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The Big Telly Theatre Company presents The Faerie Thorn at the Web Theatre, Newtownards, this Friday 19th May.  This production will recreate Talbot’s dark, imaginative and bewitching tales, propelling the audience into a world of devilish debts, trysts and trades, broken bargains and unjust trials; of magic, quick-wittedness, hoodwinking and revenge. The Faerie Thorn will be witty, dark and wickedly comedic dealing with inexorable human tensions in a way that is shocking and yet terrifyingly familiar.  Recommended for age 14+.  Tickets are on sale at ardsarts.com.

Armagh

See Brenda Murphy & Martin Lynch’s ‘Crazy’ this Friday evening at the Market Place Theatre Armagh.  It tells the story of young Belfast woman Ruby and her search for true love. Throw in the greatest hits of Patsy Cline and Garth Brooks and audiences are set for a great night out. Starring Caroline Curran.

Fermanagh

‘And Finally… Phil Collins’ are recognised throughout the industry as the market leaders and definitive Phil Collins and Genesis tribute show. Now, celebrating their ‘10th Anniversary’ year together, this truly amazing eleven piece band which includes the ‘And Finally Horns’ faithfully re-create all the classic hits from the Phil Collins and Genesis timeless back catalogue. See them live on stage this Friday at the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

Tyrone

Cookstown goes continental when the food and flavours, sights and sounds of Europe and beyond come to the town centre this weekend (Sat 20th May from 9am – 9pm  and Sun 21st May 2017 from 11am – 7pm). The Continental Market will feature over 40 traders from as far afield as Morocco, India, Belgium, France, Russia, Holland, Spain and China, who will set up stalls alongside local traders from the weekly street market. As well as mouth-watering dishes, from freshly made Paella to delicious Bratwurst Sausages, visitors to the market will also be kept entertained with a variety of street entertainment and music.

Derry

For the first time ever the classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in a wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production, this Saturday at the Millennium Forum.  Humpty Dumpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help!  Sing along, solve puzzles and meet lots of famous children’s characters along the way including The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, all the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm and many more. When Humpty climbs the highest wall in the Kingdom, who knows what might happen next?

Antrim

The annual Ballyclare May Fair takes place this weekend. The May Fair is one of the few horse fairs left in Northern Ireland. The event has grown to be more than a horse fair, with amusements, family activities, music concerts, Mayor’s parade, sports events and exhibitions. Local shops compete for the best dressed window, and children take part in fun days and competitions.

Belfast

This Sunday 21st May,  the QFT’s autism friendly screening is Kiki’s Delivery Service. An exciting story about a young girl named Kiki, who grows in confidence as she adapts her flying skills to create a broomstick delivery service. This coming of age tale is a wonderful and humorous animation from Studio Ghibli. 30 mins before the film begins there will be free refreshments, a pre-screen art activity and short introduction to the film by Shelley Tracey.

 

 

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Join The Portico of Ards on Thursday 11th May for April Verch! April steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.  With an ‘almost superhuman’ presence on stage, April flawlessly intertwines her fiddle playing, step dancing and singing; sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed.

Armagh

Lyngo Theatre presents one of the best loved classics for children which comes to life, literally, at Super Family Saturday at the Market Place Theatre Armagh. Crickets, cats, foxes and, of course, the world-famous puppet, will spring out of dusty, old, magic books while Patrick Lynch from CBeebies pulls all the strings and turns all the pages to bring you the true story of Pinocchio, no lie. Who nose? He might even find his father and become a real boy. Come and join him on his incredible journey, you’ll have a whale of a time!

Fermanagh

The early bird catches the worm this Saturday morning! Head to Marble Arch Caves for 5.00am to join Geopark staff to hear the dawn chorus of birdsong welcoming the new day. Geopark staff will help you to identify which birds you can hear.  Cladagh Glen is not wheelchair accessible; wear warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. Booking is essential. Contact Marble Arch Caves on 02866348855 to book your place.

