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

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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.

Armagh

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.

Fermanagh

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!

Tyrone

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.

Derry

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.

 Antrim

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!

Belfast

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 shares her pick of what’s on this Father’s Day weekend in NI

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Family Day out at Bullsbrook Farm, part of the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend. Taking place across 15th and 16th June, the initiative is hoping to attract upwards of 16,000 visitors from rural and urban towns and cities. 21 participating farms will also have fun activities throughout the weekend such as petting farms, pony rides, competitions, live music and demonstrations.  

Armagh

Discover the ancient Chinese practice of Qi Gong with Fiona Jennings this Sunday  at the Elmfield Institute, Gilford. Find out how to give your body, breath and mind a full workout, at your own pace and level. This class is suitable for all. 

Fermanagh

The USPCA is recruiting participants to climb the stunning ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Cuilcagh Boardwalk on Sunday the 16th of June.  Cuilcagh is 665 metres high and is located on the border between Fermanagh and Cavan. It is the highest point in both counties. The starting point for the Cuilcagh boardwalk is at the Marble Arch Caves at 11.30am.

Tyrone

A charity Tractor and Truck Run will leave Kinturk Cultural Centre on Sunday 15th June 2019 at 5.00pm in Aid of Macmillan Nurses.  This will be followed by a barbecue and dance in Kinturk Cultural Centre at 8.00pm with music by Tiny Lions.  Admission is £10.

Derry

Join the Everglades Hotel on Sunday 16th June from 12.30pm – 3pm for a Father’s Day Medieval Banquet Sunday Lunch, with a selection of live performers including a Court Jester! Adults £28 | Children £16, with a gift for every dad!

Antrim

This Saturday 15th June, join RSPB NI Rathlin warden Liam McFaul on board a specially chartered boat to enjoy a tour of Rathlin Island from the water. Setting off from Rathlin Harbour, look out for gannets, gulls and guillemots. Keep your eyes peeled for seals and eider ducks too – they can often be seen lazing around the harbour. In summer, seabirds including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars gather in their thousands to jostle for space. Please book ferry to and from Rathlin prior to booking.

Belfast

Belcycle is back!  Belfast’s family-friendly festival dedicated to all things cycling will take place on Saturday 15th June at CS Lewis Square in East Belfast. Be inspired to get on your bike – whatever your age or ability and join in the FREE festival.

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

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Join Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry for World Ocean Day this Saturday 8th June. Protecting the World’s Oceans is extremely important to everyone at the  Aquarium  and they want to share their knowledge on how you can help. On World Ocean Day you can do your part through workshops and craft activities throughout the day. Dive on in!

Armagh

Visual Artist Nathan Nesbitt presents ‘Smoke in Motion’, an exploration of the unique surrealist technique fumage – the art of drawing with smoke at the Market Place Theatre, 7th June to 13th July.  Utilising an open flame to deposit trails of black smoke on paper Nesbitt sculpts the plumes to capture the delicate, passionate motion of his subject. 

Fermanagh

The Enniskillen 10k Road Race and Leisure Walk will take place on Saturday 8th June commencing at 2.00pm from the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen.  Kiddies Fun Run starts at 12 noon. This year’s Enniskillen 10k has been included within the Novosco 10k Grand Prix. 

Tyrone

St. Michael’s Church in Castlecaulfield, are hosting a flower festival on the theme of “All things bright and beautiful” on the weekend 7th –  9th June.  A community festival of flowers, handcrafts and music!  Lady Eames will be the speaker at the official opening of the Flower Festival on Friday 7th June, 7.00pm.

Derry/Londonderry

The Health, Wellbeing & Natural Therapies event takes place at the Guildhall, in the heart of Derry City on the 8th & 9th June.  Speak to and learn from exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars and workshops, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free stage performances, join a free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods!

Antrim

The Bushmills Salmon & Whiskey Festival makes a welcome return this weekend. Enjoy two days of fantastic entertainment and activities will spread across Bushmills Main Street, Milliennium Park, Bushmills Distillery and The Salmon Fisheries. Come along for the weekend, bring the family, try some new food, see some new sights and have a wonderful foodie experience!

