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Global forum on inclusion

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CFC Big Ideas, an international communications agency with offices in Kyiv and Dubai, has announced its new Global Inclusion Online Forum project, which will take place on September 3-10, 2020 and
Online PO16 7GZ
Thu 3 Sep 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Jo’s Workshops - Butterfly ID and monitoring - Cancelled

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Learn about the flora and fauna of Murlough from Murlough’s first Warden, Jo Whatmough. Jo Whatmough, the first Ranger at the newly formed Murlough National Nature Reserve is one of our longest...
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 30 May 20

Castle Ward - Bark in the Park - Cancelled

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We love your four legged friends as much as you do! Bring them along to Castle Ward for an day of doggy delights.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Mon 25 May 20

Lisnabreeny - Woodland Flowers of Cregagh Glen - Cancelled

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Take a walk through the beautiful Cregagh Glen. Guided by our ranger, uncover the woodland flowers and history of the area. Booking Not Needed. Children Welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.
Lisnabreeny, Manse Road, Belfast BT8 6SA
Sat 16 May 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Bluebell Stroll with a Ranger - Cancelled

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Take a guided walk in the best bluebells around. Join our Rangers for bluebell season at Murlough on a walk through the heathland.
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 9 May 20

Rowallane Garden - Spring Plant Fair - Cancelled

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Plants grown at our famous garden will be available for sale. In addition to Rowallanes own stall, specialist nurseries from the region will be offering a variety of plants to purchase.
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Sat 9 May 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Jo’s Workshops - Breeding Birds of Murlough - Cancelled

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Learn how to identify the varied birds of Murlough’s duneland on an early morning guided walk. Jo Whatmough, the first Ranger at the newly formed Murlough National Nature Reserve is one of our...
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 9 May 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Bug Detectives - Cancelled

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Mad about bugs' There’s all kinds of creepy crawlies and mini-beasts hiding at Murough. Put on your detective hat as Shelagh shows you the best bug hunting spots. Booking Essential.
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Fri 8 May 20

Castle Ward - Vintage Sports Day - Cancelled

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Get ready for an Olympic summer by getting active over the Bank Holiday weekend. Athletes from any era will enjoy the vintage fun and games. Booking Not Needed.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Fri 8 May 20

Minnowburn - Minnowburn Dander - Cancelled

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Explore this sanctuary in the city as our ranger shares the history,wildlife an botany of this haven by the River Lagan. Booking Not Needed. Children welcome. Dogs on leads welcome.
Minnowburn BT30
Sat 2 May 20

Mount Stewart - Jazz in the Gardens - Cancelled

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Bring your picnic or enjoy some of our on-site catering and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens at Mount Stewart.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sun 26 Apr 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Jo’s Workshops - Woodland Breeding Birds - Cancelled

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Learn how to identify the varied birds of Murlough’s woodland on an early morning guided walk. Jo Whatmough, the first Ranger at the newly formed Murlough National Nature Reserve is one of our...
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 25 Apr 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Jo’s Workshops - Woodland Plants in Spring - Cancelled

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Learn about the flora and fauna of Murlough from Murlough’s first Warden, Jo Whatmough. Jo Whatmough, the first Ranger at the newly formed Murlough National Nature Reserve is one of our longest...
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 11 Apr 20

Castle Ward - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Cancelled

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Roll up, roll up for the Great Castle Ward Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt! Take the Easter Trail and discover the sights and sounds of spring.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Fri 10 Apr 20

Rowallane Garden - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Cancelled

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Rowallane Garden offers lots of places to have an Easter adventure. Learn more about our garden as you follow clues on our trail to solve the Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt. Collect your reward at the end.
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Fri 10 Apr 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt - Cancelled

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There’s plenty of rabbits at Murlough but one particular bunny has been spotted in the area. Come along for some Easter Fun as you explore the dunes of Murlough following bunny’s clues.
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Fri 10 Apr 20

Castle Ward - Easter at Castle Ward - Cancelled

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Enjoy Easter holiday fun at Castle Ward. Explore the Spring Trail or get creative with the spring themed activities.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Mon 6 Apr 20

Rowallane Garden - Fun in the Garden - Cancelled

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Get competitive and challenge your loved ones to some races on the front lawn. Try your hand at egg and spoon racing. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome.
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Sat 4 Apr 20

Mount Stewart - Spring Stomp at Mount Stewart - Cancelled

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Step behind the scenes of the estate with an up-close look at the work of our ranger team. Join them on a four mile stomp through the working countryside of the Demesne exploring its wealth of...
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 28 Mar 20

Castle Ward - Castle Ward in Bloom

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Surround someone you love with flowers this Mother’s Day at Castle Ward. Visit the Windsor Garden in it’s spring glory, book one of enjoy a tour of the elegant mansion house and make your...
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Sun 22 Mar 20

Mount Stewart - Mother’s Day at Mount Stewart

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Treat your Mum to a day out with a scrumptious afternoon tea in the beautiful surrounds of Mount Stewart. Relax in sophisticated splendor as you treat your Mum to afternoon tea in Mount Stewart.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 21 Mar 20

The Worst Café in The World

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A feast of reality theatre, the shabby Worst Café in the World opens doors for business. No food is served in this otherworldly comedy.
Bangor Civil Defence Club, 27-33 Victoria Rd, Bangor BT20 5EX
Wed 18 Mar 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Jo’s Workshops - Winter Woodland Trees

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Learn about the flora and fauna of Murlough from Murlough’s first Warden, Jo Whatmough. Jo Whatmough, the first Ranger at the newly formed Murlough National Nature Reserve is one of our longest...
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 14 Mar 20

