Congratulations to the Interpretative Team at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre for obtaining the 'Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge'. The Discovery Centre is now the 3rd organisation in Northern Ireland to receive this stamp of quality for its Environmental Education and Learning Outside the Classroom Programmes.
Oxford Island Information
Oxford Island is in fact a peninsula, located on the shores of Lough Neagh. It can be easily accessed from the M1; take the Lurgan exit, Junction 10. Owned and managed by Craigavon Borough Council much of the area is designated as a National Nature Reserve due to its wide variety of habitats such as reed beds, open water, wildlife ponds and wildflower meadows. The site has a number of facilities including a network of trails, birdwatching hides, the Kinnego Marina, Waterside House and the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre.
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Opened in 1993 Lough Neagh Discovery Centre is the perfect starting point for any visit to Oxford Island or Lough Neagh.
The Lough Neagh Discovery Centre offers:
The Loughside café – Home cooking and wonderful views of the Lough
A Tourist Information Centre
An excellent gift and craft shop
Staff with expert knowledge on the Reserve’s and Lough’s wildlife to help make the most of your visit.
Meeting rooms ideal for courses and conferences.
Kinnego Marina is the largest marina on Lough Neagh located on the southern shore of the Lough with 146 berths and 30 hard standing spaces. Situated in the Oxford Island National Nature Reserve it also has a fully serviced caravan park and is home to Lough Neagh Sailing Club, one of the oldest sailing clubs in Northern Ireland, established in 1877.
The Marina is a recognised leader in the provision of Royal Yachting Association Powerboat, Sailing, Personal Watercraft and shore based courses making it an ideal location to learn or learn more about water based pastimes.
Museum Services is based at the Lough Neagh Discovery Centre. The Museum Service records, interprets and displays the local history of the Craigavon area through exhibitions, events and tours. The Museum Service holds two unique Christian Heritage book collections and these are made accessible through the Philip B. Wilson local history library.
The Artspace is a studio space on Oxford Island Nature Reserve that plays host to our Artists-in-Residence programme and provides a space where the public can enjoy workshops, exhibits and events. At Artspace we encourage our visitors to meet our Artists and see their take on subjects like the environment, landscape, our culture and traditional skills. The space is managed by Craigavon Borough Council's Arts Development Service and we work in partnership with Artists to make creative experiences open to everyone.