Big Brent Event at Castle Espie

08 October - 09 October
During the two days of the Big Brent Event, visitors to Castle Espie can experience the incredible journey of the light-bellied Brent through fun family activities, free photography and art workshops, expert talks and a photographic exhibition.

Family FunAcross the weekend there will be family fun with our family zumba-thon, face painting and a chance to tackle the Brent survival trail around the nature reserve and a migration vacation show in the round house packed full of fascinating feathery facts. Art and crafts sessions include drop-in children's art sessions making migration mobiles with local artist Bernice Anderson and an opportunity to transform in the very own Brent Goose!

Free WorkshopsAnyone keen to gain confidence with their wildlife photography can sign up to a free beginners photography workshop with Nigel Snell on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, there'll be advice on getting the best from your camera and a short practical session as well.

Wildlife ExpertsWildlife guides in the hides include bird watching expert Dot Blakely who will help spot all sorts of migratory birds from the Brent Hide, and on Saturday Graham McIlwaine will be ring-spotting and sharing the story of the Brent that can be seen from the hide in the 'Who do you think you are?' Sessions. Also on Saturday author and photographer Anthony McGeehan will give wildlife talks on migration focusing on the journey rather than the destination.

The Big Brent event programme is available at
To book the Arctic Adventures talk or a free place on the photography workshops call 028 9187 4146.

Event activities are included in the cost of normal admission which is free for WWT members and under 4s. To save 10% on the admission price buy tickets at
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

10.00 - 17.00



Performance times:


The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre
  • Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
Are you the owner/manager of this business? Click here to update Are you the Product owner? Click here to submit updates.

Contact Details

Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
78 Ballydrain Road
BT23 6EA

Tel: 028 9187 4146
The venue for this event is:
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre