Welcome back the Brent Geese to Strangford Lough after a 3,000 mile migration from Arctic Canada

2 October 2021 - 13 November 2021

The arrival of the Brent Geese in their thousands on to Strangford Lough after a gruelling 3,000 mile journey from Arctic Canada is one of the biggest wildlife highlights in Northern Ireland's calendar year.

The Winter Migration Festival at Castle Espie is designed to celebrate this wildlife spectacle, along with the migration story of various birds across the world. We want to connect people with nature and immerse them in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Espie to come to understand the importance of what is around us, not just for us, but for wildlife too. There will be something for everyone, whether you are one or one hundred years old!

From Saturday 2nd October, we will be offering visitors exciting experiences from sunrise yoga, paddle boarding, art classes, tours and much more in a bid to immerse them in nature in ways they have never experienced before. There will also be a programme dedicated to our younger visitors too, such as music bugs, parent and baby yoga, little ducklings days and new and exciting events we have never tried before.

Tickets bookable via Castle Espie website. Links below.


*Programme subject to change. Terms and Conditions apply, please check details on the Castle Espie website before booking and for information on supplies required and dress code advised, if applicable.

Saturday 2 October

Event Time Info Tickets
Sunrise Yoga 6.45am

This autumn we invite you to restore your energy levels at Castle Espie, Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough with a soothing early morning Yin Yoga Experience. 

£45

Book now

Art Workshop with Bernice Anderson  10.30am - 12 noon

Bernice offers friendly, creative watercolour workshops, art demonstrations and teambuilding experiences. These adult art classes will focus on nature, and bringing out the beauty of nature through art.

£25

Book now

Wandering Little Wildlings 

11am-12noon

 

1-2pm

The sessions will include conscious breath-work through interactive techniques and grounding with a connection to our body and 5 senses. Parents will also be invited to engage in activities with their children and actively participate in beautiful interactions that will give both parent and child a strong sense of connection to one and other.

Included with admission, but spaces should be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 02891 874146 to pre book, or if spaces are still available on the day, you can register at reception.
Mini Explorers 

12-1pm

 

1.30-2.30pm

 

3-4pm

 

Mini Explorers can experience sounds, lights, bubbles, hunt for feathers, explore the Atlantic ocean or become an artic explorer through our carefully planned play areas.

Included with admission, but spaces must be pre-booked. We would advise calling us on 02891 874146 ahead of your visit, but if spaces are available, you can book on arrival.

 

Sunday 3 October

Event Time Info Tickets
Nature Photography Workshop  10.30am – 12noon 

Join resident photographer, Lesley Baker, for a nature photography workshop and tour of Castle Espie covering all the hot spots to capture the best wildlife and nature photos when you visit.

£15

Book now

Music Bugs

11.30am

 

12.30am

 

1.30pm

 

2.30pm

At Music Bugs, the aim is not to teach music but to encourage young children to develop, grow and explore the world around them through music and song.

Music Bugs classes are included with admission but must be pre-booked. We advise booking in advance by calling us on 02891 874146, however, if spaces are still available, you can book in on arrival.

Wednesday 6 October

Wandering Little Wildlings  3pm

The sessions will include conscious breath-work through interactive techniques and grounding with a connection to our body and 5 senses. Parents will also be invited to engage in activities with their children and actively participate in beautiful interactions that will give both parent and child a strong sense of connection to one and other.

Included with admission, but spaces should be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 02891 874146 to pre book, or if spaces are still available on the day, you can register at reception.

 

Thursday 7 October

Parent and Baby Yoga  10.30am - 11.30am Enjoy a yoga session designed for parents and babies, whilst immersed in the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Head out on to the Castle Espie reserve after your session and enjoy the sights and sounds whilst most in touch with your inner self.

£15

Book Now

 

Friday 8 October

Art Workshop with Bernice Anderson  10.30am – 12noon 

Bernice offers friendly, creative watercolour workshops, art demonstrations and teambuilding experiences. These adult art classes will focus on nature, and bringing out the beauty of nature through art.

£25

Book Now

 

Saturday 9 October

Sunrise Yoga  6.45am

This autumn we invite you to restore your energy levels at Castle Espie, Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough with a soothing early morning Yin Yoga Experience. 

£45

Book Now

Sustainability Ireland Castle Espie Tour 

10.30am - 12.30pm

 

1.15pm - 3.15pm
Join us for a fun, engaging and entertaining tour of Castle Espie with Sustainability Ireland’s Brigid Watson. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Castle Espie, and learn more about this fascinating visitor attraction.

£15

Book Now

Live Ring Reading  TBC TBC Included with admission 
Mini Explorers 

12pm-1pm

 

1.30pm-2.30pm

 

3-4pm

 

Mini Explorers can experience sounds, lights, bubbles, hunt for feathers, explore the Atlantic ocean or become an artic explorer through our carefully planned play areas. 

Included with admission, but spaces must be pre-booked. We would advise calling us on 02891 874146 ahead of your visit, but if spaces are available, you can book on arrival.

 

Sunday 10 October

Nature Photography Workshop  10.30am – 12noon 

Join resident photographer, Lesley Baker, for a nature photography workshop and tour of Castle Espie covering all the hot spots to capture the best wildlife and nature photos when you visit.

£15

Includes admission to the Castle Espie Reserve.
Music Bugs  

11.30am

12.30pm

1.30pm

2.30pm

At Music Bugs, the aim is not to teach music but to encourage young children to develop, grow and explore the world around them through music and song.

