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Belfast Hills Heritage Festival offers an exciting week-long programme of family fun and learning

By Ricky Thompson

It's game on for the annual Belfast Hills Heritage Festival which kicked off today, beginning an exciting week-long programme of fun and learning to showcase Belfast’s historical landscape.

The Festival is being run by the Belfast Hills Partnership and includes activities for all ages, with various activities and events happening around the city.

Today the fun began with the Landscapes and Legends Bus Tour which travelled around the Belfast Hills, stopping off at the Half Moon Lake in West

Belfast and Colin Glen Forest Park where curious onlookers could examine ancient fossils.

Other events throughout the week include a Game of Thrones walk with archaeologist Cormac McSparron where he will reveal an ancient route to McArt’s Fort, a site where Celtic kings were crowned.

Jo Boylan, outreach manager at the Belfast Hills Partnership, said the event is great for everyone: “People who maybe haven’t had access to the hills, who maybe aren't particularly mobile, get to have a good initiation into some of our key sites and get to learn about the landscape.

“Belfast has a fantastic heritage and a fantastic history. The Belfast hills are steeped in history, right from the Neolithic times right up to the present day.

“It’s important for local people to learn about that heritage and the biodiversity associated with the hills.”

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