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

Maths Week Family Event (STEM Event)

Mission Control - Birr CastleCelebrating Maths Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Saturday 20 October – 11:00 and 14:00

Mission Control Family Event

  • Adult ticket price: €9
  • Child (7-12 years) ticket price: €5

Ticket includes admission to the 7 Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands, the Great Telescope and the Treehouse Adventure Area.

Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? Join us for our fun and non-competitive maths mission as we challenge you, our budding space travellers, to develop your astronaut skills with puzzles, co-ordination, memory, measuring and recording activities. You will learn about our solar system and plan a journey into space. Will you pass the selection test and make it to another planet? Only time will tell. Good luck to you all. This event will last 1.5 hrs.

Please note that this is a pre-booked event only. Booking is essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Halloween Mid-Term activities at Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre

Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November

Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00

Tricks and Treats for all the family to enjoy together! All activities are included in your general admission tickets, some of the events have limited places. You can register for your preferred events when you arrive on the day but we can only work on a first come basis, no pre-booking possible.

Activities:

  • Family Quest with a spooky twist
  • Pumpkin Trail
  • Daily best Halloween costume one prize daily for the little one’s and one daily prize for the big ones… (mums and dads are welcome to join in the fun). Judging daily from 12 noon to 15:00.
  • Face Painting on selected dates and times
  • Daily seasonal movie at 13:00 each day.

Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November
Activities (limited places and pre-register when you arrive, allocation will be based on a first come basis)

  • Halloween themed Art and Craft Events, 13:30 and 15:30 in the Pavilion.
  • Scary Marcy Cup Cake decorations 12:00 Noon in the tea rooms

Children’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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Science Week, suitable for 16 years and over

Celebrating Science Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Drawing with Light – The Science of Photography

13 November – 15:30 – 18:00

Photography translated from the Greek literally means drawing with light. This event with photographer Veronica Nicholson will involve a walk to explore the practice of photography and the impact of light. This event is for adults and all participants are encouraged to bring their cameras. There will also be a short introduction to the invention of photography and the event will conclude [in darkness] with people experimenting with light painting photography, using a torch or light to draw something or write a word while the shutter of the camera is left open during a long exposure photograph. By shooting in a dark location and using long exposure photography the flashes, streaks, colours, textures, and trails of light created by the torch can be captured in a photograph. The event at Birr Castle Demense will include a visit to Mary Rosse’s nineteenth-century photographic dark room, the oldest surviving dark room in the world.

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Science Week Family Event (STEM Event)

Common senseCelebrating Science Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Common Sense for Families

Saturday 17 November – 11:00 and 14:00

  • Ticket: Adult €9
  • Ticket: Child (age 7-12 years) €5

Ticket includes admission to the 7 Science Galleries, 120 acres of gardens and parklands, the Great Telescope and the Treehouse Adventure Area.

How do our senses compare with those of animals? How do our senses work when put to the test in isolation? Can we still taste if we can’t smell? Can we identify smell if we can’t see? How good actually are our senses of sight and hearing? Using full immersion games, activities and experiments we will learn about our human senses and how they work. We will learn some amazing facts about animal senses, why they developed and how we compare. What are the super senses that we don’t have? Are we really the top animal on the planet? Be prepared for some surprises. Guaranteed fun for children and adults alike. Suitable for children Age 7+. Duration 1.5 hrs.

Pre-booking/payment is essential as places are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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The Magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Santa at Birr CastleCome and enjoy The Magic of Christmas at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre this December.

Be greeted and entertained by the Castle elves, before taking a trip to the enchanting Birr Castle where you will find Mrs Claus in the elegant dining room preparing for the big day. Your visit continues in the stunning library where you will meet the man himself… Santa Claus!

Santa will visit Birr Castle Demesne over 9 dates this year kicking off on December 1st until Saturday 22nd December.

Dates:

  • Saturday Dec 1
  • Sunday Dec 2
  • Saturday Dec 8
  • Sunday Dec 9
  • Friday Dec 14
  • Saturday Dec 15
  • Sunday Dec 16
  • Friday Dec 21
  • Saturday Dec 22

Tickets are priced at €18 per child and €8 per adult/teen, pre-booking is essential. Each €18 child ticket booked will receive an age appropriate gift from Santa. The Magic of Christmas experience lasts for 45 minutes, but there is plenty more to see and do at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre. Pre-booked adult and children tickets also include general admission to the Treehouse adventure playground, the Science galleries and gardens during daylight hours. (T&C apply)

Payment required at time of booking.

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