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

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You are invited to attend the USPCA Spring Tea party at their Animal Hospital in Newry on Saturday the 23rd of March from 11.00 am. There’s  lots happening with tea, cakes, a flower sale, and personalised paw prints of your dog will be available to purchase on the day. Everyone is welcome, including your four legged friends.  Proceeds will go to support USPCA. 

Armagh

Visit The Argory Book Fair and reap the health benefits of this multi-beneficial, but often forgotten activity.  On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March, The Argory provides you with the ideal setting to exercise both body and mind.  A dedicated band of volunteers run this event and take great pride in providing visitors with a vast array of literary gems, there’s a book for everyone, the choice is yours! Normal admission charges/NT members and under 5’s free.

Fermanagh

Music in Fermanagh is proud to present the Chamber Philharmonic Europe, based in Cologne, which will be joined by world-famous Russian trumpeter Cyrill Gussaroff in Ponchielli’s Concerto in F Major. They will also play music by Corelli, Suk, Bach, Rachmaninoff and Holst. Ardhowen Theatre, 24th March, performance begins at 8.00pm.

Tyrone

The Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival takes place this weekend 23rd and 24th March, offering challenging, moderate and family walks on each day.  Day 1 – Registration at An Creagan, Saturday 23 March 2019. Day 2- Registration in Drumquin Parish Hall, Sunday 24 March 2019. Participants should wear appropriate sturdy footwear on Easy Walks and Hiking Boots are essential on Moderate to Challenging walks. Please be prepared for all weathers. Transport will be provided to start of each of walk.  

Derry

One of Ireland’s most respected and successful playwrights, Frank McGuinness has towered over Irish theatre for the last 30 years.  His latest novel, The Woodcutter and his Family, takes another famous writer, James Joyce, and imagines his last days as told from the point of view of his family. Frank will be in conversation with writer Nuala O’Connor at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace this Saturday 23rd March, to discuss his wide-ranging career and the lure of creating a new fiction out of a real life.

Antrim

Uplift Promotions and Performing Arts Company proudly presents Movie Musicals at the Theatre at The Mill on Saturday 23rd March.  This unique, fast paced, high-energy, passionate production brings to life some of the best movies, and movie musicals to the stage, featuring iconic movie moments through song and dance.  From the company that brought you, Variety, Into the Woods Jr, Broadway Blitz and most recently the sold out smash hit Hairspray Jr.

Belfast

Stepping Out, by Belvoir Players on 22nd and 23rd March is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in North London. Mavis, a former professional chorus girl tries her hardest to teach the bumbling amateurs some terpsichorean skills for an upcoming recital. But before the dancing begins Mavis must mediate the minor dramas that erupt among this motley but loveable crew on their way to triumph at their recital. Liza Minnelli starred as Mavis in the popular film. Curtain up at 8.00pm.

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Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

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Have a day filled with fun at Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry this St. Patrick’s Day.   Join the craic and banter  with underwater and reptilian friends.  Enjoy snake demonstrations led by a team of Aquarists, daily animal demonstrations, themed arts and crafts and a mer-mazing face painter who will be joining the fun this St. Patrick’s Day.  Normal admission charges apply – pre-book online for discount. Last admission 4.00pm

Armagh

Celtic Footsteps, St Patrick’s Saints of Oriel, is a unique guided tour celebrating the connections between St. Patrick and two of Ireland’s first female Irish Saints, Bridget and Moninne of Oriel.  Ring of Gullion Ambassadors Ann Ward and Venora Hovelt will lead this special tour. Venora is a guide and storyteller. Ann also a guide and meditation coach; she has deep spiritual connections with this part of Slieve Gullion as her mother was born on the mountain just below the holy well and her grandfather helped to build the shrine dedicated to St Moninne in 1929. The tour includes a two-course lunch at Ann’s second world war hut in Meigh; this includes homemade bread with onion, lentil and rosemary soup followed by an award winning lemon curd dessert with tea and coffee.

