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Rediscovering the Lost Town and Gardens of Dunluce Castle

Friday 1st May
Pat Collins reading room at Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast
Free

Spring Discover Morning

Friday 1st May
Meet at Belvoir Park Forest car park
Free

EU funding opportunities for NI

Friday 1st May
Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont
Free

Bluebell walk in Nugent’s Wood, Portaferry

Saturday 2nd May
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Behind the Scenes – Bluebell Walks

Saturday 2nd May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Plant Fair at Rowallane Garden

Saturday 2nd May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 3rd May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10 Member Adult £16 Child £10 Normal admission to grounds

Rare Breeds Poultry Fair

Sunday 3rd May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus

Sunday 3rd May
Meet at St Patrick’s Church car park, Glendun Road, Cushendun BT44 0PZ
Free

50 Things – Go Wild at Castle Ward

Monday 4th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

May Cot Trips in Crom

Monday 4th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Dog Agility

Saturday 9th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnowburn Dander

Saturday 9th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 9th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Apple Blossom Day at Ardress

Sunday 10th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 10th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Garden Walk in Mount Stewart

Sunday 10th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Spring Walk

Sunday 10th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Strangford Sea Safari aboard the Saint Brendan

Sunday 10th May
Strangford Lough
Adult £15, Child £5, Family £35

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Back to the Future: Local authority management of the historic environment in Northern Ireland – Learning from elsewhere

Thursday 14th May
Clifton House, Belfast
£10

Candlelit Tour

Friday 15th May
Castle Coole
Adult £15

Bats About Belfast

Friday 15th May
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£5 per adult, £2 per child

Belfast Walking Tours – NWMRT

Saturday 16th May
Divis and the Black Mountain
Cost is £10. There is a family rate of £25 for up to two adults and two children.

Country Fair at The Argory

Saturday 16th May
The Argory
Normal Admission, Members Free

Spring Dunes

Sunday 17th May
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

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Historical Cream Tea

Sunday 24th May
Castle Ward
Adult £16 Child £10, Member Adult £16 Child £10, Normal admission to grounds

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 24th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Engaging Heritage with Community Planning

Wednesday 27th May
174 Trust, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast
Free

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Taste of Rathlin Island

Friday 29th May
Meet at Rathlin Harbour, Rathlin Island
N/A

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Victorian Tea Party

Sunday 31st May
The Argory
Adult £15 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £10

      
 

£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.”