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Mayor Cllr, William McCaughey launches Carnfunnock Country Park's brand new Nature Trail.
Mayor Cllr, William McCaughey launches Carnfunnock Country Park's brand new Nature Trail.

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New magical adventure trail opens at Carnfunnock

Looking for an exciting new adventure this summer for your own mini-beasts? Then look no further than Carnfunnock Country Park’s brand new Adventure Nature Trail.

This self-guided treasure hunt around the wonderful woodlands with stunning sea views, takes in trolls, rope swings, magical fairy gardens and your little explorer could even spot a red squirrel if they’re lucky.

Young, old or four legged friend, this nature trail offers everybody the chance to take in the sights of the beautiful country park and all its natural wonders.

The one mile trail takes around an hour to do and starts at the Visitor Centre where you collect your workbook and map. From here, simply follow the markers, read the information boards and solve the clues as you go.

Launching the new trail Mayor Cllr William McCaughey said: “We’re so excited to launch this fantastic new trail this summer here at Carnfunnock Country Park. There’s already so much to explore here from the marine themed play park, maze, miniature railway, walled garden and abundance of woodland. With staycations the hottest ticket in town this year, it offers another string to Mid and East Antrim’s bow and really showcases the magical wonder we have on offer right on our doorsteps.

“Nature and woodland are so important to preserve and also getting out and about in the fresh air is key to positive mental health. There’s no better way to inspire the imagination either with these amazing creatures along the trail to discover. Our summer #MEAdventures campaign is all about adventure and exploring, and this trail is the perfect way to fill a day with the kids.”

The Carnfunnock Adventure Nature Trail has been funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. Thanks to National Lottery players, £36 million is raised every week for good causes like this.

Olive Hill, Committee Member, Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We’re delighted to support this new adventure trail at Carnfunnock Country Park, thanks to National Lottery players. At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re incredibly proud to be playing a role in ensuring our natural heritage is safeguarded for generations to come, but also that the projects we fund give people the chance to connect with the nature and wildlife that is on their doorsteps.”

You can bring a picnic to enjoy, walk to the beach at Drains Bay or visit our onsite cafes for an ice cream. Share your snaps on social media as well by tagging #MEAdventures

The trail is open every day from 10.15am. Last entry onto the trail is 4.30pm to book go to: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/Carnfunnock

Ticket Prices:

Regular ticket - £4 per person (adult & child)

Family (up to 5 people) - £15

Children under 2 go FREE

What’s included?

Access to the nature adventure trail along with 1 trail workbook and map (one book per group booking). Extra workbooks can be purchased for £2 at time of booking or from our Visitor Centre on arrival.

Country Park parking fees apply - £4 peak, £1 off peak and free parking is available at Carnfunnock Bay and Drains Bay which are both within walking distance of the park.

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  • About The National Lottery Heritage Fund - Using money raised by the National Lottery, we inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future. www.heritagefund.org.uk.
  • Follow @HeritageFundUK and @HeritageFundNI on Twitter, as well as @HeritageFundUK on Facebook and Instagram and use #HeritageFund

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