Top 11 Easter Family Adventures

Posted on March 27, 2012 @ 3:07 PM in Adventure

You have reached the OutdoorNI.com Easter blog for 2012 but don't worry there's still plenty of Easter family adventures happening this year too!  Check out our latest blog Easter Family Adventures in Northern Ireland 2014 for loads of ideas to keep the kids amused this Easter.

Easter is fast approaching and there’s plenty to celebrate; the days are finally getting longer, there’s copious amounts of chocolate eggs to be consumed and most importantly the activity providers of Northern Ireland have gone all out to provide you with some great outdoor family events!  

 

Belfast Sea Safari

In no particular order here are OutdoorNI.com’s top 11 Easter Family Adventures:

1. Belfast Sea Safari, The Odyssey Marina, Belfast, 3rd-14th April

Be one of the first to try out this brand new activity and experience a thrilling Belfast sightseeing tour like no other! See the Titanic's history revealed before your very eyes from a 12 seater RIB as it transports you back in time on Belfast Lough.  Experience exclusive sea views of the new Titanic visitor centre and the famous shipyard cranes as you track the route RMS Titanic took when she left Belfast harbour.

2. Easter Fun for Families, Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo, Co. Fermanagh, 7th-9th April

Experience the thrills of mountain biking at Corralea’s pump track and trails, have a splashing good time canoeing on Lough MacNean or scale new heights together on the purpose built climbing wall – who will get to the top first?! 

3. Kids Easter Surf Camp, Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 7th and 8th April

Relax and chill out while the kids hit the waves, learn how to surf and meet new friends at The Troggs Quicksilver Kids Surf Camp. No experience is necessary and video footage of the surfing is included so everyone can relive the fun.  An exciting, friendly and fully supervised learning experience - the kids are sure to be talking about it for ages! 

4. Segway Off Road Adventure Tour, Segway NI, Tannaghmore Gardens, Co. Armagh, 7th & 8th, 14th &15th April

For a definite day out with a difference, get the family together and experience an off road Segway adventure tour.  This unique activity is suitable for children aged 14 and up and is a great way to spend some time with the teens.

5. Youth Adventure Easter Camp, East Coast Adventure Centre, Warrenpoint, Co. Down, 11th-13th April

This Easter camp is perfect to let the kids blow off some steam and try a whole range of action packed activities. From team games to crate climbing, wet bouldering to Jet Ski rides and kayaking to climbing, non stop fun awaits!  Both residential and day camper places are available.

6. Go Canoeing & Kayaking, Mobile Team Adventure, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, 7th & 14th April

Have a go canoeing or kayaking with Mobile Team Adventure on the River Lagan. The kids can get on with it in the morning or mum and dad can join in on the fun too during the family session. A word of warning however – you may get splashed!

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7. Archery @ The Argory, Activities Ireland, The Argory & Ardress House, Co. Tyrone, 8th-10th April

For a fun and great value day out have a go at archery in the grounds of these stunning National Trust Agory properties.  See who has the best aim with the bow and arrow before enjoying a walk around the properties. 

8. Garron Fun Day, Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure, Garron Point, Co. Antrim, 10th-11th April

To celebrate Easter Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure are holding hour long activity sessions at their Garron Point venue.  Battle the kids in outdoor laser tag, tackle the climbing wall or hit the bull’s eye in the archery competition - a great way to spend some quality time together over the break.

9. Adventure Camp, Ocean Youth Trust Ireland (OYTI), Castlwellan, Co. Down, 9th-13th April

OYTI are hosting an activity packed adventure camp for young people aged 14-19 in Castlewellan Forest Park. During the day participants will learn how to sail on Castlewellan Lake before continuing the fun into the evening around the camp fire.  A week filled with excitement, adventure, fun and the chance to make new friends and learn new skills!

10. Climbing for Kids, East Coast Adventure Centre, Kilbroney Park, Co. Down, 8th-9th April

East Coast Adventure will be on location in Kilbroney Park over the Easter Weekend.  Whether you’re a day visitor or camping for the weekend come along with the kids and scale the 35ft Climbing Tower – just make sure you don’t look down! 

11. Family Adventure Day, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down, 15th April

Have a fun day out trying various outdoor activities. Watch Dad get red in the face, have a laugh at mum, encourage the little ones and capture the memories! A 2.5 hour session providing a taster of activities including Canadian Canoeing, archery and orienteering.

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Whatever you choose to do get ready to have some laughs with the kids this Easter!

 

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Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

£10 Family Adventures for Under 8’s during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2012

Posted on March 15, 2012 @ 11:38 AM in Adventure

You've reached the Northern Ireland Adventureland Blog for 2012 but don't worry this fantastic weekend of half price and discounted events is back for 2014.  Check out our Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend family blog for 2014 for a whole host of fantastic family events happening on Sat 5th & Sun 6th April 2014.

This year Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend has a whole host of fantastic outdoor activities suitable for children as young as 3 years old. No need to worry about getting a babysitter or childminder the little ones can join in on the fun too! 

For one weekend only on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March a whole host of adventure activities are being offered for just £10 and a massive 50% off normal prices – so you and your little monkeys can have fun without having to dig deep into your pockets. 

