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

Down

Join Ards & North Down Borough Council this Saturday 18th August at Groomsport for an evening of live music, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks finale.  This year’s headline act will be Mack Fleetwood a Fleetwood Mac tribute band supported by Wookalily, who will delivering toe tapping alternative folk music. The event will be compered by mentalist, magician and musician Joel Mawhinney.  Cockle Row Cottages are open from 11.00 am – 8.00 pm with free family fun between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.   Funfair open from 4pm (charges apply). Get home on the free late night bus departing from Groomsport’s Main Street at 10.30pm and 11pm going to Bangor Bus Station.

Armagh

Not every woman gets to spend the night with George Clooney… but Bridie Murphy does! Over the course of one night, Bridie takes George on the journey of her life; from the terrible lows to the hilarious highs and charts the course to her unlikely future.  Brought to you by West Belfast’s award-winning Brassneck Theatre Company, this hilarious night of theatre at the Market Place this Friday and Saturday will leave everyone wishing that they too could spend ‘A Night With George’

Fermanagh

Become a Rock Detective for a day this Saturday afternoon at Marble Arch Caves!  Join in this jam packed afternoon of interactive hands on fun where you can discover more about the fascinating rocks, landscapes and people of the Geopark.  Suitable for children aged from 4 – 12 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Booking is essential but please note this is a free event.

Tyrone

This Saturday 18th August, the beautiful Manor House and grounds of Parkanaur Forest Park will host the annual Castlecaulfield Horticultural Show and Vintage Rally. Featuring flowers, fruit, vegetables, cookery, crafts, photography and live music. Craft stalls and fun activities open from 12.30pm. High tea can be taken in the ballroom and BBQ will be in the grounds. Show Marquee open from 1.30pm. Prize giving by Anne Marie McAleese, Radio Ulster’s presenter of Your Place & Mine.

Derry/Londonderry

Lumarina, the family friendly, fun filled, free event at Ballyronan Marina is back! This annual spectacular illumination has gained a reputation for amazing entertainment, with the picturesque backdrop of the Lough providing a unique atmosphere at this family themed event.  On Friday 17th August, from 6pm – 10pm, Mid Ulster District Council will shine a light on the beauty of Lough Neagh, as the Marina provides the backdrop for an evening of music and entertainment with the grand finale fireworks spectacular taking place at 9.45pm.

Antrim

Make and Take with Creative Coast Community this Saturday is a new and exciting event for the North Coast in summer 2018, taking place in Portballintrae Village Hall. For the first time ever a collective of some of the Creative Coast’s most talented artists and creators are coming together to host the inaugural ‘Make & Take’ event. Starting at 10am there will be sessions throughout the day, in which you can participate in hands-on creative workshops, leaving each one with your own handiwork!

Belfast

Visiting Titanic Belfast over the 18th & 19th August? There will be lots of free family fun from 12noon – 4pm on the plaza and surrounding area, including face painting, caricaturists, graffiti artists, chalk art and buskers! Titanic Foundation Ltd will be running a Maritime Photo Walking Tour (2.30pm – 4pm) and Titanic Taster Art Trail (2pm – 3.30pm) around the Quarter on Sunday 19th August for only £5pp! Meet at the Titanic Sign (Photo Tour) or at the festival space next to SS Nomadic (Art Trail) on the day to join the tour.  On Saturday 18th, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) will be providing children with the chance to get dressed up in the RNLI Crew Kit. Libraries NI Pop-up Library will also be joining the outdoor festivities, so come along and let the kids choose their new favourite book.

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

Down

The annual Portavogie Seafood Festival takes place on Saturday 11th August, 12 noon – 5.00pm.  Ards and North Down Borough Council is providing the free return shuttle bus service from Newtownards Bus Station to the heart of the event, Portavogie Harbour. There will be three departures during the day. For a timetable see visitardsandnorthdown.com.  Little ones can be in with a chance of winning a cash prize by dressing up ‘sea-themed’. . A prize each will be awarded to best dressed boy and girl. There will be plenty more sea-themed fun for the little ones to enjoy including a touch tank on the day.  The festival as always will celebrate all things seafood. With cooking demos hosted by celebrity chefs, Paul Rankin and Nick Nairn, and Northern Ireland’s biggest fish market and artisan food stalls. Be sure to catch the free bus!

