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


Charity Walk & Run in aid of the USPCA Animal Hospital Newry, Saturday 4th May. Registration from 11.00am with the walk starting at 11.30am. Walk, jog or run for animals on the 4th of May. The walk will start from the Animal Hospital and continue down the Newry Tow Path, before returning back to the centre with refreshments provided at the finish line.


Immerse yourself in life as an ancient Celt as Navan Fort in Armagh prepares for the Beltaine Festival of Fire; a time of purification and transition. Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May, 11.00am to 4.00pm daily. Normal admission charges apply.


Enjoy the first May Bank Holiday Weekend, at Castle Archdale with live entertainment by Strule River String Band on Saturday 2.00pm to 4.00pm, CC Cooper Country Saturday Evening and Praise in the Park Sunday from 3.00pm.


Buckle up as Jamboree in the Park is back!  Ireland’s biggest indoor country music festival returns to the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona on Saturday 4th May for an unmissable night of Country Music with Derek Ryan, Cliona Hagan and All Folk’d Up.  Doors open from 7.00pm.  


The sensational new Stage Musical “My Sweetheart and Me” is a rip-roaring, funny romantic comedy set during the Summer of Love 1967, in and around a popular cornerstone of the community Public house (The Suntree bar) in the fictional sleepy town of Cheerysville, Ireland.   Riverside Theatre Coleraine, Saturday 4th May.


Cushendun’s Big Arts Weekend is a four day festival, from 3rd to 6th May, of music, drama, poetry, art, walks, workshops and family fun in one of the most beautiful villages in Glens of Antrim. The programme has something for everyone and many of the events are free. 


Join Poetry NI and The Crescent as they present Purely Poetry Open Mic Night on Friday 3rd May.  Welcoming readers of all styles and experiences, from first timers to old pros, Purely Poetry Open Mic Night fosters an open, laid back and encouraging atmosphere for people to read their work, and to listen in comfort. Quite simply, we want your poems, and they want you to enjoy the experience of reading them!

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Jacqueline McGonigle