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Autumn Discovery Morning

Friday 2nd October
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Stargazing at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 3rd October
Adult £6, Child £4, Member Adult £6, Child £4

Autumn Plant Fair

Sunday 4th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

Sunday 4th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Harvest and Country Fair at Springhill

Sunday 4th October
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free


Fungal Foray

Saturday 10th October
Meet at Shaw’s Bridge Car Park

Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Sunday 11th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taming Nature

Sunday 11th October
Murlough NNR
No Donations

Red Squirrel Day at Mount Stewart

Sunday 11th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free, Red squirrel activities – adult £3, child £1.50

Apple Press Day at Ardress House

Monday 12th October
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free


Autumn Pumpkinfest and Scarecrow Pageant

Sunday 18th October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Weekend

Sunday 18th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional cost for pumpkins and Ghost Trail.


Nocturnal Nature Tour

Friday 23rd October
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £10, Child £5, Member Adult £10, Member Child £5

Storytelling by the Fire

Saturday 24th October
Florence Court
Adult £15, Member Adult £15

Coastal Walk at Kearney

Sunday 25th October
Adult £3, Child £1.50, Member Adult £3, Child £1.50

Pumpkins and Potions

Sunday 25th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional charge for Hallowe’en Trail

Haunted Hezlett

Sunday 25th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £6, Child £6, Member Adult £6, Child £6

Mini Haunted Hezlett

Monday 26th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £5, Child £5, Member Adult £5, Child £5

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Monday 26th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Walk

Monday 26th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Mexican Day of the Dead

Friday 30th October
Giants Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’en at The Festival of Light

Saturday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30, Member Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30


DOE Planning Win UK Award 24 February 2012

DOE Planning win prestigious UK Award

DOE Planning today won the President’s award at the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards annual UK ceremony in London.

This is a very special award, not always presented each year, and recognises the unique contribution planners in Northern Ireland have delivered, often in very trying circumstances.

Planning Minister, Alex Attwood, welcoming the award said: “This is recognition for DOE Planning to be honoured by the President of the Royal Town Planning Institute. The Special Award recognises the many hard working professional and administrative staff for their contribution to planning achievement over the past twenty years. As a reforming Minister, I believe planning can be radically reshaped and made fitter for purpose. There are issues to be addressed and there are achievements that rightly deserve recognition. This award does so.

“This comes on top of the award from the Irish Planning Institute in Dublin last week for the Peace Bridge and Ebrington and is a platform from which we can build going forward to the transfer of planning to local councils.

The Minister added: “We need to deliver improved public services and make sure that planning makes a real difference to the physical, social and economic development of NI while protecting the best of the built and natural heritage. I made a significant announcement about Runkerry earlier this week and will continue to work with my officials to make the north a better place to live work and invest.”

Speaking at the ceremony in London, the RTPI President for 2011 Richard Sommers said: “Northern Ireland’s planners continued to deliver sound planning decisions and bring forward plans and policies during the political turmoil of “the troubles”. Since then, an upsurge in development proposals and then a sudden drop in activity put great pressures on the planning service. Local government reorganisation and a major programme of legislative reform added further challenges. Northern Ireland Planning is to be commended for its commitment to high standards of professionalism, continuing professional development and consistent support for staff who were redeployed to other departments during this challenging period.”

The award was accepted by Anne Garvey, Head of DOE Planning, who is a member of the RTPI and who has worked in Planning in the DOE for over 30 years.