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

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City of Merchants Festival Newry will once again thrill audiences with a spectacular fireworks display on Friday 2nd November at 8.30pm (with the best viewing area along Fathom Line).  Also on Friday, Festival-goers will be treated to music, entertainment and scrumptious scran at the Twilight Market from 5.00pm –11.00pm at Newry Variety Market in John Mitchel Place and are encouraged to walk across to the viewing area for the fireworks. There will be a carnival atmosphere before and following the fireworks display, with lights, fire and pyrotechnics for all to enjoy.  This year, as part of the festival, the Walking Tours of Newry will have a railway theme, coinciding with Newry and Mourne Museum’s forthcoming exhibition on railway transport.  Also in Bagenal’s Castle will be a banquet with themed entertainment.

Armagh

Immerse yourself in the mystical side of Armagh heritage at the Astral Weeks party this Sunday 4th November.   Step through the Armagh County Museum doors into an after-dark event celebrating the mysticism in Armagh’s hidden histories and the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks with Classic Album Sundays . Join CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy and journalist Stuart Bailie and experience Astral Weeks in a way you never heard before. They’ll be discussing the stories behind the album followed by a vinyl replay on a world-class audiophile sound system courtesy of Kronos Audio Visual .

Fermanagh

Join  Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for Bloomfields Horrible Halloween. An afternoon of freaky fun with a programme of activities to keep children of all ages amused. Event starts at 12noon on Wednesday 31st October with special Bloomfield Horrible Halloween Guided Trails, follow the map to unveil the clues. Spooky Stories told by Bloomfield’s daughter Arabella. There will be a Halloween special for the adults to enjoy in the Belleek Restaurant. Guided Trails 12.00 pm | 2.00pm | 3.00pm.  Admission £3.00 per child.  Book early to avoid disappointment.  Email: takethetour@belleek.ie.

Tyrone

The UK’s No.1 and world’s busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date, the Big Beat Revue at the Strule Arts Centre on Friday 2nd November.  Featuring special guests, vintage pinup dancing, singing and tapping troupe, The Satin Dollz; The low down baritone sax of Lottie B and the smooth accordion of Grazia Bevilacqua, this show features the best in 40s and 50s jive, rhythm and blues and rock and roll.  With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima & Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock and roll extravaganza, this show will have you out of your seat with its larger than life big-beat sound!

Derry/Londonderry

The Health, Well-Being & Natural Therapies Expo will be bringing you some of Ireland’s finest and most popular Therapists, Treatments, Holistic Retailers and Readers at the Guildhall this Saturday and Sunday.  There will also be Inspirational Talks & Workshops so that you can experience what the Holistic field has to offer. The energy emanating from our events is always amazing and many have commented in the past of how it made them feel.  Admission £4.

Antrim

Join the Theatre at the Mill if you dare, for a trick, treat and scare at the upcoming production of Sleepy Hollow! Magically travel back in time with school friends Amy, Irving and Charlie to meet schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and hero Brom Bones, as they battle for the attention of the enchanting Katie Van Tassel at the school disco.  Meet the crazy Halloween characters of the 1800’s and watch out for the Headless Horseman!   Time: 7.45pm, Matinee 2.30pm, Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November.

Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol is one of Belfast’s most haunted buildings and now you can get the chance to carry out investigations with experts in the field of Paranormal Activity. On the 4 Hour Paranormal Investigation this Saturday night you will be taken to the most active areas in the Gaol and  given the chance to use equipment used by experts while conducting your very own ghost hunt. The areas you will visit will include the reception, the condemned man’s cell, execution chamber, the tunnel and the flogging room.  Paranormal Gaol Investigations are carried out in low light conditions and are not suitable for expectant mothers. They are serious ghost hunts and not for the faint hearted! Suitable warm clothing and flat shoes must be worn.  Suitable for 18 years+

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This Saturday 27th October seas the return of the hugely popular Seapark Fireworks to Seapark Recreation Grounds which transforms into a hive of activity from 4.00pm.  Wrap up warm against the brisk Seapark air to enjoy the children’s funfair and live music by local band The Jukes. A selection of food stalls packed with delicious bites will be on hand to help take the chill off.  The excitement culminates for the always impressive fireworks display at 8.00pm, set to a music soundtrack. Remember to bring a torch to navigate the grounds, finding the perfect spot to view the display.  The fun continues until 9pm.

