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Monday 20th - Friday 31st March 2017

Create a Castle!

Monday 7th-Wednesday 16th March 2016

Why are castles built on hills?  Is it easy to run when you're wearing a suit of armour?  What happened to the skeletons that were found on the Hill? 

These are just a few of the questions that children have asked when they have participated in "Create A Castle!"

This is a Heritage Education programme which combines historical learning with art.  Pupils can find out about the Flight of the Earls and the Plantation of Ulster through the medium of a Big Book and a storytelling session, have a guided tour of the permanent exhibition and then discover why a castle is built on a hill by examining the Hill of The O'Neill.  

When that part of the programme has been completed, the pupils then make their way to Art Studio 1 where they work in small groups, with the artist Hazel Boland, to construct castles from recycled materials.

• This event is suitable for P3/4 pupils.  Each session is held in the morning and lasts for two and a half hours, with a break after one hour.

Curriculum Links 
The World Around Us:  History
TS and PC:  Being Creative; Working With Others 
 Statutory Requirements:  Change Over Time; Place


  • £2 per pupil/£50 per class of up to 30 pupils
  • School staff:  free

If you require any information about the above programme, please contact the Education Officer, Peter Lant, at  or telephone 028 8772 8600.

To make a booking, contact Ranfurly House Reception or telephone 028 8772 8600.