Belfast

A compelling new comedy-drama exploring our capacity to accept change – in others as well as ourselves – All Mod Cons engages directly with current conversations in Ireland and beyond about our complex relationship with gender, consent, and individual responsibility. All Mod Cons runs at the Lyric Theatre until Sunday 9th June.

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

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Strangford Sea Safari Whirlpool and Wildlife Special,  Sunday 2nd June. See Angus Rocks Lighthouse, surface whirlpools and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. You might see a pod of porpoise or even a basking shark!  12 seats per trip. Pre-booking is essential.

Armagh

Visit the walled gardens at the Argory this Summer. With its unique character, one can imagine the family events or garden parties which may have been held here and the kitchen garden produce which would have fed the family and servants on the estate.  Open every Thursday in May and June.  Lend a hand, pick your own vegetables to take home, or have a friendly chat with staff and volunteers.

Fermanagh

The brand new Water Park at Share Discovery Village is not to be missed!  Take your group out on to the beautiful Lough Erne and bounce and jump to your hearts content! Take on the many fun obstacles  as well as using the amazing trampoline! Wet suits and buoyancy aids are provided. Every Saturday until the end of August.

Tyrone

Cookstown will go continental on the 1st and 2nd June 2019 when the food, flavours, sights and sounds of Europe return to Cookstown’s town centre for a two day spring festival! The Continental Market takes place along William Street in Cookstown from Saturday 1st  to Sunday 2 June.

Derry/Londonderry

World of Owls Fun Day at the Jungle is this Sunday 2nd June. Similar to a fun-fair, The Jungle’s Family Fun Days are an open-park day and offers a range of outdoor activities by token. Buy as many tokens you wish, exchange your tokens for the activity, or activities, of your preference and enjoy a fun family experience day unlike any other!

Antrim

This Sunday, Strictly Come Dancing favourites Ian Waite and Vincent Simone are joining forces in 2019 with their brand new production – THE BALLROOM BOYS at the Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey. Expect dances like the Waltz, Quickstep, Paso Doble, Foxtrot and of course, the Argentine Tango!

Belfast

This summer, get ready to explore Northern Ireland like never before. Step into ‘AMAZE’, W5’s brand new, truly unique, technological space and join them for the immersive experience ‘Land of Legends’.  Runs from 1st June until 1st September & is FREE with general admission to W5.

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

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Newtownards is preparing for a puppet invasion this month when the Ards Puppet Festival returns to Ards Arts Centre and Conway Square. The popular festival which is taking place on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May presents a full-programme of puppet mayhem and will be fun for all ages!

Armagh

Armagh Craft Fair returns for the ninth year to the wonderful surroundings of The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday 25th May.  Bringing high quality craft to the heart of Armagh City this annual event offers something for everyone.

Fermanagh

The Country Fair at Florencecourt takes place this Sunday 26th May. Enjoy this annual Country Fair with dog shows, rare breeds, live music, craft stalls and much more. It’s an event not to be missed!

Tyrone

‘Spirit of Folk 2019’ is a unique festival  taking place this Sunday 26th May in The Moy.  This year will showcase the best folk trad in Ireland, combining traditional festival shenanigans that embody inclusiveness for everyone. ‘Spirit of Folk 2019.

Derry/Londonderry

This Sunday 26th May explore the great outdoors with a Canoe & Picnic Trip on the River Roe with Carrowmena Activity Centre.  Carrowmena  transport you to an entry point in Limavady where you will paddle back to Swanns bridge, fully immerse yourself in the outdoors, taking in beautiful sights such as Binevenagh Mountain.

Antrim

RTE Dancing with the Stars contestant and Irish Country Sensation Cliona Hagan makes her debut performance at the Marine Hotel on Sunday 26th May for the Rathlin Sound Maritime Festival.  Doors open 9pm. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling the Marine Hotel Ballycastle on 02820762222 or online from Eventbrite,

Belfast

Shhhh! Visitors on the autism spectrum and those with sensory requirements can enjoy the peace and quiet of Belfast Zoo during Quiet Hour on Monday 27th May.  The zoo will open at 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 shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI

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Join Montalto Estate this Sunday 19th May  for La Dirindina’s adventurous journey to La Scala with a scandalous libretto by Girolamo Gigli, set to music by 18th century composers Domenico Scarlatti and Giovanni Battista Martini.  Performed by the NI Opera Studio and an instrumental ensemble.

