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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

     
 

What ‘wood’ you write? 12 April 2012

60 years in 60 words: what ‘wood’ you write?

Call for schools to enter national writing competition to celebrate Queen’s historic Diamond Jubilee

The Woodland Trust and its main sponsor Sainsbury’s are calling out to schools across the country to submit final entries to a unique writing competition celebrating the 60–year reign of Her Majesty The Queen. As part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods project, schoolchildren are being encouraged to put pen to paper and describe the life of a tree in just 60 words.

As a tie to Her Majesty’s time on the throne, children are being urged to let their imaginations run wild and describe what a tree may experience over a 60–year period – either over the past 60 years or in the next 60 years to come.

Two children will be ‘crowned’ as the ultimate national winners, and in addition to winning fabulous prizes courtesy of Sainsbury’s, their school will receive a literary master class with guest judge and renowned author William Fiennes. As bestselling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, Fiennes was The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year 2003. In a specially arranged workshop, he will share writing hints and tips with a select number of pupils at each of the winning schools.

In addition, the winning stories will be presented to the Queen by the Woodland Trust.

Schools throughout the UK have until 30 April 2012 to put forward their most creative and talented entries from Primary KS2 or Secondary KS3 classes for this prestigious tree–themed competition and winners will be announced ahead of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June.

As lead corporate sponsor of the Jubilee Woods project, Sainsbury’s will also be awarding prizes to all regional and national winning schools. 

Graham Blight, head of people engagement at the Woodland Trust, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for children to think about trees and express in words the value they play in everyday life. This competition brings together literacy with history to engage schools and children in the wonders of woodland from a past and future perspective inspired by this momentous Diamond Jubilee year.”

Phil Carroll, Book Buying Manager and Schools Writing Judge, said: “This is a great way for children to think creatively and I look forward to seeing the entries. Sainsbury’s is particularly excited to be involved as we’ve already helped plant over 825,000 woodland trees since 2004 thanks to donations from sales of our Woodland eggs and chicken, and we hope even more children and adults will support woodland through our stores and the Active Kids scheme.”

How to enter:
Schools are asked to hold a competition in school and submit the winning entry to represent their school in the national writing competition. Further details can be found by visiting www.jubileewoods.org.uk/writing-competition

Schools can also apply for a free pack of trees as part of the Jubilee Woods project, each containing a Royal Oak sapling.