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Nuno Felt Scarf Workshop by Jacki Sleator

Saturday 5th April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
£45 includes light refreshments, this fee includes a £20 non–refundable deposit

Car Boot Sale

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

Spring into Action for a Beach Clean

Saturday 5th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Free

Get Buzzing

Saturday 5th April
Rowallane Garden
Adult £20

Habitat Improvement

Sunday 6th April
Lagan Valley Regional Park
Free

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Bird Surveys Techniques

Friday 11th April
Derrygonnelly
£200

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Easter Egg Trail

Monday 14th April
Springhill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory

Monday 14th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

eNGO Workshop

Monday 14th April
Peatlands Park
Free

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Wind Energy … the New Goldrush?

Wednesday 16th April
Conference Hall, Admin Building, Loughry College, Cookstown BT80 9AA
Free

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Easter at the Barn

Friday 18th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Friday 18th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Nest Finding Course

Saturday 19th April
Oxford Island
£15

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday 19th April
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Greyabbey Bay Walk

Saturday 19th April
Strangford Lough
Adult £5, Child £2.50

Wild in the Park – Easter Bunnies

Saturday 19th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Price: £2.75 per adult, £2.25 per child/concession

Easter Pondemonium

Saturday 19th April
Kilbroney Forest Park, Rostrevor
Free

Easter Egg–stravaganza

Sunday 20th April
Crom
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Madness

Sunday 20th April
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Sunday Treasure Trails

Sunday 20th April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Fair

Sunday 20th April
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail At Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 20th April
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Ardress House

Sunday 20th April
Ardress House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Trail at Wellbrook Beetling Mill

Sunday 20th April
Wellbrook Beetling Mill
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Spring Is In The Air With Phil’s Farm

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Easter Egg Rolling Competition

Sunday 20th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Picnic in the Park

Monday 21st April
Forthill, Enniskillen
Free

Easter Cot Cruise

Monday 21st April
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

Easter Monday Fun Day

Monday 21st April
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Easter Egg Hunt – Derry–Londonderry

Monday 21st April
St Columb’s Court, Derry–Londonderry
No charge, donations welcome

Up Close With A Fantastic Fox & Friends

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Fantastic Mr. Fox Maze Hunt

Monday 21st April
Carnfunnock Country Park
£3 passport

Drumclay Crannog Exhibition

Monday 21st April
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Easter Chick Trail

Tuesday 22nd April
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Vintage Rally

Saturday 26th April
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Wild In The Park: Falcons And Friends

Saturday 26th April
Carnfunnock Country Park
Free

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 27th April
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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£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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