Armagh

Little Spooks at Navan Fort from 27th to 31st October is the perfect Halloween experience for boys and girls who aren’t afraid of enjoying some spooky surprises.  A Halloween Bride & Gloom Story – Do you have the courage to be witness at the ceremony?  With an undead bride and ghostly groom, join the hapless couple on the most memorable day of their lives (or afterlives).  The witch’s cabin is just a short walk away along the winding path. Discover what ghastly ingredients go into a witch’s cauldron and, if you are brave enough to torture your taste buds, there will be a truly gruesome brew freshly prepared just for you.  Proceed along the path to the Palace of the Pumpkin Prince. There, you will hear some startling stories sure to put a shiver up your spine.

Fermanagh

Leave daylight behind as you join a 15th century Maguire’s House Party in Enniskillen Castle this Friday 26th October. The castle doors will swing open for one night only, with live music, an on-site bar, and medieval-inspired food.  Alt-rockers Emerald Armada will be headlining music on the night, with support acts to be announced. Grab a drink from The Giddy Box vintage bar and roam the castle to discover music, performance, and some 15th-century guests that once revelled in the medieval stronghold. The Castle Café will be serving a medieval-inspired menu of stew and soup served in traditional edible ‘trencher’ plates made of bread, alongside sharing platters. Get ready to party like it’s 1499.  Strictly over 18s.

Tyrone

Mid Ulster Sports Arena will host their annual Halloween Fireworks Display on Saturday 27th October from 5.30pm when hundreds of people are expected to gather to enjoy some scary antics at Mid Ulster Sports Arena Cookstown, before the grand finale fireworks extravaganza at 8pm that will brighten up the dark skies into a fantastic fanfare of colour and lights.  Children can get ghoulishly creative at the Halloween themed arts and crafts station, listen to storytelling by Winifred the witch, be amazed by the fire performers, have a spin in the Vortex Tunnel and get to meet our spooktastic Halloween characters throughout the evening.  Children will also be able to burn off some wicked energy at the climbing wall, krazy karts and caterpillar train.  There will be music, face painting and lots more to help keep your little monsters entertained. If you get hungry, there’ll be a wide range of food stalls offering sweet and savoury tempting treats.

Derry

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October, Drumnaph Nature Reserve will come alive at night to celebrate the Celtic festival, Samhain.  Samhain was celebrated by our Ancestors and it marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the ‘Dark Half’ of the year. Remember to wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear for the journey.  Don’t forget to bring your own lantern too. Delicious, homemade refreshments will be available when you return to our new café at An Carn.  Book your tickets online at www.ancarn.yapsody.com.

 

Antrim

This Thursday 25th October, The Junction, Antrim  will host their Halloween Spectacular.  This year’s theme is Day of the Dead and your little ghosts, goblins and ghouls are invited to come along in their scariest costumes. Join Stephen, Cate and the Q Radio roadshow to see who picks up the bag full of tricks and treats for the best dressed. We will also have fire jugglers, face painting, arts & crafts and spooky characters to keep everyone entertained.  The celebrations reach a crescendo around 8.00pm, with a spectacular fireworks extravaganza.  Free shuttle bus departs from Dunsilly and Market Square, Antrim to The Junction, at regular intervals from 5.45pm. Access to the event is by Ballymena Road entrance only.  Firework display is subject to weather conditions.

 

Belfast

Enjoy a ride in a restored steam train from Belfast Central, along the shores of Belfast Lough to Whitehead Railway Museum and return this Sunday 28th October. Ghosts and ghoulies of all ages are invited to come along in seasonal costume to sample the unique steamy Halloween atmosphere. All children holding a ticket will receive a spooky goody bag from the wicked witch!  Departing from Belfast Central Station at 11.00am.  Book online at www.steamtrainsireland.com.

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This Friday enjoy a night at the museum, but not as you know it. For one strange night, Bagenal’s Castle will morph into a sideshow circus. Arrive at the castle to see the walls illuminated by fire dancers, while the circus ringmaster invites you to embrace your darker side and celebrate the rich performing arts history of Newry.  Once inside, professional make-up artists and historical costume collection will make sure you look the part. Then, get ready to get weird with ‘dangerous harpist’ Ursula Burns Music, and comedians and magicians Paul Currie Comedian and George Firehorse. Stop by the mysterious fortune teller, or roll up to some Street Countdown and a Sideshow Ramone performance.  The best of local food and drink will be served too – with sweet treats, coffee, and artisan street food outside, to craft gin, beer and cider tastings within the castle walls.