Tyrone

‘Bag for Life’ is the brand new play from Award winning writer Colin Bateman (Divorcing Jack, Murphy’s Law).  Coming to the Alley Theatre Strabane this Saturday evening, it tells the tale of Karen (Julie Addy), a young mother who’s troubled past comes back to haunt her after a chance encounter whilst out shopping on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  This powerful play, laced with the blackest of humour received a sell-out run at Bangor’s Open House festival and standing ovations at the Lyric theatre, Belfast.

Derry/Londonderry

The Walled City Tattoo returns to the Millennium Forum stage from Friday 12th to Saturday 13th May 2017.  Following a hugely successful sell out run in 2016, an additional matinee show, on Saturday 13th May, has been added to the programme for 2017.  Audiences can expect an array of local and international talent that will include all the traditional aspects of a Tattoo familiar to festival goers around the world, including marching bands, theatrics and musical performances. The Walled City Tattoo will also tell local stories, contemporising and embellishing the show with a rich local theme.

Antrim

A Night in Nashville features three singer/songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee. Jenn Bostic, Sarah Darling, and Michael Logen will be performing original songs in the round, as well as sharing the stories behind them. From Americana to Country, Blues to Soul, this intimate evening will be a night you don’t want to miss! This Friday 12th May at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.

Belfast

Free Saturday Minors Film Club at the Strand Arts Centre, 12.00pm, 13th May 2017: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016) [PG] 7yrs+.  A young boy named Kubo who lives a quiet life in a village by the sea until a vengeful spirit from the past turns his life upside down.  Now he must locate a magical suit of armour worn by his late father in order to defeat the gods, monsters and evil spirits chasing him.

 

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Enjoy the tranquillity of Strangford Lough this Saturday evening on a “Full Moon Rising Strangford Sea Safari”, with a full moon rising over the water to set off the beautiful scenery of the area. Visit the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse, Seal colonies at Cloughey Rocks Nature Reserve and much more. Suitable for age 3 years plus.

Armagh

Enjoy some “Classic Rock” this Friday evening at the Market Place Theatre, Armagh. Imagine a rock concert involving three of the biggest named rock stars of the 21st Century! ‘Classic Rock USA’ is a heart pumping, drum beating and pulsating rock extravaganza featuring over twenty-five hits from Bryan Adams, Jon Bon Jovi and the ‘Boss’ himself, Bruce Springsteen!

Fermanagh

The Enniskillen ComicFest returns on 5th and 6th May.  Over twenty writers and artists from across the UK and Ireland will be attending.  Guests Of Honour include John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, the creators of Judge Dredd, Steve MacManus, legendary editor of 2000AD, and Marvel and DC artist Yanick Paquette. Also among the guests is Nigel Parkinson who draws Dennis The Menace and Minnie the Minx for the Beano!  The Fermanagh Film Club will be having a special screening of the acclaimed documentary Future Shock!: The Story Of 2000AD on Wednesday 3rd May in Fermanagh House. Tickets available on the door.   The main event is taking place on Saturday and this year the venue will be Enniskillen Castle. This is a free event.  ComicFest 2017 will conclude with a Charity Auction with all proceeds going to the Horizon West Childrens Hospice.

Tyrone

Humpty Dumpty’s Big Eggventure, this Saturday afternoon at the Craic Theatre Coalisland.  For the first time ever, the classic nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production.  Humpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help!  Sing along; solve puzzles, and meet lots of famous children’s charters along the way including, The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep and all the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm and many more! With amazing costumes, dazzling stage sets and a host of colourful characters to bring you on the journey of a lifetime.

Derry

Don’t miss this month’s Walled City Market! On the first Saturday of every month (Saturday 6th May) Guildhall Square  welcomes the very best of artisan traders, offering visitors a friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods ranging from vegetables, homemade jams & preserves, artisan breads & cakes, sweets and handmade craft products.

Antrim

Birds of Prey at Larne Museum, this Saturday 6th May is a unique opportunity to get up close to a bird of prey during a presentation by Ian Patterson from Flying Falcons.  This event takes place between 11.00am and 12.00pm at the Larne Museum and Arts Centre and admission is free!

