What's On: Brush up on your broomstick skills at Carrickfergus Wizarding Weekend

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

Head to Carrickfergus Castle this Saturday and Sunday for a Wizarding Weekend
Head to Carrickfergus Castle this Saturday and Sunday for a Wizarding Weekend


Wizarding Weekend! This Saturday and Sunday Carrickfergus Castle be transformed into a fantasy world filled with potion making, broomstick and wand training and fantastical creatures. Due to the historic nature of the castle, there are no lifts available to access areas of the castle included in the event. If you require wheelchair access, please call 028 90 823 207.


The Rock ’N ’Roll Years and Dance Hall Days show is back with a brand new show featuring George Jones, Clubsound and four wonderful singers this Saturday, January 13, at the Market Place Theatre. The show will transport you back to the nostalgic days and incredible music and artistes of 50s and 60s, with over 40 classic songs.


The Titanic Hotel Belfast hosts its first wedding show this Sunday, 1pm-4pm. There will be 40 wedding suppliers in attendance; Champagne reception with nibbles and live music. Admission free; the first 50 couples get a free goodie bag.


Join The Everglades Hotel this Saturday for an evening of Abba with Bjorn Identity. With five stunning handmade replica costumes and a perfect copy of Benny's famous white Yamaha piano, this show has all the glitz of the 70s and the best party night out. Doors Open 7.30pm; show begins 8.45pm. Tickets available at hotel reception or on Ticketmaster.


The FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio and Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition, Self-Reflections, to celebrate the artistic contribution made by Banbridge Art Club, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. The exhibition focuses on self-portraiture and includes more than 20 stunning paintings and drawings created by its members inspired by a series of selected works from the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, housed at the University of Limerick.


Loughs, Bogs and Mountains is the first exhibition of its kind hosted by Fermanagh County Museum at Enniskillen Castle. Local arts organisation Collage Collective has guest curated an exhibition on the theme of Loughs, Bogs and Mountains, drawing inspiration from Fermanagh’s natural beauty and environment. The exhibition features a selection of work by artists across a range of art forms including photography, craft, sculpture and fine art in response to the theme. Until January 27.


Take a step back in time to an era of splendour and sumptuous tradition at the Alley Theatre’s Bridal Weekend this Saturday. You will be treated to a glass of bubbly and a scrumptious selection of sandwiches and homemade scones and cakes, joined by lovely acoustic music before you are treated to a fashion show full of bridal elegance.

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