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


North Down Museum will host their Summer Market this Saturday and Sunday. The galleries and courtyard of the museum  will be filled with market stalls selling unique craft and handmade items by local craftspeople. You can also enjoy some live music or grab a coffee and a bite to eat in the museum café.


Experience the traditional art of basket weaving with the assistance of experienced craft tutor and basket maker Sabine Wolniczak from Beaghmore Baskets at the Market Place Theatre on Saturday 27th July.   Learn the techniques and skills involved in this ancient craft to complete your own traditional Irish skib using locally grown, harvested and seasoned willow. 


Share’s ever popular summer schemes are back Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm each day for 6 to 8 year olds, 8 to 12 year olds, and 12 to 16 year olds. Offering multi activity weeks and skill specific weeks in Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Windsurfing.  Schedule of Schemes available at www.sharevillage.org. Runs until 30th July.


Enjoy ‘An Evening At Down Royal’ at the Mellon Country Inn this Friday 26th July.  Package Includes: BBQ Lunch,  transport to and from the race course, entry into the races, live music on return. Contact the hotel for more information.


Enjoy the beautiful sounds of local musicians in Mussenden Temple any time between 12 noon and 2.00pm on Sunday July 28th.  What better way to compliment your Sunday afternoon stroll at Downhill? Normal admission applies. NT members free.


Take a walk in the country at one of Northern Ireland’s best known regional one-day agricultural shows and its beautiful location on the shore of Lough Neagh. The Antrim Show takes place Saturday 27th July at Shanes Castle from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Admission is £10 per Adult, £5 for 12-17 year olds, and U12s and car parking are free. Admission is payable at the gate, and discounted adult tickets can be purchased online for £9 until Wednesday 24 July. Further info at www.randoxantrimshow.com.


Visitors on the autism spectrum and those with sensory requirements can enjoy the peace and quiet of Belfast Zoo during Quiet Hour this Sunday 28th July.  The zoo will open an 9am, an hour before normal opening times. Visitors can expect reduced crowds and lower levels of noise, helping to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Jacqueline McGonigle