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Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st April
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

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Clifton House Tours

Friday 7th April
Clifton House
£6.50

Geology Guided Walk at Kearney

Saturday 8th April
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Good Food Market

Saturday 8th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend – April

Saturday 8th April
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pet Nose Day

Sunday 9th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rea’s Wood, Antrim – Woodland Management

Sunday 9th April
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

Easter Egg Hunt

Monday 10th April
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – The Argory

Monday 10th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fun

Monday 10th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Easter Bunny Hunt

Friday 14th April
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt

Friday 14th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Friday 14th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill, Corkhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter at Castle Ward

Friday 14th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Ardress House

Friday 14th April
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Oxford Island Easter Trail

Friday 14th April
Oxford Island
£1 per sheet

Easter Egg Hunt at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 15th April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 15th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Florence Court

Saturday 15th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Crom

Saturday 15th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Treasure Hunts at Castle Coole

Saturday 15th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Celebrations

Sunday 16th April
Giant’s Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 16th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 17th April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Family Fun Day

Monday 17th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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A three day series of tours focusing on the life of Mary Ann McCracken

Wednesday 19th April
Clifton House
£8.00 for adults & £5.00 for children under 16

Archaeology for Children Programme

Wednesday 19th April
Oxford Island
£5 per child per day

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Geology Walk

Saturday 22nd April
Giant’s Causeway
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Four Peaks Challenge

Sunday 23rd April
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Garden Restoration

Sunday 23rd April
Redburn Country Park, Holywood
Free

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Roots to Success

Wednesday 26th April
Common Ground NI, Co Fermanagh (near 5 mile town)
Free

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Ballyquintin Farm — Wildlife Walk

Saturday 29th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £2, Child £2

Vintage Rally

Saturday 29th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Paws in the Park

Saturday 29th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Belfast Spring Fair at Barnetts Demesne

Saturday 29th April
Barnetts Demesne
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 30th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

      
 

A Magical Springtime Adventure 19 April 2017

A magical springtime adventure, with Blue and Belle

The Woodland Trust invites families to experience a magical bluebell adventure at Prehen Wood in Derry/Londonderry.

Two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, will lead explorers through this beautiful ancient woodland on an important mission: to save the bluebells from Big Old Foot, a clumsy giant.

The characters are brought to life via an app, which is designed for children and uses the latest technology. Simply download the app and let the fairy tale begin.

Trail markers are temporarily positioned, up until 21 May, throughout Prehen Wood. Point a phone or tablet at each marker; watch Blue and Belle come to life on the screen; and get ready to help them with their challenge.

Rosie Irwin is the Woodland Trust’s site manager and says: “This spring brings an unmissable opportunity for families at Prehen Wood. Young minds will be transported on a magical journey thanks to two woodland fairies, Blue and Belle, who must stop the giant from trampling the wildflowers.

“And aside from the brilliant adventure on offer thanks to technology, our woods and countryside really are bursting into life right now, with bluebells and hawthorn about to flower. Prehen Wood, right on the doorstep of the city, is one of our most striking bluebell woods. So, while the kids keep an eye on Blue and Belle, adults can enjoy the real thing. ”
Native bluebells are bouncing back – a quintessential sign of spring and a natural remedy to shake off the winter blues. Often found in ancient woodland, they usually make their debut around mid–April, depending upon region and the amount of sunlight reaching the woodland floor.

Reports are now suggesting a glimmer of blue across the country, and the Woodland Trust is calling for the Northern Ireland public to record sightings of flowering bluebells as part of its Nature’s Calendar survey.

Eagle–eyed observers are asked to go one step further: to identify if they’ve spotted the native beauty or the non–native Spanish variety. To join the Big Bluebell Watch, and get simple identification tips, head to http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

Those in search of fairies, and further information on Prehen Wood, should download the bluebell app at www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/familytrail

No booking is required. Please wear sturdy footwear. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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