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Keeping wee and big kids happy

Posted on June 23, 2010 @ 11:44 AM in Adventure

The summer is a great time to spend some quality time with the family but sometimes it can be a struggle to find things to do together that everybody enjoys.

You are fed up going to the cinema to watch animated films, the kids hide every time you mention a museum, boys love football and girls like shopping – ok a little stereotypical but I am sure you understand what I mean – trying to keep everybody happy can just cause stress rather than that fun day out you were looking for.

However, salvation can be found through the wide range of outdoor activities on offer in Northern Ireland. 

  • Exciting
  • Safe
  • Hassle Free
  • Value for Money

These are the four ‘musts’ for any family activity day out or holiday.  Northern Ireland has a wide range of highly qualified outdoor activity providers just waiting to take your family on an outdoor adventure.

Be it an afternoon canoeing through St Patrick’s country or a morning coasteering along the Causeway Coast – family fun starts here!

So this summer why not transform your beach holiday and give surfing a go, explore the beauty of Strangford Lough by high speed RIB, experience the thrill of the Mourne Mountains like never before on a mountain board; or go for a splash on Fermanagh’s lakes by canoe 

Take this opportunity to share the experience of a lifetime with your kids and show them that mum and dad aren’t too old to get outdoors and have some family fun.

Or if all that sounds a bit much and it is total relaxation you’re after, then why not leave the kids to be entertained whilst you enjoy some quiet time.

Here are just a few of our ‘Top Tips for Family Fun’


Action Outdoors Summer Sessions 

Various sites

From £3 / €3.50 pp

Operating in various sites including Delamont Country Park, The Quarry in Castlewellan and Bloody Bridge near Newcastle Action Outdoors Summer Sessions offer arguably the most diverse range of activities for all the family including bouldering, grass sledging, archery, canoeing and climbing. 

 Banana Boating

Summer Extravaganza on Lough Erne 

Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh

From £6 / €7 pp

Operating daily throughout July and August this family friendly activity programme allows you to enjoy the thrills of a variety of land and water activities on and around Lough Erne; one hour, two hour or even a 2.5 hour taster sessions in sailing, kayaking, canoeing and banana skiing or archery, climbing and pedal go karting.

 Sea Safari

Strangford Sea Safari

 Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, County Down

From £10 / €11.50 pp

Experience Strangford Lough as never before aboard a high speed RIB.  Just some of the highlights along the way include seal colonies at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve, great whirlpools at the famous ‘Routen Wheel’, Angus Rock Lighthouse and of course guaranteed exhilaration!

Trips every 40 minutes from Strangford Quay. 12 seats per trip. Minimum age - 4 years

Sundays 11th July, 25th July, 8th August & 22nd August. 


Family Canoeing

Super Family Sundays on Carlingford Lough

East Coast Adventure Centre, Warrenpoint, County Down

From £10 / €11.50 pp

Lazy Sundays are a thing of the past with this great opportunity for some adventure on Carlingford Lough. Activities include, canoeing, kayaking, pier jumping, banana boating, jet ski rides and much more.  Parents can take part or unwind in one of the many of the local bars and restaurants.  Available every Sunday 2pm – 6pm.


Family Adventure Day

Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward Estate, Strangford, County Down

From £25 / €29 pp

Have fun days out trying various outdoor activities in the beautiful Castle Ward Estate. Watch Dad go red in the face, have a laugh at mum, encourage the little ones and capture the memories!

A 2.5 hour session will give you a taster of activities such as Canadian Canoeing, Archery and Orienteering. 13th & 27th June; 11th & 25th July; 8th & 22nd August; 12th September


This list is by no means it – check out our events page for more details

Be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment


Chris Scott
Chris Scott

When not boring everyone about his little kids’ latest antics, Chris enjoys sailing and cycling, if only to offset his love of eating out and Marlborough Cabernet Sauvignon..

7 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Saff on August 2, 2010 @ 5:08 PM

Great list of things to do, I particular like the sounds of the Strangford Sea Safari. I am over in a few weeks with the family, so may try that one.

Posted by Esme @ Clearsky Adventure Centre on August 4, 2010 @ 12:49 PM

Hello Saff,

Great to hear you like the sound of our Sea Safari. Places book up pretty quick for this one so give us a call as soon as possible if you definitely want to give it a go. If you have any questions I'll be happy to help.

Here is a link to a taster video of the experience which you might want to check out:



Posted by Sports and activities clubs on August 31, 2010 @ 1:33 PM

Great to see a blog encouraging so much outdoor activity

Posted by Kids Projects Observer on September 28, 2010 @ 2:54 PM

It's great to see both parents and child have fun.

Posted by Adventure Activities on September 30, 2010 @ 1:54 PM

These photos look great. The kids look like they're having a blast. Great stuff!

Posted by Adriana @ Cheap Tents on March 29, 2011 @ 12:40 AM

I enjoy this type of blogs because I am always looking for new experiences that brings the family together in a healthy way! away from television but exercising. Keep posting please I am taking notes.

Posted by Christine R. Barlow on October 28, 2017 @ 5:09 PM


Like the packages.

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