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

48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships Hot Air Balloning - Birr Castle

23 – 28 September 2018 – Admission from 16:30 – 19:00

Admission: €5.00
Family: €15.00 (2 adults + 2 children age 5-16)
Child: Age 4 or under FREE
Friends Free event for Friends of Birr Castle Garden

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 in the evening time, weather permitting.
Evening tickets are valid from 16:30 – 19:00 on your chosen date.
Evening tickets include access to the Science Centre, gardens, Great Telescope and Treehouse Adventure Area between 16:30 – 19:00, as well as activities centred around the launches.
Launches are weather dependant and may be cancelled at short notice.
Tickets are valid for your chosen date. However if the balloons are unable to launch due to adverse weather, this ticket can be used another evening between 23-28 September only.
Children age 16 and under must be supervised at all times in the demesne.

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Karin Leitner at Birr CastleAn evening of music in Birr Castle with Karin Leitner & Teresa O’Donnell.

Sunday 30th September – from 18.30

The Earl & Countess of Rosse are delighted to announce an evening of music in Birr Castle with Karin Leitner & Teresa O’Donnell on Sunday 30th September from 18.30. Compositions by John Rutter, Claude Debussy and Karin’s own compositions. Karin will be accompanied by Dublin based harpist Teresa O’Donnell. Their music is guaranteed to uplift, inspire and make you happy.

  • 18.30 Gates Open & Wine Reception
  • 19:00 – 21.00 Concert
  • Tickets €28 or two for €50

Pre-Booking by 14th September is essential.
To book email estate@birrcastle.com or call Tel +353 (0)57 9120056

Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle Conference

http://www.spaceweek.ie/events/teaching-earth-and-space-in-the-junior-cycle/

Space week 2018 at Birr CastleSaturday 6 October

Junior Cycle Teacher’s Conference

Saturday 6 October – 09:15-17:00

Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle
Practical workshops, inspirational speakers on space and panel discussions supporting the Earth and Space Strand. This one-day conference is for teachers of Junior Cycle Science.
Brought to you by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO, Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre and JCT.
This is a pre-book event, to book follow the link below.

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Space Week Family Event (STEM Event)

Celebrating Space Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Sunday 7 October

Family Rocket Launch

Sunday 7 October – 11:00 and 13:00

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

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

How do rockets work? Learn the science behind a rocket launch, design and build your very own ballistic family rocket and launch it to the International Space Station. Which family will successfully dock with the ISS? Whose rocket will travel the furthest? This event will last one hour and include the building of the rocket and launch.

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

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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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