Armagh

Dinosaurs are coming alive at Slieve Gullion! A T-Rex has been spotted prowling around the Walled Garden. Are you brave enough to track him down?  Come along to the Geotastic Extravaganza this Saturday which is back bigger and better, to learn about dinomite dinosaurs, vicious volcanoes, earth-shattering earthquakes and other wonders of our planet. You can even get your picture taken with Roary (the T-Rex)… if you’re brave enough!  Tickets are not required for this event, spaces for workshops will be given on a first come first served basis. This event is running alongside the normal operations of the Forest Park so parking will be limited.

Fermanagh

Tully Castle – Castle Capers Community Festival including Living History takes place this Saturday 11th August from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.  The men of the castle patrol the walls and make ready their weapons to defend this fortified house; see the firing muskets, feel the heft of swords and pikes, try on the armour and helmets of the early 17th century. Admission is free!

Tyrone

SINK OR SLIM….a classic Sam Cree comedy set in the 1960″s in a Health Farm run by the owner Mrs Babbington, is coming to the Strule Arts Centre Omagh this Saturday evening.  Ms Babbington is a formidable lady who rules with a rod of iron and who feeds her pet poodle better than her paying guests! Meet the Major, Millie the dippy maid, Willie the handyman who supplies guests with whatever contraband they are willing to pay for and a Swedish Masseuse called Hildie who’s determined to help everyone lose weight and get fit! A merry go round of crazy craic and lots of laughs…….one not to miss!!!

Derry/Londonderry

This Saturday join Seamus Heaney HomePlace for a very special afternoon of poetry and music as they ripple out from HomePlace to host The Poetry Brunch in the landscape that so inspired Seamus Heaney’s work.  For this unique poetic experience the audience will be transported to a secret location in the landscape surrounding HomePlace for a special afternoon of poetry readings by Alice Lyons, Iggy McGovern and Kerrie O’Brien.  Featuring harp music performed by Maria McGowan, this promises to be a very special afternoon.

Antrim

Voiceworks youth company are delighted to be bringing the family friendly musical Hairspray,  plied high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs to the braid Arts Centre, Ballymena this Saturday. This is not to be missed!  For one day only for two shows; matinee and evening.

Belfast

Due to popular demand, RUNNING BLIND is back, and  running for a truly local charity many of us know and recognise: Team Kerr and Aaron’s Army. Thanks to the kind generosity of sponsors, Heartsine, all proceeds from this event will go directly to Aaron’s Army, a NI registered charity providing running buggies to families across NI.   Join in at Stormont on the 11th August 2018 and run, jog or walk either 5k or the more challenging 10k, either blindfolded with a partner, or on your own. For the adventurous, run one lap in a blindfold (supplied) and one lap as a guide – either distance. The aim is to raise awareness of and encourage visually impaired running, whilst raising very much needed funds for local charity. Sign up at http://www.runningblind.org.uk/

 

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Myra Zepf, the first ever Children’s Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland, is set to create the magical story behind this year’s Footsteps in the Forest. From kidnapped dragons and a mischievous witch to elves, fairies and druids, these are just some of the characters you could bump into at the Footsteps in the Forest Festival in Slieve Gullion.  The two-day event returns on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August when actors will guide adventure-seekers through the forest in a theatrical tour in search of dragons and to help overcome Gullion’s witch, the Cailleach Bheara.  The Footsteps in the Forest Festival is part of the wider Giant Adventures programme, a major series of family festivals organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to showcase the region’s breath-taking mountains, coastline and mythical stories.

