them and often complicating their lives are their family, friends and, in some cases, lovers, as well as the up-and-coming performers and songwriters trying to get ahead in the business. Music City can mean so many things to different people. In “Nashville,” musicians and songwriters are at the heart of the storm driven by their own ambitions. Some are fueled by their creativity and passion for fame. Others struggle to cope with the pressures of success and doing everything in their power to stay on top.

“Nashville” stars Connie Britton as Rayna Jaymes, Hayden Panettiere as Juliette Barnes, Clare Bowen as Scarlett O’Connor, Chris Carmack as Will Lexington, Charles Esten as Deacon Claybourne, Jonathan Jackson as Avery Barkley, Sam Palladio as Gunnar Scott, Maisy Stella as Daphne Conrad and Lennon Stella as Maddie Conrad. “Nashville” is executive-produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Ed Zwick, Callie Khouri and Steve Buchanan. The series is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios, and Opry Entertainment.

About Opry Entertainment

Opry Entertainment®, a division of Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), is a producer of multi-media entertainment experiences with primary interests in location-based entertainment and television and stage production. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, its core business segments include the world-famous Grand Ole Opry®, the historic Ryman Auditorium®, and legendary radio station 650 AM-WSM.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a vertically integrated next generation global content leader with a diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, premium pay television networks, home entertainment, global distribution and sales, interactive ventures and games and location-based entertainment.

With the acquisition of Starz, Lionsgate adds to its portfolio of businesses the flagship STARZ premium pay network serving 24.3 million subscribers and the STARZ ENCORE platform with 31 million subscribers. The combined company will operate five over-the-top (OTT) streaming services and the STARZ app delivering content directly to consumers.

The Company’s feature film business spans eight labels and includes the blockbuster Hunger Games franchise, the Now You See Me and John Wick series, the critically-acclaimed box office hit La La Land, which earned a record-tying 14 Academy Award® nominations, Hacksaw RidgeTyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, CBS Films/Lionsgate’s Hell or High Water, Roadside Attractions’ Manchester by the Sea, Codeblack Films’ breakout concert film Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Pantelion Films’ Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

One of the largest independent television businesses in the world, Lionsgate’s slate of premium quality series encompasses nearly 90 shows on more than 40 different networks. These include the ground-breaking Orange is the New Black, the fan favorite Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the hit drama The Royals, the acclaimed Casual, the breakout success Greenleaf and hit STARZ series including OutlanderBlack SailsSurvivor’s Remorse and Power, the second highest-rated premium pay television series of 2016.

Lionsgate’s home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of more than 16,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate, Summit Entertainment and Starz brands are synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com


Belfast’s five-star Merchant Hotel has appointed a new dedicated Proposal Curator to take the stress out of popping the question.


Arlene Malone, owner of proposal planning website, www.Propose2Me.com has been working with The Merchant for over 12 months, following the launch of her novel business in late 2015.

Steady demand for the service has led to The Merchant appointing Arlene in a dedicated role.

Ideally timed to with one of the busiest seasons for proposals from Valentine’s Day on into spring, the news is sure to excite people that are planning to pop the question but aren’t sure how to go about it.

Co. Louth based businesswoman, Arlene Malone is now on a mission to dial up the romance in the city. The Merchant’s new proposal curator will help men and women from all over Ireland and abroad to make that one lifetime memory the perfect moment. All the proposer is left to do is utter those four little but very special words, “Will you marry me?”

Whilst there are plenty of wedding planners out there, Arlene is Ireland’s only marriage proposal planning company. Over the last 12 months, she has helped over 60 people pop the question, including almost 20 proposals at The Merchant Hotel.

Commenting on her appointment, Arlene Malone, Proposal Curator at Propose2Me says the site is already drawing lots of interest:

“In society today, there’s increasing pressure on people to get their proposal just right and people are increasingly time poor. Over the last 12 months, we’ve helped over 60 people to plan their perfect proposals and I’m delighted to be joining forces with The Merchant – it’s synonymous with luxury and romance and is the perfect place to plan an unforgettable proposal.

People have been travelling from far and wide for an engagement experience here and Belfast as a location has so much to offer to. We can plan a romantic picnic, a helicopter ride over the city; the possibilities are endless.”

In Northern Ireland Arlene’s exclusive hotel partner is The Merchant Hotel and Arlene has been busy  working with the hotel to develop a suite of perfect proposals – from a private dinner in the hotel’s rooftop garden to a private candlelit suite or champagne overlooking the city skyline, the options are endless.

