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Big Beach Art

Tuesday 1st August
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 4th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Batty at Ardress House

Friday 4th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

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

Music by the Lough

Saturday 5th August
Crom
Adult £10

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Saturday 5th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hen Harrier Day

Saturday 5th August
Glenariff Forest Park
Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 6th August
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Series

Sunday 6th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Capturing Our Coast: Volunteer Training Course Northern Ireland

Sunday 6th August
Coastal Zone, Portrush

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 9th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 11th August
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Batty Bonanza

Friday 11th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things at Kearney

Saturday 12th August
Kearney
Adult Free, Child £3

CraftFest 2017

Saturday 12th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Family Fun Day

Sunday 13th August
Springhill Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bumblebee ID Training

Sunday 13th August
St Patrick’s Primary School, Glenariff
Free

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Wildlife Trackers – August at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 16th August
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

Batty Chat at Crom

Thursday 17th August
Crom
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20, Member Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

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Geo–Bot Day

Saturday 19th August
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Downhill’s Secret Garden

Saturday 19th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Inishowen, County Donegal – Drystone Walling

Saturday 19th August
Inishowen, Co Donegal
Free

Open Day Ards Allotments

Saturday 19th August
Ards Allotments
Free

Brackfield Wood – Pack up your troubles, and your summer picnic, and smile!

Saturday 19th August
Brackfield Wood, 268 Glenshane Rd, Derry/Londonderry BT47 3SN
Free

Whale Watch

Sunday 20th August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Leave No Trace Awareness Course

Wednesday 23rd August
Derrygonnelly Field Studies Council
£45

Leave No Trace Trainers Course

Thursday 24th August
Derrygonnelly
Resident (Camping): £135

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 27th August
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Honey Show

Sunday 27th August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Sizzling Summer BBQ Day

Monday 28th August
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 28th August
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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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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