Armagh

Frankenstein, Friday 19th October, Market Place Theatre. ‘If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!’ On the 200th anniversary of the publication of the great Gothic novel, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’s Monster will be reanimated, piece-by-piece. Wireless Mystery Theatre – Ireland’s longest-running audio theatre company – will bring the creature to life with galvanisation, harnessed lightning, and their usual mix of live music, sound foley, and horror.  You’ll get the shock of your life!  This event takes place in the Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.

Fermanagh

This Wednesday 17th October, Music in Fermanagh is proud to present Enniskillen born Kristan Swain, the flautist who is making a huge name for himself across the water, including his appearances as guest principal flute for the Philharmonic Orchestra. Kristan is noted for playing ‘Danny Boy’ for HM the Queen during her historic Diamond Jubilee visit to Enniskillen.  He will be accompanied by Máire Carroll, International concert pianist, who has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. They will give us music by Berkeley, Hindemith, Hamilton Harty, Philip Hammond, Mouquet, Gaubert, Demersseman, Debussy, Hüe and Fauré. Ardhowen Theatre Enniskillen.

Tyrone

Uncover the ancient traditions of Halloween at the Ulster American Folk Park Omagh from 20th to 31st October. Learn about the jack-o-lantern, trick or treating and traditional treats. Sample seasonal foods like colcannon, barnbrack and pumpkin pie. Have your fortune told, listen to stories by the fireside and pose for a picture beside the pumpkin patch. Watch out for some spooky friends as you stroll through the autumn leaves and past the creaking cottages and cabins.

Derry/Londonderry

Carrowmena Field of Screams is back this Halloween with Haunting Nights in the Maize Maze from the 19th to 29th October. Do you dare to enter the Maze and battle your way through the Twists, Turns & Deadends? Opening Times: 7.30pm – 10pm.  Ages: 14 years+. £9 per person. Field of Screams takes place at Carrowmena Activity Centre’s Maize Maze at 100 Carrowclare Road, Limavady. Online booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Antrim

Explore the Galgorm Castle Estate at night  at the Galgorm Castle Spooky Hallow Night on 19th and 20th October with Brilliant Trails.  With your map and torch discover Halloween’s urban legends that lurk around the estate woods from Dracula to Funny bones and even the Corpse Bride. Each will tell a tale of how they came to be..  Feed the senses with an indulgent, freshly cooked BBQ cooked on the grill by Foodie Folk to tantalise your taste buds and plenty of toffee apples, marshmallows and coffee available to buy to keep you going to next year.

Belfast

W5 Late returns for Halloween on Saturday 20th October! W5 Late is a strictly adults-only, after-hours evening at Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre!  Don your scariest costume for chills and thrills and explore over 250 interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas.  Discover what lurks within the haunted mansion ‘Monster Manor’ but beware you might see some unexpected characters along the way! Get up close to some creepy crawlies and engage with the experts in our spooktacular series of lecture theatre talks as we explore the science of fear, plus SO much more!  There will be a fully licensed bar where you can have a glass of wine or cold beer.  Online booking essential.

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Take steps to help Nexus break the silence on sexual violence by taking part in ‘Gems of the Mournes’ trek on Saturday 13th October.  Experience some of the most beautiful scenery the Mournes has to offer. Starting at Meelmore lodge, follow the Trassey River to Hare’s Gap. Climb up the amazing Slieve Bearnagh, continuing your journey, passing the feet of Slieve Meelmore & Meelbeg, heading south into the heart of the Mournes, Doan. Proceed North West picking up the Mourne Way past Fofanny Dam and back to Meelmore Lodge for some refreshments. Distance – 8-10 miles. This is graded as a moderate walk – suitable for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country. Walking boots are essential. Not recommended for those under 18 years but children aged 16-17 years and accompanied by an adult may take part.

Armagh

Apple Sundays at Ardress, every Sunday in October. Have a go at using the traditional apple press to make your own apple juice and ‘pick your own’ fruit from the orchard at Ardress House.  Local fruit farmer, Dermot Morgan will also be on hand to give information on the Armagh Bramley Apple.  Enjoy apple teas in the historic threshing barn, decorated with apple bunting and flowers and Learn about the history of the orchards surrounding Ardress on a guided tour.

