What's On: Puppet festival in Newtownards, get your boots on for Rathlin walk

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

The #BigWalk takes place on Rathlin on Saturday
Jacqueline McGonigle


The Puppet Festival is back with a bang – expect a programme jam-packed with puppet fun and antics including free scheduled performances, free puppet workshops and plenty of quirky characters to meet. Performances take place at various times and venues around Newtownards town centre May 26-28.


The Armagh Craft Fair returns for the eighth year to the wonderful surroundings of The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh on Saturday May 26. The fair will feature over 45 stalls from makers across Northern Ireland and Ireland, free craft demonstrations from master crafters throughout the day including hands on creative craft making experiences for adults and children, free children's drop in creative craft sessions, family workshops, musical entertainment, food and more.


SHARE is offering a portfolio of outdoor activities for you to get involved with. Activities for All offers the general public a chance to try a variety of outdoor activities according to the activity timetable at great prices. If booked in advanced a one-hour session is just £6. Banana boating, climbing, archery, sailing included.


Award-winning singing sensations, Leading Ladies (Michelle Baird, Ceara Grehan and Lynne McAllister) bring their acclaimed Country & Celtics Classics show to Ranfurly House this Friday. Featuring popular Celtic favourites such as Caledonia, No Frontiers and Will Ye Go Lassie Go, their show also includes music from Riverdance, traditional Irish favourites and American country songs from artists including Dolly Parton and John Denver.


Try something new and exciting this May Bank Holiday at Foylehov Activity Centre. Ever fancied having a go at flying a Hovercraft? Prefer a more relaxed day off? Then why not pop out and have a few rounds at the 18 hole Football Golf course. See


Do you love community, walking and Rathlin Island? On May 26 you can enjoy all three as part of the #BigWalk which is a community celebration building up excitement in the run-up to #TheBigLunch 2018. The walk will be four slow-paced miles and will include several interesting catch-up points, a beach clean and a Big Lunch. Senior Smart Pass holders can book free Rathlin ferry tickets.


Make a Terrarium this Saturday at the Crescent Arts Centre. A Terrarium is a miniature garden for indoors, usually in a glass container. Using succulent plants, you will learn how to layer the container in a way to be of maximum benefit to the plants. All materials are provided. You don't have to be a keen gardener to enjoy this fun class.

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