Armagh

Join Navan Fort this for the annual celebration of the Celtic Sun God Lugh. The 30ft Wickerman will proudly oversee the many and varied activities taking place during this evening of music, dance, crafts, and displays of ancient Celtic traditions & custom this Saturday 4th August. Enjoy performances by, among others, Hatch jaw, Trad Folk Experience. Get into step with dancing, observe the amazing agility of the World of Owls demonstrations. Be transformed with Henna body art and traditional face painting, and join our Celtic characters in their preparation for the great ceremony of the burning of the Wickerman.  Pre-booking essential, limited tickets available.

Fermanagh

Arts Over Borders presents The  Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival, Legnabrocky, Enniskillen, 1st to 5th August.   The 6th Beckett Festival returns with its uniquely adventurous mix of site-specific events in our landscape, world class song in our churches and its engaging talks and discussions on a wide range of themes for everyone to enjoy.

Tyrone

Rock around the clock with The Soda Popz at the Alley Theatre Strabane this Saturday 4th August. This sensational seven piece band pays a memorable tribute to some of the best-loved hits from that fabulous era! Take a nostalgic trip back to the dance hall days with this action packed, fully costumed, toe tapping show which has been wowing audiences all over the country! Featuring the songs of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Connie Francis and much more… So put your glad rags and dancing shoes on for an uplifting night of timeless classics!

Derry/Londonderry

See the second instalment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy and the eighth main instalment of the Star Wars franchise this Friday 3rd August at the Roe Valley Arts Centre Limavady.  Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order. Tickets are only £3.

Antrim

From 31st July to 4th August, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “American” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks.  Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.

Belfast

Come along to Orangefield Park on the Connswater Community Greenway for Greenway Celebrations! There’ll be environmental activities, sports, historical tours, local food stalls, entertainment, street theatre and so much more!  Part of The EastSide Park Fest.  Two days, two parks in east Belfast and lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy! This August we are excited to announce the first EastSide Park Fest offering a whole weekend of fun in C.S. Lewis Square and Orangefield Park where we guarantee there is something or everyone. Admission is free.

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

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This month sees the return of the much-loved Skiffie Festival on Strangford Lough and in Delamont Country Park. From the 27th to the 29th of July, international competitors and locals will descend upon Strangford Lough in their community-built skiffs for this action-packed weekend of events. Visitors will not only have the opportunity to watch the racing, there will also be a range of free family centred activities including boat trips, live music, model air craft displays, a food village and much more. The festival marks the first of five events in the Giant Adventures summer programme, spearheaded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Armagh

Lúnasa Festival 2018 – Lúnasa… Bringing it on! takes place on July 28, 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm, Slieve Gullion Courtyard, Meigh.  Lúnasa is one of the four great days in the Celtic wheel of the year. It traditionally  announced the beginning of the grain harvest, was recognised as a time for matchmaking and marks the sun’s progress around our planet. These were days of rent paying and stock taking but also days of pausing, merriment, reflecting and exploring what needs to be done in the coming period. You are invited to come along and enter into a pausing space, a space to reflect and discover what personal gifts, skills or ideas you need to harvest and bring forth over the coming season. Facilitated by Janet O’Hagan.

Fermanagh

Asda Enniskillen is hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in aid of Children in Need in store this Saturday 28th July.. There will be lots of ‘bear-y’ exciting activities for everyone to take part in, from teddy bear bingo to a traditional tombola. A fun filled day for all the family to enjoy while doing their bit for Children in Need.

Tyrone

Dergfest Music Festival is back for its fifth year this weekend from 27th to 29th July. This year’s line-up includes Mark McCabe, Darude, Teddy Cream, Niamh McGlinchey, Jim Devine, Derek Ryan, Rough Justice, Mundy and the Logues. Full details at dergfest.co.uk.

Derry

Frock Around The Clock will be taking The Great Summer Holiday Fair to the wonderful seaside location of Portstewart for the first time on Sunday 29th July. This event will feature 20 stalls of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items, holistic therapies and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, & much more besides. Town Hall, The Crescent, Portstewart. Admission is  £2 and children go free.