Fermanagh

This year’s St Patrick’s Day festival in Enniskillen will start at 1:30pm on the Broadmeadow with a host of traditional and modern entertainment acts including Full Moon Fever. There will be a range of free activities including bouncy castles, balloon modellers, face painting and wandering mascots for all your selfie needs. Freebies on the day again courtesy of Lilley’s Centra sees chocolate fountains, green candy floss and of course their famous themed gelato in abundance.  On Lough Erne will host the Wakeboarding Leprechauns and St Patrick himself will be making his spectacular arrival via Castle Island before doing a meet and greet in the area. The parade itself will start from the Lakeland Forum at 3.30pm and ‘Snaking’ it’s way around Ireland’s only island town will be a mix of traditional and carnivalesque floats, music and dancing performances. This year has a theme of Go Green In 19, come dressed the part and we’ll be handing out some environmental freebies to help you get into the festival spirit!

Tyrone

The Blackwater Céilí Band hails from the Clogher Valley area of County Tyrone and takes its name from the River Blackwater which flows through the heart of Ulster. The band has competed at All Ireland level over the last 4 years culminating in 2018, where they were crowned All-Ireland Senior Céilí Band Champions in Drogheda. See them perform live as part of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at Ranfurly House, Dungannon.

Derry

This year’s Derry Spring Carnival takes place on the 16th and 17th March. As the dark skies of winter fall away, Derry will welcome the spring with open arms in a cacophony of colour and spectacle.  If you’re young in years or young at heart come along and join local communities take to the streets in a celebration of Youth. This year’s carnival parade will be a celebration of children and young people showcasing myths and legends from both Celtic traditions and the many diverse cultures across the world. See the full programme of events at derrystrabane.com/springcarnivalparade.

Antrim

What better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day weekend?  Experience the steam train which will be operating at Whitehead Excursion Station. Visitors will be able to see at close hand how the magnificent Locomotive works.  You will be able to talk to the Driver and Fireman and to see the footplate.  There is also an additional option to enjoy a visit to the Edwardian Tea Room, or explore the Whitehead Railway Museum and discover the secrets of the RPSI’s 100-year-old Midland Railway buildings, together with the more recent additions.  Train rides will be running from midday to 4.00pm, every 15 minutes or so. Adult £2.50, Child £2, payable on the day.

Belfast

Make your way to St George’s Market to experience an authentic St Patrick’s Day.  Get set for a real taste of Ireland and sample some of the culinary delights on offer. You will be able to enjoy lots of entertainment including live traditional music, toe-tapping Irish dancing and workshops.  So pop in, relax and join in on the unmissable St Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

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

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All little princesses (and princes of course) are invited to The Fairy Tale Princess Ball at the Belmont Hotel, Banbridge on Sunday 10th March at 2.00pm.  This is sure to be a fun filled magical event and will include meet and greets with all the classic princesses as well as lots of sing-a-longs, dancing, stories games, photo opportunities and much more.  Booking is essential. Tickets are priced at £12 each which includes one adult to accompany their child. Extra adults are welcome at an additional £2 each. Please note adults must stay with their child throughout the event.  For more information please contact leanne@tinylife.org.uk.

Armagh

Join composer and presenter John Anderson this Saturday as he conducts a celebratory and reflective event honouring our patron saint. Taking place in the magnificent setting of St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, choirs from across the island and further afield unite in a unique evening of music and spoken word. This is an exciting mix of words, music and dance, traditional and classical, ancient and modern, the reflective and exuberant, sacred and secular, all combining to make this a very special evening. Come along and celebrate our national saint with this uplifting, happy occasion dedicated to the true meaning of his life and legacy. A limited number of audience places are available. Please note these seats may have restricted views and that this event may be recorded for future broadcast and marketing purposes.

