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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

      
 

£1.5million for Titanic Dock 8 March 2012

DOE invests £1.5million to preserve Titanic Dry Dock

The Thompson Graving Dock, an iconic part of Northern Ireland’s industrial history and the largest authentic Titanic landmark in the world, is being given a new lease of life after 100 years.

Environment Minister Alex Attwood has announced a £1.5million investment to preserve the historical site based at the Northern Ireland Science Park.

For over 100 years, the existing steel dock gate which measures 150ft at its widest point, 44ft deep and 887ft long has divided the dry dock from the sea. Due to its age, the working gate has been degrading over recent years and there is a real threat of future flooding which could see the historic treasure damaged along with the Dry Dock and Pump–House.

Work has begun to protect the 880–ft long Thompson Graving Dock. This is the largest single investment ever by DOE in support of a scheduled historic monument. The Thompson Dock is a key part of the historic infrastructure of the Belfast Shipyards, and is specially protected as a Historic Monument.

The work involves the construction of a permanent structure in the style of a gate, outside the original dock gate. When completed, this new gate will sit in the ‘Titanic slot’, an outer position in which the original gate would have been positioned to accommodate the sheer length of the Titanic.

A temporary coffer dam is being constructed to provide a dry working area around the original gate and Titanic slot, and to allow the construction of the permanent structure that will safeguard the dock. The work is being taken forward by the DOE’s Northern Ireland Environment Agency, which is funding the scheme, and the Northern Ireland Science Park, who currently maintain the dock.

Alex Attwood said: “The importance of the Thompson Graving Dock should be acknowledged; when it was completed in 1911 it was the largest dry dock in the world and without it the Titanic and its sister ships Olympic and Britannic, could not have been completed.

“The dock is now over 100 years old and it is important that we take action to ensure its long term viability. The work will not only preserve the original dock gate but will also allow better public access to the dock and the working dock floor.

“This work is very timely given that the Titanic centenary is just a few months away and the opening of the Titanic signature project only a few weeks away. When the work is completed, the Thompson Graving Dock will complement other Titanic attractions and help to showcase Belfast’s industrial and maritime history. A lot of us who have visited the dock know of its scale and impact. It is a vital element in the Titanic experience and in itself conveys the achievement of the original build, the devastation of the loss of life and the engineering achievement of the ship designers and builders.”

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said: “This a very significant project and will be another important part of our tourism offering.

“It will maintain the dock gates and ensure the Thompson Dock continues to be an integral part of the whole Titanic experience.

“My Department developed the scheme along with the Science Park and transferred the funding to the NIEA so that it could use its built heritage powers to complete it.

“This is an example of joined up government in action and it will help preserve a priceless piece of our history for future generations.”

Director of corporate real estate and facilities for the Northern Ireland Science Park, Mervyn Watley added: “The Science Park is the hub of the knowledge economy in

Northern Ireland and lies at the centre of a proud tradition of engineering innovation and world–renowned maritime heritage. To date the Park has invested significantly to maintain the Dock as a dry dock however due to funding limitations has only been able to provide temporary solutions. We are delighted that DOE have come on board to provide a more permanent measure to prevent the gate falling into disrepair and to improve access to the historical site.

“From April 2012 the public will be given access to the floor of the colossal Thompson Dry–Dock for the first time ever. This unique attraction will further add to the Titanic     experience at the Science Park along with the 100 year old Edwardian Pump–House which includes a state of the art Interpretive Centre.” 

 

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