Antrim

Randox Antrim Show takes place on Saturday 28th July at Shanes Castle, Antrim, from 9.00am – 5.00pm.  Take a walk in the country at one of Northern Ireland’s bets known regional agricultural shows and its beautiful location on the shore of Lough Neagh.  From cookery demonstrations by Paula McIntyre in the Festival of Food marquee, to livestock, sheep shearing and horse jumping competitions there’s plenty to keep all of the family amused. There’s also a dog agility display, a children’s pet show, a petting zoo, Young Farmers Games, Irish dancing, live music and a jiving competition to be found among craft stalls, family entertainment, and Home Industries and Horticulture exhibits.  Admission is £10 per person, where accompanied children under 16 years of age go free. Car parking is also FREE. Admission is payable at the gate, and discounted early bird tickets can be purchased online for £9 until Wednesday 25th July. Further show information available at www.randoxantrimshow.com.

Belfast

On Saturday 28th July, Belfast Zoo will go ‘quiet’. Belfast Zoo’s quiet hours allow visitors on the autism spectrum, their family and friends to enter the zoo an hour early at 9am. This is an opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet of the zoo for an hour before it opens to the general public. Normal admission prices apply. You can book online in advance or can purchase your ticket on arrival.

 

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

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The 2018 Carryduff Forklift Down Rally kicks off at the Eikon Centre, where the adrenaline fuelled action will kick off at 8.30am on the 21st of July. The live action will continue throughout the day with plenty of safe viewing areas within the Eikon Centre. There will also be lots of additional entertainment in the form of static car displays, interactive model car racing, kids entertainment, face painting and lots more.

Armagh

Asda Portadown is hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in aid of Children in Need at Kids United, North Way Community Association on Thursday 19th July.  There will be lots of ‘bear-y’ exciting activities for everyone to take part in, from teddy bear bingo to a traditional tombola. A fun filled day for all the family to enjoy while doing their bit for Children in Need.  Admission is free.

Fermanagh

Grab your favourite teddy bear and look out his best outfit, because you are invited to the Ultimate Teddy Bears’ Picnic!  Departing from SHARE on Sunday 22nd July at 11.00am & 2.30pm this picnic cruise will venture along Upper Lough Erne. On board all baby bears will enjoy a delicious picnic spread (don’t worry there will be food for mummy & daddy bear as well) and take part in fun party games including Balloon Modelling and Teddy Bear Games. Cruise last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and booking is essential as places are limited.

Tyrone

Book a guided a tour of  Hill of The O’Neill Dungannon &  the exhibition space with an experienced guide when you’ll hear tales of the skeletons found on the Hill during a major excavation in 2010, the escape tunnels leading from the O’Neill castle which snake underneath Dungannon town, and the well which served as a hiding place for the inhabitants of the Hill during many sieges.  At least two castles are thought to have been built on the hill, as well as a grand manor house and a fortified town.  A walk to the top of brings stunning views across 7 Ulster counties, all the more impressive when seen from the height of a new glass viewing tower, making it all the more clear why this site was chosen by the famous O’Neill dynasty to rule Gaelic Ireland for over 300 years. Tours run until 28th September at 2.30pm Monday to Friday.

Derry

Enjoy a day out with the kids at the Jungle!   Set in deep countryside, engulfed in trees and streams, hills and hollows just outside Moneymore The Jungle uses a blend of creative vision, subtle touches, and some less-than-subtle machinery, and have fashioned it into an outdoor pursuits haven with a range of activities for children of all ages and abilities : Choose from Kids Adventure Packages, Kids Tree Top Adventure and Laser Tag from 10 per person.

Antrim

The Merchant of Venice is coming to Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus on Friday 20th July.  Shakespeare’s great courtroom drama is by turns gripping, funny, romantic and thought-provoking. International award-winning Illyria promise a production to keep you on the edge of your seat!  £3 per ticket. Free admission ticket for under 16s, must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available for collection from Carrickfergus Visitor Information Centre, based within Carrickfergus Castle. Tel: 028 9335 8222.

