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Autumn Days Out In Northern Ireland

Our pick of the most awe-inspiring autumnal activities

Posted: 15 September 2011
by Fiona McKim

Roald Dahl Day – Readings And Illustrations
September 17
Fans of the Fantastic Mr Dahl will adore this storytelling session featuring some of the timeless author’s best-loved work. Whilst the tall tales are read aloud at the Strule Arts Centre in Omagh, a local artist will bring the story to life by creating a mural before your very eyes.

Autumnfest 2011
September 24
Celebrate the wonders of autumn at Carfunnock Country Park with a day of seasonal activities for the whole family. Watch live demonstrations of traditional countryside pursuits, cast your eyes over a scarecrow competition and listen as nature experts discuss the changes that take place during the autumn season. Competitive children can get bashing in the conker championships whilst budding Bear Grylls’ can learn wilderness survival skills from resident roughing-it experts, the Northern Ireland Bushcraft Association.

Baby Grow!
September 24
Bring your green-fingered little ones for an afternoon of planting snowdrops, daffodil and bluebell bulbs at Minnowburn Community Allotments, South Belfast. 

Bugs World
September 24
A wealth of creepy-crawly, four, six and eight legged beasties await young nature detectives at Oxford Island Nature Reserve. Bring your family along to this special bug-themed day out to discover more about the fascinating range of wildlife out and about during the early autumn season.

Harvest Fair And Scarecrow Trail
October 2
Nothing signals the arrival of autumn like the new season’s harvest, so bring your family along and celebrate the crop at Springhill in County Londonderry. There will be a range of seasonal food and crafts on sale as well as children’s activities including a scarecrow trail. 

The Enchanted Garden
October 26–29
Wonder the winding paths and fallen leaves of the Botanic Gardens in Belfast and you may just spot a fairy or pixie hiding in the shadows at this magical family event. As part of the Belfast Festival At Queens, enchanted creatures and animals will be taking over the gardens for four nights. Listen out for the tinkling laughter of the pixies but watch out for the mischievous goblins who may shower you with berries or twigs!

Squirrels and Hazelnuts Of Hazelwood
November 5
Wrap up warm and head to Hazelwood Nature Reserve in Belfast to explore the natural flora and fauna in residency and learn more about the ultimate autumnal animal – the red squirrel.

For more fun family days out see our pick of the best Hallowe'en happenings in Northern Ireland

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