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May 2017 right left

Scenic Forest Walk

Monday 1st May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Cruise the Lough

Monday 1st May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

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Behind the Scenes — Bluebell Walks

Saturday 6th May
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
Normal Admission, Members Free

Car Bazaar

Saturday 6th May
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Spring Plant Fair

Saturday 6th May
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Fishery Open Weekend

Saturday 6th May
Carrick–a–Rede
Normal Admission, Members Free

Flutter by Butterfly Trails

Saturday 6th May
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Dawn Chorus Walk

Sunday 7th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £8, Child £5

Apple Blossom Sundays

Sunday 7th May
Ardress House, Portadown
Normal Admission, Members Free

Ramble with the Ranger

Sunday 7th May
Castle Ward
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Dry Stone Walling

Sunday 7th May
Near Bryansford Village
Free

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Song of The Bog Conference

Wednesday 10th May
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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Bluebell Walks at Mount Stewart

Friday 12th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Evening walk at Connswater Community Greenway in East Belfast

Friday 12th May
Connswater Community Greenway
Free

Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12th May
Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Dog Agility at Mount Stewart

Saturday 13th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Minnownurn Dander

Saturday 13th May
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Carrick–a–Rede

Saturday 13th May
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Music at the Summer House

Sunday 14th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Corn Mill Bursts into Life

Sunday 14th May
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Heritage & Philanthropy – Belfast Charitable Society and QUB, The Heritage Project

Thursday 18th May
Clifton House Belfast
Free

Candlelit Tour

Friday 19th May
Castle Coole
Adult £10

Public Good by Private Means?

Friday 19th May
The Performance Area, Linen Hall Library
Free

Geology Walk at Glenoe Waterfall

Saturday 20th May
Glenoe Waterfall
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village – Vegetation Removal

Sunday 21st May
Gilford Castle
Free

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CEDaR Training Courses 2017

Wednesday 24th May
See table above
See table above

Next steps for renewable energy in the UK

Thursday 25th May
The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR
See website for details

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Soap Making Masterclass

Saturday 27th May
Rowallane Garden
Adult £25

Explore a Spring Garden

Saturday 27th May
Mount Stewart
Adult £10 Child £5

Geology Walk at White Park Bay

Saturday 27th May
White Park Bay
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Country Fair at Florence Court

Sunday 28th May
Florence Court
Normal Admission, Members Free

Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 28th May
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

RFS NI Woodland Fair 2017

Sunday 28th May
Clandeboye Estate

Cruise the Lough at Crom

Monday 29th May
Crom
Adult £4, Child £2

GIs at the Gaol!

Monday 29th May
Down County Museum
Free

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LIFE 2017 call for project proposals: A new opportunity for green jobs and growth

Wednesday 31st May
Brussels, Hotel Crown Plaza – Le Palace Plenary room
Free

   
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Biggerféis Festival – Ardglass

Friday 12 May 2017

Discover Ardglass, Bath Street, Ardglass

Ardglass Development Association are delighted to announce a new festival for the area taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday (26–29 May). Having recently come away from the inaugural Live Here Love Here Awards with the Contribution to Tourism Award Sponsored by Tourism Northern Ireland the charity is continuing their dedication to regeneration through the lucrative visitor market.

The festival will recapture the atmosphere of over a century ago when Francis Joseph Bigger was resident in Jordan’s Castle in the town. The festival named Biggerféis will celebrate the legacy of the antiquarian through a series of cultural experiences. Duane Fitzsimons, secretary to Ardglass Development Association, explains, ‘Francis Joseph Bigger is one of the most important men to have ever lived in Ardglass. For many across the province and beyond he is a personal hero. His contribution to the heritage of Ulster means that many of the area’s ancient sites are still standing to be enjoyed today.’

It was while writing a book on the history of Dunsford and Ardglass that Duane came across a reference to the opening of Jordan’s Castle in 1911. The article detailed a speech given by the Parish Priest Canon Donnelly in which he stated that, ‘When the history of our time comes to be written in Ulster the name Francis Joseph Bigger will occupy an honoured position.’ The Dunsford and Ardglass Historical Group established in 2013 have been working closely with ADA to support in the delivery of the programme.

The captivating personality of F.J. Bigger will be explored through a series of talks, walks, and a coach tour. Traditional music will also feature. F.J. Bigger was described as having taken on the work, largely at his own personal expense, for the people of Ulster regardless of creed. He instigated that the Downpatrick High Cross be re–erected; placed the stone on Saint Patrick’s Grave; restored Our Lady of Dunsford and Jordan’s Castle; and helped to preserve Ardtole and Raholp churches in the locality.

The festival will officially launch on Friday 12th May at 12:00. The venue will be Discover Ardglass in Bath Street in the village. For details of events search for Discover Ardglass on Facebook.

For any further details contact Duane Fitzsimons (Secretary to ADA):

07835441933

duane.fitzsimons@hotmail.co.uk