Belfast

Keep your ‘little explorers’ busy this summer with the adventure of a lifetime at Belfast Zoo’s Explorers’ Club! From 23rd to 27th July, explore the wonderful world of animals through a five-day programme (9.15am to 3.30pm) of animal encounters, VIP behind the scenes access, crafts, animal enrichment and the chance to meet the zoo keepers.  Tickets must be pre-booked, a registration form must be completed with the education team and payment must be received to secure your place.  The Explorers’ Club is open to children aged 7 to 11.

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This weekend, 6th and 7th July at the Newcastle Community Cinema,  Belvoir Players present Sink or Slim, a classic Sam Cree comedy set in the 1960″s in a Health Farm run by the owner Mrs Babbington. She is a formidable lady who rules with a rod of iron and who feeds her pet poodle better than her paying guests! We meet the Major, Millie the dippy maid, Willie the handyman who supplies guests with whatever contraband they are willing to pay for and a Swedish Masseuse called Hildie who’s determined to help everyone lose weight and get fit! A merry go round of crazy craic and lots of laughs…….one not to miss!

Armagh

Enjoy a lovely lazy Summer Sunday this weekend at the Argory in Moy with laid back tunes and relaxation. Chill in the Courtyard while the kids are entertained and feast on the summer BBQ.  From 1pm- 4pm, every Sunday in July. Normal Admission.  Members Free.

Fermanagh

Make your way to Castle Coole this Sunday 8th July for Music in the Park. Join the National Trust as they bring you a Summer of music after the success of BBC Proms in the Park 2017 at the Castle.   Sit back and relax as the Magee Family Band play in the beautiful Drying Green.  Enjoy a relaxing Summer afternoon and pick up some tasty treats and lunches from the Tallow-House Tearoom!

Tyrone

The Ulster American Folk Park presents A Step in Time : The Story of Irish Dance. The collection of Irish dance costumes, programmes, photographs and medals provides a fascinating overview of a performance art which has grown over the last 125 years from dancing at village crossroads to a global phenomenon. Along the way, many women have played a key role in championing change and innovation, designing sets and costumes, and choreographing new work. The exhibition opens July and runs until May next year. Normal admission costs apply.

Derry

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Sunday 8th July, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady.  Enjoy an Action Packed Adventure – family dun says with a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy from 11.00 am – 4.00pm. Activities include Teddy Bear Hunt – follow the clues to crack the answer and claim your prize, face painting, inflatables, story time – gather round and hear a story and a Teddy Bears’ Hospital – bring your teddy and get them checked at the teddy hospital.

Antrim

Every Saturday in July and August you can experience the steam train which will be operating at Whitehead Excursion Station.  Visitors will be able to see how this magnificent machine works up close.  You will be able to talk to the driver and fireman and see the footplate.  There is an additional option to enjoy a visit to the Whitehead Railway Museum and Edwardian Tea Room.

Belfast

JCC is Ireland’s only indoor JDM exhibition show casing the best JDM cars the country has to offer. Complimented by a live action arena and an extensive trade village JCC is arguably Northern Ireland’s largest true petrol head exhibition!  JCC brings together everything from rare retro Japanese classics to insane horse power highly tuned monsters and everything in between all under one roof at the Eikon Centre this Sunday 8th July.

 

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Portaferry Sails and Sounds Festival on the shores of Strangford Lough and Portaferry Town,  entering its 3rd successful year, is aiming to add and improve the festival each year with new events and keeping some of the popular traditional events. Highlights this year include Brian Boru Tall Ship, trips on Strangford Lough, kids entertainment, themed food talks,  and exhibits. The festival runs from the 28th June until the 1st July.