Armagh

Get in the groove this Saturday at the Market Place’s swinging Jazz Club. Topping the bill for this gig is Michael Barkley, a rising jazz star, a trumpeter who, along with his young rhythm section, has been receiving great reviews.

Fermanagh

Join the RSPBNI this Saturday morning from 10.00 am aboard the Lady of the Lake double-deck cruiser for a guided boat tour of the stunning Lough Erne for a Curlew Cruise.  Hear all about the year-round work that goes on across the RSPB-managed islands on Lough Erne for the benefit of breeding waders. And if you’re lucky there’s also the possibility of sighting skylarks, a kingfisher, a peregrine falcon or even an Irish hare.

Tyrone

Kevin McAleer has recently been voted ‘Most Humble Guru in the Universe’ for the eighteenth year running. To celebrate this modest achievement, Guru McAleer has announced a majestic schedule which includes the Square Box in Dungannon on Saturday 18th May.   An evening of divine light entertainment not to be missed!

Derry/Londonderry

The Thomas School of Jewellery in Derry are offering an opportunity to design and create your own piece of jewellery this Saturday morning.  This fun and informative class is the perfect introduction to jewellery making.  No previous experience necessary. Materials included.

Antrim

Cheerleading try outs will take place this Sunday  at the Sixmile Leisure Centre in Larne from 1.00pm to 5.00pm.  Try it out & have fun. Limited spaces are available. Open to anyone in the Ballymena/Larne area.

Belfast

Balmoral Show is Northern Ireland’s largest agri-food event, promising a fun-filled day out for all the family 15th-18th May.  There really is something for everyone to enjoy!  Come along and see for yourself; sample fantastic local food, browse amongst over 650 trade stands, visit the fun fair and be entertained by top names on the Downtown Show Stage.

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

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The Ards and North Down Pipe Band and Drum Major Championships will take place on Saturday 11 May 2019 at Newtownards Airport, 11.00am – 5.00pm. It promises to be a day of music, colour and pageantry that will culminate in a spectacular Grand Finale March Past and Salute to the Chieftain, before the presentation of prizes.

Armagh

This Apple Blossom weekend, 10th to 12th May, call in to Dan Winter’s Cottage in Loughgall and enjoy a tour and some amazing tastes!  See Mrs Jean Patterson making soda bread and potato apple bread on the old griddle over the open turf fire in the farmhouse kitchen.  Enjoy a taste or take a treat home.

Fermanagh

Enniskillen plays host to the 4th annual Comic Fest on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th May, with guests signing and sketching through the day alongside a programme of panel discussions, photo opportunities, gaming, interviews, exhibitors and merchandise. Special guest include Mick McMahon, John Wagner, Ian Kennedy, Nigel Parkinson, Simon Furman, Mike Dorey, Clint Langley, Simon Bisley & more. 

Tyrone

DMC Promotions present the Kilkennys this Friday 10th May at the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown. The Kilkennys will provide an unforgettable, energy filled, toe tapping and hand clapping night of entertainment sprinkled with some of Ireland’s most prolific songs and ballads. 

Derry

Termoneeny Running Club invite you to the 11th Termoneeny 10k / 5K Race on the evening of Friday 10th May. Registration on the night available. Join TRC for a few hills and  their legendary hospitality!  Bespoke medal for ALL runners.  This year’s race will be supporting Charis Cancer.

Antrim

Get ready for a collection of inspirational adventure films coming at you from the wildest corners of the globe as the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to the Theatre at The Mill Newtownabbey on 10th and 11th May.  These brand-new films are taken from the world’s most prestigious mountain festival, held every year in Canada. 

Belfast

Keep Telling Me Lies at the Mac, 9th to 12th May,  tells of the journey of two Belfast women.  Set against the backdrop of the crumbling Floral Hall, they recall the fateful night they met their future musician husbands. This is a story driven by the music of the Showbands, the people who made the magic happen, and those left on the sidelines.

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

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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.

Armagh

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.

Fermanagh

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.

Tyrone

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.  

Derry

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.

Antrim

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. 

Belfast

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!

 For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni for news, competitions and what’s on near you.  

