24/06/2014 Fun Family Weekend at Glenveagh National Park

A fun family weekend will take place this coming weekend at Glenveagh National Park.  A series of events will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday with advance booking required in some instances.

Speaking in advance of the weekend, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, T.D., said:

Our national parks are a unique part of our heritage and it is important that we preserve them for future generations, as the staff of the National Parks and Wildlife service does.  It is important also that the general public, and especially our younger people, have an understanding of the world around them and of the animals and nature which are to be found in the National Park here in Glenveagh.  I believe this family fun weekend is a wonderful idea and I would like to wish everyone involved the best of luck.”

Full details are available below:

Young Persons Bat Night

Saturday 28th June at Dusk (Times to be confirmed when booking)

An introduction to the amazing world of Bats for young people. Enjoy a night time walk around the park with the Nature Team and a short talk on these amazing hairy mammals. Then as the light fades, we’ll use Bat detectors to learn what species of Bat we have around Glenveagh and the New Education Centre. Finishing time is likely to be close to midnight. Book on Tel: 0761 002 693. If sufficient numbers book a BBQ will be arranged. (charge applies—for bbq only)

Bumblebee Afternoon Tea, Talk and Walk

Sunday 29th June at 3pm

Discover the fascinating world of Bumblebees, over a delicious vintage style afternoon tea served in the new Education Centre. A short talk and presentation on the life of the Bumblebee will be followed by a walk around the castle and gardens, finishing at approx. 5pm. Suitable for budding young naturalists over 10 as well curious outdoor enthusiasts. You will be guaranteed to leave Glenveagh with a new found respect and knowledge of our black and yellow fuzzy friends! Book on Tel : 0761 002 693. Cost €5

Nature Art Workshop for Children in the Log Cabin

Sunday 29th June at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Enjoy a short stroll through the woods to the log cabin where we’ll explore how to use natural materials to create little woodland treasures to take home. Book in advance on Tel: 0761 002 693. Walk and Workshop lasts approx 1hr 15 mins. Free of charge. Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Traditional Music at the Castle on Sunday 29th June, Sun 6th, Sat 12th, Sun 13th and Sun 20th July   1-4pm

Family Scavenger Hunt  on the Nature Trail

Monday 30th June

Collect your instructions and sheet at the visitor centre. Hunt for all the animals on the Derrylahan Nature Trail. 10am—4.30pm.

Nature Room Open at The Castle with Story and Poem Writing Competition 10am—4.30pm


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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