Armagh

Our Wee Craft Village at Brownlow House in Lurgan will be hosting its first fair on Sat 30th June from 10.00 am – 3.00 pm`.  Another fun filled event with kids crafts, live demos, make and take sessions for all ages, plus 25+ craft stalls, with all handcrafted products.  There will be jewellery making, kids crafts, jumping clay for kids and art workshops and live demos for the adults.  The vintage car club will be also be exhibiting outside in the gardens and raising money for various charities.  Come along for a great family fun day out!  Entrance Fee £4.

Fermanagh

The roads of Fermanagh will echo to the sound of racing bikes for the first time in 66 years when the Fermanagh 100 Road Races return to the county. The Enniskillen and District Motorcycle Club is set to host two days of racing on Friday 29th June and Saturday, June 30 on a three mile circuit based in the shadow of Cuilcagh Mountain. Organisers have promised that the course will feature a ‘little bit of everything’ ranging from wide fast straights with sweeping corners to blind jumps along narrow tree lined routes, only a few miles from the now famous stairway to heaven walk over Marble Arch Geopark and Lough Erne and local marinas. The race schedule will see a full day of practices on the Friday and on Saturday there will be an eleven race program with the Richard Britton Memorial Race to be the showcase of the day.

Tyrone

Don’t miss this year’s Cookstown Summer Carnival on Friday 29th June! The carnival parade begins at 7.00 pm with all the fun continuing until 10.00pm with live entertainment,  food village and a fairground.  Admission is free. Organised by The Hub for all the community.

Derry/Londonderry

This year’s St. Lurach’s Maghera Garden Fete and Vintage Rally takes place this Saturday 30th June.  There will be vintage vehicles, live music, strongmen, afternoon teas, Ulster Scots and Traditional Irish Music and free entertainment for the children. Ritchie Remo and David “Jonny Cash” Kelly with also be making a special appearance in the afternoon.

Antrim

This Saturday 30th June the Organisers of “Pirates Off Portrush”, Portrush Heritage Group, will stage the 6th adventure of the notorious Pirate Off Portrush, Tavish Dhu when the town is invaded by the Emperor of The Orient. The Emperor and his Dragon Queen, with her ferocious Dragons and Ninja Warriors, are searching for Skerry Island of the Seven Cities which they believe contains great riches. The Emperor has not reckoned on coming against Tavish, the fearless Pirate Off Portrush. The outcome, will be revealed at the festival, but be warned the town is full of Pirates and Ninja Warriors. Events kick-off at 11.00 am on Saturday with a Pirates Treasure Hunt, from the Portrush Atlantic Hotel, followed at 1.00 pm with the Pirate Dance and Pirate Dress Competitions at the Amphitheatre.

Belfast

It’s party time at Roar and Explore, Daisy Farm Shopping Centre, when Moana, Batman and Spiderman come and play this Friday 29th June! This first Party Night will include singing and games from Princess and all-round heroine Moana plus a Super Hero Academy from both Batman and Spiderman, who will put you through your paces. There will be plenty of opportunity for photos and play in the roarsome Roar and Explore!

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

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On Saturday 23rd June, the annual Comber Earlies Food Festival welcomes the multi Michelin Star Chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be hosting this year’s food demonstrations. Join the celebrations and have a relaxing hay bale picnic while listening to a Brass band. With amazing savoury potato-based traditional gourmet dishes to try, children’s activities and street theatre to enjoy this is going to be a great family day out.

Armagh

Join Navan Fort this Friday 22nd June for Celtic Celebration on the eve of Mid-Summer as the Celts say goodbye to the longest day in the year – why do they do this?  How did they celebrate?  Join the camp and celebrate in style. Arrive and be welcomed into the Celtic camp, mingle and help set up for the evening’s festivities, dine at 9:00pm on something quite wild, caught earlier in the day then sing, dance and listen to stories of the years gone by while watching the sunset.  Pre-booking only, as spaces are limited.

