Harry Potter-themed fun and games at Newry library

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

Fancy dress is optional at the Harry Potter-themed event in Newry – but it’s so much more fun


On Thursday evening, February 4, Newry City Library will host a Harry Potter-themed magical night of wizardry, games and crafts for children up to 12 years old. Fancy dress is optional – but SO much more fun. Booking is essential so call the library or email with child's name, library card number and contact details.


This weekend Navan Fort in Armagh will host a weekend of Celtic Mindfulness – a unique healing experience of the land and energy. Music, myth and meditation will be used to awaken your Celtic soul. Creating a positive mindfulness, with workshops delivered by Ciaran Corr, Kate Fitzpatrick and Katie Rutledge.


Neil Delamere returns with a new show to the Ardhowen Theatre this Saturday. 2015 saw the award-winning comedian continue his star turn on The Blame Game for BBC on TV and radio. Neil also landed his own weekend radio show for Today FM and the hosting role in the new RTE2 science series Eureka. Patrons please note: as this is stand-up comedy, the content may not be to the taste of all. Suitable for 16+ years.


See The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley this Saturday at the Alley Theatre Strabane. This three-act Irish comedy play is exceptionally funny that has had entertained audiences all over Ireland. Unlucky in love, Gabriel, a middle-aged bachelor farmer living with his elderly mother, finds himself caught between the love of two women. Tickets £12 and £10.


The amazing Brick Wonders Exhibition by Warren Elsmore is coming to Nerve Centre this Saturday for 12 weeks. Showcasing over 70 Lego models the exhibition covers not only the seven ancient wonders but also seven old, modern and natural wonders. Using Lego bricks, artist Warren Elsmore creates stunning scenes with easy-to-follow instructions. While many of the original seven ancient wonders have crumbled away, here we see them in their full glory. Brick Wonders also takes a look at new wonders of the world; treasures from the past millennium that remain standing today.


Remembering Rebekah, Friday February5 , Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus. A retro disco event organised by Louise Bunting and Mervyn Bunting in memory of their nine-year-old daughter Rebekah, who passed away from DIPG in 2014. Tickets £20. Includes hot buffet food. Fancy dress optional but encouraged. Entertainment includes Jordan School of Dance, Drag Act Penny Cillin & Friends and other surprises. All monies raised will be donated to DIPG Angels and one in three Cancer Support (Registered Local Carrickfergus Charity).


The Belfast School of Performing Arts returns to the MAC with a musical that has taken Broadway by storm and has all of New York dancing the Charleston. Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr, Saturday February 6.

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