1. The Narnia Trail
This family loop trail takes you through woodland at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The famous writer, C S Lewis, as a young boy, spent much holiday time in the Mournes and Rostrevor in particular, allowing him to imagine, dream and wonder, and inspiring his creation of the magical world of Narnia. ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ have sold over 100 million copies. Lewis is reported to have written a letter to his brother saying:
“That part of Rostrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia”
This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.
The walk starts and finishes within Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor and brings to life the Chronicles of Narnia with a number of features along the route. The trail is entered, like the magical world of Narnia itself, through a ‘Wardrobe Door’, beyond which lies a land filled with strange and intriguing creatures.
Enter at your peril, as the White Witch has put a curse on the land. It is always winter and never Christmas – and she can turn you into stone. Be warned, don’t eat any “enchanted” Turkish Delight! Other features along the way include ‘The Lamp Post’, ‘The Beaver’s House’ and ‘Aslan’s Table’. These features offer many opportunities to interact and take photos/selfies.
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Seascope -Northern Ireland’s first ever Lobster and Marine Hatchery Research Centre is a marine research, education and visitor centre based in Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Kilkeel is a thriving fishing community who rely heavily on the fishing industry for employment and keeping the harbour and community alive. Our hatchery will be focused on rearing lobsters from eggs to young adults. During this time we will be able to concentrate on research and looking into lobster rearing techniques as this is a very new and specialised field. We are delighted to be working with Professor Paulo Prodohl, head of genetics, who will be leading the research carried out at Seascope.
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm Sunday Closed
Price Adults £2.40 Children £2.00
3. Carlingford ferry
Start your own story travelling on the Scenic Carlingford Ferry between Greencastle in the Mournes and Greenore in Cooley Mountains.
The Scenic Carlingford Ferry operates a continuous car ferry services across Carlingford Lough linking the Village of Greenore, Co Louth to the town land of Greencastle, Co. Down. Our ferry is a very important link for tourism, business opportunities as well being an important part to many people’s day trip itinerary. The crossing takes 15-20 minutes and caters for all types of vehicles, foot passengers and cyclists (except articulated lorries). Tickets can be bought online for a discounted rate and once purchased tickets are valid for 90 days (unless otherwise stated). We hope to see you onboard soon. Enjoy the scenic route.
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4. Castlewellan Forest Park, MAZE
Located in a dramatic setting of mountains and sea, this is one of the most outstanding tree and shrub collections in Europe. The beauty, vigour and perfect shape of the trees in the National Arboretum attract tree enthusiasts from around the world. However, Castlewellan has numerous features that draw wider attention. The garden is a mixture of informal and formal design with terraces, fountains, ornamental gates and flower borders. To walk around the forest park’s mile-long lake, encountering some intriguing modern sculptures on the way, is to enjoy a great experience of eighteenth-century landscaping.
The planting of the walled Annesley garden, the focus of the arboretum, was begun in the 1850s and rare conifers and maples were later imported directly from Japan. Then came the addition of more rich varieties, including Chilean eucryphias, Australian athrotaxis and pittosporum and Chinese rhododendrons. The arboretum holds many trees with record heights in the British Isles.
One of Northern Ireland’s most famous lakes, a stunning Victorian Castle, incredible panoramic views, scenic walking trails, 27km of Mountain Bike Trails, Nature Play perfect for the kids, an onsite multi-activity centre, hedge maze and equestrian centre, Castlewellan Forest Park boasts all of this and more making it a must-visit for all ages.
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5. Newcastle Community Cinema (NCC)
Showing: 30th December 2018 at 8pm
Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
Venue: Newcastle Community Cinema, Main Street, Newcastle.
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Runtime: 1hr 44min
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DONT FORGET TO POP INTO TO MADE IN MOURNE WHEN YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT IN THE MOURNES.