What's On: Castle is venue for Co Down river fair

Jacqueline McGonigle of shares her pick of what's on this weekend across Northern Ireland

Aar – get some pirate action in Portrush this weekend


The Irish International Fly Fair is again hosted by the Dibney River Conservation Trust this Saturday and Sunday. The ethos of the Fair is to continue to highlight the trust's struggle in its attempt to restore the infrastructure of the Dibney River that flows through Killyleagh into Strangford Lough. This year the main venue is Killyleagh Castle.


MD Rafferty Guitar School is holding its annual music showcase on Saturday in the Armagh Market Place Theatre. Students from the school will have the opportunity to show off their talents in the main auditorium and there will also be special performances from the Armagh Men's Shed and local rock band Shoot The Preacher, who are currently kicking up quite a storm in the States. Up-and-coming local Artist Jennifer Rafferty will also be showing off her work on the night too with a mini-exhibition.


Jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park at this Sunday's Cuilcagh Mountain Safari. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain. Not suitable for under-12s.


This weekend at the Ulster American Folk Park, be transported back to the 1770s as the British Redcoats battle American Militia Sharpshooters to bring to life the American War of Independence. 2016 is the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the USA and the July 6 is the museum's 40th birthday so there'll be live music, traditional Punch and Judy Shows, food-tasting and American games. Major-event-day pricing applies.


Join Martina Mullan this Saturday in the Lurach Centre Maghera for her Yummy Mummy Make Up Workshop. A make-up workshop in a relaxed environment where you can experiment yourself after Martina's demonstrations on how to apply the perfect foundation, use concealer correctly, highlight and contour, as well as perfect a natural day time make up look which can then be updated into a night time smokey look – all using your own make up.


On Saturday and Sunday the streets of Portrush will be transformed into a wonderland where pirates, vikings, medieval knights and Jacobean soldiers will welcome and entertain children of all ages. Pirates Off Portrush is an entrance free carnival for all ages.


W5 need the help of budding architects, builders and engineers in their new hands-on block play area – BUILD IT! You can build it really big with Imagination Playground's Big Blue Blocks. Whatever your age, whatever your experience, whatever inspires you – just BUILD IT! July 1 to August 31.

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