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Head to Peatlands Park for Perfect Day Out


If you're looking for inspiration for things to do this summer, either with or without the kids, check out Peatlands Park in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

You can enjoy a picnic and an ice-cream, feed the ducks, take a walk through 16km of paths or have fun on the Peatlands train -which travels through tree- lined corridors and across the peat bog.

“The train is very popular with visitors of all ages and we know there has been a railway operating here since the early 20th century. It’s a relic of the previous commercial peat-harvesting operation that took place on the site,” said Colin Gates, Assistant Warden at Peatlands Park.

Today, the train runs on weekends and public holidays between 1.00pm and 4.00pm until the end of August. Entrance to the Park, which is open from 9am to 9pm until 15 September, is off Junction 13 on the M1 and is free, as is car parking. A family ticket for the 2 mile train journey is £5, with under 5s going free.

Peatlands Park, the first of its type in the British Isles, was established to promote awareness of the importance of peatlands. The peat at the 680 acre site has been forming for about 10,000 years and supports many rare and notable species of plants and animals.

“Peatlands Park is a very special place. It’s perfect for teaching kids about the world around them; if you’re a nature lover you’ll be entranced by the splendid insect life including dragonflies, moths and butterflies such as the marsh fritillary. There are also many woodland and wetland birds to spot and you might even spot lizards and newts in the open bogs,” Colin added.

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