Bank Holiday Bonanza!

Most Northern Irish Bank Holiday weekends evoke memories of sand filled picnics on the beach, ice-cream in the rain, heavy traffic to Portrush and mainland UK getting the best of the weather. However, this Bank Holiday weekend past was something else!  

On Saturday we held our Community Walking Day to support The Big Walk NI walker – Michael Conlon who was visiting projects and communities around Great Britain and Northern Ireland as part of the Big Walk, an idea from the Eden Project delivered together with the National Lottery. While he was walking round Rathlin Island, we held our own walk and lunch event to support him. It was great to see so many out joining us as we walked from C.S. Lewis Square to Orangefield before a quick bite in Avoniel Community Garden.

On Sunday we held our first Eco Explorers event in Orangefield Park – a monthly environment programme for families exploring the different types of species living along the Greenway. This month was minibeasts and the kids (and adults!) enjoyed getting stuck in learning all about the different species with Karl from Ecomantella.

On Monday, EastSide Arts and Seedhead Arts took over C.S. Lewis Square with Wardrobe Jam- an afternoon of street art, DJ’s and entertainment in an scorcher of a day! Nine wardrobes were given a ‘make over’, putting a spin on the heritage of C.S. Lewis’ famous novel ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’.

As well as this, Victoria Parkrun continued to run as successful as ever and our local pop up restaurant – Pot Kettle Black received a raving review in the Belfast Telegraph which you can read here!

A fantastic, sun soaked Greenway weekend all round! If you were at any of the events don’t forget to share your photos online using our social media pages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Alternatively you can tag us using #ConnswaterCommunityGreenway #Cslsquare. 

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