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.

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.

Bagenals Castle Tour

Fri, 09/10/2015 - 11:00am
Newry and Mourne Museum, Castle Street, Newry
Bagenal's Castle

Guided tour of Bagenals Castle, Newry for home educating families. £1 per child and adults are free. 9th October 2015 Tour begins at 11am, so meeting at 10.45am at the museum. 

All welcome!!!


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.  

Bushcraft Overnight Camp

Sat, 17/10/2015 (All day) - Sun, 18/10/2015 (All day)
Mac Tire Bushcraft, Mayo
Shelter building

After our wonderful course earlier this year, an overnight course has been organised for October, places are very limited.

Accomodation is in two wonderful tepees, great food by the camp fire and previous activities have ranged from nature walks to knife-throwing!

Ada Lovelace Day - women Scientists

Tue, 13/10/2015 - 10:30am
Marquis Hall, Bangor
Ada Lovelace

"Some of the greatest scientists of all time were females who have made important discoveries in a variety of fields in science. Several of their contributions throughout history have even surpassed those of their male counterparts."

Each family will choose a female scientist and make a short presentation or display about their work, if we can fit in a few experiments then all the better.

A list to inspire you can be found here: http://famousfemalescientists.com/

Mask Making and Tour

Wed, 23/09/2015 - 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lisburn Museum

Tour and mask making workshop at Lisburn museum for ages 4yr+ (younger ones can come along with you). No charge. Weather permitting we can have packed lunch at Wallace Park afterwards. Please let me know for numbers if you would like to come to.

Carnfunnock September Camping Trip

Sun, 20/09/2015 (All day) - Wed, 23/09/2015 (All day)
Carnfunnock Country Park
The Northern Ireland Maze

A few families have booked 2-3 nights camping in Carnfunnock Country Park and would love some company! They have lots of resources available and I hope to be able to explore the maze, play in the park, have a bug hunt, hug a few trees and get mucky.


"2 nights camping works out 27.50£ as its off peak time, obviously if you fancy coming along book for however many nights you want my aim would be we can hook up closer to the time and pitch nearby / next to each other if it suits.

The Family fun zone will be open on the Sunday and they have Treasure hunts, Orienteering, Maze, amd the Park open until dark all other days"

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

Fri, 18/09/2015 (All day)
Piratical Park

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is upon us me hearties!  We'll be celebrating a day early on the Friday with a treasure hunt and other pirate activities at a piratical play park on the North Coast.  From the historical to the practical (knots!) and the ridiculous...

Splice the main brace, slop out the chum buckets and join us for some piratical fun.

Resources and ideas for junior pirates here.



W5 - Not Back To School Exhibition visit with Workshop on Light

Fri, 11/09/2015 - 10:30am - 3:40pm
W5 sign

School is back and the museums are empty again. A relaxed trip to W5 in Belfast to celebrate.  We will arrive at 10:30 for a 11am workshop on Light, eat a lunch in the cafe (you can bring a picnic) and go on to explore the exhibition.

We will be benefiting from group/educational rates so payment in advance is essential to secure a place.


"W5 has over 250 interactive exhibits which cover many curriculum areas such as science, technology, art & design, geography, mathematics, ICT and english. They are organised into four main exhibition areas DISCOVERY (for under 8's only), GO, SEE/DO (8 Years +). The exhibits are designed to develop children's understanding and encourage thinking and problem solving skills. We also have a new exhibit “Climbit”  Climbit is a unique, visually elegant, three dimensional sculpture specially designed for climbing.  Oval platforms let children traverse over and under and through an amazing structure.  Details of the exhibits in the different areas and links to the curriculum can be found on our website."

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