NI Science Festival


19 February - 26 February 2022

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From learning about the fascinating world of honeybees to a behind the scenes conservation tour, celebrate NI Science Festival with a wide range of talks, tours and workshops at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

The Wonderful World of Honeybees

Led by Hillsborough Castle’s beekeeper Gwen Earnshaw, find out about the wonderful world of honeybees, their role as pollinators and how they make honey and wax comb. See beekeeping equipment on display and taste honey made by Hillsborough Castle’s very own honeybees. Discover the honey extraction process and mould shapes with the wax to take home.

Date: 19 February 2022

Times: 10.30, 11.30, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

Duration: 45 minutes

Price: Workshops are free on a first come first serve basis (includes admission to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens)

Capacity: 30 persons per session

Ages: 6-10, 10-14, 14-18, 18+

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Photograph of lip balms with honeycomb wax combs

Beeswax Balm Workshop

Learn about honeybees, their role as pollinators and how they set up their colonies. Led by Hillsborough Castle’s beekeeper Gwen Earnshaw, discover how to make your own beeswax balm and take a jar home with you, and enjoy a tasting of various locally produced honey including Hillsborough Castle’s very own.

Date: 26 February 2022

Times: 10.30, 13.00, 15.00

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: £25 (includes admission to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens)

Capacity: 16 persons per session

Ages: 14-18, 18+

Behind the Scenes Conservation Tour of Hillsborough Castle

Discover how we conserve and preserve furniture, paintings, silverware and clocks for display in the State Rooms of Hillsborough Castle. Led by Castle and Collections Manager David Orr, learn the techniques used to care for our collections, visit exclusive behind the scenes rooms and meet one of our highly skilled specialist furniture conservator, Fergus Purdy.

Date: 23 and 24 February 2022

Time: 15.00

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: £14.20/£11.30 (includes admission to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens)

Capacity: 20 persons

Ages: 10-14, 14-18, 18+

Conservators working at Hillsborough Castle
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A beginner’s guide to the science of compost

Find out how to make compost with Hillsborough Castle’s gardeners. Learn how to get the carbon and nitrogen ratio just right, what can be composted and how to tell when it is ready to use.

Enjoy a guided walk through the Walled Garden and visit behind the scenes areas such as the compost yard and the gardeners' operating base.

This workshop is designed for beginner gardeners who want to know the science behind composting and keeping your soil healthy, the pH, texture and structure of the soil and soil organisms.

Please note this is an outdoor event so please come dressed appropriately, but if wet we can relocate to a polytunnel. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and stuck into soil and compost.

Date: 17 February 2022

Times: 11.00 and 13.30

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: £14.20/£11.30 (includes admission to Hillsborough Castle’s gardens)

Capacity: 20 persons per session

Ages: 18+

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