Belfast

From Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th May at the Belvoir Players Studio Theatre, NISMAT Theatre School Bring you the enchanting classic story of Beauty and the Beast.  Long ago a young prince, spoiled and unkind is cursed for his wickedness by a beautiful enchantress. He is transformed into a hideous monster and his castle becomes a dark and frightening place. Here he must remain until he learns to love another and earn their love in return before the last petal of a magic rose falls.. but who could ever learn to love a Beast?

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Top Trump Trails begins at WWT Castle Espie on Saturday 29th April. They have put a selection of Giant Top Trumps cards around the grounds that represent some of the favourite wetland animals. When you arrive you’ll be given a Top Trumps card and score card – the aim of the game is to compare the animal scores on your card against our giant cards to win!

Armagh

Hundreds of vintage vehicles will descend upon The Argory this Saturday 29th April as they host their famous vintage vehicle rally. A must-see event for all vehicle enthusiasts. From 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

Fermanagh

Dogs are always welcome at Castle Coole but will be especially welcome this Saturday when the National Trust will dedicate a whole day of fun to their pooch pals! Bring your dogs along for the dog walk, enter your dog in the pet dog show, and pick up some behavioural techniques and grooming tips at Paws in the Park.

Tyrone

The Blue Boy of Glenmore is a new play by Joe Brennan Produced by the Brassneck Theatre Company. See it at the Craic Theatre on Saturday evening at 8.00pm.  Winter 1978. Cooley Mountains, Ireland. Jemmy John is a tortured soul. The sheep on the glen and the farm are his life but his younger sister Colleen yearns for something much more. With the help of a local car mechanic, Colleen is determined to escape Glenmore for the chance at a better life… but her older brother is having none of it. The life-long conflict between these sibling rivals is the catalyst that ignites the shocking events that unfold.

Derry/Londonderry

With over 20 acts performing over 5 days, Da Vinci’s Hotel in Derry City is the place to be from Thursday 27th April – Monday 1st May.  Da Vinci’s Hotel has 3 unmissable Head line Event as part of this year’s Jazz Festival programme with entertainment from Hot Chocolate, Someone Like you ‘The Adele Songbook’ and Finale Night of the Jazz Festival.

Antrim

Cushendun’s Big Arts Weekend is a four day festival of music, drama, poetry, art, walks, workshops and family fun in one of the most beautiful villages in Glens of Antrim. The programme  which runs from 28th April to 1st May has something for everyone and many of the events are free. For further information and the full programme visit www.cushendunbpt.org.

Belfast

Visit Titanic Belfast for some family fun from the 29th April – 1st May to celebrate the Bank Holiday Weekend!  Challenge the kids with an Explorer Trail throughout the Titanic Experience, meet the Titanic Mascots and try out a family interactive guide, before stopping off for a bite to eat with Kids Meal Deals in Bistro 401 or for a lighter option the Galley Cafe!

 

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Spend the Easter holidays outdoor in nature at Castle Ward for daily Easter activities for all of the family until Sunday 23 April, 10am-5pm.  Highlights include Easter Crafts at the Barn daily at 12-4pm, Victorian Playroom & Easter Fun, Cornmill demonstrations Sundays, 2-5pm, House tours and Children’s Trail in the mansion, Children’s woodland & adventure playground,- feeding the animals with the Rangers daily at 3.30pm and visit the artists in the Studio at Castle Ward.

Armagh

Danann Crafts is back at the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island this Sunday 23rd April, this time with loads of family fun for kids and adults!  Enjoy live crafting demos and wonderful craft stalls. Over 30 stalls with make & take workshops, fantastic local crafts & food stalls with the best chutneys and oils. And ideal Sunday day out.

Fermanagh

Borderline Players are back with their Easter Pantomime, ‘Goody Two Shoes’, which promises to be another epic tale for all ages.  Septica, an evil sorceress, has left her magic shoes with the Elf Cobbler for mending, and as they are her only comfortable pair, she is far from pleased when Goody Coddle appears wearing them. Playing at the Ardhowen Theatre this Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April.

