4 June 2010
This Saturday we have two fantastic family friendly events on offer for you to enjoy.
Bellaghy Bawn is a fortified house built in the 17th Century on lands granted to the Vinters Company of London during the plantation of County Londonderry.
On Saturday the Bawn will be bracing itself for the arrival of a musketeer! Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the Bawn and learn more about all our yesterdays including 17th Century food and what archaeologists have found during excavations at the Bawn. There will also be music and storytelling as well as food and craft stalls to enjoy.
At Grey Abbey visitors will have the chance to learn more about the Cistercian abbey and the monks who lived there.
Come along and you’ll be able to find out more about monastic crafts and skills such as calligraphy, brewing, basket-weaving and net and rope making. You’ll also be able to discover Grey Abbey’s herbal secrets and learn more about the healing power of herbs and how they are grown.
A new interactive exhibition is now open in the Visitor’s Centre at the abbey so you can find out more about the stonemasons who built the abbey and the Cistercian Monks who lived there.
There are also lots of other Archaeology Days events on this weekend so grab your family and friends and get out and explore our heritage and our past!!
Unfortunately, we’ve just heard that The Lough Neagh Partnership have had to cancel their Lough Neagh Fortification Tour which was due to take place on Saturday. It’s a shame as it sounded really interesting – exploring some of the archaeological defensive sites around the Lough. However, the good news is that they will run it again during European Heritage Open Days in September.
Clare Oliver works for us as Communications Manager for the Built Heritage directorate.