Fermanagh

See Lough Erne your way with Erne Water Taxi’s chauffeur driven boats. Travel in the comfort of a covered 8- seater boat, complete with cab, without having to worry about the driving. Your tour guide will help you explore the history of Lough Erne. Leaving from Enniskillen at the side of Fermanagh Lakeland Forum Leisure Centre, pick up and drop off can also be arranged from any accessible jetty on Lough Erne.  Services Available until the end of October. Prices: £60 per hour for the hire of the boat and driver / tour guide (1-8 persons).

Tyrone

This Sunday at the Alley Theatre Strabane, using mime, puppetry and songs, Eddy the Teddy’s going off on holiday to the seaside with his best friend Sammy and is hoping to have a nice relaxing time, but with Eddy the Teddy, adventure is never far away.  Tickets £4, family of four £12.

Derry/Londonderry

The Jungle’s award winning Fright Night returns in 2018 bigger, scarier and full of delightfully devilish twists!  This year’s Fright Night will see the return of the horrid and harrowing “Woodland Trail”. Unveiling two amazing new sets, a brand new haunting story, coupled with special effects, atmospheric lighting throughout and a creepy cast of nefarious creatures. From 12th October to 3rd November.

Antrim

Celebrate our rich potato history this weekend at the Randox Northern Ireland Potato Festival – a must for everyone who loves the humble spud.  A great day out for all the family, with artisan foods, children’s activities, cookery demonstrations, talks, celebrity chefs, arts and crafts, helicopter flights, children’s rides, displays and exhibits, farm machinery and much more.  Free Shuttle Bus from Bushmills.  This year there is also a Causeway Coast Foodie Tour on Friday 12th October incorporating farm visits, a factory tour of Glens Potatoes/Crisps and tourist attractions surrounding the Causeway Coast.

Belfast

Take a Belfast Singing and Walking Tour this Sunday with  Jane Cassidy and Maurice Leyden.  During the singing tour, the public will be able to see first-hand how the local heritage comes to life on the streets and in the buildings. It will be eye-catching and unexpected, creating an enjoyable tour. Tickets for this event are free but booking is required.

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Warrior Assault, Bangor Aurora, this Saturday 6th October,  is the newest Obstacle Course Race to hit Northern Ireland! With two courses, one for adults and one for children, Warrior Assault is a fun packed obstacle course race for kids and adults! Ticket Prices Adult: £40, Teen (12-15): £17.50, Child (4-11): £12.00, Family Pass (2 adults + 2 children): £85.  The adult course is suitable for anyone over 16+ years, from complete beginner to regular OCR pros. The course has a 5km and 10km option – simply choose on the day which one you’re going to tackle!

Armagh

For the first time ever, the much loved Fairy-tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears comes to the stage at Portadown Town Hall this Sunday, in an unforgettable live stage production of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Ruff The dog! and Mr Bunny, perform live on stage, right before their eyes in this exciting and fun filled musical production.

Fermanagh

Motorcycle Racing returns to Fermanagh in the form of the Enniskillen 100 Revival this Saturday 6th October – Ulster Superbike Championship Round 9.   16 races around the 1.2 mile airfield circuit. Non-stop action will see Ulster championship titles being won from 125/250 cc right up to 1000cc superbikes. Expect full grids of riders of all abilities and from all over Ireland. Parking available onsite. Admission £10.

Tyrone

The Leonard Brown Show at the Alley Theatre this Saturday 6th October will be an action packed journey of music, dancing and laughter.  After their sell out tour of North East England and Scotland, the show is coming to Strabane! Featuring Leonard Brown, champion accordionist and his All Star Band, up and coming country singer Chrissy Mac, Smith-McCarron Irish Dancers and the comedian and entertainer Gene Fitzpatrick.

Derry/Londonderry

On Sunday 7th October The Jungle NI are hosting their kids Zombie Run with a 2km and 6km zombie chasing course.  This is an obstacle run with a fiendish Halloween twist – think Rampage meets The Walking Dead!  Each runner starts with THREE lives (represented by flags worn about the waist) but, in addition to the running, the overcoming of obstacles and the manoeuvering through mud, runners also face ZOMBIES who will give chase in attempt to steal one of their three lives.  The runner’s objective is to make it to the finish line with as many lives as possible intact. The Zombie’s objective, however, is to steal your lives, so when you hear gunshot be prepared to run, for you only have three lives and the monstrous, prowling zombies are a determined bunch!

