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Autumn Discovery Morning

Friday 2nd October
Meet at Lower Stables car park, Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park

Stargazing at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 3rd October
Adult £6, Child £4, Member Adult £6, Child £4

Autumn Plant Fair

Sunday 4th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Fair at Mount Stewart

Sunday 4th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Harvest and Country Fair at Springhill

Sunday 4th October
Springhill, Moneymore
Normal Admission, Members Free


Fungal Foray

Saturday 10th October
Meet at Shaw’s Bridge Car Park

Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Sunday 11th October
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Taming Nature

Sunday 11th October
Murlough NNR
No Donations

Red Squirrel Day at Mount Stewart

Sunday 11th October
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free, Red squirrel activities – adult £3, child £1.50

Apple Press Day at Ardress House

Monday 12th October
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free


Autumn Pumpkinfest and Scarecrow Pageant

Sunday 18th October
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ghost and Gourds Weekend

Sunday 18th October
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional cost for pumpkins and Ghost Trail.


Nocturnal Nature Tour

Friday 23rd October
Crom, Co Fermanagh
Adult £10, Child £5, Member Adult £10, Member Child £5

Storytelling by the Fire

Saturday 24th October
Florence Court
Adult £15, Member Adult £15

Coastal Walk at Kearney

Sunday 25th October
Adult £3, Child £1.50, Member Adult £3, Child £1.50

Pumpkins and Potions

Sunday 25th October
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free, Additional charge for Hallowe’en Trail

Haunted Hezlett

Sunday 25th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £6, Child £6, Member Adult £6, Child £6

Mini Haunted Hezlett

Monday 26th October
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Adult £5, Child £5, Member Adult £5, Child £5

Hallowe’en Fest and Craft Fair

Monday 26th October
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Autumn Walk

Monday 26th October
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome


Mexican Day of the Dead

Friday 30th October
Giants Causeway
Normal Admission, Members Free

Hallowe’en at The Festival of Light

Saturday 31st October
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30, Member Adult £10, Child £7.50, Family £30


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

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