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Top Tips for May Bank Holiday Fun

Posted on May 17, 2011 @ 5:24 PM in Adventure

The May Bank Holiday is fast approaching! So it is time to get out and enjoy Northern Ireland’s outdoors.

As if to mark the occasion the activity providers in Northern Ireland have gone all out – ensuring you are spoilt for choice.

Whether you are looking for some family fun or just a bit of fun with your friends then it’s all there.  No experience necessary – just a sense of adventure.

Following much heated debate in the OutdoorNI.com office (after which we are just about on speaking terms again) we have complied our ‘Top Tips for May Bank Holiday Fun.’  But in truth we could write the list again and include 10 different tips so be sure to check out the events section.

Kids & Family

Forget the back garden, the games console or the cinema.  Take the kids on a real family adventure.


Wet Bouldering Bloody Bridge

Family Wet Bouldering
Outdoor Concepts at Bloody Bridge, Newcastle
Friday 28th May – Sunday 30th May

Jump into rock pools, slide down waterfalls and make your way up the river - the kids will love this great activity! You can guarantee plenty of splashing and there's no need to worry about the weather - you're going to get wet anyway!

Family Adventure Day
Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward between Downpatrick & Strangford
Sunday 29th May

Have a fun day out trying a range of activities such as Canadian Canoeing, Archery and Orienteering. Watch Dad get red in the face, have a laugh at mum, encourage the little ones and capture the memories!

Spring Bank Holiday Family Fun
Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure
Garron Point (just outside Carnlough)
Sunday 29th May

Choose from archery, zip line climbing wall and laser tag. There is sure to be something to please even the fussiest family member.  Do as little or as much as you like per 1 hour activity. Mum's and Dad's feel free to have a coffee and read the paper.

Come and Try Sessions
Corralea Activity Centre
Upper Lough MacNean, Belcoo, County Fermanagh
Sunday 29th May

Take on Northern Ireland’s only water park with three trampolines or test you mountain bike skills on the new pump track.  Have a go at archery or scale the heights of a climbing wall.

Horsing Around
Faughanvale Stables
Greysteel, County Londonderry
Monday 30th May

Enjoy pony games, party games, and a picnic. Remember to bring a few carrots for the ponies.   

iCanoe - Blackwater Trail
Activities Ireland / Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council / Blackwater Regional Partnership
The Argory, Armagh
Monday 30th May

Explore the Blackwater Canoe Trail on this family canoeing adventure.  Enjoy a variety of water games and on return enjoy refreshments at one the jewels in The National Trust's crown - The Argory

Fun with Friends

Bring along a mate or three and enjoy an afternoon of adventure.  Have a laugh as you try out some new and exciting activities. 


North Coast Coasteering
Sunday 29th May

Water, waves, rocks, gullies and cliffs.  Coasteering certainly beats a day in front of the TV.  This activity is an exhilarating mix of body surfing, rock scrambling and cliff jumping.  Fortunatley Northern Ireland’s North Coast is one of the best places in the Europe to go coasteering. Take your pick of these three coasteering events:

Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure – Cushendall 

Mobile Team Adventure – Dunserverick Harbour 

The Adventure Team – Ballintoy 

Mountain Bike Away and Canoe Home (Short Break)
Corralea Activity Centre
Upper Lough MacNean, Belcoo, County Fermanagh
Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May

This action packed weekend break starts with a guided journey through extensive forest trails by mountain bike and discover loughs, mountains and ancient graves.

After your packed lunch, take a canoe and discover the unspoilt beauty of Lough Macnean as you paddle home.

Swing N Roll
The Jungle NI
Moneymore / Magherafelf Co Londonderry
Throughout the weekend

Take on the Tree Top Adventure course - release your Inner Tarzan or Jane whilst swing through the trees suspended 60ft above the forest floor! And if thats not enough excitement round the day off with a spin in a Zorbing ball.




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..

3 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Louise Bain on May 19, 2011 @ 9:48 PM

this is great stuff and I'd definately love to give some of it a go. BUT, my youngest child is 4 years old and we struggle to find anything that's suitable for him to participate in. Any ideas?

Posted by OutdoorNI on May 23, 2011 @ 1:49 PM

Louise - admittedly it is pretty tough trying to find outdoor activities for kids that age. However I would suggest trying Mobile Team Adventure's Saturday Canoe Sessions at Shaw Bridge Belfast - they take young kids on the family session if accompanied by a parent. http://www.outdoorni.com/events/2066/every-saturday-go-canoeing/

Hope this helps,


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