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

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Isosceles Theatre Company returns to Bangor’s Studio 1A this Thursday after a sell-out performance of Murder, Just What The Doctor Ordered in 2018 for this fast-paced adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel that has enthralled audiences throughout Britain and Ireland, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

Armagh

Egg and Spoon is an interactive romp through the seasons where you come in and out of a magic circle and get to open all the gifts of nature. Percy and April get you settled on comfortable cushions and introduce you to Birdy, still hiding in his glowing egg. Market Place Theatre, Saturday 27th April.

Fermanagh

Fundraising choir Caritas will perform at the Ardhowen Theatre this Friday 26th April, singing a variety of works from classical to pop, Abba, Disney, Musicals…music for every taste! Caritas will be joined on the night by Claire McGrath (traditional Irish tutor) and her Grúpa Ceoil from St Aidan’s Derrylin.

Tyrone

Learn with Revolve Comics how to tell your story through comics this Saturday at Ranfurly House Dungannon. Hints and tips that all the top professionals use. How to draw, how to layout a story, and bring it to life with colour! If you are interested in comics or storytelling then this is right up your street for a taster of how to make awesome comics.

Derry

Run DC returns on Sunday 28th April at The Workspace Recreation Centre in Draperstown with a 10k run, a 5k run and a 5k walk.  Every runner will receive a medal and every runner registered before 24th March will also get a race vest.  Every walker gets a medal. Every pre-registered runner will get a goody bag thanks to O’Kanes Chemist and Revive Active. Limited entries are available on the day so arrive early!

Antrim

Join RSPB NI warden and islander Liam McFaul to explore the Roonivoolin reserve on the southern arm of Rathlin Island this Saturday. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery as far as the eye can see, including views of Fair Head and the Mull of Kintyre, and with a bit of luck you’ll also spot Irish hares.

Belfast

DU Dance (NI) are once again delighted to present Unanimous – the eighth platform event showcasing great new youth dance theatre at The MAC, Belfast Sunday 28 April 2019.  This event brings together some of the best youth dance groups from across the island of Ireland with other inspiring companies in a non-competitive arena.

For more details on these events and to add your events free go to whatsonni.com. Follow us on twitter @whatsonNI and on facebook at fb.com/www.whatsonni for news, competitions and what’s on near you.  

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

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Bangor’s BIG Easter weekend will feature some of your favourite storybook characters, Mr McGregor’s Garden, children’s workshops, Hotch Potch Tiny Tours, the Easter Bunny, storytelling, Puppet Shows and more!  The highlight of the weekend will be Milkshake Live! Monkey’s Milkshake Musical on Saturday 20th April at the McKee Clock Arena.

Armagh

Join the living history team at the Navan Centre’s live action interpretation of the Three Billy Goats Gruff 20th to 23rd April  – the perfect Easter experience for all the family!  Trip-trap went the Three Billy Goats Gruff on their adventure to find some lovely green grass! 

Fermanagh

On the 20th and 21st April Share Discovery Village invites you to join them on their Happy Easter Family Cruise.  Come on board the Inishcruiser for a 1.5 hour cruise on Upper Lough Erne, while cruising enjoy light refreshments and Easter themed entertainment.  A perfect Easter day out.

Tyrone

On the 20th April, drop in to Ranfurly House, Market Square in Dungannon and create a cute little bunny this Easter. Using lots of collage materials and your imagination, you will create a colourful bunny to take home. 

Derry

Join resident sand sculptor Tony on Portstewart Strand Saturday 20th April, as he demonstrates the art of sand sculpting. Have a go at creating your own! The theme is ‘creatures of the sea’. Usual National Trust site admission charges apply.

Antrim

Hop aboard the Easter Eggspress for an egg-citing adventure from Belfast to Whitehead this Easter, 20th to 22nd April. You’ll be greeted by the bouncing Easter Bunny and made comfortable on board the steam train. With fun for all the family and, of course, lots of yummy Easter eggs for those egg-cellently behaved little ones, it’s a trip that you won’t want to miss out on!

Belfast

Hop on over to Belfast Zoo this Easter for a ‘zooper’ day out from 20th to 28th April.  Visit all your favourite animals for their Easter treats at feeding times and call by the keeper talks to find out more about the species that the zoo cares for.  Don’t forget to search high and low for the Easter egg trail to be in with the chance of winning a special prize, and pose with our mascot characters for a seasonal selfie.

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Jacqueline McGonigle