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Open Air Theatre performance by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Wednesday 2nd July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £40.00

Guided Tour of Downpatrick High Cross

Wednesday 2nd July
Down County Museum
Free

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Woodland Craft Skills Day and 50 things

Saturday 5th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
No charge, Donations welcome

Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 5th July
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Ulster Military Vehicle Club

Saturday 5th July
Grey Point Fort
Free

Meet St ‘Moninne’ at Killevy Churches

Sunday 6th July
Killevy Churches
Free

Sundays at Carrickfergus Castle

Sunday 6th July
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey

Sunday 6th July
Inch Abbey
Free

Early Life on the Island, Devenish Monastic Site

Sunday 6th July
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

Week on the Wildside

Monday 7th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Wednesday 9th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Guided Tour of Downpatrick’s Historic Gaols

Wednesday 9th July
Down County Museum
Free

Jazz Evening at Crom

Thursday 10th July
Crom
Adult £5

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Pirates’ Cellar

Saturday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

July Jazz Series

Sunday 13th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Music Sundays

Sunday 13th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Medieval Siege Machine Demonstration

Sunday 13th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Music in the Courtyard, Castle Archdale

Sunday 13th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum – Caring for the Collection

Wednesday 16th July
Down County Museum
Free

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Family Bushcraft Workshop

Saturday 19th July
Castle Archdale
Free

Medieval Fair at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 19th July
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Magilligan Martello Tower Open Day

Saturday 19th July
Martello Tower
N/A

Wetland Wonders

Saturday 19th July
Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve
Free

Himalayan Balsam Bash

Saturday 19th July
Moyola Nature Reserve, Magherafelt
Free

Conservation Skills – Butterflies and Moths

Sunday 20th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Dunes

Sunday 20th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Argory Tartan

Sunday 20th July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Martello Tower

Sunday 20th July
Assembly point: 12 noon Point Bar/Magilligan Point Car Park
Free

Time to be Tudor at Narrow Water Castle

Sunday 20th July
Narrow Water Castle
Free

Guided Seal Watch at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve

Sunday 20th July
Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve
Free

Medieval Mystery Tour of Down

Sunday 20th July
Down County Museum
ContactAdmission: Adults £7, Children £4.50, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £20. Non–refundable.

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Hats Off to the Forthill

Friday 25th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

Love Parks Week

Friday 25th July
Carrickfergus
Free

Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 26th July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Colours of the Causeway

Saturday 26th July
Assembly point: 1:00pm Whitepark Bay car park
Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Saturday 26th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bug Hunt at Mossley Mill

Saturday 26th July
Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Free

National Marine Week Rockpool Rummage

Saturday 26th July
Ballymacormick Point, Groomsport
Free

Jazz in Mount Stewart Gardens

Sunday 27th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bark in the Park

Sunday 27th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bog Walk at Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve

Sunday 27th July
Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve, Ballynahone Road, Maghera,
Free

Seaside Shenanigans

Monday 28th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Trails Day at Redburn

Monday 28th July
Redburn Country Park
Free

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Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday 30th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £42.00

Crawfordsburn 5K Run

Wednesday 30th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Contact Gillian Weir

On Yer Bike

Thursday 31st July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
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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