What's On: Prepare for fireworks at City of Merchants Festival Newry

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

The best viewing area for Friday’s fireworks in Newry is along Fathom Line
Jacqueline McGonigle


City of Merchants Festival Newry will hosts a fireworks display on Friday at 8.30pm (with the best viewing area along Fathom Line). Also on Friday, festival-goers will be treated to music, entertainment and scrumptious scran at the Twilight Market from 5pm-11pm at Newry Variety Market in John Mitchel Place and are encouraged to walk across to the viewing area for the fireworks.


Immerse yourself in the mystical side of Armagh heritage at the Astral Weeks party this Sunday. Step through the Armagh County Museum doors into an after-dark event celebrating the mysticism in Armagh's hidden histories and the 50th anniversary of Van Morrison's Astral Weeks with Classic Album Sundays with CAS founder Colleen ‘Cosmo' Murphy and journalist Stuart Bailie.


Join Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre for Bloomfields Horrible Halloween. An afternoon of freaky fun with a programme of activities to keep children of all ages amused. Event starts at 12 noon tomorrow. Guided Trails 12pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm. Admission £3 per child. Book at


The Jive Aces present the Big Beat Revue at the Strule Arts Centre on Friday. With classic tunes from artists such as Louis Jordan, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Big Joe Turner and Bobby Darin with the flair of an Alan Freed rock and roll extravaganza.


The Health, Well-Being & Natural Therapies Expo will be bringing you some of Ireland's finest and most popular therapists, treatments, holistic retailers and readers at the Guildhall this Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.


Join the Theatre at the Mill if you dare, for a trick, treat and scare at the upcoming production of Sleepy Hollow. Magically travel back in time with school friends Amy, Irving and Charlie to meet schoolmaster Ichabod Crane and hero Brom Bones, as they battle for the attention of the enchanting Katie Van Tassel at the school disco. 7.45pm, matinee 2.30pm, Saturday and Sunday.


Crumlin Road Gaol is one of Belfast's most haunted buildings and now you can get the chance to carry out investigations with experts in the field of paranormal activity. This Saturday night you will be taken to the most active areas in the Gaol and given the chance to use equipment used by experts while conducting your own ghost hunt. Paranormal Gaol Investigations are carried out in low light conditions and are not suitable for expectant mothers. Suitable warm clothing and flat shoes must be worn. Suitable for 18-plus years.

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