Tyrone

The Ad Lib Charity Drama Group present The Real McCoy in Eskra Community Centre, Co. Tyrone this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.  Proceeds will go to The Michaela Foundation and Parkinsons UK.

Derry/Londonderry

This Friday at the Glassworks Derry, winning early music ensemble Sestina presents Music of the Grand Tour from Italy, to include the seminal Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, played by virtuoso Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer, and the youthful early work of Georg Frederic Handel – Dixit Dominus.  Join the young voices of Sestina and experience music from Italy performed on instruments of the period in stunning surroundings.

Antrim

The Curious Wedding Fair is back, this time for the weekend, for two full days, jam packed with eclectic exhibitors, revolutionary runway shows, quirky entertainment and more.  The Curious Wedding Fair is hitting the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Belfast

Anthony Toner makes his solo debut on the Lyric Theatre stage this Sunday to celebrate the release of his seventh album. This new collection, Ink, finds the Belfast-based songwriter in top form on a series of stripped back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness.  He’ll be joined by special guests Eilidh Patterson, Ciaran Lavery and John McCullough.

 

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Calling all kids – WWT Castle Espie have lost their GIANT yellow ducks and Dusty Duck needs you and your family to help him find them this Easter! You’ll need to use all your special detective skills to track down these cheeky birds and be in with a chance of winning a yummy chocolate treat! Daily until 26th April.

Armagh

Bus Conductor ‘Charlie Smiles’ is waiting to click your ticket as you go on a ‘sing-along-a-journey’ at Navan Fort this Easter, 15th to 18th April! Make sure you’re full of song as ‘The Wheels on the Bus Go Round’ but like all adventures something gets in the way! What could it be, well only one way to find out, hop on board and join in all the fun! This is a fun and interactive play with lots of audience participation, you’ll be moving and singing in your seats! Booking in advance essential on www.armagh.co.uk/easter

Fermanagh

Roll up Roll up, or down as the case may be for Share Easter Activities & Cruise Trip on 15th and 16th April. A day with a difference this easter! Take part in fun Easter activities and take a cruise aboard the bunny boat. Activities include a cruise aboard the Bunny Boat, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Bouncy Castle, Easter Games, Easter Crafts and Games. £8 per person, Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children) – £24.

Tyrone

Join in the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt at the Argory this Easter! Cracking good fun for everyone with kids easter egg trail and family fun activities, 15th to 18th April. Throughout the Easter holidays the little ones can go wild in our adventure play park. Have a go on the jungle climbing frame, low ropes and balancing logs, rope swings, bridges and zip line.

Derry/Londonderry

Events at Carrowmena this Easter include Glamping, Activities, Easter Egg Canoe Hunt & Easter Egg Glamping Trail along with a massive 20% off their 1/2 day and full day activities what more could you want? Book an Action Packed Activity Adventure Day over the Easter Holidays with 20% off full day and 1/2 day activities. Daily until 23rd April.

Antrim

Rosepark annual easter egg hunt takes place this year on the 16th April 12.00 -4.00pm. All donations are going to COS -Circle of Support for autism parents in return each child will be given a scavenger hunt worksheet, they will have to find all the clues to get to the end. Once at the end, the Easter bunny will be there to present each child with their egg. More activities available on day.

Belfast

Join W5 for a fun family event this Easter. First, you will need to design your own Alien Egghead. Let your imagination run wild and create your own weird and wonderful eggheaded alien. When you are happy with your design, bring your little alien friend to the Spacerace track, place him in one of our “Flying Saucers” and send him spinning through the solar system. Take on other visitors in an attempt to be the first alien to land your UFO on Earth. But beware other aliens will try and bump you off! Will you be the sole alien ruler of earth at the end of the race? Daily from 8 – 23 April.

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Treat yourself to the most simple and indulgent of pleasures, Afternoon Tea at Edenmore Golf Club. The perfect way to relax with friends and family. Served Monday to Saturday from 2pm – 4pm enjoy a delectable array of delicate finger sandwiches, freshly baked dainty scones with local preserves & cream and delicious handcrafted pastries accompanied by your choice of tea.  For that extra delight, enjoy a sumptuous Sparkling Afternoon Tea served with a glass of bubbles! Prosecco and Cocktail Upgrades available also. All served with fine china, silverware and white linen.

