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Open Air Theatre performance by Chapterhouse Theatre Company

Wednesday 2nd July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £40.00

Guided Tour of Downpatrick High Cross

Wednesday 2nd July
Down County Museum
Free

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Turning Stone into Bread

Friday 4th July
Waterman House, 5–33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Free

Woodland Craft Skills Day and 50 things

Saturday 5th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
No charge, Donations welcome

Car Boot Sale at Mount Stewart

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

Ulster Military Vehicle Club

Saturday 5th July
Grey Point Fort
Free

Meet St ‘Moninne’ at Killevy Churches

Sunday 6th July
Killevy Churches
Free

Sundays at Carrickfergus Castle

Sunday 6th July
Carrickfergus Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Cistercian Life at Inch Abbey

Sunday 6th July
Inch Abbey
Free

Early Life on the Island, Devenish Monastic Site

Sunday 6th July
Devenish Monastic Site
Free

Week on the Wildside

Monday 7th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell

Wednesday 9th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Guided Tour of Downpatrick’s Historic Gaols

Wednesday 9th July
Down County Museum
Free

Jazz Evening at Crom

Thursday 10th July
Crom
Adult £5

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Pirates’ Cellar

Saturday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Pirates’ Picnic

Saturday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

July Jazz Series

Sunday 13th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Music Sundays

Sunday 13th July
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Medieval Siege Machine Demonstration

Sunday 13th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Music in the Courtyard, Castle Archdale

Sunday 13th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum – Caring for the Collection

Wednesday 16th July
Down County Museum
Free

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Family Bushcraft Workshop

Saturday 19th July
Castle Archdale
Free

Medieval Fair at Dunluce Castle

Saturday 19th July
Dunluce Castle
Normal Admission Rates Apply

Magilligan Martello Tower Open Day

Saturday 19th July
Martello Tower
N/A

Learn about Offshore Island Habitat Restotration

Saturday 19th July
Copeland Bird Observatroy
£10

Wetland Wonders

Saturday 19th July
Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve
Free

Himalayan Balsam Bash

Saturday 19th July
Moyola Nature Reserve, Magherafelt
Free

Conservation Skills – Butterflies and Moths

Sunday 20th July
Murlough National Nature Reserve
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Dunes

Sunday 20th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1

Argory Tartan

Sunday 20th July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Martello Tower

Sunday 20th July
Assembly point: 12 noon Point Bar/Magilligan Point Car Park
Free

Time to be Tudor at Narrow Water Castle

Sunday 20th July
Narrow Water Castle
Free

Guided Seal Watch at Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve

Sunday 20th July
Cloghy Rocks Nature Reserve
Free

Medieval Mystery Tour of Down

Sunday 20th July
Down County Museum
ContactAdmission: Adults £7, Children £4.50, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £20. Non–refundable.

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Hats Off to the Forthill

Friday 25th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Free

Love Parks Week

Friday 25th July
Carrickfergus
Free

Summer Garden Walk

Saturday 26th July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Colours of the Causeway

Saturday 26th July
Assembly point: 1:00pm Whitepark Bay car park
Free

Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Saturday 26th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bug Hunt at Mossley Mill

Saturday 26th July
Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey
Free

National Marine Week Rockpool Rummage

Saturday 26th July
Ballymacormick Point, Groomsport
Free

Jazz in Mount Stewart Gardens

Sunday 27th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bark in the Park

Sunday 27th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Big Bog Walk at Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve

Sunday 27th July
Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve, Ballynahone Road, Maghera,
Free

Seaside Shenanigans

Monday 28th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

Trails Day at Redburn

Monday 28th July
Redburn Country Park
Free

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Much Ado About Nothing

Wednesday 30th July
Enniskillen Castle Museums
Admission by ticket only. Adults £13.50 / Seniors £12.00 / Students, Children & Museum Friends £10.00 / Family (2 adults & 2 children) £42.00

Crawfordsburn 5K Run

Wednesday 30th July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Contact Gillian Weir

On Yer Bike

Thursday 31st July
Crawfordsburn Country Park
Free

  
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Fermanagh Trust wind report 12 March 2012

Research by The Fermanagh Trust has found that communities in Northern Ireland are being financially disadvantaged by wind farm developments in comparison to the rest of the UK.  Other models of community benefit, such as community ownership, have also not been made available locally.

The report has implications for government and the onshore, wind industry – with some of the same companies operating and/or owning wind farms across the UK.

The research findings – the result of a three–month study which was supported by the Building Change Trust – found that the higher levels of payments into community funds in Great Britain have generally not been achieved at approved wind farms in Northern Ireland.

In Great Britain for example, amounts reaching and exceeding £2,000/MW, per annum have increasingly been seen. However, only one of the fourteen community funds in Northern Ireland identified by The Fermanagh’s Trust’s research was found to offer £2,000/MW per annum – this was a recent development which occurred during the lifetime of the research project, offered for a wind farm which has yet to be built.

Throughout the UK average levels of payments being paid into community funds have been found to be increasing through time but in Northern Ireland there appears to be a mixed picture. Whilst some wind farms have seen higher levels of payments in recent years, substantially low levels of payments of between £500–£1000 MW per annum are still being made into community funds for recently approved wind farms.

In relation to community ownership, there are numerous examples of wind farms where developers have taken very innovative approaches towards the provision of community benefits, and have incorporated community ownership into the development. In Northern Ireland, there are no instances of community ownership in a commercial wind farm development, or similar innovative approaches.

The report launch, which was attended by approximately 100 people, heard from representatives from frost–free ltd, a Scottish company that helps communities develop their own wind energy enterprises and helps them benefit from initiatives already proposed in their area.

Bill Acton from frost–free said: “It is important to unlock the potential for local communities to benefit from renewable energy projects. Communities, as well as private developers, must be incentivised to develop their own renewable energy projects or to engage with commercial projects in their area. The significance of the income that can be generated from such ventures has the real potential to create long term, sustainable income streams that will help many communities in the current financial climate.”

Graeme Dunwoody, Researcher with The Fermanagh Trust, said: “There are important recommendations in this report for government, local communities, local councils and the industry. For example; communities need good practice guidance, including a policy on community engagement and a toolkit on community benefits and a minimum payment should be offered by developers which is in line with the rest of the UK; and they should explore, where local communities want it, a form of community ownership.

“Local Councils should formally establish guidance protocols (based on good practice) which provide a framework for engagement by developers with the Councils and local communities and government should develop a public register of community benefits from wind farm projects similar to that currently being established by the Scottish Government.

“Government could also actively support local communities and their potential, positive role in implementing wind farm projects and the contribution they make in the development of a low carbon society. The implementation of this policy should address the need for active community involvement in shaping Northern Ireland’s community energy agenda. Policies ensuring effective support mechanisms need to be in place, such as a local energy assessment fund.”

Read the full report and summary document here.