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

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Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.  This Sunday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Armagh

Hosted exclusively for the Food & Cider Festival, A Night in the Orchard is a dining experience all about great food, delicious cider, music and company. You will be served the best ciders on the lawns of Crannagael House, Portadown, Friday 22nd September at 7.00pm.

 

Fermanagh

Celebrate Fermanagh’s finest food and the waterways at Enniskillen Castle.  Ireland’s only island town, Enniskillen, will host Festival Lough Erne, a celebration of the very best of local food and the Fermanagh Lakelands, for a third year, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September.  The weekend will see a host of activity on and off the water with cookery demonstrations by celebrity chefs, local artisan food and drink producers and live entertainment all taking place at the newly refurbished Enniskillen Castle.

 

Tyrone

Enjoy a day of free family fun on Hill of The O’Neill this Sunday. Bring your little ones to the Hill dressed as their favourite Superhero or Princess 2.00pm to 5.00pm and let their imaginations run free!  Activities on the day will include a superhero academy, princess singalong, medieval village, arts and crafts, face painting, amusements, pet farm and much more.  Admission is free.

 

Derry/Londonderry

For the first time ever, the much loved fairy-tale comes to the stage in an unforgettable live production of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Ruffy the Dog and Mr Bunny perform live on stage at the Millennium Forum this Saturday 23rd September.

 

Antrim

Join the NICHS for their Causeway Coast Walk this Saturday 23rd September and fundraise to help support local people with chest, heart and stroke conditions.  The coastal walk from takes you along iconic sites such as Carrick-a-rede, Ballintoy Harbour and Whitepark Bay.  Hidden harbours with the smallest church and majestic views then onto the world famous Giant’s Causeway and the outstanding beauty of Portballintrae.  If you haven’t been before you owe yourself to witness one of the best walks our country has to offer and if you have already been, you know you will want to return!

 

Belfast

Planning a wedding and looking for something a little different – or very different? The Quirky Weddings Alternative Wedding Fair was created with you in mind! The fair returns to the Waterfront Hall on Sunday September 24th from12.00pm to 5.00pm.  Not only is there a lot to see but also the first 500 visitors will get in half price! (Regular admission is £7).

 

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Down

Northern Ireland’s McPeake have launched their debut EP ‘Gypsies in the Wood’ and are appearing at Down Arts Centre on Friday 15th September before heading back to Nashville.   McPeake are a unique Irish trio that have developed a soul stirring, emotive sound that is genuine and classic yet contemporary.  A band with a rare combination of tradition and innovation laced with pop lyrics and radio friendly hooks on traditional instruments. Tickets available from Down Arts Centre.

Armagh

Join puppets Wendy & Will Wonder, The Wee Wonders, this Saturday at the Market Place Theatre Armagh, for a session jam packed with singing, signing, games, stories, activities as well as craft for you to take home.   Parents will enjoy participating with, and observing their wee wonder as they enter our exciting world of imaginative play and discovery.  From 10.30am to 12.00pm.

Fermanagh

Fermanagh Restaurant week, 15th to 24th September is a celebration of everything delicious about Fermanagh – clear your diary & indulge in unique foodie experiences! Unique foodie experiences include, Pop Up Restaurants, Dine on Lough Erne, Bespoke Themed Menus, Meet The Producer Events – Fermanagh’s artisan producers, growers and brewers and Gourmet Food & Craft Drink Evenings.   This is the perfect event for food enthusiasts with something for all tastes and budgets.  For a full programme of events, please visit www.fermanaghrestaurantweek.com

Tyrone

Learn to jive at The Hub Cookstown this Saturday 16th September. This is a one day Jive Workshop with Angela Hughes. Learn the basic jive steps in a day!  You will leave the workshop ready for the next dance…remember to wear loose clothing and a shoe you can turn in! 10.00am to 4.00pm. £20 includes refreshments and lunch. Places are limited to booking is essential. Call Claire on 028 8676 3398.

Derry

Carrowmena Family Fun Day & Teddy Bears Picnic takes place this Sunday 17th September at Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady.  This extra date will include the new Teddy Bears Picnic to  entertain children from 1 + years.  The Day will be jam packed with fun to include Face Painting / Story Time / Bear Hospital / Bear Hunt / Inflatables and all the usual Carrowmena activities including Zipline, Archery, Maize Maize, Climbing Wall and Leap of Faith.

