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


The 4th annual Portaferry Sails & Sounds festival takes place from 20th to 23rd June.   This is an action packed weekend of sailing, rowing, racing & trips on Strangford Lough, with lots of free events on offer across the weekend.


Celebrate the the longest day of the year with the Celts as they prepare for Mid-Summer at Navan Centre and Fort this Friday.  Join the Celtic camp, mingle and help set up for the evening’s festivities, dine at 9.00pm on something quite wild then sing, dance and listen to stories of the years gone by while watching the sunset.


Share Discovery Village are hosting a celebration the Summer Solstice on Trannish Island  on Upper Lough Erne this Friday. Paddle out for a tasty BBQ and a variety of fun activities and watch the breath-taking sunset on Upper Lough Erne on the longest day of the year!


An Creagán are holding their annual mid-summer 5K on Wednesday 19th June at 7.30pm. This is a chipped event suitable for all runners, expert or beginners. If you would like to be part of An Creagán Mid-Summer run, and enjoy the beautiful scenic track, please contact An Creagán on 02880761112 or email info@ancreagan.com to register, £5 per person.


Join The Playhouse on Saturday 22nd June for the heartening tale of Pamplemousse’s identity crisis, set against evocative and playful music by local composer Greg Caffrey. The opera will be performed by the young talents of the NI Opera Studio and the Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble.  Suitable for children 7+ Duration: 30 minutes.


Join Mr Hullabaloo, the magical storyteller and his colourful puppet friends at the Courtyard Theatre Newtownabbey this Saturday 22nd June.  In this brand new show, Jingles the Jester and Bobbin the Bear visit the seaside to hear tales of Pirates and Mermaids. Then pay a visit to Fairy Twinkles summer garden in fairy glen but watch out for the naughty little rascal trampling on all the summer flowers!


On Friday 21st June  The Priests will present a concert in St. Bernadette’s Church, Rosetta Road, Belfast. This iconic 1960s fan-shaped building, with its huge wall of stained glass and clear view of the performers for everyone in the audience, promises to be an ideal venue for this concert on the longest evening of the year.

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Jacqueline McGonigle