What's On: Pinnochio opens Opera Film Club at the The Portico of Ards

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

Opera Film Club season at The Portico of Ards in Portaferry starts with The Adventures of Pinocchio this weekend


This season of Opera Film Club at the The Portico of Ards kicks off on Saturday February 10 with Opera North's enchanting staging of The Adventures of Pinocchio. Jonathan Dove's 21st opera is a wittily inventive feast for the eyes and ears. A full-length grand opera with 29 characters, a sizeable chorus and a profound symphonic score, it is overflowing with visual delights.


THIS Saturday Seagoe Parish Hall, Portadown, will host an antiques, vintage and collectables fair, showing casing lots of treasures from the past. More than 40 stalls including Victorian jewellery, silver, china, crystal, militaria, kitchenalia, books, coins, medals, ceramics, art, vintage fashion and linens. Refreshments available. The fair is open from 10am to 4pm.


LOVE Building Bird Box Day takes place this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm at Crom. Spread the love between your friends and family this February as you join the National Trust in preparation for National Nest Box Week by learning to build your own bird box, just in time for nesting season. For more see


With dozens of songs featured on numerous hit US television shows and movies and writing for some of the world's biggest-selling artists, Gareth Dunlop has become one of Ireland's most revered and successful songwriters. See Gareth perform live at Ranfurly House Dungannon this Saturday at 8pm.


The Linenhall Upperlands is the venue this Saturday night for the Ampertaine PS Fundraiser. The night will see performances from local singer/songwriters Eilish Mulholland, Tiernan Heffron, James Bradley Music and formal pupil Charlene Bradley's band Aria Sail. Magician extraordinaire Rodd Hogg will also be there. Refreshments provided, with a DJ to finish the night.


Larne Museum & Arts Centre is open on Saturday. Come along to visit the Main Gallery which hosts permanent displays reflecting the agricultural, industrial, military and maritime history of the local area. This will also be an opportunity to visit the temporary exhibition 'Painting Pictures in My Mind – Remembering the 1950s and 1960s. Admission free.


Join in the NICHS Red Dress Run this Saturday to take action for your own heart health and raise funds to continue the fight against heart disease. Grab your red dress, red hat, red knee socks… absolutely anything RED and join us for this charity 5km and 10km event, where you'll walk, jog or run around Stormont Estate in Belfast, all in the fight against heart disease. If you would like to chat with one of the team about the Red Dress Run 2018 give Cheryl a call on 02890 266740 or email

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