Fermanagh

Factory Girls by Frank McGuiness, Ardhowen Theatre, Friday 8th March, performed by Dunmore Amateur Dramatic Society.  Set in the recessionary early 1980’s The Factory Girls tells the story of five women facing the threat of redundancy, who stage a lock-in in a shirt factory in Co. Donegal. As their protest continues the women learn more about each other and themselves as they explore their anger, courage and compassion.  The play was the stunning debut of Frank McGuinness, one of Ireland’s greatest living playwrights, and was first produced in 1982. Funny, engaging and moving.  Contains some mild language

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Creating a storm around the country, Ireland’s favourite trio, Shane, Dominic, and Derek collectively The Three Tenors Ireland, have been the only Irish trio act to perform annually for the past five years in such prestigious venues as the National Concert Hall Dublin  The fab trio promise you a night to remember as they perform an exciting Celtic flavoured programme this Saturday 9th March at the Alley Theatre, Strabane.

Derry

Doncaster, 2018. It’s moving day, join Keeley as she packs away her memories into boxes. Come in for a cuppa and give her a hand. As she packs up her plates and boxes up her treasures, she journeys back through her family history. Me, Mum & The Patriarchy is a witty one woman show that looks at the choices we make and explores whether women really can have it all. Saturday 9th March at the Playhouse Theatre Derry.

Antrim

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.   ​Seen through a nostalgic lens, the story centres around two single love struck thirtysomethings, as they haphazardly struggle against all the odds, to get their new found love for one another off the ground. Theatre at the Mill,  8th – 9th March.

Belfast

Fresh from two consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe, join award-winning drumming comedy performer Paul Richards as he struggles to control his very merry ‘choir’ of comedians in their bid to tell you the entire history of pop music in just 90 minutes.  Packed with special guests and surprises, this gloriously messy singalong show will find our loveable/shambolic ensemble attempt to perform 62 songs in an hour and a half with a whole host of inevitable distractions…what could possibly go wrong? Crescent Arts Centre, Saturday 9th March.

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The Soyuz capsule, which transported astronaut Tim Peake to and from the International Space Station, has landed at the Ulster Transport Museum Cultra. Get up close to this famous spacecraft to examine its fully equipped interior and the exterior char marks caused by its impact with Earth’s atmosphere. Admission is FREE. Alongside the exhibition, visitors can relive the descent from space from the eyes of an astronaut through the latest Samsung Gear VR technology. This fully immersive virtual reality experience, narrated by Tim Peake himself, is suitable for visitors aged 13 and over, and costs £6 per person. These tickets can be brought on the day of a visit.  Museum is closed on Mondays except for Bank Holiday Mondays.

Armagh

Visit Long Meadow Farm this Saturday for an unforgettable, fully guided tour in the heart of the Orchard County.  Traverse the beautiful orchards, explore the cider making facilities and sample award winning craft ciders. Tour includes an orchard walk explaining the different orchard plantations, a visit to the cold storage facilities, an opportunity to see the pressing & blending facilities, history of the oak barrels and of course sampling the craft ciders and apple juice as well as information on the health benefits of the award winning Apple Cider Vinegar.  Tea/coffee & apple tart included.

Fermanagh

Many of Fermanagh’s Visitor Attractions are opening their doors for FREE this weekend! Take this opportunity to visit and explore what Fermanagh has to offer. Bring your family and friends and make a day of it, travelling from one attraction to the next or for those of you visiting the county then why not make a night of it!.  With many local accommodation providers offering great deals for the weekend you’ll be spoilt for choice. Discover Fermanagh Open Weekend, 1st to 3rd March 2019.  

Tyrone

This Saturday at the Strule Art Centre Omagh, ‘OH! WHAT A FEELING!’ – Winner of ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018 at the ‘National Tribute Music Awards’ and voted ‘Official UK No1’ by ‘The Agents Association of Great Britain’ is back in 2019 with a stellar line-up of world class musicians including Talon’s own Jonny Miller and the awesome  talent of Malcolm Pitt in this high octane show celebrating the music of Lionel Richie and the Commodores. ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’, ‘Easy’, ‘Say You Say Me’, ‘Stuck On You’, ‘Three Times A Lady’, ‘Hello’, ‘All Night Long’ and many more.

