Migration, multiculturalism and Chinese culture

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:30am
Manna Cafe (upstairs), Kells
Chinese Welfare Association Logo

The Chinese Welfare Association in Belfast will offer us a presentation on migration, multiculturalism and Chinese culture with a taster of mandarin and a real dragon (for dancing) thrown in!

This will take place above 'Manna' cafe in Kells, near Ballymena for Friday 12th Feb at 10.30 - the cafe is an added bonus for nice coffees (or lunch!) after.

Let us know if you'd like to come. We need certain numbers to make it viable to go ahead. The presentation itself lasts about an hour although we can stay in the space as long as we'd like to.

The presentation is for Primary aged children though older or younger siblings can look on. For hire of the space The organiser is suggesting £3 per family although if we get more families we will refund monies! 

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:30am
Marquis Hall, Bangor
Chinese New Year Banner

Chinese New Year is always a fantastic celebration at the co-op. We will have two dragons for a dragon procession. This year we are also planning on learning a lion dance! 
We will learn about the year of the monkey, how to write and say monkey in Chinese as well as some other basic characters and numbers. We will be making Chinese food and listening to Chinese music. 

There is a charge for each family, with a discounted rate if you pay more than a week in advance.

World of Owls

Fri, 15/01/2016 - 11:00am

An educational guided tour including birds of prey, reptiles, farm animals and others. It will cost £5.50 per adult and £4.50 per child with an extra cost of £30 for the guided tour which we can split among ourselves.

Sleepover at An Creagan

Tue, 17/05/2016 (All day) - Wed, 18/05/2016 (All day)
An Creagan
 Bronze Age bread making at An Creagan

A fantastic opportunity to stay at An Creagan. The roundhouse is too small for many to sleep in so we'll bring tents and use it as the communal space. The date is fairly arbitrary in the early stages of organisation so please say if it doesn't suit for some reason. There will be activities during the day, and of course the Wild Woods to explore. Booking will be essential.

Facilities are limited since it isn't an official camp site - so we will need to come prepared, but there are toilets and taps!

Daubing the Roundhouse

Thu, 19/11/2015 - 10:00am
An Creagan

Some home educating families will be joining in with the final stages of building the Bronze Age Roundhouse at An Creagan. This is not our normal home-ed session but a public open event.

North Down Harvest Festival

Tue, 10/11/2015 - 10:30am
Marquis Hall, Bangor
Harvest Breads

All things autumnal, harvest bread, traditional crafts, games and fun. Please bring an activity for the children to do.  The North Down Co Op charges £5 for family to cover the hall, or £3 if all your children are under 5.


Wed, 27/01/2016 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
An Creagan
An Creagan Last Time - seed preparation

An Creagan where the sun always shines, probably.  Weather permitting (and we aren't too fussy!) we will be meeting in January.  We will play, explore, dig and climb as usual - and we will also have the opportunity to work with living willow.  All welcome, no charge - but its helpful to know who is going to come so get in touch.

Archeology at Fairhead

Tue, 27/10/2015 - 10:00am - 11:30am

Experience an archeological dig, there will be a talk, a walk and the chance to volunteer to help with digging and surveying. Let us know if you are interested in attending.

Families in Nature

Thu, 15/10/2015 - 4:00pm
Murvagh Beach, Donegal
Murvagh Beach

Unstructured free play and chat on the beach. Parents/guardians are responsible for their own kids. The Families in Nature Group can be found at

Foraging and Forest Workshop

Thu, 08/10/2015 - 11:00am
Drumnaph Nature Reserve
Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve Logo

A guided walk in the woods foraging and identifying trees, then back to the farm for a cup of bramble tea to eat the picnic we've brought.  Booking essential.  

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