What's On: Easter holiday fun

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family events across the north this week

Anthony Toner makes his solo debut on the Lyric theatre stage this Sunday


Spend the Easter holidays outdoor in nature at Castle Ward for daily Easter activities for all of the family until Sunday April 23, 10am to 5pm.

Highlights include Easter crafts at The Barn (daily, 12pm to 4pm), Victorian playroom and Easter fun, Cornmill demonstrations (Sundays, 2pm to 5pm), house tours and children's trail in the mansion, children's woodland and adventure playground, feeding the animals with the Rangers daily at 3.30pm and visit the artists in the studio at Castle Ward.


Danann Crafts is back at the Discovery Centre at Oxford Island this Sunday April 23, this time with loads of family fun for kids and adults. Enjoy live crafting demos and wonderful craft stalls. Over 30 stalls with make and take workshops, fantastic local crafts and food stalls with the best chutneys and oils. An ideal Sunday day out.


Playing at the Ardhowen Theatre on April 21 and 22, Borderline Players are back with their Easter pantomime, Goody Two Shoes, which promises to be another epic tale for all ages: Septica, an evil sorceress, has left her magic shoes with the Elf Cobbler for mending.

As they are her only comfortable pair, she is far from pleased when Goody Coddle appears wearing them.


The Ad Lib Charity Drama Group present The Real McCoy in Eskra Community Centre, Co Tyrone this Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Proceeds will go to The Michaela Foundation and Parkinsons UK.


This Friday at the Glassworks Derry, winning early music ensemble Sestina presents Music of the Grand Tour from Italy, to include the seminal Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, played by virtuoso Dutch violinist Johannes Leertouwer, and the youthful early work of Georg Frederic Handel – Dixit Dominus.

Join the young voices of Sestina and experience music from Italy performed on instruments of the period in stunning surroundings.


The Curious Wedding Fair is back, this time on Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 for two full days at Eikon Exhibition Centre, Lisburn,

jam-packed with eclectic exhibitors, revolutionary runway shows, quirky entertainment and more.


Anthony Toner makes his solo debut on the Lyric theatre stage this Sunday to celebrate the release of his seventh album. This new collection, Ink, finds the Belfast-based songwriter in top form on a series of stripped-back, acoustic-based songs dealing with the big themes of love, loss and happiness.

He'll be joined by special guests Eilidh Patterson, Ciaran Lavery and John McCullough.

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