What's On: David Meade, rock n roll, a curlew cruise and culture day at the Burnavon

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

David Meade promises Wizard of Odds to be his funniest and most impossible show yet


Mentalist David Meade promises Wizard of Odds to be his funniest and most impossible show yet as he will blow your mind as he beats the odds and predicts the impossible. His show promises to leave you both mesmerised and stunned at his amazing abilities. David is performing at the Town Hall in Newry this Saturday May 19. 


Fellas... slick your hair back; ladies... put on your best red lippy and rock around the clock with Northern Ireland’s only 1950s/60s rock 'n' roll band, The Soda Popz this Saturday evening at the Market Place Theatre. Featuring the songs of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Connie Francis and much more, this two-hour spectacular is guaranteed to get any audience dancing in the aisles.


Join the RSPB NI this Saturday morning aboard the Lady of the Lake double-deck cruiser for a guided boat tour of the stunning Lough Erne for the Curlew Cruise (as part of Curlew Crisis Month). The RSPB Lower Lough Erne Islands reserve warden will be your guide as you set out to spot one of our most cherished birds. Meet at Inishclare Jetty (close to the Manor House Country Hotel), Killadeas, Co Fermanagh, at 9.30am for 10am sailing.


Celebrate World Culture Day with the Burnavon Theatre Cookstown this Saturday and enjoy a vibrant celebration of all our differences with Arts and Crafts from Around the World. Take part in some traditional arts and crafts, with something for everyone to enjoy. Admission is free.


Book yourself a Slow Adventure at the White Horse Hotel. Slow Adventure NI is a form of tourism which avoids the adrenalin-pumping hits of many commercial adventure experiences, in favour of slow, immersive journeys, living in and travelling through wild places and cultural spaces, and experiencing nature in its seasons, its different weather and its variations. Choose from Connectin with The Wild on Foot & Horseback, Connecting with Nature Irish Walking Tour and The White Horse Adventure, subject to availability and weather. Call 028 7186 0606, City of Derry Equestrian Centre Landscape and Countryside Tours.


This year’s Ballyclare May Fair from May 19-26 will be a mixture of the popular traditional horse fair, local music and entertainment combined with traditional craft demonstrations and workshops. New for this year is the Soapbox Derby race on Tuesday May 22. Saturday May 26 sees the return of the fantastic May Fair Parade, with Ritchie Remo and his band delighting fans of all ages, before the fireworks. Family fun activities, amusements, pet show, local movies, tea dance, a foam party and much more.


The Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival returns once again to Queen’s Quay, Donegall Quay and Titanic Quarter May 19 and 20 to bring you a bumper-packed weekend full of maritime-themed family fun and frolics. Join in the fun at Titanic Quarter for a maritime celebration including the return of our Pop-Up Titanic Street Food Market at Hamilton Dock, the BIG Titanic Picnic next to SS Nomadic, as well as plenty of interactive demos, exhibitions, and maritime madness taking place across the quarter. There will also be plenty of opportunities to explore and enjoy our maritime heritage on one of the exciting photo and discovery tours.

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