Derry

Do you love dogs, and running, and perhaps running with your dog? Then this is the event for you! Join Dogtrails NI for a race in Drumnaph Nature reserve, an enchanted woodland tucked away in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains, this Sunday 3rd March. This place has everything you could want from a canicross race with twisty technical routes, soft grassy trails that your dog can fly along, and of course a bit of mud for good measure.  This is a race you don’t want to miss!  See dogtrailsni.com for more information and to register.

Antrim

Smash hit dance spectacular DANCE IS LIFE, directed and choreographed by Jason Gilkison, Strictly Come Dancing’s creative director, is coming to Theatre at the Mill, 28th February to 1st March and Giovanni is ready to raise the temperature just a little bit more this time round!  The action packed production combines the Italian’s wit and charm, with outstanding music, sensational choreography, and stunning costumes by DSI.  DANCE IS LIFE features seven other world class professional dancers, including Strictly’s newest pro, Luba Mushtuk, who returns as Giovanni’s leading lady once again, to continue their alluring partnership.  A showcase of wonderful Ballroom and Latin dances like the Paso Doble, the Waltz, the Rumba and the Jive, to name just a few, with a beautiful Italian theme running throughout the show.  So sit back, let yourself be transported to Sicily, and enjoy the story.

Belfast

The classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in a wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production, Humpty Dumpty’s Big Eggventure,  at Belvoir Players Studio this Saturday 2nd March.  Humpty Dumpty is going to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help! Sing along, solve puzzles and meet lots of famous children’s characters along the way including The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, all the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm and many more. When Humpty climbs the highest wall in the Kingdom, who knows what might happen next? Show begins at 2.00pm.

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Returning to his home turf of Newry and Mourne, David Meade Mind Reader will be bringing his spellbinding mentalist powers to entertain you for two nights on Friday 22nd and Friday 26th February in Newry Town Hall!  His last record-breaking tour sold out everywhere, so grab your tickets now and look forward to a jaw dropping performance that your whole family of all ages will never forget!

Armagh

Celtic Mindfulness at Navan Centre & Fort this weekend is a unique healing experience of the land and energy. Where music, myth and meditation will be used to awaken your Celtic Soul, creating a positive mindfulness.  The Saturday event will include workshops from Kate Fitzpatrick and Sandra Nelson. Sunday’s delivery will be facilitated by Kate. Both days include refreshments and light lunch. 23rd and 24th February.

Fermanagh

Don’t miss the funniest show of the year , Give My Head Peace Live, at the Ardhowen Theatre 19th and 20th February.  Along with Ulster’s favourite menacing cleric Pastor Begbie (Paddy Jenkins) the gang guarantee a night of topical comedy, fantastic jokes and up to the minute satire. Plus there’ll be some superb stand-up from Tim McGarry.  

Tyrone

Singing star Dolores Keane is making her comeback tour – under the new management of  MC Promotions, Dolores says “I’m back singing better than ever and really looking forward to travelling the long and winding roads wherever they lead me. See Dolores live at the Silverbirch Hotel Omagh on 23rd February.  Dolores has a unique, distinctive, soulful melodious voice that moves every audience whose presence she graced. Few Irish artists of the past half-century could interpret the death of culture and the fathomless loss of emigration in the space of a four-minute song as well as she could. Dolores has played all over the world including two appearances in Carnegie Hall in New York something not many performers can make claim to.

Derry

Spend an afternoon with Roddy Doyle at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace Saturday 23rd February.  If Seamus Heaney has come to symbolise Bellaghy and its surrounds, then Roddy Doyle undoubtedly personifies his native city of Dublin.  In a career spanning three decades, Doyle has become one of the best-loved and most recognisable writers of his generation. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories.