Antrim

Portglenone village rests along the banks of the River Bann, which has been immortalised by countless artists and writers down through the years.  It is here in this idyllic setting that the 18th “Gig’n The Bann” Cross Community Music and Dance Festival will take place from the 14th – 17th September 2017. This festival has become one of the major events on the Summer Festival Calendar having built a reputation for offering a most impressive line-up of top performers spanning Traditional, Scottish and Folk Music circles.  The Festival programme for will again include the usual mix of Concerts, Traditional Music Sessions and the Bard’n the Bann competition which features local writers and now in its sixth year continues to grow as an integral part of the festival. There is also the opportunity to hear world class pipe bands at the “Pipe’n the Bann” event which is usually one of the highlights of the festival.

Belfast

The Body Mind Soul Health, Well-Being & Natural Therapies Expo at the Crown Plaza this Sunday will be bringing you some of Ireland’s finest and most popular Therapists, Treatments, Holistic Retailers and Readers. There will also be Inspirational Talks & Workshops so that you can experience what the Holistic field has to offer. The Body Mind Soul Festival is a truly fantastic day of events, with something appealing for everyone.

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

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After its success last year, ‘Donaghadee Lights Up’ is back again this Saturday featuring The Bay City Rollers starring Les McKeown. This internationally renowned band will take to the stage from 7.30pm. Bring your singing voice and dancing feet – This is a ‘Saturday Night’ you won’t want to miss!  The night will come to a close with what promises to be a spectacular show of fireworks at 9.30pm

Armagh

The Richhill Grand Fete, Auction & Craft Fair takes place this Saturday 9th September.  There will be 30+ stalls from local crafters, including handmade crafts, jewellery, art works, home bakes, wood works, bespoke hats and fascinators, decoupage and pamper products along with all sorts of local produce including fruit and veg, shrubs and flowers. For the younger visitors there will be face painting, lego, jewellery making and organised children’s activities.  There will also be a dog show with prizes. Refreshments will be available along with a variety of  home-made foods, burgers, hot dogs, dutch pancakes  and ice-cream!

Fermanagh

Omagh Laughs Back returns with a packed lineup of talent from both North and South of the border at Jazzeys Laughter Lounge, The Devenish Bar this Thursday 7th September. This month, the one and only Niamh Marron returns to the bosom of her adopted town of Omagh along-side Pauric Gallagher and Mary Flanigan.

Tyrone

One of celtic music’s most profoundly skilled and audaciously inventive exponents, Scottish piper Fred Morrison is justly famed for his passionately expressive style, rooted in the Gaelic traditions of his father’s native South Uist, and enriched by influences from far and wide, which has seen him dubbed “the Jimi Hendrix of the pipes”. See Fred perform live this Saturday 9th September at the Alley Theatre Strabane.

Derry/Londonderry

This Friday 8th September, acclaimed dancer Jean Butler premieres a deeply personal performance inspired by Heaney’s final collection, Human Chain at Seamus Heaney Homeplace Bellaghy.  Collaborators include Cara Butler, Kristyn Fontanella and Joseph Hunt.  New York-based choreographer and performer Jean Butler first came to prominence as principal dancer and co-choreographer of Riverdance and Dancing on Dangerous Ground. Jean is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Irish Post Award for her outstanding contribution to Irish dance.

Antrim

Frock Around The Clock will be returning to Market Square Lisburn on Saturday 9th September 2017 for The Splendid September Vintage & Handmade Fair. The event will feature around 25 sellers of beautiful and original vintage and handmade treasures including fashion accessories, jewellery, furniture, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, artisan food, art, crafts and gifts, & much more besides!

Belfast

Belfast’s first urban pop up dog park takes place this Saturday and Sunday at the new #S13.  Let your pooch enjoy some free running & try basic dog agility.  Browse stalls, talk to vets, canine health professionals and behaviour experts.  Meet other dog owners over a coffee & bite to eat. Lots of love, play & praise!  Fun for dogs, socialisation for humans.  Suggested donation: £5 adult, £3 OAP & students, free for unemployed.  Kids under 16 free – must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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This Sunday 3rd September enjoy a sightseeing tour of Strangford Lough with its abundance of nature and wildlife. See the SeaGen, 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! Book with Strangford Sea Safari.

