As a Partnership we do our best to publicise the ever expanding number of events being run in the Belfast Hills. Please note that the following list of events are simply those we are made aware of, other events may be available in the Belfast Hills area. The Belfast Hills Partnership takes no responsibility for the accuracy of information given or for any other aspects of events unless specifically stated that the event is being run by the Partnership.

Everyone is welcome to our events, but please bear these important points in mind:

• Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn
• All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
• Unaccompanied 16 & 17 year olds must get a parental consent form completed prior to taking part in the activity
• Dogs are allowed on some walks but only on a lead (please get in touch to check suitability)
• Some parts of walks can be steep or difficult
• The Belfast Hills Partnership promotes responsible countryside enjoyment and has published an Access Code

Introduction to Smooth Newts- FULLY BOOKED

Please note this course is now fully booked Join us for a day learning about the ecology of Smooth Newts in Ireland. The course will be led by Seán Meehan, an ecological consultant based in Dublin. He is an active…

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The birds of Cave Hill.

Get up close  to some of our native birds. Licensed bird ringer Aidan Crean will catch, ring and release them and allow us to see them in beautiful detail. Meet at the Castle. For further details contact : Cave Hill…

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Guided Walk – Explore the natural beauty of Throne Wood with our volunteer Darren Houston.

Place: Throne Wood Belfast BT36 7NH Time: 11am- 12noon - walks start on the hour and must be pre booked. Price: Free Booking: Essential- please book through Woodland Trust at centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 0330 333 5302. Parking: Available at Valley Leisure…

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Minibeast Adventure – Hunt out and meet woodland creatures both big and small at this fun family walk.

Place: Throne Wood Belfast BT36 7NH Time: 12noon - 1pm and  1-2pm - walks start on the hour and must be pre booked. Price: Free Booking: Essential, please contact Woodland Trust at centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 0330 333 5302. Parking: Available…

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Storytelling Adventure – Join us for a family friendly afternoon of storytelling and fun.

Place: Throne Wood Belfast BT36 7NH Time: 2-3pm and 3-4pm  - walks start on the hour and must be pre booked. Price: Free Booking: Essential please contact Woodland Trust at centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk or call 0330 333 5302. Parking: Available at Valley Leisure Centre.…

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Dance Fit on Divis! (Hills for Health Series)

Join us for a fun dance workout on the hills with Helen Hall (Helen Hall Arts), a freelance dancer who has created a dance workout with a Brazilian flavour. She blends movements from styles such as samba reggae, maracatu and…

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Dawn chorus

John O’Boyle will lead a dander around the Park to hear and identify birds. Specially designed for early risers! Meet at the gates to the Park at the top of Innisfayle Park. For further details contact : Cave Hill Conservation…

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Tai Chi ‘Chillin’ on Cave Hill (Hills for Health Series)

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.   Fancy…

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Nordic Walking at Valley Park (Hills for Health Series)

Nordic walking is a full-body exercise that's easy on the joints and suitable for all ages and fitness levels.  It tones the upper and lower body at the same time: it burns up to 46% more calories than ordinary walking,…

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Forage on Cave Hill

Phil Simpson has a fund of practical knowledge and plant lore. We’ll walk in his company to see what useful plants we can find. Meet at the Castle. For further details contact : Cave Hill Conservation Campaign facebook site, email…

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Trail Running Taster (Hills for Health Series)

For those runners who haven’t tried off road trail running before, this is an introduction to how to run across uplands, the benefits, the dos and don’ts and how to enjoy and respect the countryside in a totally different way.…

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Parkrun Introduction (Hills for Health Series)

The world is going parkrun mad, with hundreds of thousands catching on to this great free Saturday 5k run idea. For those who’ve not run before, this is an informal introduction to highlight that you’re all welcome to walk the…

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The Big Dig: Excavation Techniques course

This course will cover information such as why archaeologists excavate at all and how excavation helps us to understand how people lived in years gone by. It will include the types of equipment used, recovery, care and identification of artefacts. The course…

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The flora of Cave Hill

Karl Hamilton will guide us on a plant identification walk in the Nature Reserve in Ballyaghagan at the back of the hill. Meet at the entrance to the Park at the top of the Hightown Road. For further details contact:…

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The Big Dig: Archaeology 101!

Come along and have a taster session of undertaking excavation work, have a go at making bronze age style pottery, receive a guided tour of the site and see the ancient art of stone knapping in action!   Various time…

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The Big Dig: Divis Archaeology Walk & Talk

Join archaeologist Harry Welsh, from the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork (CAF) as he guides the group around around this enigmatic site to hear about what was found during this years’ dig.   Meeting by the National Trust visitor centre on…

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Cattle and Conservation

Our heritage and nature conservation are interwoven down the centuries through the activities of farming, the results of which can be seen at Slievenacloy with its rich variety of wildflowers grazed by traditional cattle breeds.   Come and learn about…

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Butterflies & mini-beasts

Northern Ireland’s Big Butterfly Count begins today. Find and examine some of our most beautiful wildlife in the company of Catherine Bertrand and learn some of the mysteries of their lives. Meet at the Castle. For further details contact: Cave…

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Wildfire Walk

This is a walk along the uplands of Cave Hill to highlight the impacts of wildfires on the hills, visitors and wildlife; find out just how resilient our uplands are and the positive news about what we can do to…

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A general walk on Cave Hill.

Cormac Hamill will lead a general history walk to the top of the Hill. Meet at the Castle. For further details contact: Cave Hill Conservation Campaign facebook site, email cormachamill47@gmail.com or phone 90291357 or visit www.cavehillconservation.org

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