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

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Pride in Newry Festival 2019 takes place from 24th August to 1st September.  Pride in Newry is the proud host of UK and Ireland Pride 2019.  A variety of engaging and family friendly events populate the programme of events spanning over a week.

Armagh

The Planetarium is being taken over by Jedi and Sith on the 24th and 25th August.  Bring your younglings down and train them up in the ways of the force, or the dark side at Force Academy Training.

Fermanagh

This Friday 23rd August, come to SHARE for a fun-filled evening at their Charity Colour Run!  This fun, 5k run takes place on their estate and you will have to take on a number of obstacles while getting covered in powdered paint!

Tyrone

A travelling theatre group are set for a night of music and entertainment, when suddenly the lights go out and the mysterious Phantom appears at the Murder Mystery evening “The Phantom Strikes Again” at the Alley Theatre Strabane on Saturday 24th August. 

Derry/Londonderry

The Banks of Foyle Festival presents Open Air Cinema showing ‘The Greatest Showman’ on a  50ft screen at the Vale Centre Greysteel on Friday 23rd August. Donation £5 per adult, £2.50 u16s.

Antrim

History comes to life at Dunluce Castle this Saturday afternoon.  If you’ve ever wanted to try shooting a longbow, this dramatic Castle jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect place to have a go at archery, meet some Medieval characters and experience the atmosphere and unique beauty of Dunluce.

Belfast

The first Ukulele BBQ with the Belfast Ukulele Jam in the BOHO Garden at the Botanic Inn takes place this Saturday from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. This is a free music event.

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

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Join in the fun and raise vital funds for TinyLife, Northern Ireland’s premature baby charity. Run or walk the 2k circuit of Kirkistown Race Track and get showered and splattered with coloured paint powder during the Colour Run this Friday 16th August.

Armagh

Dinosaurs are coming alive at Slieve Gullion! A T-Rex and Velociraptor have been spotted prowling around the Walled Garden. Are you brave enough to track them down at the Lúnasa Festival Geotastic Extravaganza this Saturday 17th August.

 

Fermanagh

This Saturday 17th August,  treat yourself and your friends to Share Discovery Village’s final Afternoon Tea of the season, served on board the pleasure cruiser the Inishcruiser, whilst meandering through the stunning islands of Upper Lough Erne.

Tyrone

THE ever-popular Belvoir Players return for their now legendary Summer Theatre tour with a rip-roaring Sam Cree comedy, “Wedding Fever”, this Saturday at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh.

Derry/Londonderry

On Friday 16th August, from 6.00pm – 10.00pm Mid Ulster District Council will shine a light on the beauty of Lough Neagh, as Ballyronan Marina provides the backdrop for an evening of illuminations and entertainment at their annual Lumarina event.

Antrim

Bring your picnic, chairs, and table with you to the Parterre at Antrim Castle Gardens and enjoy a magical evening with the Courtyard Community Choir with special guest Clover Watts-Kerr this Saturday evening.

Belfast

Summer Fair On The Square at the Skainos Centre this Saturday is a fantastic event brought to you by the folks behind Frock Around The Clock. Entry is free to browse 25 fantastic stalls of quality handcrafted goods and artisan crafts, including fashion accessories, home wares & decor, jewellery, sweet treats & artisan food, art, health & beauty, well-being, craft demos and much more.

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The Portavogie Seafood Festival takes place  Saturday 10th August, 12 noon – 5pm.  Jean-Christophe Novelli, will be delivering cooking demos in the festival kitchen. Buy, sample and even have cooked on site! – an array of seafood delights from NI’s biggest fish market and artisan food stalls. 

Armagh

History comes to life at  Armagh Friary this Saturday. Join this fun and educational Living History event, suitable for all the family.  Franciscan Friars walk the ancient ruins of this once grand foundation. Try your hand at writing with the quill pen!

Fermanagh

The Shoreline Music Festival takes centre stage at Enniskillen Castle from 9th to 11th August and is a must see for all Music Lovers. 3 nights, 3 different musical genres, international DJs, and live bands.

Tyrone

Make a minion this Saturday at Ranfurly House,  Dungannon. Create your own minion from various materials with tutor Louise Campbell.   Have fun making your very own character to take home!  Tickets are £6. 11am – 12.30pm.

Derry

Fun day out for all the family at Springhill, Moneymore, Sunday 11th August. Get outdoors and closer to nature this summer at Springhill. Enjoy traditional lawn games, Little Ranger fun, face painting, live music, BBQ and lots more!

Antrim

Join RSPB NI warden and islander Liam McFaul to explore the Roonivoolin reserve on the southern arm of Rathlin Island on Saturday.   Booking essential by calling 028 9064 5630. Please book your ferry crossing in advance on 028 2076 9299.

Belfast

Bollywood Baba, led by Bollywood Dancers and special early years facilitators,  is a dazzling dance experience for families to enjoy together in the magical surroundings of the Big Top in C.S. Lewis Square. Part of this year’s Eastside Arts Festival, Sunday 11th August.