Antrim

Home Spun Youth Theatre is delighted to be staging a premiere of the new musical Twisted at Theatre at The Mill Newtownabbey from the 20th to the 24th February.  This exciting new musical by Esler Burke with orchestration by Mark Dougherty and Musical Supervision and additional lyrics by Wilson Shields takes up the story of Dicken’s Oliver Twist, however, it is now fifteen years on and Oliver Twist is now in his late twenties.  The market place of his youth has changed little, and when he first meets and falls in love with Jane their happiness seems assured. However, all is not as it first seems..

Belfast

The Cancer Fund for Children invite you to join them on their family-friendly Winter Woolly Walk. Step out once again and wrap up warm in support of local families living with cancer! It’s time to rally the family, gather your friends, and join them for a beautiful walk in aid of Cancer Fund for Children.  On Saturday 23rd February there will be 4 picturesque walks for you to choose from. Each walk ranges from 3 to 5 miles and is, as always, suitable for the whole family. Walkers are free to stroll leisurely or you can walk as briskly as you wish – just as long as everyone is having fun! Warming refreshments will be provided at the end to warm your hands along with some fun family activities for the kids while you sit and relax. Visit cancerfundforchildren.com/event/winter-woolly-walk-2019 for more details.

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The wedding team at Larchfield Estate invites you to visit their exclusive countryside haven on Saturday 16th February from 11.00am to 3.00pm. The Barn, Courtyards, Gardens and Cottages will be open for couples who are keen to explore the venue, providing the opportunity to meet the specialist team and recommended catering, décor and florist companies.  Wander around the gardens and lake area, picture yourself walking up the aisle at our indoor and outdoor ceremony locations, and enjoy the warm and cosy atmosphere of the traditional barn reception area. On-site accommodation will also be open, available for you to view the cottages where you can spend a restful night post-wedding, before sharing breakfast after waking up on your first morning together as a married couple!

Armagh

Debbie Dolittle is set to return to the Navan Centre on Sunday 17th February for a free drop-in Ecology Sunday as this local wildlife expert presents some of her rescued creatures, including a tame fox! Over the last 30 years, hundreds of orphaned creatures have come through Debbie’s doors – you are sure to be impressed by her amazing knowledge and passion for rehabilitating animals into their natural environment.

Fermanagh

Try out the new laser guns in the forest arena at Share Discovery Village who are running a series of 2 hour 30 minute sessions over the weekend.  A session will include a activity briefing, dressing in camouflage gear and then playing a range of games in the Forest Arena.   This activity is suitable for groups of individuals ageds 8+.  Wear footwear that can get dirty or wet and you can run in.   

Tyrone

Frank Carson : A Rebel Without A Pause, Strule Arts Centre, Thursday 14th February. Written and performed by Dan Gordon.  Belfast funny man Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for over fifty years. His quick-fire gags and infectious laugh delighted audiences in variety shows, on telly and in clubs across the land – The Comedians , The Good Old Days, Seaside Special, Royal Variety, Noel’s House Party, Tiswas, and many more.

Derry

Fortnite themed lastertag, The Jungle Moneymore,  Sunday 17th February.  This is a real life Fortnite themed battle simulation, so you can get a taste of what it would be like to be in the ever popular Fortnite game. Using existing infamous Paintball and Laser Tag game zones, modified to be able to play a Fortnite themed session.  Open to all participants aged 8 and above. Parents and adults can play along with kids, if they can keep up!  Each session will be limited to 44 players and will last approximately 2 hours.

Antrim

Silver jewellery making workshop, Arches House, Randalstown, Saturday 16th February.  Let your creative side run free and learn a new skill whilst working with silver to create a piece of jewellery which you can then bring home to keep and show everyone!  Booking is essential with concessions available.  To book call 028 9447 8471 or email info@randalstownarches.com.