Armagh

Calling all bookworms!  Browse through the hundreds of second hand books at the Argory’s Autumn Book Fair this Saturday and Sunday. There’s sure to be something for everyone. Live music and children’s activities on Sunday. Donations of unwanted books, CDs and DVDs are welcome prior to the event.

 

Fermanagh

The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival takes place from 31st August to 3rd September.  There’s the return of old favourites such as the Schubertiade and Precious Little concerts, the morning boat rides out to islands on the lough for Beckett readings, and Festival Associate Adrian Dunbar’s acclaimed productions Ohio Impromptu and Catastrophe.  The Festival closes with a rare opportunity to watch Quad, the only work of Samuel Beckett’s to be inspired by dance. For a full programme of events see www.artsoverborders.com

 

Tyrone

There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store at the 26th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival from 1st to 3rd  September at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh.  This famous Festival is jam packed with some of the biggest names in Bluegrass and Old-Time music.  Keep in touch at www.nmni.com/uafp for regular updates on this year’s Bluegrass Music Festival!

 

Derry/Londonderry

This Saturday 2nd September,  Guildhall Square will welcome the very best of artisan traders at the Walled City Market, 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

Ad Hoc Theatre performs The Importance of Being Earnest, 1st and 2nd September at the Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey. Recommended Age: 16yrs+ .  Two young couples hope to find true happiness, Jack with Gwendolyn and Algernon with Cecily.  Group Discount Available for groups of 10+ – contact Box Office to avail of group discount on 028 9034 0202.

 

Belfast

The Stormont Hotel Wedding Show, presented by the Award Winning Perfect Bliss Wedding Events, takes place this Sunday 3rd September from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. There will be over 70 Wedding Specialists in attendance, mini fashion shows throughout the day along with a Live Band Showcase. VIP Area for 50 Brides who will receive champagne and goody bag.  Admission is free.

 

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The UPU Plough Fest is coming to Hillsborough’s Plough Inn from Thursday 24th – Saturday 26th August. Aimed at keeping the spirit of the Hillsborough Oyster Festival alive, this festival is not to be missed by locals and foodies across the UK and Ireland. UPU Plough Fest will kick off on the evening of Thursday 24th August with a pop-up restaurant hosted by internationally renowned Brazilian chef, Andre Lima de Luca. Foodies are expected to return to Hillsborough in droves to enjoy the best of barbecue cooking from the king of the fire pit.

Armagh

Learn about foraging for food and the wealth of foods available around the countryside this weekend.  Take a walk around Navan Fort on Sunday 27th August and, under the guidance of the resident expert, collect food to bring to prepare for cooking.  Sample some fayre made with foraged foods like berries, vegetables, apples and even nettles! This is a FREE drop in event from 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Fermanagh

The Harvest 2017 Country Music Festival on 26th & 27th August in Ballinamallard will feature an exciting line up of Irish and International artists.  Get up close and personal to the songwriters behind the songs at the Harvest Café. Enjoy the full festival experience at dedicated Dancing sessions a food village, market stalls, funfair, full bar facilities. Camping options including Glamping, campervan facilities and family camping area are all on offer. The line-up for Enniskillen includes Miranda Lambert, Charley Pride, Maddie & Tae, Nathan Carter, Kip Moore, Jake Carter and more!

Tyrone

The Emerald Garrison, will be Invading Mid Ulster this weekend with the hugely popular Invasion show at the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown!  The show includes a line-up of fun interactive activities as well as an amazing interactive walk around exhibition of life size Props & Sets created by fans!  Meet and pose with over 30 costumed characters including Storm Troopers, Jedi Knights, Bounty Hunters, Clone Troopers, Sith Lords, Wookies and many, many more! Experience Force Training with the Emerald Garrison’s Jedi instructors and have lots of fun learning the ways of the force and battle the dark forces.  Daily shows take place on 26th and 27th August at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm.

Derry/Londonderry

Discover the magic in Maghera Walled Garden on Saturday 26th August when a spellbinding collection of fairies and elves will take over and turn it into an enchanted garden!  Join in the fun from 12.00pm to – 4.00pm for a FREE Family Fun Day which will leave you wanting to become a real life fairy or elf! Whirl through the garden to find all the tiny fairies and elves hidden in the pathways in their homemade wooden houses. Meet Strawberry the Summer Fairy on her HUGE magical throne, as she recites traditional tales underneath the Whispering Story Tree.  Make your own fairy wand or elf hat with one of our own fairies or elves.

