What's On: Brent geese back on Strangford Lough, animal auditions at the Alley Theatre

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

Brent Geese are returning to Strangford Lough after spending the summer in the far north of Canada


The Big Brent Event Returns to Castle Espie on Saturday and Sunday October 7 and 8 to celebrate the return of 80 per cent of the world's population of Brent Geese from their summer breeding sites. Strangford Lough is their favoured destination following their 2,500km journey from Arctic Canada.


This Saturday at the Market Place Theatre, take a journey into the colourful world of Lego animation with this mini-animation masterclass by Can Do Academy, which will teach you how to make a complete animated film on an iPad, including sound effects, visual effects, and planning your film. You will receive a copy of your animation to take home to wow your family and friends.


The Ulster & Irish Open Short Circuit Championship Event, The Enniskillen 100, takes place this Saturday at St Angelo Airport. Non-stop live racing and parade laps from 9am to 5pm. Vintage, classic and modern motorbikes, rally cars and vehicles of special interest. Gates open 08:30. Adults £10; 12-16 £5; under-12s Free; family (2+2 teens) £25.


This Saturday enjoy a movie experience of the animated film Sing at the Alley Theatre, Strabane. In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theatre impresario's attempt to save his theatre with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates, even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.


The best of local, clean, fair food will be on the menu when Derry City and Strabane District Council welcomes the return of the Slow Food Festival on October 7 and 8 in the Guildhall Square. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation that promotes true enjoyment of good food with the commitment to community and the environment. Featuring the Slow Food Market, talks and demos, tours and tastings, street food and family fun.


The award-winning Giant's Causeway visitor centre will open its doors on Saturday offering the local community the opportunity to enjoy the full visitor experience, free of charge to thank them for their ongoing support over the busy summer season.


Saturday sensory development classes for newborns up to 13-month-olds with award-winning Baby Sensory. The venue is Newtownbreda Tesco community room. Cost £5 per baby. With hundreds of sensory experiences and lots of ideas to try at home this is a class that supports baby development and includes baby signing, puppet shows and more. The next session takes place this Saturday.

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