Murlough National Nature Reserve - Beach Clean

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Lend a helping hand at Ireland’s first Nature Reserve, protecting our wildlife from litter and plastic.
Murlough National Nature Reserve, Keel Point, Dundrum BT33 0NQ
Sat 14 Mar 20

Castle Ward - An Object I Love - Mary Ward

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Help us celebrate the life of Mary Ward, accomplished author, artist and astronomer. Tour the rooms of Castle Ward where our team has unearthed some of Marys own treasured belongings to tell the tale...
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Sat 14 Mar 20

Mount Stewart - World Book Day Weekend

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Do you like jumping in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig or do you dream of adventures like The Famous Five' We would love to discover your stories and characters at our World Book Day Weekend.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 7 Mar 20

Mount Stewart - Monthly Birdwatching - Cancelled

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Mount Stewart is an ornithologist’s delight with a wide range of feathered friends calling it home throughout the year.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 7 Mar 20

Castle Ward - World Book Day

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Bring your world book day tokens to Castle Ward and pick up one of the 8 exclusive World Book Day titles.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Thu 5 Mar 20

Mount Stewart - Tastings at the Temple – White Wine

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Enjoy an evening of fabulous company, white wine and a delicious menu, all in the stunning surroundings of the Temple of the Winds.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 29 Feb 20

Heaney Inspired - Across the Threshold

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Heaney Inspired - Across the Threshold A special evening event for theatre and poetry lovers. Big Telly Theatre Company present two short pieces of theatre based on the poetry of Seamus Heaney, with sensory audio and visual...
Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Road, Bangor BT20 4LH
Mon 17 Feb 20

Mount Stewart - ’The Mythologies of Me’ Exhibition

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The Mythologies of Me is an installation of works by Acorn Womens Group and Strangford Integrated College reflecting an expression of each individuals life and personality their personal mythology.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Thu 13 Feb 20

Castle Ward - Half Term at the Barn

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Get busy building a bird box, spotting wildlife and getting creative in the Barn over half-term. To celebrate Nest Box Week, we’ve turned the Barn into a Big Bird Hub.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Tue 11 Feb 20

Castle Ward - Snowdrop Trail

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Snowdrops are in abundance at Castle Ward. Start your trail just outside the Stableyard and follow the signs (and snowdrops) to get the best views of this cheery winter flower. Booking Not Needed.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Tue 11 Feb 20

Mount Stewart - Have a go at: Hedgelaying

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Come and learn this traditional country skill at the picturesque village of Kearney. Come and learn this traditional country skill at the picturesque village of Kearney.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 1 Feb 20

Strangford Lough - Have a go at: Hedgelaying

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Come and learn this traditional country skill at the picturesque village of Kearney. Come and learn this traditional country skill at the picturesque village of Kearney.
Strangford Lough BT30
Sat 1 Feb 20

Mount Stewart - New Year’s Day Walk

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What better way to start 2020. Wrap up warm and enjoy a walk through the magical gardens at Mount Stewart.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Wed 1 Jan 20

Castle Ward - A Christmas Carol

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Hear the classic Dickens story of Ebeneezer Scrooge as you never have before. Enjoy a special festive evening in our mansion house for an evenings performance of the classic ’A Christmas...
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Sat 21 Dec 19

Castle Ward - Storytelling with Santa

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Take your little ones on a trail through our gardens to meet Santa in the mansion house. Join Santa at Castle Ward to make magical Christmas memories in the new setting of the Main Hall in the...
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Wed 18 Dec 19

Rowallane Garden - Walks and Talks

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On the second Saturday of each month come along and meet a member of our garden team for a walk and a chat in the garden.
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Sat 14 Dec 19

Rowallane Garden - Gingerbread Man Decorating

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Come along for a festive day out and help dress the gingerbread man by using your awesome decorating skills. Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome.
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Sat 14 Dec 19

Castle Ward - Death Comes to Castle Ward

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Can you work out ’whodunit’ at our Christmas Murder Mystery' Meet the cast of characters in the candlelit mansion house and retire to the tea-room to deliberate while you enjoy
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Fri 13 Dec 19

Mount Stewart - Monthly Birdwatching

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Mount Stewart is an ornithologist’s delight with a wide range of feathered friends calling it home throughout the year.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sat 7 Dec 19

Castle Ward - Santa Paws

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Treat your special pup to a Christmas surprise by visiting Santa at Castle Ward. Take your dog for a walk on the dog-friendly trail, and make a special visit to Santa.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Sat 7 Dec 19

Rowallane Garden - Yuletide Festival

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Enjoy the Christmas atmosphere. Walk around the market and discover a great selection of seasonal crafts and gifts, floral decorations and food stalls. Look out for Father Christmas on the way!
Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, County Down BT24 7LH
Sat 7 Dec 19

Mount Stewart - Baby’s First Christmas

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A special afternoon tea for all the family to bring baby to see Santa for the first time. A baby’s first Christmas is very special, so why not treat the family to a delicious afternoon tea.
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Fri 6 Dec 19

Castle Ward - Carols by Candlelight

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Get into the spirit of Christmas with an evening of carols in the beautiful surrounds of our mansion house. Enjoy light refreshments and Christmas entertainment. Booking Essential.
Castle Ward, Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS
Fri 6 Dec 19

Christmas wreath making workshop

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Come and join The Primrose Foundation and the very talented H Watts on the 4th December for a afternoon of wreath making and refreshments.
The Boathouse café Commercial Wharf, The Barbican PL1 2NX
Wed 4 Dec 19

Mount Stewart - *SOLD OUT* Santa at Mount Stewart 2019

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*Sold Out* We are delighted to announce the return or our annual Christmas experience. Come and visit Mr and Mrs Claus in the wonderful setting of Mount Stewart House before setting off on the...
Mount Stewart, Portaferry Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AD
Sun 1 Dec 19

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