The best part about Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend  is that it is hassle free – simply choose from one of the many activities on offer and book online.

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend

You’re never too young to have an adventure so round up the kids and get ready to take part in one of the these great £10 activities suitable for under 8’s:

Family Canoeing, Mobile Team Adventure, Belfast, Sat 24th March

Designed for ages 4 and up this event is perfect for both kids and families to have some fun on the water. Enjoy a paddle with experienced and friendly instructors in the middle of the stunning Lagan Valley Regional Park only minutes from Belfast City Centre. 

Triple Family Fun, Outdoor Concepts, Castlewellan, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March

This event is perfect for families with kids aged 4-10, hit the target at archery, paddle the lake in a canoe and let Super Mario help you find your way through one of the world’s largest hedge mazes.

Family Canoeing and Pier Jumping Session, Action Outdoors, Delamont Country Park, Sat 24th March

Using a variety of boats - Canadian canoes and sit-on-top kayaks that are easy and fun to paddle experienced instructors will show you a few of the basic strokes before heading off for a paddle under the watchful eye of St Patrick towards the Quoile Barrier.  Look out for the seals as you make your way to the pier for a fun jump into the sea!  Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Try a Sail, Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March

Suitable for ages 3 and up this is a fantastic opportunity to take to the water as a family and have a go at dinghy sailing. Relaxing, fun and a real break from daily modern life this is the perfect chance to create some great family memories together.

Family Canoe Experience, Four Elements Adventure, Enniskillen, Sat 24th March

Designed for ages 6 and up, the guys at Four Elements Adventure will prove to you that Enniskillen is actually an island as they guide you and your family completely around it!  Take a trip out on the water together, and discover the town’s oldest buildings and bridges as you float merrily along. 

Family Frollicks, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Sun 25th March

Suitable for ages 4 and up, have a blast with the family and enjoy some quality time together. Take part in three fun-packed activities all the family can enjoy including archery, orienteering and crate stack climbing. Afterwards why not enjoy a picnic in the grounds of the Castle Ward Estate?

Family Adventure Bonanza, Outdoor Concepts, the Outlet, Banbridge, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March

Hang out on the climbing wall, shoot to the skies with clay pigeon shooting and archery or get up close with the birds of prey.  Add into the mix face painting, balloon modelling and a life size snow globe and this is one day out not to be missed - you’ll even get discount in the shops! There is no minimum age however the climbing wall and archery will be restricted to those aged 8 years and over.

If these family friendly events don’t put a smile on their little faces – we don’t know what will!

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Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

£10 Adventures with your Family during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2012

Posted on March 14, 2012 @ 4:18 PM in Adventure

You've reached the Northern Ireland Adventureland Blog for 2012 but don't worry this fantastic weekend of half price and discounted events is back for 2015.  Check out our Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend family blog for 2015 for a whole host of fantastic family events happening on Sat 28th & Sun 29th March 2015.

Step away from the T.V. and video games and let the kids run wild as you take on a family adventure together in the great outdoors.  For one weekend only on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th March a whole host of adventure activities are being offered for just £10 and a massive 50% off normal prices - there has never been a better time for a family day out with the kids! 

The best part about Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend is that it is hassle free – simply choose from one of the many activities on offer and book online. Then all that is left to do is enjoy a memorable day out with the family – make sure you don’t forget the camera!

Here are some of OutdoorNI.com’s top family events which are taking place for Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2012:

Fermanagh

Bushcraft Canoe Trip, Share Discovery Village, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £17 – 50% Off

Get down with nature, improve your paddling skills and find out how to live in the wild!  Paddle around the lovely Lough Erne together before stopping on Trannish Island for a BBQ and a lesson in outdoor survival.

Lough Erne Family Canoe Experience, Four Elements Adventure, Sat 24th March, £10

The guys at Four Elements Adventure will prove to you that Enniskillen is actually an island as they guide you and your family completely around it!  Take a trip out on the water together, and discover the town’s oldest buildings and bridges as you float merrily along.

Mournes

Wet Bouldering, Outdoor Concepts, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £10

Wet bouldering is all about the water – make your way up a river, jump into pools, climb up waterfalls and feel the rush of the water on this wet and wild experience all under the supervision of fully qualified instructors.  This is one experience the kids won’t forget!

Family Introduction to Mountain Boarding, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £10

Take the kids to the only mountain board activity centre in Ireland! Learn the basics from the experts before taking to the grassy slopes to see who’s better – mum, dad or the kids?!

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North Coast

North Coast Sea Safari, Aquaholics, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £12 – 50% Off

Get your heart racing on the Causeway Coast Sea Safari. Feel the wind in your hair as the high speed boat blasts you round the sights of the coast including Dunluce Castle, the stunning Portrush beaches, the sea caves at Whiterocks and the seals at the Skerries.

Family Surfing, Alive Surf School, 24th & 25th March, £10

Take to the waves with all the family for 2 hours of surfing on the stunning North Coast.  Fully trained instructors will make sure you and your family have a fun and safe time on the water making some brilliant (and hilarious) memories for years to come!

