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Northern Ireland's Top Summer Schemes

Posted on June 20, 2011 @ 4:58 PM in Adventure

This is’s Summer Scheme blog for 2011 but don’t worry we’ve got a brand new blog with details of exciting Summer Schemes for 2016 'Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Schemes 2016'


The end of the school year is almost upon us, whilst the thought of a nine week holiday is paradise for kids it is quite often a nightmare for parents.

The perennial question is - How are we going to keep the kids amused for that long?

To help provide some answers has put together this guide to the top outdoor activity summer schemes available in Northern Ireland during July and August.

Summer schemes provide kids with a great way to meet new friends, learn something new and have fun.  Most importantly it gets them out of the house and into the outdoors whilst under the supervision of qualified instructors.  Book early to beat the rush.



Summer Camp - East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor & Warrenpoint
With a wide range of activities available utilizing the best of the Mournes and Carlingford Lough, East Coast Adventure Centre cater for all ages from ‘Little Indians’, 8-10 years of age to ‘Youth Camps’ for 14-16 year olds. The summer camps (both residential and non residential) run from Monday to Friday every week during the summer.

Summer Camp – Greenhill YMCA – Newcastle 
If you are aged between 6-11 Years old then why not sign up for the Junior Adventure Camp for Kids (JACK). If you’re between the ages of 12-14 and looking for a more challenging adventure then Senior Adventure Camp (SAC) is most definitely for you. The summer camps (non residential) run from Monday to Friday every week during July.


Delamont Summer Scheme – Action Outdoors, Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh
Offering 5 activities in 5 days, Action Outdoors are squeezing as much fun as possible into a week, with at least one activity every day, including canoeing, archery, climbing, grass sledging, kayaking, orienteering and team games. Suitable for kids aged 6-13, the summer scheme offers half day sessions from Monday to Friday on 18th-22nd July, 8th – 12th August and 22nd – 26th August.

Extreme Teens Summer Scheme – Action Outdoors, Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh
For adventurous teenagers Action Outdoors is offering 3 days of adrenaline packed activities including Kayaking and Pier Jumping, Climbing and Coasteering. This scheme runs in the mornings from Wednesday to Friday on 6th – 8th July and 17th – 19th August.


Sailing, Kayaking and Windsurfing – Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea
Now in its ninth year the Share Holiday Village continues to offering a range of courses in sailing, canoeing / kayaking and windsurfing meaning kids not only have great fun but also receive a recognised qualification at the end. There are courses running from Monday – Friday every week during the summer for kids aged 10 years and up.

Summer Adventure Camp – Share Holiday Village, Lisnaskea
The multi activity residential summer camp is split into two age groups.  Junior Camp (10-14 year olds) and Bushwacker Camp (15-18 year olds).  Both offer 24 hour supervision, 3 activities per day, food and accommodation.  The Bushwacker Camp include 4 nights wilderness camping on Lough Erne’s islands.  

Corralea Summer Scheme - Corralea Activity Centre, Lough MacNean, Belcoo
Kids aged between 9-15 can try out Ireland’s only waterpark, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and much more. The scheme offer full activity days from Monday – Wednesday on 18th – 20th July, 25th-27th July and 8th – 10th August. 

North Coast

Kids Camp - Alive Surf School, West Strand Portrush
Alive Surf School’s Kid Camps run Monday – Thursday every week during the summer holidays. Kids from 5-18 can have an individual lesson or come each day.  Parents can come surfing too and join the fun, watch from the beach or go for a well-deserved coffee.

Summer Scheme – Xplore Outdoors, East Strand Portrush
With an action packed three day programme Xplore Outdoors offer rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing, bush craft, kayaking, coasteering, archery, body boarding, team games.  The scheme runs for 7 -17 year olds Monday – Wednesday on 11th – 13th July, 15th -17th August and 22nd – 24th August.


Mobile Team Adventure – Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast
Mobile Team Adventure will be running four weeks of canoeing and multi activities including archery, orienteering, assault course and gorge walking.. Activities will be organised in two age groups 7 – 11 years and 12 – 16 years.  The scheme runs Monday 25th – Friday 29th July 2010, 1st – 5th, 8th – 13th and 15th – 19th August.

Ballyholme Yacht Club – Bangor, Co Down
Ballyholme Yacht Club will be offering courses through out the summer giving kids of all ages the perfect opportunity to master sailing on Belfast Lough.  Courses are split by age group with courses available for Small Sailors (3-7 years old) and Children and Teen (8 years +)  


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..

10 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by Pauline Lomax on May 5, 2012 @ 2:34 PM

It would be grear to have some Art and drama related activities too????

Posted by OutdoorNI on May 8, 2012 @ 9:23 AM


Outdoor activities are our area of speciality. However we do know that the Share Discovery Village in Co.Fermanagh do have an arts element to their annual summer scheme.

Posted by Sergey Balantaev on April 15, 2013 @ 1:10 PM

Dear Madam/Sir,

My son is 10 years old. We live in Germany. I am looking for a three week residential summer camp in Ireland. It has to be three week through, because I will not be able to pick him up for weekends.

Could you give me a couple of advices or navigate me to some camp?

Thank you in advance,

Best Regards,


Düsseldorferstr. 7

40699, Erkrath

01577 53 64 777

Posted by OutdoorNI on April 15, 2013 @ 3:54 PM


Many thanks for your enquiry. Unfortunately there are no three week outdoor activity camps in Northern Ireland to my knowledge, the majority of the schemes run Monday to Friday and therefore do not include the weekends. The 2013 blog should be published at the end of May so make sure you check back to the NI Adventure Blog for more ideas.

Posted by Alma slimiene on April 28, 2013 @ 11:55 AM

My son is 13years old.I would like to put him for 1 or 2 weeks residential camp in N.Ireland. Can you let me know if it is possible.

Tnank you .


Posted by on April 29, 2013 @ 4:53 PM

Thank you for your enquiry. The majority of summer camps currently on are day camps however there are two activity providers providing residential summer camps. These camps run from Monday to Friday and do not include the weekends.

East Coast Adventure Centre are running outdoor residential camps every Monday to Friday throughout July and August based from their Mountain centre on the outskirts of Rostrevor, Co. Down. More details can be found here:

Team Build Ireland is running the following residential camps:

North Coast Adventure Week, 8th-11th July

Mourne Mountain Adventure Week, 22nd – 25th July

North Coast Adventure Week, 5th – 8th August

Mourne Mountain Adventure Week, 19th – 22nd August

More information can be found here

Posted by ML on May 14, 2015 @ 11:10 AM

hi i am enquiring about the cost of the Belfast mobile team adventure at shaws bridge august ?

many thanks

Posted by OutdoorNI on May 14, 2015 @ 11:24 AM

Hi ML,

Thanks for your enquiry. This is an old blog post from 2011, a new one for 2015 will be uploaded in due course once the summer schemes for the summer have been confirmed by activity providers. In the meantime if you contact Mobile Team Adventure directly they will hopefully be able to provide you with dates and costs for 2015. Tel: +44(0)28 90 646695 Email:

Posted by Frances Allen on May 24, 2018 @ 12:40 PM

I need to keep a 12 Year Italian boy happy for 2weeks during the summer. Looking for info and availability as I have noticed these places book up rapidly


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