What's On: You'd be barking not to mark World Animal Day

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of family events this week across Northern Ireland

Celebrate World Animal Day at Exploris Aquarium this Sunday, October 1


Celebrate World Animal Day this Sunday at Carnfunnock Park. Join Debbie Doolittle as she introduces some of Northern Ireland's most magical mammals. With special guest appearances from Mrs Fox and her friends; 2pm to 4.30pm; £2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child/concession. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Booking advisable. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact 028 2826 2471.


The Assistant's Revenge is a detective story for children and adults, a murder mystery with a magical twist. This Saturday at the Market Place Studio Theatre with an unreserved, tiered seating layout.


Monster Manor is back at W5 – and it's even spookier than last year! The singing pumpkins, dancing skeletons, floating ghosts, witches and monsters have been joined by some new phantom friends. Weekends from September 30, daily from October 28 to November 5.


The Guildhall Derry City Wedding Fayre, in association with Perfect Bliss Wedding Shows takes place this Sunday October 1st from 2pm until 5pm with mini fashion shows throughout the day along with a grand prize draw.


Bring the family to Exploris Aquarium this Sunday, October 1, to celebrate World Animal Day. Enjoy all the animal-based fun on offer and learn all about the underwater and reptilian friends though discovery pool demos, seal and otter feedings plus lots more fun animal based activities. Let the little ones dive into the soft play zone and then relax after a fun filled day in The Craken cafe and restaurant


This Saturday at Cathedral Hall Enniskillen, enjoy a screening of one of the most iconic children's films, The Railway Children. Part of Fermanagh Film Club's weekend to commemorate the closure of rail services in Fermanagh. Screening at 11am. Admission is free.


The Light for Life Event at Loughmacrory Lough in aid of Care for Cancer takes place this Friday, September 29. Come and celebrate the lives who have passed from or are currently living with cancer. The twilight walk around the lough starts at 8pm with registration from 7pm. Lights for all participants, with music and refreshments. This is a family-friendly event – everyone welcome including dog walkers.

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