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Go Wild in the Woods

Saturday 1st August
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£5

Go Fishing

Saturday 1st August
Meet at Altnahinch Dam car park
Free

Rare Breeds Poultry Fair at Florence Court

Saturday 1st August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Sculpture Trail at Castle Ward

Saturday 1st August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Woodland Trust – Picnic in the Park

Saturday 1st August
Castle Park, Bangor
Free

Meadows to Mountains Walk

Saturday 1st August
St. Gall’s Car Park
£3

Kite Festival at Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House

Sunday 2nd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Family Fun at Florence Court

Sunday 2nd August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

August Jazz in the Yard

Sunday 2nd August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Woodland Warriors in Mount Stewart

Wednesday 5th August
Mount Stewart
Participant £20

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Summer Discovery Morning

Friday 7th August
Meet at McIlroy Park, Lisburn
Free

Go Batty

Friday 7th August
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild with the Rangers at Whitepark Bay

Friday 7th August
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Downhill Trail Race

Sunday 9th August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

50 Things – Week on the Wildside

Monday 10th August
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

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CraftFest 2015

Friday 14th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Wild in the Woods

Saturday 15th August
Meet at Lagan Valley Regional Park Visitor Centre
£5

Jazz in the Garden

Sunday 16th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers at Mount Stewart

Wednesday 19th August
Mount Stewart
Child £6

Bat Detectives

Thursday 20th August
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £8, Child £4, Family £20

An Evening at Yellow Jack’s Cairn

Thursday 20th August
Divis and the Black Mountain
Adult £3, Member Adult £3

Batty Bonanza in Springhill

Friday 21st August
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free

Return of the GIs

Saturday 22nd August
Springhill, Moneymore
Adult £7 Child £3.50 Member Adult £7 Child £3.50

Music Sundays

Sunday 23rd August
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Book4Tea Week

Monday 24th August
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Go Batty on the Bush

Tuesday 25th August
Meet at River Bush Salmon Station, 21 Church St, Bushmills
£2 per person

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Lagan Valley by Bus

Friday 28th August
Meet at Lockview car park
£8

Whale Watch

Saturday 29th August
Portmuck, Islandmagee
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Get Stuck in at Murlough

Sunday 30th August
Murlough NNR
No Cost

Honey Show

Monday 31st August
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

     
 

£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.”