Armagh

A View of the Cross Concert for Palm Sunday will take place in Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral on Sunday 9th April. Cappella Caeciliana will be conducted by Eamonn Dougan.  Join us for a programme of choral music including Faure’s Requiem and the Irish premiere of Stabat Mater by Alissa Firsova.  Tickets can be purchased from Armagh Parish Office, Armagh Visitor Information Centre and www.caeciliana.org

Fermanagh

This Saturday 8th April at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, enjoy hands-on fun by making your own fossils, take part in a fossil hunt and learn a bit more about the fantastic fossils that make up the rocks beneath our feet – all for free!   No Booking is required, Normal admission rates to the Marble Arch Caves apply.

Tyrone

The North West Angling Fair takes place this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April at the Melvin Sports Complex Strabane.  Over two days the fair will welcome a host of world class Fly Dressers, Casters and Angling Celebrities.  Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to watch these fly dressers practice their art and fly casters demonstrating their techniques and tactics.  There will also be a series of talks and seminars from these expert anglers on a range of angling related topics as well as a range of quality trade stands selling everything an angler needs.  There will be something for all the family, including children’s workshops, Birds of Prey and much more.

Derry/Londonderry

This Friday night the Everglades Hotel in Derry will host the George Michael/Robbie Williams Tribute Show! Why not make a night of it? Book a pre-show dinner and take stay over. Special offers available.

Antrim

This Saturday 8th April, join coeliac and gluten free shoppers at the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle for a gluten free food fair.  With local and national exhibitors, you can browse a wide range of exclusively gluten free foods, sample new products and buy your favourites to take home.  The Chocolate Manor will be running a live chocolate demonstration and dietitians from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust will be on hand to answer your dietary questions.  Doors open at 12 noon for disabled access and to the general public at 1pm.

Belfast

This Saturday evening Crumlin Road Gaol proudly presents ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with Elvis and his band. Watch an extraordinary tribute performance to one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century in a concert brilliantly capturing the musical life of The King of Rock n Roll. This is as close as you can get to The King.

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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.

Armagh

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!

Fermanagh

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!

 Tyrone

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!

Derry/Londonderry

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.

Antrim

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.

Belfast

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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Enjoy a fun day out at Castle Espie for the St. Patrick’s Day mid-term school break. On Friday 17th March enjoy the LEGO brick trail, a display from Karl Mantella Zoo-2-You and special themed treats at The Kingfisher Kitchen!

Armagh

From Friday 17th – Sunday 19th March your visit to the Navan Centre will also include a special opening of the Iron Age Dwelling.  This is a pre-season chance to meet with the Celtic characters as they relive Celtic life.  Over the weekend they will be making pottery, weaving belts and of course cooking.  Join in and experience life as a Celt as you step back to a time gone by.

Fermanagh

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Day returns to Enniskillen this Friday for its 7th year and headlining the parade this year is a spectacular entry featuring moving inflatables. The fun starts at the Broadmeadow with the a range of free activities including bouncy castles, balloon modellers, face painting, zorbs and wandering mascots for all your selfie needs. New this year is a climbing tower. Freebies on the day will also see chocolate fountains, green candy floss and Lilley’s famous themed gelato in abundance. On the water, we welcome back our battling Ardglass Vikings, Jet Men, Wakeboarding Leprechauns and as is now tradition, St Patrick himself will be making his amphibious arrival via Castle Island.

Tyrone

Join the Ulster American Folk Park this St Patrick’s Day and attend the “American Wake”. Countless thousands of people left Ireland in the 18th and 19th Centuries. For many, the hours before departure became known as the ‘American or Living Wake’. Watch this dramatic re-enactment complete with music and song. Performances at Noon and 2.00pm.

