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Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

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

It’s Only Natural

Saturday 2nd July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Yogurt Popsicles Show

Saturday 2nd July
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Divis Bus Trip

Saturday 2nd July
Divis
Adult £4, Concession £3

Outdoor Adventures at the National Trust’s Crom Estate

Sunday 3rd July
Crom Estate, Upper Lough Erne, Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh BT92 8AJ
Normal National Trust Charges Apply

Woodland Warriors

Sunday 3rd July
Mount Stewart
£20 per participant

Heritage Bus Tour

Monday 4th July
Belfast Hills Partnership
Cost: £10 (£5 for Friends of the Belfast Hills)

Gruffalo Wildlife Trail

Tuesday 5th July
Belfast Hills Partnership
Free

Heritage Talk – Crescent Arts Centre

Tuesday 5th July
Crescent Arts Centre
Free

Pollination in Action

Wednesday 6th July
Slievenacloy
Free

Exploring Cavehill – Orienteering at Belfast Castle

Wednesday 6th July
Belfast Castle
Free

Alien Attack on Cave Hill

Thursday 7th July
Cave Hill
Free

Dance–Fit in the Hills!

Thursday 7th July
Divis Mountain
Free

Picnic and Nature walk at Ballyaghagan Cave Hill Country Park

Friday 8th July
Ballyaghagan Nature Reserve, part of Cave Hill Country Parl
Free

Butterfly Walk

Saturday 9th July
Strangford Lough
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Big Challenge Walk

Saturday 9th July
Ligoniel Park all the way to Hazelbank Park on the Shore Road.
£5

Parkrun

Saturday 9th July
Colin Glen
Free

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Pirates Picnic at Castle Ward

Monday 11th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates Cellar at Pirates Picnic

Monday 11th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Tuesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Introduction to Macro Moth Identification and Trapping

Saturday 16th July
An Creagán, 186 Barony Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 9AB
N/A

Music in the Drying Green

Sunday 17th July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 20th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per person

Biodiversity Summer School 2016

Thursday 21st July
See flyer for details
See flyer for details

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Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 23rd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Butterfly Safari

Saturday 23rd July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Beautiful Butterflies

Sunday 24th July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 27th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 29th July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Junior Naturalists Day

Saturday 30th July
An Creagan Center
Free Event

Summer Jazz Series

Sunday 31st July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Fun Day

Sunday 31st July
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Gardens at Mount Stewart

Sunday 31st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Afternoon Tea at The Argory

Sunday 31st July
The Argory, Moy
Adult £20 (includes estate admission) Child £10 (includes estate admission) Member Adult £15 Child £7.50

      
 

£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.”