“We have also enlisted the help of leading jewellers, Lunn’s and their brand Portfolio of Fine Diamonds, to ensure that the perfect diamond is presented at the perfect proposal, says Arlene.

 “We will work within a client’s budget – whatever that may be. Our service is totally bespoke and tailored to the particular desires of the spouse to ensure a highly personalised service.”

Proposal packages include The Rooftop Proposal, which includes private rooftop hire at The Merchant for two hours; The Ultimate Suite Proposal, which includes a sumptuous Victorian suite at The Merchant decorated to your specification; a Rolls Royce package, which includes a chauffeur driven ride in The Merchant’s Rolls; a Horse Drawn Carriage package or an eight-course tasting menu experience, either in The Merchant’s Great Room restaurant or as a private dining experience.

For further information, visit www.themerchanthotel.com/proposals or email proposals@themerchanthotel.com


The Market Place Theatre in Armagh is set to stage some superb sounds over the coming weeks with BRIT award-winning artist Eddi Reader and the internationally renowned Cremona Quartet.


Eddi Reader is set for The Market Place stage on Thursday 23 February. Having first hit the limelight in the 1980’s with the group ‘Fairground Attraction’ [who enjoyed huge chart success with their debut No.1 single ‘Perfect’ and album ‘First Of A Million Kisses’], Eddi went on to collaborate on many celebrated projects throughout the years, famously harmonizing with Annie Lennox while touring with ‘The Eurythmics’. However, it has been Eddi’s subsequent solo albums that have cemented her image as a powerful figure in British music.

With an MBE for outstanding contributions to the arts, three BRIT awards, a number one single and eight critically acclaimed solo albums, what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the performance. Support act for the evening is Ultan Conlon. Tickets are priced £17.50.

Internationally renowned for their ‘lyrical sound’ [Strad], The Cremona Quartet will visit Armagh on Friday 24 February with a programme featuring works by Beethoven and Mozart. The Italian quartet’s list of accolades is vast. They have graced the stages of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals and have won numerous international competitions [Vittorio Veneto Competition, Cremona International Competition, Web Concert Hall Competition]. The quartet has released several recordings on the Audite label to critical acclaim, with Gramophone Magazine describing them as ‘nothing less than life-affirming’.

The programme for the evening will include Puccini Crisantemi | Mozart String Quartet No. 16 in E flat major K 428 | Beethoven String Quartet Op.132. Tickets are priced £15 and £13 (concession).

Tickets for all performances can be booked through the Box Office on [028] 3752 1821, or online at www.marketplacearmagh.com And to keep up-to-date with the latest news at the Market Place Theatre, you can follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/marketplacearmagh) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/mptarmagh) where you will find all the latest information, special offers and video previews.


Celtic Mindfulness – discover your inner calmness  

The amazing Celtic Mindfulness event is making a return to the Navan Centre & Fort, Armagh on the 25th & 26th February.  This is a unique healing experience of the land and energy. The perfect way to create inner calmness, helping steer you through the year ahead.

Music, Myth and Mediation will be used to awaken your Celtic soul. Creating focus positivity and stillness for the mind.  Workshops during the event will be facilitated by the excellent Sandra Nelson and Kate Fitzpatrick.

Kate Fitzpatrick is an experienced teacher and practitioner in the field of Celtic Wisdom & Spirituality and has guided many people in personal and spiritual development over the past 25 years.

Sandra Nelson is a qualified Reiki Teacher, Artist and Workshop facilitator who has been working within the healing arts for a number of years. Originally from a rural farming background, Moy, Co Tyrone, meditation has been a part of Sandra’s life for many years and is part of her daily practice.

The event will also include light lunch and refreshments.

Admission is £40.00 for a Saturday Pass, £20.00 of for a Sunday pass, or buy a ticket for both days for just £50.00.  Booking is essential on www.armagh.co.uk/celticmindfulness

For information please contact: Navan Centre, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh.  BT60 4LD.  Tel 028 3752 9644 or www.navan.com


Love Antrim Love Antrim Live!

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, joined Alderman John Smyth, Councillor Jim Montgomery, Councillor Neil Kelly, Bernard Clarkson (Arts Services Manager) and Ursula Fay (Head of Arts & Culture) to officially launch Antrim Live.

: L-R Ursula Fay, Bernard Clarkson, Councillor Neil Kelly, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott, Councillor Jim Montgomery and Alderman John Smyth.

