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Heritage Week at Birr Castle
Celebrating Heritage Week at Birr Castle 2018

Wednesday 15th AugustFAMILY ROCKET LAUNCH EVENT - Birr Castle

11:00 and 13:00
Adult €9
Child (age 7+ years) €5

This event ticket includes general admission to the Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands and the Treehouse Adventure Playground.

1 -hour Rocket make and launch event.

This event is now SOLD OUT!

Lady Anna Oxmantown - CASTLE & DRESS COLLECTION TOURS 18-26 August 2018 National Heritage Week18-26 August 2018
National Heritage Week

Tours at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 & 14:30 Daily
€18.00 per person (not suitable for children under 12 years)

Insider view of Birr’s stunning fashion collection at Birr Castle. Are you a fashionista? Or an interiors devotee? Or a serious fan of Netflix’s award winning “The Crown” series? Would you like to see some stunning dresses by designers like Irene Gilbert, Charles James and Jacqmar, including the coat dress that Anne, 6th Countess of Rosse, wore to her son Anthony’s wedding to Princess Margaret? The come to Birr Castle this Heritage week, 18-26 August 2018. This is a chance to be part of living history. For the first time ever, a sneak preview of the amazing collection of dresses available at Birr will be displayed in the magnificent interiors of Birr Castle.

We are delighted to announce that the 7th Earl of Rosse, William Brendan Parsons and Alison Lady Rosse have opened their home to the public for an extended range of summer castle tours (approx. 90 minute tour) during Heritage Week, with the added bonus of being able to see a small number of these authentic, world acclaimed dresses, some of which have already been on display in places like the V & A in London and at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Your guide will also discuss where and when the dresses were worn, tell you about the antique furniture, the family portraits, chandeliers and tapestries within the rooms you visit.

Admission ticket also allows you to explore the 120 acres of gardens, explore Ireland’s largest tree house, marvel at the Great Telescope and visit the galleries of the Science Centre.

Pre-booking is essential to avoid disappointment as places are strictly limited.
A collection of six unique dresses will be on display, each with their own story.
Castle tours are suitable for 12 years and above only.
Unfortunately Castle tours are not suitable for those dependent on wheelchairs as there are several steps at the entrance to the castle, which dates back the sixteenth century.

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Sunday 19th August 2018Traditional Family Games Day - Birr Castle

Traditional Family Games Day
12:00 – 17:30

General Admission prices apply

Our Traditional Family Games Day is guaranteed to be a fun and energetic day out for all the family, both young and old!

Entertain the kids while revisiting your childhood, with much-loved classics such as the three-legged race, egg & spoon race, giant sack races, tug of war and welly throwing. Races for adults as well as the kids!
Activities on the day also include limbo, face painting, balloon modelling, giant games, DJ and much much more!

The Traditional Family Games Day event is included in the General Admission price, which also includes access to the Science Centre, the Great Telescope, 120 acres of gardens and parklands, and the Treehouse Adventure Playground.

A great day out for all the family!
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Wednesday 22nd August 2018Wild Child - Birr Castle

WILD CHILD DAY (Heritage Week Event)
Workshops at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30
Register when you arrive to reception, workshops are limited and based on a first come basis.

Adult €9.00
Child €5.00 (age 5-16 years)
Child age 4 and under FREE
Family €25.00 (2 adults & 2 children)

Join us for a host of activities dedicated to wild children everywhere. A day for both young and old to show their “wild side” and reconnect with nature and the great outdoors. Go wild with creative art, butterfly nets, pond dipping nets and insect investigation as we explore and learn about the many interesting animals around us.

Discovery sessions held at selected times throughout the day, between 10:00 – 17:00.

Guaranteed fun and learning for all the family in the extraordinary surroundings of Birr Castle Gardens. General admission fees apply.

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BAT WALK AND TALK - Birr Castle Events

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – EXTRA DATE ADDED

Friday 24th AUGUST 2018 SOLD OUT

BAT WALK AND TALK (One of our Heritage Week events)
€5 PER PERSON Pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.
21:15 – 23:00 Meet inside the welcome Courtyard at Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre.

Due to huge demand we have added an additional date for our Bat Walk and Talk event on Thursday 23 August 2018.

Join us at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre as we celebrate International Bat Day and discover the many native bats that reclaim the skies above us each night.

Learn how to identify Ireland’s different bat species, how they hunt in darkness and why we should be happy to have them living alongside us.
At dusk, we’ll enter the demesne with our bat detectors and explore the treeline, rivers and lakeside listening for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

We have bat detectors that will be handed out for the evening, but please bring a torch if you have one.
The ground is un-even so suitable footwear and clothing is essential.

Suitable for ages 8+
Please be aware that this is a weather dependent event.
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48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships 23 – 28 September 2018Hot Air Balloning - Birr Castle

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is delighted to announce the return of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships to the demesne this September.
This event is the longest running national ballooning event in the world, and is the biggest of its kind in Ireland. These huge ancient aircraft create quite a spectacle, flying totally dependant on the wind for direction.
Launches will take place in the demesne early morning and late evening, with times to be confirmed. Launches are weather dependant and may be cancelled at short notice.

Saturday 6 October  – Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle Conference

Saturday 27 October to Saturday 3 November- Halloween Midterm

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December- Magic of Christmas

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