Lots to do in Craigavon

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There’s busy times ahead for Craigavon in coming weeks with no shortage of things to do.

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April 2014: 10am – 4pm


Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

This is the third in a series of courses that will be taking place throughout 2014. This session will concentrate on mammal and nesting birds. Day 1 will be spent indoors and will include licenses and legislation, tracking and behavioural signs. Day 2 will include hands on practical demonstrations of photographing native mammal and nesting bird species. This course is open to all levels of expertise. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Outdoor clothing and own photographic equipment is required. Cost: £60.00 for the 2 day course (morning break and lunch provided.)

Please contact the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre for bookings and further details: 028 3832 2205 or e-mail andrew.griggs@craigavon.gov.uk

Saturday 3rd May: 6am start


Oxford Island

Does the early bird catch the worm? Your chance to do a spot of bird watching at the break of dawn, followed by a hearty breakfast in the Lougside Cafe. Meet at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre at 6.00 am. £8.00 per person. Booking is essential for this event. Contact Lough Neagh Discovery Centre on (028) 3832 2205

Friday 9th May: 8pm



As the light fades, join the Conservation Team and enjoy a short talk on the bats found in the area. Children’s activities and refreshments will be provided by Alliance Youth Works. We will then go for a walk in search of bats in the park using Bat Detectors. This is a family event suitable for children aged 7 years and over. £4 per adult, £2 per child, family of four £10.

Booking is essential on 3832 2205.

Saturday 17th May: 6am start


Craigavon Lakes

Does the early bird catch the worm? Your chance to do a spot of bird watching at the break of dawn, followed by a hearty breakfast in the Watersports Centre. Meet at Watersports Centre at 6.00 am. £8.00 per person. Booking is essential for this event.

Phone Leanne on 3832 3795 for more information

Wednesday 14th May: 6pm


Lurgan Park

An annual sponsored walk in aid of Marie Curie charity. Look out for further details in the local press or on the park gates or contact Margaret on 38343411.

Saturday 31st May: 11am – 3pm


Bann Boulevard

As part of Craigavon Borough Council’s Biodiversity Plan we are calling all keen environmentalists or those with a love for the great outdoors. We aim to remove Himalayan Balsam – an invasive species that is threatening the Bann Towpath’s woodland and native species. Booking is essential, meet at Moneypenny’s Lockhouse – please note there will be a 1/2 mile walk to reach the site. Refreshments will be provided. Telephone 3832 3795 for more details.

Saturday 7th June: 10am - 3pm

BTO Garden Bird watch 

Lough Neagh Discovery 

Did you take part in RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch? Are you looking for an opportunity to give your garden bird watching some focus throughout the year? If so, then you might be interested to learn more about the BTO Garden Bird Watch, our weekly survey of birds and other garden wildlife. Discover what’s involved at this short one-day workshop which will include a practical identification session with lunch included. This is a free event – Booking is essential. Please contact the Discovery Centre for further details – 028 3832 2205

Saturday 7th June


Lurgan Park

This year celebrates Lurgan Show’s Centenary and proves to be an event not to be missed. Family fun filled day with classes for sheep, cattle, pigs, goats, poultry, horses and ponies. Also large Home Industries Display in adjoining Kings Park Primary School. Craft marquee and various stalls as well as many varied exhibits ranging from falconry to stunt bike displays. Catering marquee on site as well as funfair, bouncy castles and quad bikes. Pet show commences at 2.30 pm, magic show at 12 pm and 4 pm. Come along for a great day out. An admission charge will apply for this event. For further details visit www.blearyruralcommunity.com

Saturday 14th June 10am – 1pm


Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

Fly over to the Discovery Centre and join the Conservation Service as we celebrate the importance of pollinating insects in our local environment. The session will include a presentation on bees and other pollinators, as well as tours of the vegetable and herb growing areas, wildlife garden, pollinator’s paradise and our very own on site bee hives. This event is sure to create a buzz as you will learn about how to protect and encourage these vital little creatures in your own gardens. Cost £5 per head. Booking is essential for this event. Please contact Lough Neagh Discovery Centre 028 3832 2205.

Sunday June 15th 1pm - 4pm


Lurgan Park

Rowing boats will be on the lake for hire by families between 1 pm and 4 pm, all equipment will be provided, strictly 4 persons per boat. Cost £2 per person for approx 20 mins hire. Please contact Lurgan Park on 3832 3795 for further information

Saturday 28th June: 
10am – noon


Oxford Island

Come along and discover these wonderful creatures. Examine the contents of a moth trap left out overnight to capture these nocturnal creatures. We are sure to be treated to a great diversity of colourful and fascinating creatures. £4.00 for adults, £2.00 for children. Booking is essential for this event. For more information please contact Lough Neagh Discovery Centre 028 3832 2205.

Saturday 28th June


Lurgan Park

The annual Park Rally is back. A great family fun day for rally enthusiasts in the beautiful environs of Lurgan Park. Made up of eight stages of short snappy non-stop action, including a special Escort Challenge. This is one event not to be missed. A charge will apply for this event at the gates.