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Family Fun And Frolics For Hats Off To The Forthill

Hats Off to the Forthill

It will be ‘Hats off to the Forthill’ on Friday 27 July 2018 when the historic Forthill Park in Enniskillen hosts an afternoon of free family fun and entertainment from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

This popular annual event, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with support from The Executive Office, will feature a range of free family activities including face painting, balloon modelling and rope-making. Cathy McGovern will provide musical entertainment from the bandstand while Music Box will provide music and movement for toddlers throughout the afternoon. There will also be an opportunity to “have a go” at various sports.

Everyone attending the event is encouraged to pack a picnic basket, wear their favourite hat and spend the afternoon in one of the Council’s most popular public parks.

Hats Off to the Forthill

Visitors to Forthill Park will also have the opportunity to explore Coles Monument which will be open to the public especially for the day.

There will also be a range of free family activities such as slime making, balloon modelling and face painting taking place in the Diamond between 12 noon and 4.00 pm on the day to complement the Hats off to Forthill event. There will be cartoon walkabout characters in attendance also.

Speaking about the day’s activities, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Howard Thornton, said:

“We are very fortunate to have at our disposal such a wonderful shared space as Forthill Park in which to host this excellent summer event. I am confident that as in previous years, a large crowd will turn out to enjoy a fabulous fun, free, family day. I would encourage everyone to make a day of it and visit the town centre also to experience the atmosphere and the free activities taking place there. With its wide array of shops, cafes and places of interest, Enniskillen has so much to offer.

We look forward one again to welcoming locals and visitors alike to “Hats off to the Forthill. This event is a great way for people to come together and enjoy a day of fun and entertainment for all the family in this beautiful and historic setting.”

Admission to the event and its associated activities is free.

Find Out More

For further information about ‘Hats off to the Forthill’, please contact Catherine Scott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Museums Service, on 028 6632 5000 or email catherine.scott@fermanaghomagh.com.

“Hats Off to the Forthill” is funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Good Relations Programme assisted by The Executive Office.

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Cuilcagh Boardwalk Pre-Booking System is a Summer Success

The car park pre-booking system, which launched in June of this year, has welcomed almost 5,000 bookings in three months.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s official car park has received almost 5,000 bookings within three months of launching its online booking system, theboardwalk.ie.

The booking system was created earlier this year with the aim of facilitating more effective crowd management and social distancing regulations, controlling numbers during the peak season and ensuring the safety of all staff and visitors.

With hopes of also fostering sustainable, green tourism at the popular Fermanagh landmark, the limited visitor numbers better enable the protection of the grounds and surrounding habitat by controlling the heavy footfall often experienced at the Instagram-worthy attraction. This was the original cause that led to the original construction of the boardwalk by UNESCO-endorsed Cuilcagh Lakeland Geopark, with the paths meandering through one of the largest blanket bogs in Northern Ireland.

The online bookings have come from all across the island of Ireland as people have enjoyed staycations, bank holidays and two unprecedented heatwaves this summer. While the initiative has received initial success, the bookings only represent a small percentage of walkers currently visiting the boardwalk each day and the mountain trail aims to see more visitors doing their part and pre-booking their car parking space in the months ahead.

Speaking on the success of the online system to date, local farmer, Cuilcagh landowner and car park operator, John Sheridan commented:

“This online system marked an important first step in the long-term redevelopment plans for Cuilcagh Boardwalk, and the number of online bookings to date indicates that we are successfully engaging with and encouraging walkers to be more environmentally conscious during their visit.

With that said, our work is not done. We want to encourage 100% visitors to pre-book their car parking space, so that we can safely control numbers on the boardwalk each day and reduce the impact of high-volume visitor traffic.”

Cuilcagh Boardwalk is also now part of the national Leave No Trace education programme, which focuses on developing a national ethic that protects both natural and cultural heritage by minimising the environmental and social impacts of tourism on some of the country’s most popular visitor attractions.

Cuilcagh Boardwalk’s online car park booking system comes as part of early development plans for the mountain trail and is determined to remain a sustainable, environmentally mindful area for all to enjoy.

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Wild About the Workhouse Wildlife Walks in Enniskillen

Did you know there are eight species of bats in Northern Ireland or that swifts, on leaving their nest for the first time, are airborne for 2-3 years before they land for the first time!

Would you like to learn more about bats, swifts and local wildlife in Enniskillen?

If so, registration is now open to join a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk taking place around Enniskillen on Friday 2 July and Friday 23 July 2021 at 8.30 pm.

These walks, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, are part of the Enniskillen Workhouse Project in partnership with South West College with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Enniskillen Workhouse is currently home to swifts during the spring and summer months and bats potentially all year round.

Nesting swifts and bats are both protected species, therefore, as part of the restoration of the workhouse to create a business enterprise and heritage hub, the Council is protecting and enhancing the nesting and roosting spaces that are there by following specialist guidance on construction timings, building advice and appropriate mitigation.

The walks will be on footpaths and walkways around Enniskillen town at night taking in Enniskillen Castle and Fermanagh Lakeland Forum.

To find out more and book your place on a ‘Wild About the Workhouse’ guided walk, please email biodiversity@fermanaghomagh.com

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis as numbers are restricted to 15 per walk.

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