Minister launches calendar of events for Discovery Park

ON a bright spring morning, Environment Minister Phil Hogan launched Castlecomer Discovery Park’s calendar of events for spring, summer, autumn and winter 2011 which is bursting with activities.

ON a bright spring morning, Environment Minister Phil Hogan launched Castlecomer Discovery Park’s calendar of events for spring, summer, autumn and winter 2011 which is bursting with activities.

Whether visitors want to get discover their creative side by trying their hand at blacksmithing, stonecarving, landscape painting or jewellery making, or if they prefer to learn about wine, living willow garden structures or herbal plants, there is something for everyone with experienced tutors including Gypsy Ray, Aileen Anne Brannigan, Susan Boland and Tia Vellani.

For the younger people the Young Irish Film Makers are running a film-making and production course over Easter and the Irish Canoe Union is providing canoeing courses throughout the year with local tutor Ross Harding.

The Discovery Park also offers family activities throughout the year with a “Cast Away” father-and-son fly fishing tutorial any Saturday in April and May as well as a visit to the park by the Gowran Reptile Zoo where visitors can learn about the earliest amphibians on Earth at the ‘Footprints in Coal’ exhibition and then see living reptiles including boa constrictors and Caiman crocodiles.

The calendar of events is included in this week’s Kilkenny People.