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Events to Experience Nature

Enjoy events at many of the Nature Reserves, which allow you to experience Northern Ireland’s exceptional beauty and biodiversity. From bat watching to learning how to identify butterflies or even watching seals, there are a range of wonderful events to interact and learn from our natural environment throughout the year.

There's beautiful wildlife everywhere you look in Northern Ireland and you don't have to be an expert to spot it. Enjoy some brilliant days out and get back to nature with a range of events in the great outdoors.

Places To Visit

On Yer Bike!, Helens Bay, Bangor

Cyclists are our focus today in Love Parks Week at Crawfordsburn. Bring your bike along to the park and take part in cycle trails, competitions and fun activities. Get advice from the experts on how to maintain and protect your bicycle; connect with local cycle clubs or bicycle stockists to upgrade.

5k Run at Crawfordsburn, Helens Bay, Bangor

Looking for a new challenge? To celebrate Love Parks Week and our runners, we’ve organised a 5K race through our wonderful country park at Crawfordsburn.

Trails Day - Redburn Country Park, Belfast

Celebrate Love Parks Week at Redburn Country Park with our Trails Day. Not just your typical outdoor family day! Enjoy activities such as orienteering, mountain biking or running but historic trails about the Dunville family whisky distillers and a bear trail for the kids.

Seaside Shenanigans at Crawfordsburn Beach, Helens Bay, Bangor

Shiver me timbers there's a lot going on at Crawfordsburn beach today with traditional seaside competitions and activities for a fun-filled family day out, like Punch & Judy, stone skimming competitions, rock-pool science, pirates, sea-bird watching and don't forget the ice-cream!

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch, Strangford, Downpatrick

This is a guided nature walk and talk tailored for bird lovers.

Bat Night at Quoile Countryside Centre, Downpatrick

Come and join our free bat walk and talk at Quoile Nature Reserve on Sunday 10th August from 8pm -11pm. Find out more about these fascinating and protected mammals.

Landscape Painting and Photography Workshop, Irvinestown, Enniskillen

Explore your inner artist with the help of free tuition at Castle Archdale Courtyard. Lessons will be given in painting and photography.

Geology of Northern Ireland in a Nutshell, Helens Bay, Bangor

One billion years of history! For its size Northern Ireland is amongst the most geologically diverse areas on Planet Earth. The geological garden at Crawfordsburn Country Park tells this story through examples of our main rock types. Formed in lost oceans and deserts, a product of past ice ages and volcanic eruptions, our rocks tell a remarkable story.

Kite Festival at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helens Bay, Bangor

It has been a long wait but the Kite Festival is back! To celebrate Love Parks Week at Crawfordsburn Country Park, we are breathing some new air into the Kite Festival. With lots of activities, experts, enthusiasts, competitions, stalls and crafts for all the family, in the words of Dick Van Dyke: “Let’s go fly a Kite.”

Bat Evening at Roe Valley Country Park, Limavady

An opportunity to hear from an expert about some of Ireland’s bat species. There will be a talk and a visit to a roost to see them emerging for evening feeding. Learn about the myths and old stories attached to this mysterious species.

Have-a-Go Day at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Helens Bay, Bangor

Today is the turn of the NI Scout Association to showcase their national activity centre during Love Parks Week. Come and have a go at lots of new activities from abseiling to zip wires. The scout centre has an activity for most letters of the alphabet!

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