Belfast

TQ Giant Explorers Trail, Saturday 16th February. A family friendly trail where you will be provided with a treasure map & lots of clues as you explore Titanic Quarter searching for industrial giants. Discover how these ‘Giants’ have played a huge role in TQ’s maritime history and listen to some epic tales at the Great Light! There are also plenty of prizes to be won!  The Wee Tram will ferry everyone around the area, accompanied by a guide and TQ heritage helpers.  Meeting point: Titanic Sign, next to Titanic Belfast, 10.30am.

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

Antrim

The NI Motorcycle Festival this weekend is Ireland’s largest annual motorcycle festival, taking place at the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Sprucefield.  The event promises to be a fantastic show with an array of features, personalities and stands.  A vast range of the latest motorcycles and scooters from top manufacturers will be on display. The NI Motorcycle Festival is organized by Nutt Promotions, and provides entertainment for all the family.  As well as displays of both new and classic motorcycles and scooters from top manufacturers, there will also be appearances from the stars of the motorcycling world over the weekend.

Armagh

The Suitcase, Market Place Theatre, Friday 8th February. In Vienna, a young woman dreams of becoming a dancer. In Belfast, an elderly man revisits a painful past, while a mother and daughter unearth a hidden piece of family history. Moving between the present day and 20th century Europe’s darkest period, the play is a hymn to the redemptive power of art and a life-affirming human drama. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 Belfast International Arts Festival.

Belfast

The legendary Starjets are reforming one more gig. “Spit Records” head honcho Sean O’Neill has persuaded the guys to appear at the Spit album launch party Live At The Crum. Also on a fantastic bill are Shock Treatment, Johnny Hero’s Ex Producers, and Confrontation Time.  What a line up!  Tour/Dine/Show Tickets available. This package will allow you to discover over 150 years of history as you explore within the walls of Belfast’s Infamous Prison, enjoy a 2 course meal in the atmospheric setting of Cuffs Bar & Grill (on-site restaurant) and finish the night with live entertainment.

Derry

Anne Enright in Conversation, Seamus Heaney HomePlace, Saturday 9th February.  Booker Prize-winning novelist Anne Enright is one of the most celebrated writers working in Ireland today. Her work is part of a great tradition of Irish writing that explores themes of family life, relationships, love, repression and memory.  From 2015 to 2018 she was the inaugural Laureate for Irish Fiction and we are delighted to welcome her to The Helicon where she will talk about her work and career with Paul McVeigh.

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Cloughmore Male Voice Choir is proud to present an evening with the Celtic Tenors, Newry Town Hall, February 8th.  The Celtic Tenors, the only tenor group with a truly global audience, and the Cloughmore Male Voice Choir will give you a night to remember.  Performing in this idyllic harbour town located on the shores of the beautiful  Carlingford Lough,  the show promises to be one of musical delight with a blend of Celtic, Operatic and re-worked popular songs that will stir the soul and inspire the listener.

Fermanagh

Fly Me to the Moon, Ardhowen Theatre, Friday 8th February. Francis and Loretta are community care visitors. Davy, one of their elderly charges, has had a significant win on the horses, but he doesn’t know. When the cash-strapped women learn that Davey will not be around for a considerable time they are faced with a mouth-watering dilemma. Marie Jones is the author of some of the most successful plays ever produced in Ireland, including ‘Stones In His Pockets’, ‘Women On The Verge Of HRT and ‘A Night In November’. This hilarious comedy investigates whether we are valued more in life or in death.

Tyrone

Ven_ture comprises of David Munnelly (accordion), Anne Brennan (vocals) and Joseph McNulty (fiddle) who make new arrangements for old music whilst composing new melodies keeping in mind the unique sound produced by voice accordion and fiddle keeping to non-conventional new sounds in the process. See them perform live at The Square Box, Ranfuly House Dungannon this Saturday evening. A night of fun and music for the whole family.

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This Saturday step into Winterfell and take aim where young Bran was taught archery by Jon Snow. Have a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed – in the courtyard aka ‘Winterfell’ at Castleward Estate.  Booking essential. This experience is independently operated by Clearsky Adventure Centre, it is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with ‘Game of Thrones’.

Armagh

Join Navan Fort on Sunday 27th January, between 11:00am and 3:00pm for free guided mini-beast hunts! There are all sorts of amazing, tiny creatures residing in the grounds of the Navan Centre & Fort. Come along and see what you can find! This is a free drop-in event, with no booking required.

Fermanagh

Rock ‘n’ Roll Years and Dance Hall Days is back at the Ardhowen Theatre this Saturday evening.  After last year’s smash hit tour this wonderful nostalgic musical hits the road again! The all-star cast will once again take you on a whirlwind journey through the musical decades of the 50s and 60s Paying homage to the lives and music of the Everly Bros, Johnny Cash, The Four Seasons, Ruby Murray, Bobby Darin and Elvis.

Tyrone

If you’re gliding gracefully towards the second half of your life, maybe this isn’t the show for you. But if you want reassurance that you’re not the only one struggling with all the things Life throws at you, step right up for Nuala McKeever’s Letting Go Or Losing It at Ranfurly House Dungannon this Saturday 26th January.

Derry

Derek Ryan performs in the Millennium Forum, Derry on Saturday 26th January with all the fan-favourites and his latest songs from new album TEN.  Derek will be joined on the evening by All Folk’d Up as special guests PLUS Olivia Douglas.  Tickets available from venue box office – 028 7126 4455.

Antrim

Sarah’s Key is one of two film screenings in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough to mark Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), which provides an opportunity for everyone to learn the lessons from the Holocaust. This Thursday evening, 24th January. Tickets are free and can be booked online at  theoldcourthousetheatre.com.

Belfast

This animation club at Blick Shared Studio, Malone Road offers a great introduction to the colourful world of animation!  The workshop which takes place this Saturday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination Your child will learn about the basic principles of stop motion animation, using special iPad apps and will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session. These workshops are a collaboration between Can Do Academy and Blick and are suitable for children between 7 – 14 years.

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Would you like to learn how to make local Irish breads in a very relaxed atmosphere within a small group?  If so, join Tracey Jeffrey in her thatched barn, The Stables,  10 steps away from the edge of the Lough in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Killinchy, County Down. You will take home a bag of breads that you have made along with a copy of all of the recipes used. No doubt you will also have made some friends throughout the duration of the session which runs from 10.30am – 1.00pm on Saturday 19th January.

Armagh

After playing the character Mark Halpin in RTE’s long running TV soap Fair City, Dublin-born Ryan O’Shaughnessy then went on to compete in TV shows such as The Voice of Ireland, Britain’s Got Talent and The Hit.   See Ryan perform live at the Market Place Theatre this Thursday 17th January.

Fermanagh

Join Carrybridge Lakeside Lodge & Marina for Burns Night this Friday 18th January.  For only £15 per person enjoy whiskey on arrival & supper (haggis or savoury mince, neeps & tatties), and live entertainment.   Guest artists include the Ulster Scots Agency Juvenile Pipers, Erne Highland Dancers and a Ceilidh Band.   Remember to wear a touch of tartan to this Burns Supper & Dance.  For tickets contact the Carrybridge Hotel directly.

Tyrone

You can also celebrate Burns night this Friday 18th January at the Royal Hotel Cookstown.  Join the Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band in celebrating the Life of Scotland’s Greatest Poet.  Back by popular demand this Burns Night includes all the traditional elements of a Burns Night. Tickets are available from The Royal Hotel, Cookstown 028 8676 2224 or from the Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band.

Derry

The IMBOLC Festival 2019, which runs from Friday 18th January through to 16th March, features an eclectic mix of concerts, workshops, talks, visual art and films. All in a range of locations spread throughout the city – from state-of-the art concert halls and historic buildings, to churches, cafés and bars. It features some of the world’s finest musicians from Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia and America, with music from a wide range of genres including Irish traditional, roots, world, folk and classical. View the full programme of events at imbolcfestival.com.