Participation in music and singing classes is a great way for children to socialise and develop in a creative and stimulating environment. In addition, research has shown that singing songs and rhymes on a regular basis helps to widen your child’s vocabulary and listening skills which are an essential part of learning to read, write and communicate.

Music Bugs classes are included with admission but must be pre-booked. We advise booking in advance by calling us on 02891 874146, however, if spaces are still available, you can book in on arrival.

Thursday 14 October

Parent and Baby Yoga  10.30am-11.30am Enjoy a yoga session designed for parents and babies, whilst immersed in the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Head out on to the Castle Espie reserve after your session and enjoy the sights and sounds whilst most in touch with your inner self.

£15

Book Now

 

Friday 15 October

Little Ducklings Day 10am-11am

Join us for a parent and tots session in Castle Espie soft play. Enjoy a story about nature, get stuck in to our nature crafts and enjoy singing and dancing too! After your session, head out to feed the ducks with one of our expert wardens and hear all about the day to day mischief our collection birds get up to!

£5

Admission to the reserve not included. One parent per child.

 

Saturday 16 October

Sunrise Yoga  6.45am

This autumn we invite you to restore your energy levels at Castle Espie, Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough with a soothing early morning Yin Yoga Experience. 

6.45am

Tickets coming soon

Wandering Little Wildlings 

11am-12noon

 

1-2pm

The sessions will include conscious breath-work through interactive techniques and grounding with a connection to our body and 5 senses. Parents will also be invited to engage in activities with their children and actively participate in beautiful interactions that will give both parent and child a strong sense of connection to one and other.

Included with admission, but spaces should be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 02891 874146 to pre book, or if spaces are still available on the day, you can register at reception.
Grow and Graze   1030am – 12noon

Enjoy a unique day out with Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen and Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Learn how to ‘grow your own’ then reap the benefits in the kitchen! Join our expert Gardening team at the Gardener’s Bothy in Castle Espie and learn how to grow your own and take care of your garden in an environmentally friendly way.  The session will be followed by a traditional Irish bread making experience with Tracey from Tracey’s Farmhouse Kitchen, using heritage apples picked from the orchard at Castle Espie.

£30

Tickets coming soon

Walk on the Wild Side  TBC

Join the Castle Espie reserve team for a walk on the wild side - a behind the scenes look at what a day in the life of a warden really looks like. Get behind the scenes access and learn hints and tips on various nature based and wildlife endevours.

£15

Tickets coming soon

Bernice Anderson Kids Art Workshop   10.30am - 12noon

Join local artist Bernice Anderson for a fun filled art workshop designed for kids. Enjoy making nature themed art that you can take home and proudly display!

Included with admission
North Down Bird Watching Club  All day

10.30am - 12.30pm - Nest box building

10.30am - 3.30pm (Every half an hour) - Bug hotel workshops

10.15am - 3.30pm (Drop in) - Bird feeder workshop

Included with admission
Nature Photography Workshop  10.30am - 12noon

Join resident photographer, Lesley Baker, for a nature photography workshop and tour of Castle Espie covering all the hot spots to capture the best wildlife and nature photos when you visit.

£15

Book Now

 

Sunday 17 October

10.30am-12.30pm

Head out on to the Castle Espie reserve with our reserve team and enjoy foraging for berries whilst getting an informative tour of the grounds. After your collection, meet Tracey from Tracey's farm house kitchen and make your very own Castle Espie jam and delicious soda bread!

£35

Book Now

All day

10.30am - 12.30pm - Nest box building

10.30am - 3.30pm (Every half an hour) - Bug hotel workshops

10.15am - 3.30pm (Drop in) - Bird feeder workshop

Included with admission

10.30am - 12.30pm

 

1.15pm-3.15pm
Join us for a fun, engaging and entertaining tour of Castle Espie with Sustainability Ireland’s Brigid Watson. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Castle Espie, and learn more about this fascinating visitor attraction.

£15

Book Now

Thursday 21 October

Parent and Baby Yoga  10.30am-11.30am Enjoy a yoga session designed for parents and babies, whilst immersed in the beauty of the nature surrounding you. Head out on to the Castle Espie reserve after your session and enjoy the sights and sounds whilst most in touch with your inner self.

£15

Book Now

 

Saturday 23 October

Sunrise Yoga 6.45am

This autumn we invite you to restore your energy levels at Castle Espie, Wetland Centre on the shores of Strangford Lough with a soothing early morning Yin Yoga Experience. 

£45

Tickets coming soon

Nature Photography Workshop  10.30am - 12noon

Join resident photographer, Lesley Baker, for a nature photography workshop and tour of Castle Espie covering all the hot spots to capture the best wildlife and nature photos when you visit.

£15

Tickets coming soon

Tuesday 26 October

Wandering Little Wildlings  3pm

The sessions will include conscious breath-work through interactive techniques and grounding with a connection to our body and 5 senses. Parents will also be invited to engage in activities with their children and actively participate in beautiful interactions that will give both parent and child a strong sense of connection to one and other.

Included with admission, but spaces should be pre-booked in advance to avoid disappointment. Call us on 02891 874146 to pre book, or if spaces are still available on the day, you can register at reception.
2 October 2021 - 13 November 2021

Opening Times

  • Please see individual events for timings

Prices

  • Please see individual events for pricing

Contact Details

  • Address Castle Espie 78 Ballydrain Road Comber Co Down BT23 6EA
  • Telephone 028 9187 4146
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