Derry/Londonderry

Join Hugo Duncan and friends in a St. Patrick’s night country Jamboree at the Riverside Theatre Coleraine this Friday. This will be an action packed evening of music and comedy. Joining Hugo will be Barry Kirwan – nominated for new comer of the Year Award at RTE’s Country Music Awards, the Blue Jean Country Queen Shauna McStravock, the Mighty 143 himself, Box Car Brian and the country music legend that is Brian Coll!

Antrim

Raceview Mill in Broughshane will be playing host to a very special food and craft market this St Patricks day. There will be live music, entertainment for the children, and over 40 artisan traders in the market hall from 11am – 3pm. Raceview operates a dog friendly policy, so feel free to bring along your fury friend also.  Visitors can also enjoy a walk along the Butterfly Riverside Path, a cup of coffee and freshly baked scone in the Red Brick Coffee House and pick up a gift or two in any of the 36 little artisan businesses located along the pretty village street at Raceview.

Belfast

The Merchant Hotel’s Fabulous Fashion Teas return on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th March with four fashion-forward shows presenting the must-have looks from cutting-edge local designers and leading designer boutiques.  Featuring carefully chosen local designers and high-end boutiques, these are fashion shows with a difference!

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See the St Patrick’s Landing, this Sunday, 12th March at Inch Abbey.  There is a host of interactive activities taking place from 12.30pm to 5.00pm, including boats on the Quoile (weather permitting). You can arrive in style on one of the heritage trains with services departing from the Downpatrick and County Down Railway Station from 12pm.  Train fares : Adults: £6, Children: £4.50, Concessions: £5.50.

Armagh

Jason Byrne’s brand new show has everything you’ve come to expect from ‘The Outright King of Live Comedy, plus ducks, false chins, portable igloos, bewildered owls and much, much more. The star of ‘Wild Things’ and ‘The Snaptastic Show’ has gone back to his comedy roots, probably so he can pull them up and use them as a prop as well. See him live on stage at the Market Place Theatre this Friday 10th March.

Fermanagh

The iconic Lough Erne Resort, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, is exclusively unveiling its stunning new ballroom at a special Wedding Open Weekend on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th March, from 12 noon to 6.00pm daily.  This exclusive Wedding Open Weekend is the perfect opportunity to explore all aspects of Lough Erne Resort which is idyllically situated in the heart of the Fermanagh Lakelands, bordering nearby counties Cavan and Monaghan.

Tyrone

Celebrate International Women’s Day this Wednesday 8th March at The Square Box Dungannon.  Join Lynette Fay and special guests in a celebration which includes a makeup demonstration by one of Northern Ireland’s leading Make-Up Artists, Paddy McGurgan, fashion tips, inspirational discussion and much more!

Derry/Londonderry

Embarking on their very first performance at the Millennium Forum , the internationally renowned  Royal Moscow Ballet brings every child’s favourite fairytale, Sleeping Beauty, to the Forum’s stage this Wednesday 8th March. This is the classic story of love and innocence , mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.  Experience stunning choreography , breathtaking costumes and vibrant sets which will transport you straight into this fairytale world and let THE ROYAL MOSCOW BALLET make this fairtytale come to life right before your eyes.

Antrim

See La Traviata screened live from the Met Opera New York at the Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey this Saturday 11th March.  Sonya Yoncheva sings one of opera’s most beloved heroines, the tragic courtesan Violetta, a role in which she triumphed on the Met stage in 2015, opposite Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo, and Thomas Hampson as his father, Germont. Nicola Luisotti conducts.

Belfast

This Saturday 11th March, Crumlin Road Gaol presents the Johnny Cash tribute concert to celebrate the music of one of America’s greatest music performers in a unique and authentic show.  Just like Johnny Cash took the stage in his famous gig in Folsom Prison, he will perform some of his biggest hits live at ‘The Crum’. Capturing the unmistakable sound of the ‘man in black’, and accompanied by June Carter and band, you will experience what it was like to be at a real Cash show.  Why not make an evening of it with the New Hospitality Package,  Take a guided tour of the prison, followed by a three course meal at the New Cuff’s Bar and Grill, finishing off with the evening event. (Includes complimentary glass of wine with your meal). Tour starts at 5.30pm.

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