National Trust welcomes Belfast’s Belmont Tower

Siân Williams gets ready for the Belmont Tower family fun day  © National Trust / Parkway Photography

Siân Williams gets ready for the Belmont Tower family fun day

Latest update 28.08.2013 10:45

Here at the National Trust we're pleased to welcome Belmont Tower, the former Belmont Primary School and a landmark building in East Belfast into our care. To celebrate we're holding a special event on 31 August, a day of family fun and local festivities.

Ahead of the event, Heather Thompson, Director for the National Trust in Northern Ireland said: ‘Belmont Tower has an amazing history dating back to the 1890s. It plays a central role in the local community and is a landmark building which people from across the city recognise.'

‘The Old Belmont School Preservation Trust has worked tirelessly with the local community since 1999 and oversaw an impressive restoration project which was completed in 2004. Since then Belmont Tower has been a hive of activity, offering classes, conference facilities, a coffee shop and a CS Lewis exhibition.'

‘It is very much business as usual for this landmark building and we are very proud to welcome Belmont Tower to the National Trust. We also look forward to working closely with the many friends and partners who make this such a special place.’

Celebratory event, Saturday 31 August

The FREE celebration event on Saturday 31 August from 11am to 2pm will be a fun day for all the family. Phill’s Farm and his animal friends will be there to greet you, providing the opportunity to get up close and personal with his farmyard favourites.

Taster sessions from Baby Sensory will run throughout the day along with face painting and balloon modelling. While National Trust Belfast Outdoors team, including rangers and gardeners, will have lots of hand on activities for all ages to get involved in, providing a great opportunity to meet the entire team.

A community space for all

Helen Brooker, Chairperson of The Old Belmont School Preservation Trust said: ‘The Old Belmont School Preservation Trust’s vision was to see this landmark building restored to its former glory and brought back into use for the benefit of the local and wider community and future generations. Almost fourteen years on, to know the future of the building has been secured by the National Trust, whilst adhering to the original vision has made the many years of obstacles and problems worthwhile.'

'It is easy to forget the huge benefits a project like Belmont Tower has created but it means a beautiful building has been saved for all to appreciate. It provides an important focal point and venue for the immediate and wider community, it has created employment, supports local business and created opportunity for further innovation such as the C.S. Lewis Exhibition.'

‘The Trustees greatly appreciate the interest, support and encouragement of so many over the years and we all look forward to supporting and working with the National Trust as Belmont Tower moves forward under their care.’

Plenty to see and do

Sandy Smith who has recently published his book, C.S. Lewis and the Island of his Birth, will be available for an intimate book signing and a chat about the C.S. Lewis exhibition which is currently on display at Belmont Tower.

Belmont Tower coffee shop will be open during the family fun event, serving freshly prepared food and delicious scones. Come along and join the fun and then keep up to date with all the National Trust Belfast places on Facebook