Antrim

Charity dinner in aid of Childrens Heartbeat Trust NI, Tullglass Hotel, Ballymena, Saturday 6th October.  Start the evening with a drinks reception, followed by a four course meal, raffle/auction and then dance the night away.  Get dressed up and have a good night while raising funds for an amazing cause.  £35 per person with discount for bookings of 10 or more. For tickets or further information contact Tracy 07843 812 867. All money raised in aid of Children’s Heartbeat Trust NI Charity No: NIC102410.

Belfast

This Saturday 6th October,  The Crescent Arts Centre is delighted to welcome to the stage the sensational blues and roots sing, songwriter and guitarist Gráinne Duffy.  Hailing from Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan, Ireland, she has been described by The Sunday Times as ‘a blues singer of real integrity’. She is a pioneer of her own style while also paying sincere homage to her roots, soul, blues, country and rock traditions and has spent the last number of years touring in Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Canada.

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The Ballynahinch Harvest Festival returns on Saturday 29th September  with a jam packed schedule of FREE fun for all the family from 10.00am – 4.00pm.  There will be music, arts and crafts, a merry-go-round, a petting farm and LIVE music from The Untouchables in Market Square from 1.00pm – 3.00pm.  There’s something for everyone and best of all – it’s absolutely FREE!   Stay tuned to the event page for updates on activities and times.

Armagh

This ever-popular tribute show to the iconic Luke Kelly of The Dubliners, returns to The Market Place Theatre Armagh for a 13th consecutive year in what promises to be another memorable performance on Saturday 29th September. Featuring the acclaimed vocals of one of Ireland’s finest ballad voices of today, Chris Kavanagh, this performance will take the audience on a journey through the numerous hit songs, music and times of the legendary Luke Kelly.

Fermanagh

Castle Coole is the venue this Saturday 29th September for the Classical Music Tour as the magnificent Grand Hall is brought to life with an array of musical scores from internationally renowned flautist Karin Leitner, accompanied by harpist Teresa O’Donnell on their tour of Ireland. Tickets are £15 and booking is essential.

Tyrone

Look ‘hot on The Hill’ this September as Mid Ulster District Council’s popular fashion event, Heels on The Hill, returns for its seventh year, after a short break last year.  The Dungannon style extravaganza, organised by the Council in partnership with Style Academy, will take place on Thursday 27th September on the Hill of The O’Neill, Dungannon with doors opening at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £8. The event promises to sell out fast and numbers are limited so purchase your ticket today by contacting Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre on 028 8772 8600.

Derry/Londonderry

The best of local, clean, fair food is on the menu as Derry City and Strabane District Council welcome the return of the Slow Food Festival on the 29th & 30th September in the Guildhall Square.  Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation that promotes the true enjoyment of good food with the commitment to community and the environment – a major two-day celebration showcasing the best of local, clean, fair food from across the North West.  Featuring Slow Food Market, talks & demos from Paula McIntyre and Aine Carlin, tours & tastings, street food, family fun and lots more!

Antrim

Saturday 29th September is Volunteers Day at Whitehead Railway Museum. The Museum are always seeking new volunteers to keep their trains on the track. Have you go what it takes?  There are opportunities in a myriad of disciplines, so why not come along and see what we are all about?  If not interested, you can still visit and experience the steam train which will be operating within our premises at Whitehead Excursion Station.  Visitors will be able to see at close hand how this magnificent machine works.  You will be able to talk to the Driver and Fireman and to see the footplate.

Belfast

Back by popular demand this Sunday at the Belfast Castle, The Bohemian Bazaar is an event for free spirits which brings a modern approach to a holistic lifestyle together with a contemporary marketplace of artisan crafts. Around 50 exhibitors will be offering an inspirational range of services and products covering health and beauty, holistic and spiritual, food and drink, fashion and accessories, home and garden, as well as hobbies and play, rest and relaxation. Admission is only £2.