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History comes to life at Dundrum Castle this Saturday at the Living History event.  Meet the Norman Knights and their Household as they wield their swords and tell you a little about their lives 700 years ago.

Armagh

Navan Fort’s celebration of the Celtic festival of Lughnasa returns this Saturday.  Join the clan as they prepare to honour the Celtic Sun God, Lugh, culminating with the fire ceremony finale!

Fermanagh

Visit Devenish Island this Summer.  The Devenish Island Ferry Service operates daily during July and August from Trory jetty on an hourly basis . The ferry can accommodate up to 12 people, and is accessible for persons of limited mobility.

Tyrone

Join children’s favourite Tom Sweeney for a fun filled hour of songs and stories for the Tots and their Teddy Bears this Saturday at the Alley Theatre Strabane.  It’s a sunshine party-time and don’t forget to bring Teddy!  

Derry

This Sunday 4th August is Star Wars Family Fun Day at the Jungle, Moneymore!  Available from 11am to 4pm with both kids activities and adult adventures to be had, there is something for everyone at Northern Ireland’s leading Outdoor Adventure Centre.

Antrim

The Heart of the Glens Festival in Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim runs from 3rd to 11th August with a fun packed programme of over 100 events.  Main events include the famous Lurig Challenge Run, food fest night, adult treasure hunt, fancy dress night and the Vintage Family Fun Day.

Belfast

The University of Atypical gallery, presents the debut solo exhibition by emerging Mid-Ulster, visual artist, Fiona Stewart.  Francis, reflections & roses – A life magnified,  launches on Thursday 1st August 2019, 5-8pm,  and  will remain open until 23rd August.

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Jacqueline McGonigle

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

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

Armagh

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

Fermanagh

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

Tyrone

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

Derry

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

Antrim

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

Belfast

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

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Heartbreak Productions presents the iconic tale, Wuthering Heights, at Bangor Castle Walled Garden, 18th July. Step into the desolate realm of Wuthering Heights, home to the Earnshaw family and the mysterious orphan, Heathcliff. While under the care of the wealthy Mr Earnshaw, Heathcliff’s relationship  with the gentleman’s daughter, Catherine, blossoms into an unruly and passionate romance.

Armagh

To celebrate Neil Armstrong’s One Giant Leap, Armagh Observatory will be showing the award winning 2018 movie ‘First Man’ at the Johnson Building, Shambles Yard, Friday 19th July. Ryan Gosling stars in the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight.

Fermanagh

The Lady of the Lake Festival in Irvinestown, is celebrating its 41st anniversary and continues until the  21st July with a range of outdoor and indoor events taking place, including sports, music, dancing, arts & crafts, gardening and water sports. 

Tyrone

In the double activity workshop of slime making and nerf games at Ranfurley House Dungannon this Saturday,  children will be guided through the process of making their own slime and clay models, using air drying clay and a few safe everyday household ingredients, which they get to take home with them at the end.

Derry/Londonderry

The inaugural LegenDerry Street Food Festival will run from Friday 19th July to Sunday 21st July.  Set in Guildhall Street this 3 day festival will bring together the very best of local street food, complemented by craft drink producers. Live DJ music sets, beers served from a double decker bus and a totally unique dining experience.  

Antrim

The Carryduff Forklift Down Rally is back at the Eikon Exhibition Centre and Balmoral Park this Saturday for a second year and promises to be an action packed day filled with adrenaline fuelled fun for all the family. Why not come along and avail of the free kids activities, including bouncy castles!

Belfast

As excitement for The Open builds across Northern Ireland, The Lost City Adventure Golf at Cityside in Belfast is set to go ‘crazy’ to mark the momentous golf competition taking place on home soil.  From Thursday 18th July to Saturday 21st July, NI’s first indoor adventure golf course will offer visitors dressed in ‘crazy golf’ gear a 20% discount after 12pm across the weekend.

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Come along to Ballycopeland Windmill for a special access tour of the windmill tower from 14th to 28th July.  These tours will last approximately 25 minutes and will be led by a member of the conservation team involved in the recent conservation of the windmill.

Armagh

Returning this summer is Armagh Planetarium’s popular Minecraft workshop.  In conjunction with STEM Aware, children taking part in this workshop will have the chance to explore the Moon using the platform of Minecraft.  Each child will have their own laptop gaming station and will be set team challenges in these workshops.  11th to 13th July.

Fermanagh

The second annual Belleek Regatta takes place on the 14th July 2019. Competitors will race in the Lough Erne’s indigenous wooden boat the ‘Lough Erne Cot’. The races form part of the league of regatta’s taking place this summer with the winning teams competing in the final in Enniskillen on 15th September 2019.

Tyrone

This Sunday 7th July visit a range of animals at Casey’s Creatures, Ranfurly House Dungannon,  including a meerkat, snake, skunk, hedgehog, owl, giant frog, armadillo and a raccoon dog! Pet and hold interesting and unusual animals while learning all about them at this interactive show.

