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Join Dippy as he explores Northern Ireland with arts and crafts, exhibitions and displays, inspiring activities and adventures in local nature open to all.

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Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure

Ulster Museum

28 September 2018 - 6 January 2019

Free, pre-booking required.

Visit Dippy in Belfast and find out why there are no snakes in Ireland and Northern Ireland and almost no dinosaur fossils. Ireland and Northern Ireland’s landscapes have changed dramatically since the Jurassic, when dinosaurs roamed the land. The landmass now has some unique environments and is home to rare plants and animals.

The exhibition will also highlight some of the treasures from Ulster Museum’s own extensive collections, including fragments of dinosaur bones from 200-million-year-old rocks on the Antrim coast, the only ones ever found in Northern Ireland.

Find out more on Ulster Museum's website

Prehistoric Fun at the Tropical Ravine

Tropical Ravine, Botanic Gardens

September - December

Free and paid for activities.

A programme of prehistoric events: discover the primitive plants that would have made up a dinosaur’s diet and dip into dinosaur arts and crafts such as stop-motion animation, clay modelling and colouring.

Find out more on the Tropical Ravine webpages

Signs of Autumn Walk

Downhill Forest, meet at the car park

Saturday 29 September, 10.30-12.30 

£4 per adult, £2 per child. Booking essential.

Explore Downhill Forest on foot and uncover the signs of autumn on your doorstep at a time when the natural world turns a kaleidoscope of colour. Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Find out more on the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust website

Red Squirrel Day

Mount Stewart

Saturday 29 September, 10.00-12.00 and 12.00-14.00

Normal admission fees apply. National Trust members go free.

Join us for a guided walk around the Red Squirrel Trail and learn all about the work we do to save these endangered animals. There will be a range of squirrel-related activities for children to enjoy. Appropriate outdoor clothing required.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Autumn Wildlife Hunt

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Sunday 30 September, 11.00-16.00

Free, drop-in.

Bring the family along and spend the day becoming a nature detective exploring the wildlife in the beautiful grounds of the Museum.

Find out more on National Museums Northern Ireland website

Fungi Walk

Springhill

Saturday 6 October

Normal admission fees apply. National Trust members go free. 

Join Cookstown Wildlife Club for a fun fungi walk, identifying more than 20 different species of fungi in the grounds at Springhill.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Belshaw's Quarry Geology Tour

Belshaw's Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park

Saturday 6 October, 11.00-13.00

Free. Booking essential.

Discover what Ireland and Northern Ireland might have looked like millions of years ago in this Area of Special Scientific Interest and take in award-winning sculptures on your journey.

Appropriate outdoor footwear required. Steps at a number of locations.

Find out more on Belshaw's Quarry and Sculpture Park website

The Big Brent Event 2018

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 October, all day

Normal admission fees apply.

Celebrate the return of thousands of Brent geese to Strangford Lough through a range of workshops, tours and family fun!

Find out more on the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre website

Apple Sundays

Ardress House

Every Sunday in October, 11.00-17.00

Normal admission fees apply. National Trust members go free.

Set in the middle of orchard country, Adress House is the ideal location to learn all about Armagh’s famous apples and to have some family fun. Pick your own apples, have a go on the apple press, take a guided orchard tour and much more.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Squirrel Walk and Talk

Meet at Cottage Wood, Cushendall

Saturday 13 October, 10.30-12.30

Free. Booking essential.

Celebrate ‘Squirreltober’ with a guided walk through Cottage Wood to see if you can spot the red squirrel, which is regularly seen there.

Find out more on Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust website

Dark Sky Discovery Night

Carrick-a-Rede, meet at Weighbridge Café

Saturday 13 October, 20.00-22.00

Free. Booking essential (limed to 40 spaces).

Join the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society in one of the best places in the UK for stargazing. You will hear about the constellations as you try to gaze towards the Milky Way.

Date subject to weather conditions – check social media for confirmation @NTcarrickarede

Find out more on the National Trust website

Beach Schools NI

Portstewart, Portrush, Portballintrae and other locations

Saturday 13 and 27 October

Booking essential (sessions for ages 2-4 and ages 5-7).

Join a beach school practitioner to learn about coastal environments through a range of fun and interactive activities on the seashore. Activities include rock pooling, scavenger hunts, beach art and shelter building.