Antrim

Ireland’s No.1 Rod Stewart Tribute show “Tonight’s the Night” have been wowing audiences far and wide. A seven-piece live show complete with backing singers, Richie Lee is a very well respected frontman and knows how to connect with a live audience. See Tonight’s the Night live at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey this Saturday 19th January, for a two hour roller coaster of Rod Stewart’s greatest songs!

Belfast

This Saturday evening at the Crescent Arts Centre you can Sing-A- Long Dirty Dancing with the movie projected onto a huge screen!  There will be performers throughout show to help show you recreate those famous dance moves, as well as a FREE prop bag with everything to need to celebrate one of the best movies ever made!  They’ll be popcorn on offer and even a chance to have your snaps taken with the look-a-likes!  Fancy dress and audience participation are strongly encouraged!

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Jacqueline McGonigle

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

Down

Mixed Feelings at Ards Arts Centre  is an exhibition of sculpture by Katrina Cobain, with glazed expressions, dysfunctional properties and stories to tell. By displaying a range of objects from various performances or contexts, in their own right, they communicate another time, place or narrative. These objects have a sense of error about them: there is something off-kilter, not quite right, that puts you off. Whether you laugh, smile or grimace – Mixed Feelings has something to show you. Runs until 26th January.

Armagh

Portadown Pantomime presents Sleeping Beauty at Portadown Town Hall.  Shows run from Thursday 10th January until Saturday 26th January.  Curtain up at 7.30pm with the show concluding at approximately 10.15pm.  Tickets cost only £8.

Fermanagh

Exhibition :  When the Wind Blows, A Decade of Fermanagh Photographs from the Kite. Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen until 19th  January 2019.  This exhibition highlights a selection of chosen images by Fermanagh photographer Ciarán May.  For almost a decade, Ciarán has uniquely captured the beauty and charm of his native county using a Kite to lift a camera. The display showcases the beautiful idyllic settings in Fermanagh and it gives us an insight into the techniques used by Ciarán to capture the perfect image!

Tyrone

Singalong with Goldilocks and The Three Bears this Saturday afternoon at the Alley Theatre in Strabane.  The much loved fairytale returns to the stage in a live show of song and laughter.  With plenty of audience participation and action, perfect for all the family!   Tickets are priced at  £9 or £40 for a family of five.

Derry/Londonderry

Following on from the success of last year’s sell-out show, Anne Tracey and friends return to The Helicon at Heaney Homeplace Bellaghy to start the New Year with words, wit and warmth.  This Saturday afternoon join some of Mid-Ulster’s finest talent for an afternoon of song, music and poetry exploring the emotional pull of home. Words and music that spring from their home place promise nourishment for both heart and soul.

Antrim

Portrush Theatre Company presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for its January 2019 Pantomime from 11th to 19th January at Portrush Town Hall.   Join Dorothy and Aunt Em on their journey down the yellow brick road; sing along with the Lion, Tin man and Scarecrow as they join in the adventure; and help defeat the Wicked Witch of the West!  Tickets prices at £10.  (Matinees £7). Curtain up at 7.30pm.

Belfast

The Crescent Arts Centre present the incredible Charlton Wood’s Cabaret Cruises: Terminal Divertissement this Friday evening. Belly-ache, screaming, roaring, laughter. Never to be missed, the last show you’ll ever want to watch!  Having spent most of his life on cruises, Mr Woods is offering you the chance to see one of his famous cruise cabarets, on dry(ish) land.   Charlton offers his condolences and sincerely welcomes you to this, THE show. His satirical musings have sated the pleasure seeking appetites of Sultans, Noble Born, Kings, Celebrities, plebs and luddites. Drawing from a rich pool of human experience Charlton Woods will ponder, live, and ask you to do the same. Now finally you can join him, and be at peace, or whatever you find yourself doing.