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


Portico and the Portaferry Hotel are hosting a Wedding Fair in Portaferry on Saturday 25th March from 12.00 to 4.00pm. With classical architecture modelled on the Greek Temple of Nemesis, Portico is the perfect venue for a romantic and elegant wedding. This beautifully restored former church is now a non-denominational grade A listed venue that hosts weddings of all kinds. Stunning architectural features such as original wooden pews and beautiful stained glass windows combine with discreet modern technology to provide a venue worthy of the gorgeous natural scenery all around.


As part of Navan Fort’s series of FREE events, they are bringing to you lots of mini-beasts, bugs and creepy crawlies this Sunday 26th March.  Get up close and person with some of the bugs and beasties that live around us and some more unusual characters too!  With friends from Mantella Environmental Education they will highlight the roles these important animals play in our local environment.  Come along and learn what a millipede feels like, why spiders have eight eyes and why some of our birds of prey are making a comeback after years of absence.  This event coincides with Mother’s Day so is the perfect opportunity for you and your family to spend a lovely time together at no cost!


This Sunday delve off the beaten track to explore ‘real’ caving, deep inside the Marble Arch Caves System. Meander through wild cave passages, climb through boulder chambers and squeeze though the famous flyover to emerge into the Marble Arch Showcave, before returning to the boulder chambers on your way out, muddy but proud!


Strabane Drama Festival begins this Friday 24th March and runs until Saturday 1st April at 8.00pm each evening at the Alley Theatre.  The programme include Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras, Blackbird by David Harrower, Eclipsed by Patricia Burke–Brogan, Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh and Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel plus many more!


Hailed by the New York Times as “inspirational”, Wonderland is an enchanting musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with a huge heart, a medley of magic and a whole lot of wonder.   Here a timely and touching story of love in all its forms, it’s an adventurous exploration of who we are, who we want to be and the power of everyday magic in our lives.   In the tradition of the best stage musicals, Wonderland boasts a catchy score full of songs by Frank Wildhorn, writer of pop hits including Whitney Houston’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go?’ and theatre classics including ‘This is the Moment’ from his internationally acclaimed show, Jekyll & Hyde.  Starring Wendi Peters & Dave Willetts this week from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th March at the Millennium Forum.


Easter’s almost here so why not pick up a few gifts and treats at Raceview Mill’s indoor monthly Food & Craft Market.  Returning Saturday 25th March, 11am – 3pm, the market is a fabulous mix of the finest in local food, arts and crafts with over 40 traders in attendance.  Visitors can also treat themselves to a bite of lunch and a cup of coffee in the Red Brick Coffee House.  Additional amenities include FREE onsite parking, public toilets and disabled access.  Raceview Mill is only 35 minutes from Belfast and just over an hour to Derry/Londonderry.


The Fine and Dandy Market returns to the Crescent Arts Centre this Sunday 26th March. Fine and Dandy is a marketplace showcasing the work of independent artists, designers, illustrators and crafters alongside stalls from collectors of records, vintage wares and high quality, local food & drink produce. FREE ENTRY 11.30am to 3.30pm.

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