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The USPCA will host its Annual Open Day at the Animal Hospital in Newry on Saturday the 22nd of September from 10.00am to  2.00pm. The Q Radio Saturday Brunch show will broadcast live from the animal hospital and there will be competitions, loads of giveaways and fun for all the family.  Other open day highlights include family activities, PSNI Dog Display, USPCA Animal Hospital tours, BBQ, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Jumping Clay, Animal Advice including discounted microchipping, and lots of fun and games.  The USPCA will also host a Dog Show and visitors are encouraged to bring along their dogs to join in. Registrations for the Dog Show will take place on the day and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

Armagh

Treat yourself to a sumptuous afternoon tea aboard the Big Red Bus at Loughgall Country Park, right in the heart of the Orchard County on 22nd and 23rd September.  Served on vintage crockery, you will be treated to a wide selection of savoury and sweet courses using the finest seasonal ingredients sourced from within the Food Heartland area.  Enjoy your scones, sandwiches, meringues and cakes to the sounds of vintage 50’s and 60’s music. This event is part of the Armagh Food and Cider Festival 2018. See the full programme at visitarmagh.com. Booking essential.

Fermanagh

It’s time for Festival Lough Erne, a celebration of the best local food and the Fermanagh Lakelands, 22nd and 23rd September.  A great weekend of activities on and off the water – enjoy the Lough Erne Cot Regatta, cookery demonstrations by local chefs, artisan food and drink producers PLUS live entertainment.  Come along and join the fun, Festival Lough Erne, Enniskillen Castle, 22 and 23 September.  For further information visit festivallougherne.com.

Tyrone

Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh are brewing up a storm in Lola’s at Silverbirch Hotel with the return of North West Brew Fest, Craft Drinks Festival on Saturday 22nd September. This exciting event is all about great drink and will showcase local Craft Gin, Vodka, Rum, Whiskey, Beer, Cider produced the North West and beyond featuring some of Ireland’s top distilleries and breweries. Festival goers will have the opportunity to taste for themselves a collection of craft drinks that have been hand crafted and locally made as well as meeting first hand some of the characters behind the ever growing Irish brewing scene while enjoying live entertainment by Anna’s Number & Monte Thompson.

Derry/Londonderry

For one night only at The Waterside Theatre Coleraine, Bray Lewis productions bring you 2 of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads!  Bray Lewis Productions is a new company formed by Jeremy Lewis and Valerie Bray, both experienced actors.  This is guaranteed to be a good night’s entertainment. Thursday 20th September.

Antrim

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council is holding a free two-day Health and Wellness Fair on the 23rd & 24th September at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn.  This free event will feature expert talks, workshops, one-to-one consultations and you will also get the opportunity to purchase health and wellbeing products from local providers.  Statutory organisations as well as local healthcare providers will also be present.  Opening times are 1.00pm – 6.00pm on Sunday 23rd September and 10:00am – 7:00pm on Monday 24th September. Entry is free, however any donations received by visitors will go to the Mayor’s Charity, Cancer Fund for Children.

Belfast

Calling all families!  On Sunday 23rd September, have the ultimate family day out with W5 and the Stena Line Belfast Giants!  Discover over 250 interactive exhibits at the award-winning Science & Discovery Centre and then watch NI’s professional ice-hockey team hit the ice to take on the Fife Flyers in The SSE Arena, Belfast!  Save 47% by booking the Joint Family Ticket for 2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children for £39.00! Free car parking is also included.  Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the SSE Arena, Belfast Box Office on 02890739074. Visit www.w5online.co.uk for full information and online booking.

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Thousands of chocolate lovers and foodies from across the island of Ireland and beyond will descend on Killyleagh to celebrate the 2018 Finnebrogue Artisan Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, 14th – 16th September. This year’s festival features many chocolatiers and local artisan food producers at the historic Killyleagh Castle.  The festival will kick off on Friday 14th September with the Chocolate Ball, held within the exquisite grounds of Killyleagh Castle, continuing on Saturday and Sunday with the Hans Sloane Chocolate & Fine Food Festival, where guests will be spoiled for choice with a vast range of chocolatiers’ displays, market stalls and local artisan produce to taste and purchase. The festival will also host a range of activities and entertainment for the whole family, offering a memorable weekend of fun for all in 2018!

Armagh

Foraging Sunday takes place this Sunday at Navan Fort.  Under expert guidance, you will learn to forage for food as the Celts would have. Explore the wealth of edible delights in our countryside and sample dishes made with foraged foods like berries, apples, cherries and even nettles – you are sure to be amazed!  This is a free drop in event.