Antrim

Enjoy some free family fun and music performances at the Shoreline Festival, Loughshore Park Jordanstown, over the bank holiday weekend.  Usual favourites such as amusements, band concerts, live music, inflatables, outdoor activities, sensory play, street theatre shows and circus skills will be available on both days.  On Saturday night there will be fireworks and live music from Faith, The George Michael Experience and on Sunday evening, Oasis tribute band Roll With It will bring this “Supersonic” weekend to a close. With the exception of the amusement rides, all events and activities are absolutely FREE!  So be ‘shore’ not to miss out on two fantastic and affordable days of fun for all the family before school starts back!

Belfast

Making Waves with Craft NI on board HMS Caroline will return on Saturday 26th August and Monday 28th August.  This is a drop in session between 11.00am and 3.00pm. Fun for all the Family!  Join artist Julie Greenlee on board and learn how to weave using peg looms. Use a variety of wool and fabric strips to create ‘waves’ which will then be joined together and suspended from the ceiling creating colourful, gently flowing waves. This is a free activity, however, normal entrance fees will apply. See www.hmscaroline.co.uk for further information and to book your ticket now.  Drop in sessions between 11.00am and 3.00pm.­

 

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Enjoy an evening of live music, family entertainment, food stalls and a fabulous fireworks display this Saturday 19th August in Groomsport. Live music begins at 6.30pm, featuring No Oil Paintings. The night is headlined by The Boss UK, who are a tribute band to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The fireworks display begins at 10pm.  A special late night bus service departs from Groomsport’s Main Street to Bangor Bus Station at 10.30pm and 11pm. For more information on this special service, contact Translink on 028 9066 6630.

 

Armagh

Wild Wednesdays get wilder! Bring your haunted ham sandwiches to Lúnasa Festival’s Creatures of the Night Picnic this Wednesday 16th August.  Do you have a budding David Attenborough or Chris Packham in the family? If so, join The Ring of Gullion for a picnic with a difference. Bring along your picnic to enjoy while you watch and listen for bats and other mammals and perhaps trap a moth, in Slieve Gullion Forest Park. It’s a great chance for all the family to have a close encounter with wildlife!  This is a free event but booking is essential.

 

Fermanagh

On the Trail of Martel, Wild Caving Expedition, Wednesday 16th August. Delve off the beaten track to explore ‘wild’ caving, deep inside the Marble Arch Caves System. Meander through cave passages, climb through boulder chambers and squeeze though the famous flyover to emerge into the Marble Arch Showcave, before making your way out, muddy but proud!   This event is not suitable for children under 12 years old or those with limited mobility. All participants must be of moderate level of fitness and reasonably agile. Wear old clothes and wellies. Weather dependant. This is a free event, but booking is essential.

 

Tyrone

Parkanaur House is the setting for the 15th Annual Castlecaulfield Horticultural Show and Vintage Rally this Saturday 19th August. Featuring flowers, fruit, vegetables and home crafts, fun activities and over 20 craft stalls, open from 12.30pm. The Show Marquee will be open from 1.30pm. High Tea will be available in the Ballroom, and a BBQ and refreshments in the grounds. Enjoy the live entertainment. Ample parking with disabled area and a free shuttle bus available from the onsite car park.

 

Derry/Londonderry

This year’s Lumarina Festival will be Lighting Up the Lough this weekend!  On Friday 18 August, from 6pm – 10pm, Mid Ulster District Council will shine a light on the beauty of Lough Neagh, as Ballyronan Marina provides the backdrop for an evening of music and entertainment. Featuring fireworks, fire performers, a fun fair, children’s activities and food stalls, you can drink in the views from the Marina as dusk turns to night skies, to a live music soundtrack provided by Peach. The fun continues on the shores of Lough Neagh on Saturday 19th August from 2pm – 6pm, with arts and crafts activities for the little ones, African drumming workshops, and magic shows.

