What's On: Family activities for the week ahead

Music In The Chamber takes place on Friday March 9 in The Chamber room at Bangor Castle with alt-folk band Runabay
Jacqueline McGonigle


The next Music In The Chamber concert at Bangor Castle takes place on Friday March 9 featuring alt-folk band Runabay in The Chamber room at Bangor Castle.

Show starts 8pm, tickets £10 via Ardsandnorthdown. Tickets can also be purchased from North Down Museum or local Visitor Information Centres.


Come to Navan Centre & Fort this Friday evening to observe the stars with expert astronomers from Armagh Observatory and Planetarium and your host, BBC Weather presenter Barra Best.

Attendees will have the opportunity to see the night sky through telescopes at this outdoor event. Dress appropriately, bring along your own binoculars and/or cameras, booking is essential.


Haiku Poetry Walk/Workshop at Cladagh Glen March 10, 11am to

1pm, hosted by local writer and Geopark Guide Bee Smith in honour of National Tree Week.

Meet at Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre. Take a walk down Cladagh Glen along the river and create haikus inspired by the wet ash woodland. Sturdy footwear and warm waterproof clothing required, please bring a notebook and pen.


Treat mum to a relaxing afternoon at the Silverbirch Hotel Omagh this Saturday March 10 with a delicious four course afternoon tea menu.

Begin with an amuse bouche followed by a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones served with fresh cream and local jam, served with a selection of leaf teas or coffee and a glass of bubbles.

Incudes treat pack for mum. Live entertainment by Monte Thompson.


Project Tractor & the Big Country Breakfast on Saturday March 10 at Specialist Joinery Maghera: festivities begin at 9am with a charity breakfast with food provided by Arbutus Catering, country star Richie Remo and others will provide entertainment.

A cavalcade of tractors will roll out from Specialist HQ at 1pm sharp to travel the 30 mile Anniversary Route via Maghera, Tobermore, Draperstown, Desertmartin, Magherafelt, Castledawson, Bellaghy, Gulladuff and back to Specialist.

Entry for children is free, there will be an adventure playground and other activities.


To coincide with Larne Art Club's Spring Exhibition, art club members will be hosting a 'hands on with art' day on Saturday March 10, giving visitors the chance to have a go at arts activities and learn more about Larne Art Club. Light refreshments provided, 10am to 4.30pm, free admission.


The 20th Belfast Children's Festival takes place from March 9 to 14 with theatre, visual art, music, dance, literature, workshops and talks.

The Big Botanic Birthday Bash will have free activities for families, the festival also offers a diverse programme aimed at adults, professional arts practitioners and others. Full programme at

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