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Sustainable Tourism

Discover Northern Ireland the green way. Find ideas for car-free days out, great green places to stay and how to get around Northern Ireland sustainably. There are also tips on how to 'green your holiday' in our Green Travel Code.

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Flower Arranging from the Garden

15 August, Co Antrim

Many plants can be grown in the garden that can be used for more sustainable flower arranging. It will involve a demonstration on using these plants in a flower arrangement with tips on how to ensure the plants are prepared.

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Big Butterfly Count

25 July, Co Armagh

In the summer months the RSPB’s Portmore Lough reserve outside Aghalee, County Antrim is all-a-flutter with beautiful butterflies.

Spring Fair

Spring Fair

18 April - 19 April, Belfast

A weekend of family fun with activities on an environmental theme:

• free admission
• flowers, animals and birds, entertainment and environmental activities.

There is no parking at Barnett Demesne.

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Perennials in the Garden 'Walk & Talk' Event

20 June, Co Antrim

This "Walk & Talk" event will take us round the garden and potting shed to see what cultivars are doing well, what cultivars are doing badly, and what garden tasks we are doing at this time of year.

Wildlife Recording at Slievenacloy

Wildlife Recording at Slievenacloy

27 June, Belfast

Come and help the Belfast Hills Partnership as they gather an inventory of the plants and animals at Slievenacloy Nature Reserve near west Belfast and Lisburn.

All are welcome from novice to expert and help will be on hand to find and identify ...

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

04 July, Co Fermanagh

Jump on board one of the Geopark Landrovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain.

Forest Fun and Minibeast Hunt - European Geoparks Week

Forest Fun and Minibeast Hunt - European Geoparks Week

07 June, Co Fermanagh

Come along and join staff at the Marble Arch Caves on Saturday 7th June, in a hunt for unseen wildlife in the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve. We will hunt in habitats throughout the Nature Reserve, catching and identifying invertebrates as we go!

Shamrock Shenanigans

Ranger Round-Up (26 July)

26 July, Co Londonderry

Join Rudy-Ranger on an all-weather exploration of Springhill. Make mud
pies, set up a snail race, find a mini-beast, explore our natural play
trail and toast marshmallows on the campfire.

Quarries, forts and cashels

Spring Walk in Glencairn Park

07 March, Belfast

Enjoy a short walk and some spring flowers as the woodlands and parks land come back to life.

Rocky Ramble on Gortmaconnell Rock

Rocky Ramble on Gortmaconnell Rock

12 September, Co Fermanagh

Why not come along and explore the fascinating and unique landscape of Gortmaconnell townland on Cuilcagh Mountain. Discover more about how the landscape has been shaped, the rocks beneath your feet and the many unique plants and animals that live here.

Going Batty - Geopark Bat Detectives

Going Batty - Geopark Bat Detectives

21 August, Co Fermanagh

Join staff from the Northern Ireland Bat Group and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment.

Exploring the Harbour's History

Exploring the Harbour's History

28 March, Belfast

Belfast WOW is an unexpected product of Belfast's industrial past.

Easter Bunny Hunt at the Ark Open Farm

Easter Bunny Hunt at the Ark Open Farm

04 April - 10 April, Co Down

Spring has sprung with chicks hatching, lambs skipping in the fields, new born bunnies and little calves. Come down to the farm to find the Easter Bunny and win a chocolate one of your own.

Hawthorn and Hedgerows - Cave Hill and Ballyaghagan

Hawthorn and Hedgerows - Cave Hill and Ballyaghagan

23 May, Belfast

Join the Belfast Hills Partnership to enjoy wonderful hedgerows.

'Light & Radar' Heritage Hike on Cave Hill

'Light & Radar' Heritage Hike on Cave Hill

16 June, Belfast

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has commissioned LIDaR mapping of Cave Hill Country Park.

Victorian Tea Party (27 Septemberl)

Ranger Round-Up (23 August)

23 August, Co Tyrone

Join Rudy-Ranger on all-weather explorations of The Argory.

Exploring the Cliffs of Magho

Exploring the Cliffs of Magho

24 May, Co Fermanagh

Come along and join Geopark staff for a guided walk along the newly refurbished Magho Cliffs pathway leading from the shore road to the Magho Viewpoint.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Daffodil Danders (14 & 15 March)

14 March - 15 March, Co Londonderry

Spring has sprung and so have our daffodils. Take a self-guided walk through Springhill grounds in the company of countless colourful daffodils.

14-29 March (Saturday and Sunday only)

12 noon-5pm

Normal Admission
Members Free

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Minimising Garden Maintenance

23 May, Co Antrim

If you love your garden but not keen on its maintenance, this event is for you. Ballyrobert Cottage Garden has been designed to minimise maintenance and employs the best horticultural practice to ensure its upkeep is kept at a low level.