 

Antrim

The Carnlough Bikefest and Family Fun Day takes place this Sunday 20th August.  The Motorcycle ride out  from Carnlough to Portrush and back leaves at 10.30am. The family fun day kicks off at 12.30pm with the Trialstar stunt team, the Naturally North Coast and Glens Market, Bouncy Castles, a bar-b-que, face painting, bikesafe, fun fair and much more. Then at 7:30pm there will be live music followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

 

Belfast

Frock Around The Clock will be returning to beautiful Belfast Castle for the fabulous Last Days of Summer Vintage & Handmade Fair on Sunday 20th August and will feature around 35 stalls of vintage, handcrafted & upcycled fashion, furniture, homewares and collectables, textiles and decor, jewellery, sweet treats, toys, art, craft, gifts, artisan food & much more!

­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.com for news, competitions and what’s on near you.

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BuskFest is an international busking festival which takes place in Banbridge on Saturday 12th August. Now in its 14th year, the event attracts 6000+ people from across the globe to Banbridge Town Centre. The competition, which has a prize pot of £3000, runs from 1pm – 4.30pm and will culminate in an awards ceremony hosted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean in Solitude Park from 4.30pm – 6pm.

Armagh

Once again it’s blues that’s on the agenda, this being the 7th year of the 7 Hills Blues Festival 10th to 13th August.  This annual celebration will feature over 50 bands at venues across Armagh, with some regular artists back alongside some great new performers. So save the dates and let’s get some blistering summer blues : best served chilled!

Fermanagh

This Saturday 12th August 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. Booking essential.  (02866348855) Max. 14 per session. Meeting point: Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre (event taking place in Cuilcagh Mountain Park), This event is not suitable for children under 12 years old.

Tyrone

The Clans of Ulster celebrates Lunása Spirit of Folk Festival on 12 August at Tullyhogue Fort, near Cookstown, from 11am-11pm.  The event is being hosted by The Clans of Ulster, and commemorates the ancient tradition of Lunása, which was celebrated all over Ireland, Scotland, and Europe.  It marks the end of summer and celebrates the harvest season, while honouring the role of the ancient Celtic ways.  It will include family fun, with a celebration of food, music, sport, and art. There will be plenty to see and do including visiting stalls from local food artisans and local crafts.  There is also a chance to participate in the Celtic warrior workshop, and see & learn about birds of prey with the NI School of Falconry.

Derry/Londonderry

Stendhal Festival is Northern Ireland’s biggest and best grass-roots music and arts festival.  With over 100 performances from the likes of Ash, The Magic Numbers, Sharon Shannon and Lisa McHugh taking place over August 11th and 12th at Ballymully Cottage Farm, Limavady, there is certainly plenty of musical variety as well as a dedicated family programme that caters for children and families of all ages.

Antrim

Allow qualified guides to take you on a leisurely ramble across Church Bay and into Mill Bay on Rathlin Island this Sunday 13th August.  Along the way discuss the island’s history, its people and its unique wildlife. You will be given plenty of opportunities to meet the local seal colony who bask along the shoreline and time to visit the bird sanctuary if you wish before returning to Ballycastle on the 4:15pm ferry.  The guide will meet you in Ballycastle at the ferry terminal at 11am and accompany you on the crossing.  Price of the tour (£10) does not include the ferry travel. The tour is wheelchair, child and dog friendly.

Belfast

Get ready for the free Twin Spires Complex Family Fun Day this Saturday 12th August.  There will be lots of free fun and games including Football Darts, Interactive Challenges, a Bungee Run, Toddler Zone and plenty of bouncy castles. Plus Magic George, Science Experiments, face painting and glitter tattoos free for all the family. There will also be a creation station for all little innovators and music plus lot of tasty treats are on offer. Save the date and don’t miss out on all the fun!

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Discover the new Celebrity Dusty Ducks at Castle Espie this summer! World famous Aardman studios, creators of Wallace and Gromit, designed Dusty Duck to celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary and this summer Dusty, along with his 14 celebrity designed friends will be on show around the reserve.

Armagh

Navan Fort’s annual celebration of the ancient Celtic sun god Lugh takes place this Saturday 5th August. The Wickerman Gathering is a fun packed programme with live bands including the fabulous HatchJaw, the foot tapping Trad Folk Experience and the outstanding Fireside Folk.   Activities on the evening will include dancing, Celtic mindfulness, Casting of the Fews, a Celtic encampment, crafts stalls and of course don’t forget we the Wickerman towering above the audience, ready for the fire ceremony.

