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Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Geotastic Extravaganza

Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Geotastic Extravaganza

Dinosaurs are coming alive at Slieve Gullion! A T-Rex and Velociraptor have been spotted prowling around the Walled Garden. Are you brave enough to track them down?

Come along to our Geotastic Extravaganza, to learn about dinomite dinosaurs, vicious volcanoes, earth-shattering earthquakes and other wonders of our planet. You can even get your picture taken with Roary (the T-Rex) or Red (the Raptor) … if you’re brave enough!

Please note: Tickets are not required for this event, spaces for workshops will be given on a first come first served basis. This event is running alongside the normal operations of the Forest Park so parking will be limited.

Geotastic Extravaganza Activities

Geotastic Geology – 11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 & 15.30

Come to the Hawthorne Suite and meet Geology George and/or Geology Georgina for an interactive journey through the Earth’s history.

Find out about:

  • How the Earth has changed over time,
  • How the Ring of Gullion came to be,
  • Vicious volcanoes and,
  • Earth-Shattering Earthquakes – can you predict when they’ll pop?

Please note: Places in the Geotastic Geology session will be offered on a first come, first served basis as space is limited, a maximum of 1 adult per child will be permitted. We recommend you arrive 10 minutes before the start of the session.

Dynamic Dinos – 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.30, 15.30 & 16.30 (last show will be followed by a short 10-minute photo opportunity)
Take a seat on the grass in the Walled Garden and be amazed at the range of dinosaurs that have come to visit Slieve Gullion; this interactive show is a must for all dinosaur enthusiasts.

The show will last around 20 minutes and will be followed by the opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with Roary the T-Rex and Red the Raptor, on your own camera or smart phone… if you’re brave enough.

Picture posers beware, after about 20 minutes Roary and Red get tired of posing for pictures and you may very well get chased, as they like to go for a roam around… looking for dinner!! Though both dinosaurs are looked after by their handlers, they’re not always well behaved!

Geotastic Crafts – 11.00 – 12.30 & 13.00 – 17.00

Visit the Courtyard to have-a-go at making your own Geotastic Badge or a model of the Earth from Play-Doh, learning all about the inside of the Earth as you go. There will also be face-painting and glitter tattoos available.

Please note: The Earth Modelling sessions will run every 30 minutes and will be offered on a first come, first served basis as spaces are limited.

An event timetable will also be displayed on the day.

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

This event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark.

Event Details

Lúnasa Festival 2019 – Geotastic Extravaganza takes place on August 17, 2019.
It starts at 11.00 and ends at 17.00.

Event Location

Slieve Gullion Courtyard & Walled Garden
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
89 Drumintee Road
BT35 8SW
Lottery Funded
NIEA DoE N&M DC Biodiversity

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Crossmaglen Community Centre,
O’Fiaich Square,
BT35 9AA.

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