Fermanagh

This Saturday 23rd June, join staff at the Marble Arch Caves in a hunt for unseen wildlife in the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. Hunt in habitats throughout the Nature Reserve, catching and identifying invertebrates as you go!  Why not learn a bit more about these mini-beasts’ fascinating lifestyles and their roles in an ecosystem. You will also get an opportunity to get up close to some of the moth species found in the woodland, as you discover what is inside the moth trap from the night before!  This event is suitable for people of all ages but all children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please bring warm waterproof clothing and suitable footwear. Unfortunately, the Nature Reserve is not suitable for pushchairs.

Tyrone

The biggest summer jam live music festival is in Strabane this year with headline act “Hothouse Flowers”. It all takes place at the Canal Basin on 23rd June. There are five top local bands supporting the spectacular Hothouse Flowers, on two stages, namely The Paul Brady stage and the Flann O’Brien stage. The fun starts at 5pm with “1980’ Something” and the main act hits the stage at 9.30pm. There will be a fully licensed bar area and a selection of food vendors covering the whole area. So summer is here and it’s time to party at Strajamba 2018!

Derry

Take a journey through Chocolate & tantalise your taste buds with the Chocolate Manor’s tasting session this Thursday, followed by dinner at the fabulous, award-winning Angler’s Rest.  You are invited to try some new taste sensations in chocolate, beginning with the Chocolate tasting, where you will learn a little about how their favourite chocolate is created, and be guided through a cocoa journey, uncovering flavours you may not have experienced in chocolate before. Focus on tuning your senses so you can enjoy chocolate even more than you do now!  You will then enjoy a 2 course dinner in the wonderfully welcoming Angler’s Rest Restaurant – this award winning eatery brings the best of local produce together to create some stunning dishes!

Antrim

The Randalstown Soap Box Derby is back on Friday 22nd June! This year it’s even bigger, better and faster, so why not enter your team to take part in this exciting and entertaining event?  If you, your group or business would like to enter a team, entry forms and rules are available from ARCHES Office or email: info@randalstownarches.com.  All Soapbox Karts must have: – back brakes, steering and drivers must wear a helmet. Age 16+Pre-registration of teams is essential and all drivers competing will be required to provide details for insurance purposes. Entry is free!

Belfast

W5 Late, this Saturday 23rd June, is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre!  With over 250 interactive exhibits and four incredible exhibition areas, there’s plenty to see and do!  Meet the life-sized humanoid robot as Robothespian goes LIVE! Scale the heights on Climbit, and engage with the experts in our exciting range of science shows and lecture theatre talks!  Marvel at moving, ROARING dinosaurs as the incredible Dinosaur Encounter exhibition arrives at W5 and try your hand at drawing some prehistoric predators at Sketch Club with local illustrator Blair Bailie, plus so much more!  There will be a fully licensed bar where you can have a glass of wine or cold beer.  Admission is £12.00 per adult. Capacity is limited, therefore online booking essential.

 

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

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Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Open Art at Project 24 Bangor this weekend on the 17th June. Relax and listen to live music; the afternoon will be an art lovers dream, with the chance to participate in workshops, watch demonstrations, browse and buy original artwork.

Armagh

Multi award winning singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins, is launching her new solo career with an Irish Tour with special guest Sam York on piano.. Kaz will perform at the Market Place Theatre Armagh this Saturday 16th June. Show starts at 8.00pm and the tickets are £15.

Fermanagh

Explore the Cliffs of Magho this Sunday 17th June. This is a guided walk along the Magho Cliffs pathway leading from the Shore Road to the Magho Viewpoint. The view from the top is arguably one of the best vistas on the island of Ireland and the cliffs are also home to some of the rarest flora and fauna within the Geopark. Warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are essential.

Tyrone

The Dublin City Ramblers will be performing live this Saturday at the Alley Theatre, Strabane. They have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk ,Humour, Wit and foot-tapping music. Their impressive career has spanned more than 35 years, with over 30 albums, Top Ten hits, several Awards for best Ballad/Folk Group and, to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland’s Number 1 Ballad Group! Show starts at 8.00pm and the tickets are £14-£16.