Spring Guided Walk

Spring Guided Walk

28 March, Co Down

Visit Mount Stewart's world famous gardens to enjoy the carpets of wildflowers in the woodlands and find out more about the wild spring plants that grow there.

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

Cuilcagh Mountain Jeep Safari

08 August, Co Fermanagh

Jump on board one of the Geopark Land Rovers and explore the stunning scenery of Cuilcagh Mountain Park. Ranging from the rugged upland cliffs to the weathered limestone landscapes on the lower ground, this safari is a chance for you to experience and explore the patchwork of landscapes found on Cuilcagh Mountain.

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Shady Plants And Shady Places

18 April, Co Antrim

One of the most frequently asked plants at our plant centre is, “What can I plant in a shaded border? ”. This event aims to show at first hand what grows well in a range of situations.

National Science and Engineering Week

National Science and Engineering Week

18 March - 20 March, Co Fermanagh

A series of hand-on interactive experiments aimed at school children. For further information or to book your place please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre via telephone on +44 (0) 28 6634 8855.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Shamrock Shenanigans

15 March, Co Londonderry

With free entry for anyone who can prove they are called Patrick, this is sure to be a fine way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.  Discover the Shamrock Trail around the grounds and enjoy crafts, food and music.

Additional charge for Shamrock ...

Shamrock Shenanigans

Ranger Round-Up (19 July)

19 July, Co Londonderry

Join Rudy-Ranger on an all-weather exploration of Springhill. Make mud
pies, set up a snail race, find a mini-beast, explore our natural play
trail and toast marshmallows on the campfire.

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Spring Into Action

21 March, Co Antrim

Ballyrobert Cottage Garden is a beautiful spectacle at this time of year with an array of spring flowering plants in full flower. The last of the snowdrops, the collection of hellebores, lungworts and fairy wings bring the garden to life.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Ranger Round-Up (5 July)

05 July, Co Londonderry

Join Rudy-Ranger on an all-weather exploration of Springhill. Make mud pies, set up a snail race, find a mini-beast, explore our natural play trail and toast marshmallows on the campfire.

Tall Ships Picnic on Cave Hill

Tall Ships Picnic on Cave Hill

04 July, Belfast

Bring a picnic and join the Belfast Hills Partnership on a climb up the hill to take a grandstand view of the Tall Ships in Belfast Lough.

Meet at Belfast Castle. Not suitable for under 12s.

10am-1pm.

Spring Walk

Spring Walk

07 March, Belfast

Put a spring in your step and visit the RSPB's Belfast WOW to see and hear all about the birds and wildlife which call this special place home. Enjoy wonderful views of the reserve from the visitor centre and new hides and learn about the...

**Image Courtesy of Ballyrobert Cottage Garden**

Autumn Days - Extending the Season

26 September, Co Antrim

Join us for an afternoon to not only learn about the plants but also to experience how to use and treat them in the garden to maximise the autumn effect.

Meet the Quackers

Quackanory

21 March - 22 March, Co Down

Join the storyteller for children's classic stories inspired by nature.

Bog Day Celebration at Cuilcagh Mountain Park

Bog Day Celebration at Cuilcagh Mountain Park

25 July, Co Fermanagh

Join us in Cuilcagh Mountain Park to find out a bit more about the fascinating bog habitats that dominate the Geopark.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Garden Fair

20 June, Co Londonderry

A great opportunity to stock up on all your shrubs and plants, herbs and other specimens native to Springhill.

Victorian Tea Party (27 Septemberl)

Ranger Round-Up (9 August)

09 August, Co Tyrone

Join Rudy-Ranger on all-weather explorations of The Argory.

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Marvellous Mammals

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Marvellous Mammals

26 April, Armagh

Free ecology event for families.

Flower Fes

Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Flower Festival

29 May - 31 May, Co Antrim

The displays have been designed and arranged by leading floral artists many of whom have displayed at international level. Morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and high tea will be available during the event.

Crom Cot Trips

Crom Cot Trips

25 May, Co Fermanagh

A great family fun day out!
See a different side to Crom estate as you cruise around the lough in Crom's 100 year old traditional craft. Weather dependant.

Shamrock Shenanigans

Batty Bonanza

21 August, Co Londonderry

An exciting night of fun for all the family. Learn more about the bats that make their home in and around Springhill and make something batty to take home.

7.30pm-10pm

Normal Admission
Members Free

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

03 April - 07 April, Co Down

Bring the children to Mount Stewart this Easter to take part in the popular Cadbury's Easter Egg trail.

Giant Easter Bunny Hunt

Giant Easter Bunny Hunt

28 March - 12 April, Co Down

Hop down to Castle Espie for their Easter egg-stravaganza and annual giant Easter bunny hunt with lots of events and activities across the holidays. 

11am - 4pm

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  • What is Sustainable Tourism?

    Sustainable tourism is tourism that takes account of environmental and social issues as well as economic factors.

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