Not Back To School Week - Carrickfergus Castle

Fri, 09/09/2016 (All day)
Carrickfergus Castle
View of the castle over the water

 Just before NBTS week, ramping up! Explore Carrickfergus Castle with us, a group rate is available if we have enough interest. Bring a picnic and all weather clothes.

Not Back To School Week - Ulster Folk and Transport Museum

Thu, 15/09/2016 (All day)
Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
Row of houses at the folk park

A visit to the folk and transport museum, bring a picnic and clothes for wet weather. We'll meet in the folk park and explore together or in groups, bring a picnic snack and cloths for all weathers- this is mostly an outdoor experience. Let us know if you are interested in meeting the group.

Not Back to School Week - Train to Derry/Londonderry

Mon, 12/09/2016 (All day)
Small boy running towards the Peace Bridge

We will be travelling on the train from to Derry (it's a nice journey under the cliffs at Mussenden and along by the sea) at a time agreed between attendees - some may be coming from Belfast, others joining the trip at Coleraine.  We will walk along over the Peace Bridge and to see the walls, stopping off for lunch and then visit St. Columb's Cathedral where there is an audio-visual presentation etc.We can complete the self-guided circum-navigation of the walls, stop for and ice-cream and spend the rest of the time in St. Columb's park. It's a very manageable walk and the schedule is flexible to accomodate all staminas and lengths of leg.

Anyone who wants to join us is very welcome, we'll keep the organisation loose and let people move at their own pace, organising to meet at different points as it suits us.

Not Back to School Week - Zoo Trip

Fri, 16/09/2016 - 11:00am
Belfast Zoo
Belfast Zoo Sign with flowers

A casual zoo trip and picnic, all welcome.  Please let us know if you would like us to wait for you, or just keep your eye out for us around the zoo.  We will meet at 11 outside the entrance, before seeing the animals and ending with a play in the excellent new park.  Bring clothes for all weathers and a picnic.

Anime Character Creation Workshops

Thu, 28/07/2016 - 10:00am - Fri, 29/07/2016 - 3:00pm
Old Museum, Belfast
workshop poster

Summer Fun!

Drama and Anime workshops.

Open to all HEdNI young people ages 10+

Participants can do one or both workshops.

Thursday 28th & Friday 29th July

Drama 10am - 12, byo lunch, Anime 1-3pm

Drop off 9.45 pick up 3pm

Cost £5 one workshop or £10 each full day (siblings 7.50 one session or £15 full day)

Booking essential.

Minecraft Party

Thu, 23/06/2016 - 11:00am
Lisburn Bowl
Lisburn Bowl Logo

One hour of Xbox gaming (Minecraft building challenges and free play) followed by 45 mins party food. 

£8 per person. Min 10 kids and max 16.

Thurs 23rd June at 11am. Please arrive approx 15 mins early to meet up and collect payment.

Booking essential.


Radio Relay

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 1:00pm
Old Museum, Belfast



The Golden Thread has kindly given HEDNI a workshop on Monday 6th June.  1-3pm at the Old Museum.

Ages 10 to 14 - booking essential

**Welcome to Radio Relay an audio extravaganza inspired by radio.  Marconi transmitted some of his first radio signals between Rathlin Island and Ballycastle in 1898.  In 1916, Irish rebels seized a wireless telegraphy station to make the world’s first pirate radio broadcast.  A few months later cutting edge radio technology allowed instant communication between commanders on the front line at the Battle of the Somme. Golden Thread Gallery have invited artists to create artworks that use radio to receive dispatches from the past and send messages to the future.  This is your opportunity to work with some of our artists and to get involved!  

Golden Thread Gallery is offering schools a FREE opportunity to make their own foxhole radios with artists Gareth Moore and Deirdre Mc Kenna. A limited number of sessions will be available from 3rd May until 10th June 2016! On 18th June, Radio Relay will hit the airwaves and participants will be able to tune in and connect with all the Radio Projects.  They will also be invited to participate in a range of Radio Relay events in sites in and around Belfast.     


Radio Relay will give young people an opportunity to make a modern version of a first world war foxhole radio. The foxhole type radio was primitive in its construction, made from readily available materials and powered only by the very radio waves it received. This would be similar to what was used by Marconi in his early radio experiments. 

Not Back To School Week

Mon, 12/09/2016 (All day) - Fri, 16/09/2016 (All day)
Northern Ireland
At W5 last year in Not Back To School Week

Every year we make a special effort to have an exciting week near the start of September - it allows us to welcome those starting their first year of home education, to reconnect after the summer, to kick start our year...

Everyone should feel free to organise their own events - and if they clash with others, or spill into other weeks, then don't worry too much - the more options and excitement we have then the better NBTSW'16 will be!

Not Back To School Week - Going Wild in the Woods

Wed, 14/09/2016 - 11:00am
An Creagan
Wild Woods

WIld times in the wild woods for Not Back To School Week - bring food and clothes for all weathers. There will be a fire, marshmallows, trees to paint, earth to dig, things to climb. We don't bow to bad weather so be prepared! Free to attend but let us know for numbers.

Wonderful Wild Woods

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 11:00am
An Creagan
Camp Out at the Roundhouse

WIld times in the wild woods - bring food and clothes for all weathers. There will be a fire, marshmallows, trees to paint, earth to dig, things to climb. We don't bow to bad weather so be prepared!

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