Derry/Londonderry

Ground Work: Writings on Place, Heaney HomePlace, Saturday 16th June.   How best to make our way through the ruins that we have made? Ground Work – a new anthology of commissioned work tries to answer this as it explores new and enduring cultural landscapes, in a celebration of local distinctiveness that includes new writing from some of our finest authors, three of whom will speak about their work at HomePlace.  This panel will feature Tim Dee, the writer, BBC radio producer, birdwatcher and editor of Ground Work. He will be joined by Scottish poet and novelist John Burnside who is one of only two poets to have won both the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the same book and by writer Tessa Hadley whose novel The London Train was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

Antrim

The Allstars Annual Extravaganza, Theatre at the Mill, Saturday 16th June. This is the annual show for Allstars Dance Academy and Newtownabbey Allstars Cheerleading Squad. An incredible night, showcasing the dancers and cheerleaders achievements over the last year. This year they will be joined by special guests – Moira Vipers Cheerleading Squad.  Allstars – Where Every One is A Star!!

Belfast

The Belfast Book Festival Family Fun Day returns for its 6th year and promises to deliver a great day out that the whole family can enjoy!  This Family Fun Day aims to introduce children to the fabulous world of books for all ages and abilities and this year’s event will celebrate the great Roald Dahl and all his wonderful characters and stories!  There will be Arts & Craft activities, Face Painting, interactive storytelling, Renowned children’s authors’ readings, entertainment and a Book Fair! Best of all, our it is FREE for all to attend! So why not pack a picnic and join us for a great day out!

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

Down

The popular Sea Bangor Maritime Festival returns this weekend with a host of activities including live music, food stalls, street theatre and impressive displays that the event is known and loved for. Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June. See visitardsandnorthdown.com for the full line up of events.

Armagh

In a special collaboration, the pupils of St Patricks Primary School, Armagh will join the members of the South Ulster Sinfonia for an evening of musical entertainment this Thursday at the Market Place Theatre. There will be a varied range of music including folk, classical, hymns, and even a little ABBA, alongside improvisation, dancing and drumming. The players from Lisanally Special School will be assisted by the Drake Project NI. This performance promises something for everyone.

Fermanagh

This Sunday jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain.  Not suitable for children under the age of 12 years old.  Please note this tour does not go to the summit of Cuilcagh. Booking essential.

Tyrone

Croke Park meets Windsor Park Charity Fundraising Event this Friday evening at the  Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown. Enjoy an interview with Aaron Hughes & Owen Mulligan by TV sports journalist Adrian Logan.  The net proceeds of the evening will go to support the work of two very deserving Cookstown charities, The Hub and Charis Cancer Care.  It promises to be a great night of celebration, banter and craic. Additional entertainment will be provided by Magician Rodd Hogg. Signed Northern Ireland & Tyrone jerseys as well as sought-after match tickets and other good prizes will be up for grabs in the half-time raffle.

Derry/Londonderry

On the evening of Saturday June 9th, everyone is invited to walk through the gates of the Playtrail, Racecourse Road Derry,  and step into the city’s very own Little Tokyo as Foyle O-Bon, Derry Londonderry’s very own festival of Japanese music, arts and culture returns for a third year.  Foyle O-Bon was born of a desire to share Japanese taiko, culture and tradition while creating a meaningful family festival for all and recognising the ever growing number of Japanese and shared heritage families in the North West.

Antrim

Prepare to be dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI’s ‘Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries’, a spectacular show where Maths, Theatre and Digital Technology collide in a fun and interactive performance this Saturday 9th June at The Theatre at the Mill Newtownabbey.  Following a hugely successful American tour enjoyed by over 30,000 people, Danny Carmo is back and bigger than ever before with a brand new interactive LED wall to be enjoyed by young audiences this Spring.

Belfast

From  6th – 16th June the 8th annual Belfast Book Festival, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, will open the world of books to everyone. For 11 days, venues across the city including The Crescent will come alive with unique and diverse events featuring high profile authors as well as events exploring a range of interests and themes.  See belfastbookfestival.com for the full programme of events.

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