Derry/Londonderry

If you go down to the woods today…. on Sunday 14th July, at Carrowmena, you can enjoy a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Family Fun Day. Opens at 12.00pm and runs until 3.00pm. Includes Story Telling, Face Painting, Teddy Bear Hospital, Teddy Bear Hunt and Inflatables,

Antrim

This Sunday in Ballycastle, take the perfect outdoor adventure!  You will go on a 1 Hour Kayaking tour from Ballycastle Visitor Centre and experience this beautiful part of the coastline from a totally unique perspective and have some adventure out in Ballycastle Bay.  When you have finished your kayaking tour you will then join Nine Glens Walking Tours for a wonderful historical walking tour around Ballycastle where you will learn some of the many myths and legends.

Belfast

Directed by Miss Caroline Goodall, students from Beaconsfield High School’s wind band and chamber groups will be performing from a varied repertoire from swing to film music and ‘80s pop hits at the Belvoir Players Studio.  Join them for some fabulous music making this Saturday 13th July!  A collection will take place on the day of the concert for a charitable cause.

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Seaside Revival is a vintage festival celebrating Bangor’s heyday as a thriving seaside resort. This FREE event will take place on Bangor Seafront on Saturday 6th July, 2019 1-10pm.  One of the highlights will be a special resurrection of the legendary ‘Pickie to Pier Swim’ – a summer staple on Bangor’s calendar from 1910 to the 1970s.

Armagh

The “Heroes and Legends” exhibition makes its return to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium kick-starting their summer programme on 6th and 7th July.  Come along anytime between 10:00am and 4:30pm and journey into the Copernicus Hall to meet some of the most iconic costumed characters from your favourite movies.

Fermanagh

Sit back and relax by the shores of Lough Erne for Music at the Lake at the National Trust’s Crom Estate this Friday evening, 5th July, featuring local musicians the ‘Hand Me Downs’.

Tyrone

This Sunday 7th July visit a range of animals at Casey’s Creatures, Ranfurly House Dungannon,  including a meerkat, snake,skunk, hedgehog, owl, giant frog, armadillo and a raccoon dog! Pet and hold interesting and unusual animals while learning all about them at this interactive show.

Derry/Londonderry

It’s the season of Butterflies and Moths!  Portstewart Strand is home to 18 different species of butterfly and moths and is among the top 3 locations in Northern Ireland for finding some of these unique species. There will be fun for all the family this Saturday as you join the rangers on the hunt to catch and identify the dunes’ fluttering residents. Nets provided. Booking is essential as space are limited.

Antrim

Organised in partnership with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, Northern Ireland Branch, approximately 70 pipe bands and 45 drum majors from UK, Ireland and Australia are set to showcase their skills to battle for the prestigious All Ireland Pipe Band Championship title this Saturday at Ballymena Academy Playing Fields.

Belfast

Summer with Claude is a fun filled workshop by Sixteen South where there will an opportunity to make an ice cream scratch art magnet, paint an ice cream money box,  get seaside tattoos, watch an exclusive Claude episode, take part in colouring competition and take home a special Claude gift.

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Join James Tanner at the  Comber Earlies Food Festival this Saturday.  There is plenty of foodie-inspired fun celebrating the Comber Earlies potato, local produce and artisan producers happening which all the family will enjoy!

Armagh

All are welcome, every Thursday in June to the Walled Garden in Armagh, whether it is to lend a hand, pick your own fresh vegetables to take home, or just to have a friendly chat with staff and volunteers. 

Fermanagh

The Enniskillen Road Races return for a second year. The quiet country roads will come alive to the sounds of motorcycle racing on closed public roads. This 2 day event will see a full days practice on Friday 28th June with an 11 race schedule for Saturday 29th June. Roads close at 12 noon on Friday and 10.00 am on Saturday. 

Tyrone

The annual Omagh Food Festival is back and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The festival will take place over two days, this Saturday and Sunday,  under a festival marquee in the carpark located adjacent to Main Street, Omagh.  The event is aimed at bringing together local producers and people with a love for food and there is something for all the family.

Derry/Londonderry

The Parish of St. Lurach’s, Maghera & Killelagh are holding their Garden Fete & Vintage Rally on Saturday 29th June at Maghera Rectory from 12pm – 4pm.  There will be all the usual attractions including Display of Vintage Cars & Tractors with prizes for best in class, free children’s entertainment, music all day, stalls and food including teas and barbecue.

Antrim

Bring your little one and their favourite teddy for a fun ride on vintage steam train at Whitehead Railway Museum this Saturday. There will be plenty of children’s activities hosted throughout the day for the perfect family day out, including a bear hunt and the chance to win a prize!  Steam train rides will run between 12.00pm and 4.00pm every 15 mins

Belfast

Visitors on the autism spectrum and those with sensory requirements can enjoy the peace and quiet of Belfast Zoo during Quiet Hour this Saturday. The zoo will open at 9.00 am, an hour before normal opening times. Visitors can expect reduced crowds and lower levels of noise, helping to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

For further 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.  

Jacqueline McGonigle

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.

For further 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.  

Jacqueline McGonigle