Fermanagh

Jazzeys Laughter Lounge returns for the first-Thursday of fun in Bogan’s with a sensational lineup. This month, Enniskillen is pleased to welcome the one-and-only Shane Todd, with support on the night from Darren Matthews and Dave Elliott.

Tyrone

The Battle of the Buskers will take place on Saturday 5 August 2017 from 12noon to 4.30pm in Dungannon Town Centre, with a live performance at Blues on The Hill by the winner at 6.30pm.   Battle of the Buskers returns for its 3rd year on Saturday 5th August 2017 from 12noonto 4.30pm in Dungannon Town Centre. Musicians, singers, bands and solo artists are being invited to showcase their musical talent in this exciting competition. Each Busker will be allocated a pitch to compete along with a time slot to perform in the civic space in Upper Market Square where a canopy stage and sound system will be in place. Additional street and family entertainment will also form a great day out in Dungannon!

Derry/Londonderry

In aid of Foyle Hospice. The Causeway Coast Model, Craft and Food Fest is taking place between 2.00pm and 9.00pm on Thursday 3rd August 2017 at the Lodge Hotel, Coleraine.  The event will feature a wide range of stands with toys and models  for all ages.  Local enthusiasts will also be displaying some of their models and layouts.  A wide array of stands with locally produced craft products will have their wares available.  Food stands will also be at the Show. So if you are looking  farm toys or models, cars, lorries, buses for young or old come along and see what you might find.

Antrim

2017 is the 27th anniversary of Heart of the Glens Festival (5th to 13th August),  one of the most successful community festivals in Northern Ireland. The programme of events is as varied and entertaining as ever with something for all the family. The festival will open with fireworks and throughout the week there will be the usual favourites including the Lurig Run, Vintage Family Fun Day. Dance Workshops etc. There will be a festival theme on Friday night, 11th. This is always a popular night with hundreds crowding into the village for a great night of fun and entertainment. As always, visitors and locals alike are always welcomed and hope that the festival has something for everyone. Get yourself to Cushendall and join in the fun.

Belfast

Making Waves on board HMS Caroline will run on Saturday 5th Aug, Wednesday 9th Aug, Wednesday 16th Aug, Saturday 26th Aug and Monday 28th August.  This is a drop in session between 11am – 3pm. Fun for all the Family! Join artist Julie Greenlee on board and learn how to weave using peg looms. Use a variety of wool and fabric strips to create ‘waves’ which will then be joined together and suspended from the ceiling creating colourful, gently flowing waves.

 

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Step into Winterfell at Castle Ward Estate this Saturday and take aim where young Bran was taught archery by Jon Snow. Have a go at archery in the very place where the TV show was filmed – in the courtyard aka ‘Winterfell’.  Stand in the recreated Game of Thrones archery film set tipi, dress in a Game Of Thrones like costume to look the part and get ready to take aim.  Suitable for 8 years+ for an open Bran session (50 mins) and 6 years+ for a private Ned session (1hr).  (Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult).

Armagh

The John Hewitt Summer School runs this week until Saturday 29th July with over 35 events from over 50 writers, artists and speakers at the Market Place Theatre. For full details see johnhewittsociety.org.

Fermanagh

Join in at Cuilcagh Mountain Park this Sunday 30th July to find out a bit more about the fascinating bog habitats that dominate the Geopark. Learn or refresh your memory on how people hand cut peat, listen to stories from days gone by in the bog and take part in some bog pool dipping activities along with many more fun interactive activities which will be available for the day. This event promises to be a great day out for all the family. Booking not required.

Tyrone

Take a journey into the colourful world of Lego animation this Saturday 29th July with a mini animation masterclass at Ranfurly House Dungannon, which will teach participants how to make a complete animated film on an iPad, including sound effects visual effects, and planning your film.  Parents/guardians will be emailed a QuickTime movie of their child’s film at the end of the masterclass to keep or upload to YouTube.  Suitable for ages 7-10 years.

Derry

The Red Sails Festival, which runs this week until Saturday 29th July, is a festival of entertainment in the beautiful coastal resort of Portstewart. A fabulous week combining a diverse range of entertainment centred on the Promenade Portstewart with live music, culture, dance, competitions and ending with a spectacular firework show all organised by Portstewart Community Association For the full line up see redsails.co.uk.