Fermanagh

Plan a visit to Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo for an Electric Mountain Bike Adventure – Ride, Discover, Explore! Explore the untapped wilderness using top of the range Electric Mountain bikes, cruise across old bog roads and forest tracks, discover megalithic tombs hidden in the forest and enjoy the sweeping views over Lough Macnean and its islands.  Whether you are tempted to buy an e-bike or you fancy tackling longer or more difficult trips but don’t want to be left behind… what better way to find out than booking an e-bike week-end package!

Tyrone

An autumnal treat, both visual and edible, is in store at the Woodland Trust’s Cabin Wood, Cookstown.  Saturday 15th September, 11.30am to 1.00pm, is the date for the diary. The charity has enlisted the support of foraging expert Dermot Hughes to lead a stroll through this charming woodland.  Dermot will identify the natural wares that are safe to eat, with some tasty recipes at his fingertips. The wood, bordered by the Ballinderry and Killymoon Rivers, was once part of Killymoon Estate.  Booking is essential.  Find out more and book a place at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/events or telephone 0330 333 5302.

Derry/Londonderry

Help Seamus Heaney HomePlace celebrate Roald Dahl Day this Saturday 15th September. Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Antrim

Join The Cancer Fund for Children for their Giant Coastal Challenge on Sunday 16th September and make a Giant difference to local children with cancer. Enjoy world class scenery on this 10 mile Atlantic adventure from Giant’s Causeway to Carrick A Rede. Highlights along the route include the ruins of Dunseverick Castle, the stunning Whitepark Bay, and Ballintoy Harbour. Funds raised will help to provide vital services for local families affected by cancer.  Sign up today at www.cancerfundforchildren.com.

Belfast

Belvoir Players present another great event and ideal for children aged 1-7 this Saturday 15th September – Goldilocks and the Three Bears Sing Along. Goldilocks and the three bears, Ruff The dog! and Mr Bunny, perform live on stage, right before their eyes in this exciting and fun filled musical production.  The popular tale takes a few twists and turn along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after.  Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favourite songs.

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

Down

Larchfield Community Development Association annual Family Fun Day and Vintage Rally takes place this Saturday 8th September at Rally Fields Hillsborough,  with something for all the family. Children’s activities include duck fishing, jelly baby bowling, target shooting, hoopla, crafts (boys and girls), cup cake decorating, face painting, nail painting, nature detectives trail, bulb planting and child friendly tractors.  All children’s activities are free!  Other activities include model farm, wood turning, rare breeds, donkeys, pony and trap rides, steam engine, archery, threshing and bailing display, and historical tractor exhibition. Stalls include Glenda’s knits, Genelle’s Buns, cakes and crafts; the Ice Cream van; and Auto Jumble. Local musicians Trevor Dixon and Billy McFarland will be providing music throughout the day.

Armagh

Don’t miss this  Saturday’s annual village fete in Richhill, with lots of fun and activities including food stalls, craft marquee, dog show , auction and children’s games. All the fun will be happening in the square at the top of Richhill Village from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm, Admission is free!

Fermanagh

European Heritage Open Days – Jewels of the Geopark Bus Tour. Join Geopark staff this Saturday for a guided tour of some of the key sites within Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark, learn about the intriguing history of the Cavan Burren Park, enjoy the stunning vista from Cornagee Viewpoint, refuel at the Market House in Blacklion, take an optional nature walk up Cladagh Glen, satisfy your appetite in the Marble Arch Café, and embark on a guided tour of the Marble Arch Caves!

Tyrone

Award-winning Belfast singer-songwriter Kaz Hawkins relaunched as a solo artist in 2018 with her brutally honest piano/vocal show. Along with special guest Sam York (Tom Jones/Ed Sheeran) on piano and as her support act, Kaz has been taking her new ‘non genre’ material on the road in an intimate and personal show about her life. See Kaz play live  this Saturday evening at Ranfurly House Arts and Visitor Centre, Dungannon.

