What's On: Put bird boxes and balloons on your to-do list this weekend

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

Balloon dog – learn how to impress children with a balloon sculpture workshop in Armagh this weekend


Enjoy a bird-box-building session with the Castle Espie Bird Watching Club from 12pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday February 4 and 5. Get advice from club members on bird feeding and the needs of birds throughout the winter, and ask the experts any questions you might have.


Learn to make balloon sculptures like the pros this Saturday morning at the Market Place Theatre, and impress the children with your new-found skill. Teachers, youth and community workers and leaders, parents and event staff will find the skills and techniques taught in this workshop invaluable for creating your own balloon models at events, children's parties and open days. Suitable for beginners. All balloon models made on the day can be taken home.


Neil Delamere's Handstand Tour comes to the Ardhowen Theatre this Saturday. The master of mirth is back where it all started, talking to strangers in rooms for money, with his own unique brand of his irreverent humour. Please note: recommended for age 16+ years.


David Meade, TV's Million Dollar Mind Reader, is back on stage at the Alley Theatre Strabane this Friday, with his brand new 2017 tour. David is returning to the stage with a show that promises to leave you both mesmerised and stunned at his amazing abilities.


This Saturday RSPB NI, the Seamus Heaney HomePlace and the Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership have joined forces to celebrate World Wetlands Day 2017. The adventure will start at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, for the short bus journey to Lough Beg. You'll enjoy a morning's birdwatching on the shores of this special place, with experts on hand to point out the wildlife which makes its home here. On return to the Seamus Heaney HomePlace, enjoy light refreshments and the chance to explore the exhibition on the life and works of the poet. This event is free but donations will be gratefully received. Booking essential – call 028 9049 1547 during office hours or email


Make with Clay workshop this Saturday at Mossley Mill Museum. In this messy, two-hour class children will love to learn how to sculpt with air hardening clay. For children aged six to 11. Learn to roll, pinch and model clay, create a castle and mythical creature to take home and paint. Come dressed for mess!


The 2017 NI Motorcycle Festival this Friday to Sunday will include all the top motorcycle manufacturers and dealers who will be exhibiting their latest range of road bikes, quads and motocrossers. On Saturday and Sunday, World Superbike legend Carl Fogarty will make a special appearance.

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