ParkLife

ParkLife

Bringing children closer to nature in Belfast's Parks

Get outdoors and explore nature in Belfast's' parks with our ParkLife education programme delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council.  

From Saturday clubs, school visits and community events, ParkLife is a great way for children and their families to benefit from regular time in nature, learn more about their local park and it’s wildlife, and have lots of fun too.

Saturday Clubs

ParkLife Autumn Saturday Club in Tullycarnet

ParkLife Saturday Clubs

  • Six Saturday clubs run in parks across the city.
  • Clubs meet monthly.
  • Suitable for all ages. Young children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • Themes and activities change each month change and include games, crafts, walks, minibeast hunts, bird identification and scavenger hunts.
  • Helps children keep fit and get active outdoors, learn more about the world around them, build confidence, and develop a sense of ownership. 
  • FREE but booking is essential - email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

THEMES FOR 2019/20

  • September: Butterflies in Autumn - Find out what the butterflies in our parks and gardens are up to at this time of year!
  • October: Bats and Bugs - Learn all about our native bats and local bugs!
  • November: Toasty Campfires - Learn hot to light a campfire and make your own hot buttery toast!
  • January: Midwinter in the Park - What's happening in your park in the middle of winter? Lets find out!
  • February: Signs of Spring - Look closely at the trees and see if we can notice any signs of the trees awakening.
  • March: Spring Flowers - Lets take a walk around the park and discover all the flowers that are in bloom.

Victoria Park

When: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 
Booking essential - parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Date Theme
21 September Butterflies in Autumn
19 October Bats and Bugs
16 November Toasty Campfires
18 January Midwinter in the Park
15 February Signs of Spring
21 March Spring Crafts

 

Ballysillian Playing Fields

When: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 
Booking essential - parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Date Theme
21 September Butterflies in Autumn
19 October Bats and Bugs
16 November Toasty Campfires
18 January Midwinter in the park
15 February

Signs of Spring

21 March Spring Crafts

Tullycarnet

When: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 
Booking essential - parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Date Theme
28 September Butterflies in Autumn
26 October Bats and Bugs
30 November Toasty Campfires
25 January Midwinter in the Park
29 February Signs of Spring
28 March Spring Crafts

Fullerton Park

When: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 
Booking essential - parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Date Theme
5 October Bats and Bugs
2 November Toasty Campfires
4 January

Midwinter in the Park

1 February Signs of Spring
7 March Spring Crafts

Botanic Gardens

When: 10:00am - 11:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 
Booking essential - parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

Date Theme
28 September Butterflies in Autumn
26 October Bats and Bugs
30 November Toasty Campfires
25 January Midwinter in the Park
29 February Signs of Spring
28 March Spring Crafts

Falls Park

The Falls Park Saturday club is FULLY BOOKED. To be added to the waiting list, please email parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

When: 14:00pm - 15:30pm
Where: Meet at the Bowling Pavillion 

7 September Butterflies in Autumn
5 October Bats and Bugs
2 November Toasty Campfires 
4 January Midwinter in the Park
1 February Signs of Spring 
7 March Spring Crafts

 

School visits

ParkLife school session

Parklife for Schools

We work with schools to offer children seasonal-themed visits and a chance to learn about a range of topics such as:

  • animal and bird survival
  • how trees change with the seasons, and
  • history and heritage in our parks.

Learning outside the classroom can help to raise standards and can improve students’ personal and social development, therefore every element of the ParkLife programme is closely linked to the curriculum. 

The programme has been running since 2007 and was recently evaluated by Queen's University Belfast as a very positive experience for children. Download our ParkLife programme evaluation report.

The programme is delivered to Key Stage Two children in 40 schools across the city.  Each school has five visits throughout the school year. Three of the visits are at their local park.

The ParkLife education programme is fully booked for school visits for the 2018-19 academic year.

If you are interested in getting  involved in the future, please register your interest by emailing parklife@belfastcity.gov.uk

ParkLife nature adventure for Scoil an Droichid in Woodvale Park, Belfast

ParkLife Resources

Check out our range of seasonal education resources and activities for schools, individuals and groups to use when visiting their local park.