Derry/Londonderry

An event not to be missed on Saturday 8th September at the Walled Garden Maghera is Peter’s tales and trails!  Join Peter Rabbit, Flopsy and Mopsy, Mrs Tiggy-Wiggle and Thomas MrGregor in the Walled Garden this Saturday for lots of fun, games and entertainment!  Give the garden trail a go, where you will visit 10 interactive areas around the garden, to complete an answer sheet with the clues that you find there.  There will also be face painting, messy play, seed planting and finger painting to enjoy, as well as real rabbits, chickens and a hedgehog.  Feeling peckish? Enjoy a delicious BBQ, sweet treats and hot and cold drinks to enjoy! You’ll find them on the lane.  On the Green take part in Peter’s Sports Day challenge with a sack race or egg and spoon. Or why not enjoy one of the many mischievous tales of Peter and friends with the story teller.  Admission is free!

Antrim

European Heritage Open Days at Carrickfergus Museum.  Don’t miss this unique tour experience, as you are joined by Sir Arthur Chichester himself, who’ll be giving some of his insights into historic Carrickfergus this Saturday 8th September! Join in with crafts, face painting and the latest addition to the museum and see the first instalment of the town model.  You can also explore Carrickfergus town walls through our free family fun app Kids ‘n’ Castles.  From 1.00pm to 4.00pm. Tour at 2.00pm.

Belfast

The Belfast International Tattoo 2018 is coming to The SSE Arena, Belfast on Friday 7 & Saturday 8 September 2018.  The Belfast Tattoo is now firmly established as an annual event for the Belfast city, and the show organisers are delighted to continually draw people from outside the City to attend the spectacle of this amazing production, and that our overseas visitors are growing year on year.

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

Down

Take part in a unique experience to set you up for the day this Friday morning at the Harbour, Newcastle. Get SUP with the birds and embrace the best part of the day! Enjoy the tranquillity of the water on our early morning SUP paddle session at the foot of the Mourne Mountains.  It’s perfect for beginners or even regular SUP’ers who enjoy and appreciate the early morning sunrise and a good coffee. No experience necessary as full instruction will be given by a fully qualified instructor.

Armagh

Enjoy a wonderful family day out at Northern Ireland’s Annual Rare Breed Show and Sale in Gosford Forest Park this Saturday 1st September.  In the show rings you will see native breed cattle, sheep and pigs being judged to determine which animals are the best representatives of their breed. Prizes will be awarded for the best animals, a total of £1800 will be distributed to prize winners on the day.

Fermanagh

Join Geopark staff at Castle Caldwell Forest this Wednesday 29th August to search for foraging bats in the woodland using bat detectors, and get up close to some of the weird and wonderful moth species of Fermanagh as they check out the moth trap.  Warm waterproof clothing, sturdy footwear and torch required and booking is essential.

Tyrone

Autumn Pastels at An Creagan, Saturday 1st September.  Capture your favourite animal or the seasonal landscape with pastels. Suitable for all levels of experience. All materials are included as well as a  tasty lunch. Class runs from 11.00am to 4.00pm.

Derry/Londonderry

The Carnival of Colours 2018, brought to you by In Your Space Circus, St Columb’s Park Derry, this Saturday and Sunday.  Grab your Penny Farthing. pop on your stilts, walk a tight-wire over the Foyle, roll yourself up like a human cannonball, any which way you can, just get yourself down to the most circus-y fest in town!  This year promises to be the best, most circus-y yet with TWO Big Top Tents filled with lots of international circus shows including Tumble Circus, Two’s a Crowd, McFois, Granny Turismo, Circle of Two and our very own Fancy Pants Circus!  And out in the field you will be dazzled and regaled by our troupe of Circus 250 characters alongside the incredible Pauline Phitness, Borris and Gilbert Gottenstock.

Antrim

The Spinning Yarns Festival will take place at Antrim Castle Gardens on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2 September. This two-day festival celebrates the wonderful world of all things associated with wool & linen, showcasing the colour, creativity and craft associated with these homespun yarns in all their forms.  Spinning Yarns has so much to offer including a Market Place with a wide range of traders, both local and from further afield, Afternoon Tea Fashion Tent, Craft and Gift Stalls, Displays, Workshops and Demonstrations, A Range of Artisan Food & Drink, Children’s Entertainment and a range of exhibitions.

Belfast

Registration for the Crescent Arts Centre’s latest learning programme is now open. Each week the Crescent runs over 200 courses and workshops through a wide ranging artistic programme spread across all art forms including dance, wellbeing, drama, music, visual arts, crafts, creative writing and  reading. Find out more at crescentarts.org.

 

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