Antrim Live is a brand new arts and cultural festival set for Antrim Town on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February.  There is a feast of festivities planned for this two day cultural extravaganza which includes headline act The Blame Game’s Colin Murphy.  The prestigious Antrim Business Awards will kick start the line-up of events at The Old Courthouse on Friday 24 February. A Twilight Market, Baby Rave, Fun Fair , Tea Dances and Story Telling with Mr Hullabaloo are just a few of the amazing activities lined up for Antrim Live.

One of the most exciting events to look out for is Operation Wolfhound, a unique interactive adventure experience created by Big Telly Theatre Company especially for Antrim Live. Teams of special agents will have to unravel a series of secret clues to unlock the mystery and save Antrim from the curse of the White Lady. If you’ve got what it takes then assemble your team and sign up fast.

With something to tantalise every taste, Antrim Live is guaranteed to bring Antrim Town to life in time for the imminent arrival of spring! Tots, teens, seniors and shoppers are all catered for in what promises to be two days of fantastic festival fun…check out the full programme now www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/antrimlive  and make a date in the diary for Antrim Live! We know you’re going to LOVE Antrim Live!


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



The GIANT LEGO brick animal trail will be at WWT Castle Espie rom Saturday 11 February – Sunday 2 April with the sculptures sitting amongst some of their real life cousins!  The awesome models will form a trail for kids (and big kids) to inspire them to build a better future for nature. Visitors will be able to enjoy the trail of nine individually-designed 1.5m LEGO brick animals, some inspired by real species at Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Included are an Hawaiian Goose (the world’s largest and rarest goose), a red breasted goose and a kingfisher.  Workshops take place every weekend (Sat 11 Feb – Sun 2 Apr) and during the February half term holidays (Sat 11 – Thurs 16 Feb) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.


Family Super Saturday returns to the Market Place Theatre this weekend. This fin-tastic, family musical follows Timothy Pope [and his telescope!] on three exciting adventure.  Timothy Pope is looking through his telescope – but wait, is that a Shark, in the Park!?   From the creative team behind ‘The Hairy Maclary show’ – see all three of Nick Sharratt’s ‘Shark In The Park’ books live on Stage [‘Shark In The Park’, ‘Shark In The Dark’ and ‘Shark In The Park On A Windy Day’].  POST SHOW ACTIVITIES: Ticket price includes post-show one hour of fun activities including Themed Craft Workshop, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling & Fancy Dress Competition with prizes For Best Dress Boy & Girl. Great value for money! Super Saturdays are recommended for age 4+.


Having been named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ by The Sunday World and ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the RTE Country Music Awards, Derek Ryan is now back with his 2017 tour performing his much loved hit singles. Don’t miss him this weekend, 9th and 10th February at the Ardhowen Theatre.


In partnership with No 8 Bridal, the Cookstown Bridal Showcase at the Burnavon Theatre this Saturday will feature a range of local suppliers who can help exceed every bride and grooms expectations to ensure that your wedding day is perfect. The event provides lots of options for the savvy bride to organise her wedding under one roof with local suppliers close to hand.


Continuing his run of sell-out tours, Jake O’Kane is back at the Riverside Theatre Coleraine this Saturday 11th February with his new show, ‘Old Enough to Know Better’.  Combining stories from the year past with photos from the Irish News archive and the wackier side of the Internet, Jake dissects the insane from the mad and the worst from the bad, in his usual inimitable style.  On this tour, Jake is supported by talented comic Terry McHugh.  If you’ve caught Jake’s live tour before you’ll know this new show is not to be missed; if you haven’t, come along and see what you’ve been missing.


Calling all 2 – 5 year olds! Join the Braid Ballymena this Saturday for a 1/2 hour storytelling and craft event which will see the museum collection come to life. Toddlers will get an opportunity to be part of a local story through dance and art.  After the stories are told each child will get an opportunity to make their own special piece of artwork inspired by what was heard.  A local artist and storyteller will lead the session. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Two sessions have been organised: 10.30 to11.00am and 12noon to 12.30pm.


Following on from the success of last year’s “Big Bang Theatre”, W5 brings you the Silent Science Show! Take your seats for some slapstick science in a unique black and white, silent stage show! Prepare yourself for exciting, experimental and somewhat unusual family theatre this February. Danger, humour, excitement and some very cool science combine to make a really entertaining experience. Running selected dates from 11 February – 26 March. The Silent Science Show is FREE with admission to W5.


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