Antrim

This Friday and Saturday, 28th and 29th July, the world-famous Armoy Road Race takes place once again in and around the picturesque County Antrim village close to the breath taking Glens of Antrim, Ballycastle and the world famous Giant’s Causeway. The three mile circuit harks back to the 1970’s and the days of the legendary Armoy Armada including the famous Joey Dunlop, but has been brought bang up to date by the organisers. The Road Race is getting bigger and better every year with competitors from all over the world. Spectators also come from far and wide and extend their stay to enjoy the beautiful Causeway Coast and Glens area. A thrilling two day experience for all to enjoy.

Belfast

Stormont Estate will be hosting BBC One’s Antiques Roadshow at Parliament Buildings, on Saturday 29 July. The roadshow will be open to everyone, no tickets needed, just come along and enjoy the day!  The event opens at 9:30am and as long as you are in the main queue by 4:30pm you will be seen by one of the Roadshow specialists. Please note filming ill continue until 7pm and visitors are encouraged to stay on and watch the show being recorded.

 

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

Down

Calling all campers – the RSPB’s Big Wild Sleepout is back for 2017 and you’re invited!   The nature charity’s most popular family event of the year will take place on Saturday 22nd July at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra, County Down.  The museum is the perfect place for families to try camping for the first time. Toilet facilities, 24-hour security and designated safe spaces to cook and camp mean you can get on with just having fun!  Big Wild Sleepout tickets are priced at £20 for adults and £17 for children. Kids under four go completely free.

Armagh

Enjoy a Guided Tour of Armagh this Summer! For those who want to explore everything the City has to offer, a guided walking tour is a must.  You’ll walk through Armagh’s rich history as you hear stories and anecdotes about the area, learn about the city’s renowned Georgian architecture and stroll along the distinct cobble streets as you unearth some of the city’s hidden gems along the way.  Tour times:   Each Wednesday to Saturday 11am – 12:00 noon and 1:00pm – 2.00pm until the 2nd September.

Fermanagh

” Stop it Nurse” is an hilarious Ulster comedy by Sam Cree. Set in a Belfast hospital during the 60s the Ward Sister rules the roost! We follow the fortunes and misfortunes of the patients in the male surgical ward. With all the ingredients for a typical evening of pure Cree manic magic, Stop it Nurse runs at the Ardhowen Theatre for three nights only from 20th to 22nd July.

Tyrone

Steeped in history, heritage, folklore, fauna and culture, the shores of Lough Neagh – the largest freshwater lake in the United Kingdom – provide the backdrop for a unique set of one Lough Neagh Tours’ day tours which have  launched just in time for summer.  The Lough Neagh Western Forts Tour, Co Tyrone takes in the forts and castles on the western shore of the lough.  The Western Forts Tour starts at the impressive and imposing Ardboe Cross before a stop at Hill of The O’Neill, Dungannon and on to the spiritual site of Tullyhogue Fort on the outskirts of Cookstown.  Mountjoy Castle is the final stop where visitors can imagine the grandeur of the castle on the hill in the early 1600s with its battles and power struggles between the O’Neills and the O’Donnells. See loughneaghtours.com for all tours available.

Derry/Londonderry

The Super Milk Wild Air Run, St Columb’s Park, 22nd July,  is a dynamic fun run featuring 10 giant inflatable obstacles as part of a 5k course. It includes Europe’s largest inflatable slide which is 60M long!  The event can be undertaken by all fitness levels. The 10 obstacles combine agility, creativity and a vast amount of fun. The event is for both adults and children, seven years and up, and is a very enjoyable day for anyone from 7 to 70.

Antrim

Take a walk in the country at The Antrim Show this Saturday 22nd July.  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 and a jiving competition to be found among craft stalls, family entertainment and Home Industries and Horticulture exhibits.

Belfast

Do not miss the legendary, multi-award-winning and ground-breaking rock musical RENT as it celebrates its incredible 20th anniversary from 19th to 22nd July at the Belvoir Players Studio.   This exhilarating landmark musical tells the thrilling story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.  Inspired by Puccini’s classic opera La bohème, RENT features unforgettable music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson including the much-loved songs Seasons of Love, Take Me or Leave Me and La Vie Bohème. Winner of four Tony® Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the hugely prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it ran on Broadway for an astonishing 12 years.

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