Find out more on the Beach Schools NI website

Autumn Tales

Oakfield Glen, Carrickfergus, County Antrim

Saturday 13 October, 13.30-14.30 and 14.45-15.45

£5 per child, £1 per accompanying adult. Booking essential.

Explore this historic wooded glen with the family as our storyteller weaves his magical tales.

Find out  more on the Woodland Trust website

The Geological History of County Antrim

Carnlough Industrial Heritage Hub

Tuesday 23 October, 19.00-21.00

Free. Booking essential.

Join Dr Ralph Semple for an informal talk on the area’s fascinating Geological history. Find out about continental drift and plate tectonics, as well as the fossils of the Jurassic and the lava outpourings of the Tertiary Period.

Find out more on the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust website

Red Squirrel Walk

Cushendun, meet at Glenmona House

Thursday 25 October, 12.00-14.00

Free but donations welcome. Booking essential.

Join the rangers at Cushendun for an afternoon looking for red squirrels and learning about the work we are doing to restore their habitat.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Fossil Hunting

Carrick-a-Rede, meet at Larrybane Quarry

27 October, 10.00-12.00

Free. Booking essential.

Come and join our rangers for fossil hunting in Larrybane and be among the first to join the ‘Ballintoy Rockhound Club’.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Halloween at Castle Espie

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

Saturday 27 - Wednesday 31 October, all day

Normal admission fees apply.

Take flight this Halloween with bats, brent geese and Broomstick Flight Training! Booking required.

Find out more on the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre website

Fossil Hunt!

Colin Glen Forest Park

Sunday 4 November and 6 January, 14.00-16.00 

£4 per person. Booking essential.

Colin Glen is an amazing site with a history dating back well before the age of the T. rex. Join our park ranger to learn about our pre-historic past and to search for the remains of ancient creatures.

Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear required. 

Find out more on the Colin Glen website

A Short Trek Into Pre-history

Divis and Black Mountain, meet at the Long Barn on Black Mountain

Sunday 11 November, 10.30-12.00

Free but donations welcome.

Join our ranger for a look at some of the interesting archaeological remains on the property. Strong footwear, warm clothing and waterproofs required.

Find out more on the National Trust website

Bird Watch Morning

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

Wednesday 26 September and 28 November, 10.30-11.30

Normal admission fees apply.

Enjoy a morning of bird watching with one of Castle Espie’s experts.

Find out more on the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre website

Kids Craft and Create in Portballintrae

Portballintrae Village Hall

Saturday 17 November, 11.00-13.30 

£3 per child. Booking essential. Suitable for children of all ages.

Make your own clay woodland creature. Young children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Find out more on the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust website

Junior Rangers Woodland Experience

Skillen’s Wood, Greyabbey, meet at Greyabbey car park

Saturday 15 December, 10.00-14.00

Adults go free, £5 per child. Booking essential.

Learn bushcraft skills with the ranger team. Please note that this event takes place outside. Appropriate clothing required. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed.

Find out more on the National Trust website

New Year’s Day Walk

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

Tuesday 1 January, 11.00-12.00

Normal admission fees apply.

Start 2019 the right way with a refreshing guided stroll around our stunning nature reserve.

Find out more on the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre website

Little Ducklings Day

Castle Espie Wetlands Centre

First Wednesday of every month, 10.30-11.30

£5 per adult, free for children. Normal admission fees apply.

Join us for a special morning dedicated to mums, dads and tots in our soft play area!

Find out more on the Castle Espie Wetlands Centre website

ParkLife Saturday Clubs

Parks across Belfast City

Saturdays, monthly

Free. Booking essential. Suitable for ages 7-12.

Get your kids outside and closer to nature with Parklife Saturday Clubs run by Belfast City Council and Ulster Wildlife. Outdoor activities range from mini-beast hunts and bird watching to nature-inspired games and crafts.  

Find out more on the Castle Ulster Wildlife Trust website

Wildlife Watch Local Groups

Lisburn and Belfast 

Monthly

Free. Booking essential. Suitable for ages 8+.

If your kids are wild about wildlife, Ulster Wildlife’s local Wildlife Watch groups are a fantastic way to nurture their interest. Outdoor activities range from butterfly and bat hunts to wild arts and crafts and environmental games. 

Find out more on the Castle Ulster Wildlife Trust website

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