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On the grapevine - July 21


Design camp ni comes to musuem

An exciting new summer programme for 12 to 15 year olds is coming to Museum at The Mill. For anyone thinking of art and design as part of their future Design Camp is not to be missed.

Led by practising designers David Hood and Seainin Passi, Design Camp will give budding artists and designers the opportunity to explore, design and create using the woodland of Mossley Mill as inspiration.

Design Camp NI is for young people aged 12 to 15 years old and will run until Friday July 29 at Museum at The Mill. The week – long workshop (either morning 9.30am – 1.30pm or afternoon 2pm-6pm) costs £30 and places will be limited.

For more information download the application leaflet or contact the museum on 028 9034 0129.

Outdoor theatre — a decadent affair

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Those looking for something decadent for ‘staycations’ or summer evenings in Northern Ireland this year should look no further than Theatre at The Mill’s outdoor theatre performances of Great Expectations on Tues August 23 will be set in the civic square gardens of the restored Mossley Mill Newtownabbey.

Audiences are invited to picnic with friends and family whilst enjoying the romance and drama of two popular classics, set in magical and imaginative surroundings with grounds opening at 7pm to give people time to get rugs laid, food platters out and settled down for a night of theatre under the stars.

There are limited tickets available for the outdoor theatre events with over 50% of tickets already sold for Sense & Sensibility, so early booking is essential with tickets costing £13 and £10 (Concession). No seating is provided so audiences are requested to bring their own low back seating, rugs and/or blankets.

Tickets are available online at www.theatreatthemill.com or call 028 9034 0202.

No horsing around

To help raise funds for winter feed, CrossKennan Animal sanctuary are now launching our riding lessons and experiences programs.’

Their qualified instructor is offering :- private one to one lessons for one hour, small group lessons ( no more than four people), lead rein lessons - seven years and over for one hour, lead rein lessons — under seven years 30 mins, back in the saddle, coffee mornings, picturesque rural rides on quiet country roads and carriage rides.

They cater for everyone; from the very nervous, novice rider to those looking for a more challenging experience.

Lyn Friel, Crosskennan’s founder and manager says, ‘We are most proud of the work that our horses and ponies are involved in as part of the Animals Helping People programs which have been running throughout the charity’s 15 year history. For more information and to book please ring Crosskennan on 028 9446 5384 and clearly leave your contact details on the answerphone or email crosskennan@hotmail.co.uk. Our instructor will contact you as soon as possible.


Your inspirations please

Northern Ireland’s libraries celebrate one year to go to the London 2012 Games Libraries NI is on a mission to discover Northern Ireland’s most inspirational reads, as part of the London 2012 Open Weekend — a series of sporting and cultural events taking place across the UK which will see hundreds of thousands of people participating in events to celebrate the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

On Friday and Saturday July 22, public libraries across Northern Ireland will be encouraging local people to name the book that has had an impact on their lives or played a part in making them who they are.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit their nearest library on one of these days and complete an Inspire Postcard. All they have to do is write the name of their chosen book and provide a little detail about why it has inspired them.


Type 2 diabetes test

The Diabetes UK Roadshow will visit the front of the City Hall in Belfast on Thursday August 18 and Friday August 19 from 9am to 5pm to help people find out more about diabetes and discover whether they are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

The roadshow,supported by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to identify some of the estimated 10,000 people in Northern Ireland who have Type 2 diabetes but are not aware of it. This is vital because Type 2 Diabetes can be undetected for 10 years or more, meaning 50 per cent of people already have complications by the time they are diagnosed.

Diabetes UK staff will be offering free diabetes risk assessment tests which predict a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the next ten years. If this risk is categorised as moderate to high, people will be referred to their GP for further advice or tests.

The roadshow will also raise awareness of risk factors for Type 2 diabetes. In 2010 Diabetes UK’s Roadshow programme carried out nearly 10,000 risk assessments and more than half of those people were referred to their local GP.


Highwayman treasure hunt

Feeling ‘robbed’ of things to do with the kids this summer?

The hunt is on in the Belfast Hills for the silver acorn — buried by the notorious 18th century Irish highwayman Naoise O’Haughan.

The Belfast Hills Partnership’s summer adventure aims to find one of his most prized ill-gotten gains — the mythical silver acorn he stole from Lady Donegall.

This exciting family treasure hunt can be done in your own time. It runs over July and August.So get the youngsters and big kids onto Cave Hill this summer for the great Belfast Hills treasure hunt!

There are two trails, one just less than four miles and taking in the best of Cave Hill, while the shorter trail is perfect for younger treasure hunters.

The treasure trail maps produced by Belfast Hills Partnership and Belfast City Council are free and are available online through www.belfasthills.org and clicking on ‘downloads’. The published map can also be posted out from our offices. Just call 02890 603 466 or email your postal address to info@belfasthills.org

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