The Big Botanic Birthday Bash

Young at Art

Sat 10 Mar 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018

Botanic Gardens

Age Recommendation

All Ages

Performance times

Saturday 10th March: 1pm-4pm

Sunday 11th March: 1pm-4pm

NB. The Luminarium is open Fri 9th - Sun 11th 12pm-6pm


Free, with the exception of Miracoco Luminarium

You are invited to our 20th Birthday party!

Come and celebrate at our Big Botanic Birthday Bash, which will be jam-packed with fun family activities over the festival weekend, including free children’s art workshops, Northern Ireland Opera's Little Lullabies, ArtCart, drumming workshop, Sow & Grow workshops, pop-up music, dance and theatre performances such as EGG-tion Hero, Dance Exposed and much more. Look out for illustrator Duncan Ross in the Ulster Museum on Saturday 2-4pm, and Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch will be delivering a lecture on how his dream of becoming an artist was realised on Saturday at 12pm (free but booking essential). PJ Lynch's exhibition, Pilgrim's Princesses and Beardy Old Men, will also be exhibiting in the Ulster Museum from 10am-5pm from Friday 9th March to Tuesday 13th March (closed Monday).

If you need something new and exciting to read you can check out The Book Clinic on Sunday. You can also get an exciting sneak peak at Your Little Tiny Welcome to the Great Big Whole Wide World, a beautiful book by Patrick Sanders, accompanied by songs from Rachael McCabe. There's lots going on over the Big Botanic Birthday Bash weekend, including Family Gallery Tours, Sunflower Growing Workshops, Bling your Bike Workshops and The Longest Story Ever Told by Fighting Words Belfast. Don't miss out, to see our full fun-filled schedule and a map of where all the activities are check out the links below:

CLICK HERE for Saturday's Schedule!

CLICK HERE for Sunday's Schedule!

* The majority of Big Botanic Birthday Bash is free, with the exception of Miracoco Luminarium. Little Lullabies and EGG-tion Hero is now booked out.

Macramé, Digital Art & Nature: You are invited to hop on the ArtCart to create beautiful macramé inspired plant hangers complete with plant pot and seeds that you can take home to nurture and grow. With guidance from a WheelWorks visual artist you will use natural materials, plants and digital designs to craft your own green creation thus bringing the outdoors in to your home. Their macrame artist will introduce basic knotting techniques using recycled materials to get everyone producing their own unique designs. Their digital artist will use drawing apps to create digital designs that will enhance your creations. This workshop is especially created with young children in mind but we encourage all ages to get involved and have fun. There are 15 places over 3 x 45 minute workshops (1-1.45pm, 2-2.45pm & 3-3.45pm) so we recommend that participants sign up at the ArtCart on the day to ensure a place.