What's On: USPCA spring tea party, Argory Book Fair, Sperrins walking festival

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

Frank McGuinness will be in conversation at the Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy on Saturday
Jacqueline McGonigle


You are invited to attend the USPCA spring tea party at their Animal Hospital in Newry on Saturday March 23 from 11am. There's lots happening, with tea, cakes, a flower sale, and personalised paw prints of your dog will be available to purchase on the day. Everyone is welcome, including your four-legged friends. Proceeds will go to support USPCA.


Visit The Argory Book Fair Saturday and Sunday. A dedicated band of volunteers run this event and take great pride in providing visitors with a vast array of literary gems – there's a book for everyone. Normal admission charges/NT members and under-fives free.


Music in Fermanagh is proud to present the Chamber Philharmonic Europe, based in Cologne, which will be joined by world-famous Russian trumpeter Cyrill Gussaroff in Ponchielli's Concerto in F Major. They will also play music by Corelli, Suk, Bach, Rachmaninoff and Holst. Ardhowen Theatre, March 24, 8pm.


The Omagh and Sperrins Walking Festival takes place this weekend, March 23 and 24, offering challenging, moderate and family walks on each day. Day 1 – Registration at An Creagan. Day 2- Registration in Drumquin Parish Hall. Participants should wear appropriate sturdy footwear on easy walks; hiking boots are essential on moderate to challenging walks. Please be prepared for all weathers. Transport will be provided to start of each of walk.


One of Ireland's most respected and successful playwrights, Frank McGuinness, will be in conversation with writer Nuala O'Connor at the Seamus Heaney HomePlace this Saturday to discuss his latest novel, The Woodcutter, his wide-ranging career and the lure of creating a new fiction out of a real life.


Uplift Promotions and Performing Arts Company proudly presents Movie Musicals at the Theatre at The Mill on Saturday. This fast-paced, high-energy production brings iconic movie moments to the stage through song and dance. From the company that brought you Variety, Into the Woods Jr, Broadway Blitz and most recently the smash hit Hairspray Jr.


Stepping Out, by Belvoir Players on Friday and Saturday, is a rollicking comedy about the attempts of some working class amateurs to overcome their inhibitions and left feet in a low-rent dance studio in north London. Liza Minnelli starred as Mavis in the popular film. Curtain up at 8pm.

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