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Have a Go Day

Friday 1st August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Rare Breeds Poulty Fair

Saturday 2nd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free, Seperate Charge for Sellers

August Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

Saturday 2nd August
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Lughnasa Fair at Carrickfergus Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Saturdays at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 2nd August
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Meadows to Mountains Walk

Saturday 2nd August
St Galls Clubhouse, 4 Miltown Row, Belfast
Small fee for the day

Kite Festival

Sunday 3rd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Family Fun Day

Sunday 3rd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari

Sunday 3rd August
Strangford Lough
Adult £12, Child £6

Kite Festival at Redburn

Sunday 3rd August
Redburn Country Park
Free

World War 1 Weekend, Grey Point Fort

Sunday 3rd August
Grey Point Fort
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Early Christian Life on the Island

Sunday 3rd August
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

World War One Film Night, Grey Point Fort

Monday 4th August
Grey Point Fort
N/A

Beckett Season – Storytelling event at Curry’s Cottage

Tuesday 5th August
Curry’s Cottage, Derrylin, 9 Derryhooly Rd, BT92 9ES
See flyer for details

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Go Batty! at Ardress House

Friday 8th August
Ardress House
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13

Bat Night at Quoile

Friday 8th August
Quoile Countryside Centre
Free

Tully Castle Capers and Dog Show

Saturday 9th August
Tully Castle, Derrygonnelly
Free

Medieval Fair at Dundrum Castle

Saturday 9th August
Dundrum Castle
Free

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Saturday 9th August
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Open Day at Ards Allottments

Saturday 9th August
Ards Allottments
Free

Geology Rocks

Sunday 10th August
Assembly point: 10:30am Dunseverick Harbour Car Park
Free

National Marine Week Geology Rocks at Dunseverick

Sunday 10th August
Dunseverick, Bushmills
Free

Medieval Food & Quill Writing

Sunday 10th August
Fermanagh County Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

August Week on the Wildside

Monday 11th August
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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CraftFest 2014

Friday 15th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Victorian Weekend

Saturday 16th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional Charge for Afternoon Tea

World War One Commemorations

Saturday 16th August
Inniskillings Museum
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Drystone Walling, Inishowen, County Donegal

Saturday 16th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
TBC

Landscape Painting & Photography Workshops

Saturday 16th August
Castle Archdale, Country Park
Free

Go Batty in the Park at Mossley Mill

Saturday 16th August
Mossley Mill, Newtowabbey
Free

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An Evening at Yellow Jack’s Cairn

Thursday 21st August
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3

Batty Bonanza

Friday 22nd August
Springhill
Adult £5, Child £3, Family £13, Price includes light refreshments

Bat Walk

Friday 22nd August
Boom Hall – Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Season’s End in the Dunes

Saturday 23rd August
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Go Fishing

Saturday 23rd August
Assembly Point: Altnahinch Dam Car Park
Free

Nature’s Little Helpers at Kilbroney Forest Park

Saturday 23rd August
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Jazz Sunday

Sunday 24th August
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Princesses and Pirates

Sunday 24th August
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

Monday 25th August
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Tickets £3.50 per adult/ child/senior & student. Under 2’s go free. Group ticket for 5 admissions – £15.00.

Cot Trips – August Bank Holiday

Monday 25th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Bank Holiday Monday at Carrickfergus Castle

Monday 25th August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

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International Pollinator Pow–Wow

Wednesday 27th August
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Craigavon
Free

Bat Night

Thursday 28th August
Assembly point: 7:30pm O’Harabrook Estate stable yard, Ballymoney (approx. 10pm  nish)
Free

Bat Evening at Roe Valley

Thursday 28th August
Roe Valley Country Park
Free

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Meet the Normans!

Sunday 31st August
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

      
 

£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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