North Coast Horse Trekking, Sheans Horse Farm, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £11 - 50% Off

Enjoy the most extensive off-road trekking facilities along Ireland’s North Coast. Whether you’re a total beginner or a confident rider, experience the freedom, fun and buzz of horse riding in a stunning setting.

Sperrins

Family Taster Experience, Todds Leap, Sunday 25th March, £10

Get set for an exciting, fun taster session incorporating archery, a 500 metre zip line and a high speed hill rally stage - this is by no means an ordinary family day out!

Tree Top Adventure Course, The Jungle NI, Sun 25th March, £17 - 50% Off

Take on the only tree top adventure course in Northern Ireland.  Comprising over 40 elements set at heights up to 70ft above the ground you are sure to feel like a modern day Tarzan. Tackle rope bridges, zip wires and the King Louis Descent where you will experience an adrenaline freefall!

Strangford

Strangford Sea Safari, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £10

This exhilarating and informative sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough is suitable for all ages from 3 to 103 – making it the perfect adventure for all the family. See the Angus Rocks Lighthouse and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve!

Coasteering, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Family Coasteering, Sun 25th March, £21 – 50% Off

A fun trip to the coast with a difference! Jump off sea cliffs into the Irish Sea, scramble over rocks and enter hidden caves, all along the stunning Ballyhornan coastline. See who can brave the highest jumps (not obligatory!) and tremble the least!

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With events also taking place in Belfast, Londonderry and Lough Neagh you are sure to find something everyone will enjoy. Trust us mum and dad are sure to have just as much fun as the kids!

 

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Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

Trannish Island Bothy – A look through the keyhole

Posted on March 7, 2012 @ 12:37 PM in Canoeing

The launch of Trannish Island Bothy has added yet another feather to the cap of the award winning Lough Erne Canoe Trail.

The bothy which was officially opened on Friday 9th March 2012 will be available for it’s first guests from Easter 2012.  So make your bookings early, as demand is already very high.  

 

Trannish Island is situated on Upper Lough Erne and the closest designated access point is from the Share Discovery Village (Number 9) who also mange the bothy.  Depending on wind direction the bothy is approximately a 45 minute paddle from the centre.

However it is not necessary to paddle from the centre, Trannish Island is well placed on the trail and key code access means you can go directly to the island on your journey north or south along the trail.

This ‘Through the Keyhole’ preview showcases the facilities available for paddlers in this restored cottage.

The bothy is situated a short walk from the landing site, a dredged harbour with slipway access – this is indicated clearly from the water by a tall Red Indian style Totem Pole.  The bothy is not visible from the water but a short walk along a gravel path will bring you its secluded location within the trees.  There is a small shed just through the first gate to hang your wet gear and store equipment to save you having to carry it to the bothy.

The front door leads to the communal area with kitchen facilities and wood burning stove.  There is cold running water in the sink but note that the gas cooker is not available to guests so it is important you bring your own means of cooking.  This communal area along with all the other rooms are well lit naturally by south facing skylights, however you will need to bring your own lights for night time. Again the electric lights powered by a generator are not available to guests.  

There are two side rooms.  The first situated behind the fire place could easily sleep six people side by side on the raised wooden floor.  The bench and coat hooks provide ample storage place.

The second room is situated on the other side of the communal area.  The twin level flooring is suitable can sleep three people on each level.

Fire wood should also be brought along to fuel the wood burning stove however from time to time SHARE will undertake small amounts of tree thinning and pruning as part of ongoing management.  Feel free to use any branches you find laying on the ground but please do not cut any branches from the trees.

There is a substantial campsite outside the bothy, unfortunately we do not have any photos as this area was being re landscaped during our visit.  Once the grass has been resown this will provide and excellent flat campsite with shelter from the trees.

Both bothy residents and campers can make use on the covered BBQ areas, self composting toilets and showers (heated by solar power).

 

As the pictures clearly show this bothy and campsite will provide a fantastic overnight experience but it will require the complete cooperation of all visitors to help with maintenance and upkeep.  To maximise yours and others experience on Trannish please familarise yourself with the bookings notes.

All bookings for the bothy should be made by via the Share Discovery Village.

 

 

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Having 'retired' from competitive sailing he is trying to find something new to fill the void. Currently mixing it up with 10ks, trail running, duathlons and adventure races.

£10 Adventures With Your Mates during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2012

Posted on March 6, 2012 @ 3:01 PM in Adventure

You've reached the Northern Ireland Adventureland Blog for 2014 but don't worry this fantastic weekend of half price and £10 events is back for 2015.  Check out our Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend blog for 2015 for a whole host of adrenaline pumping events happening on Sat 28th & Sun 29th March 2015.

For one weekend only on Saturday 24th March and Sunday 25th March Northern Ireland is being transformed into an action packed adventureland.

With events for just £10 and a massive 50% off normal prices  there has never been a better time to get out there and try something new whilst having a laugh! 

Inject some excitement into your life and have an adventure with your mates.  Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush on land or water there are loads of activities to choose from. Surf the waves of the North Coast, spin the wheels on an off-road adventure, have a go at canoeing or pilot your very own hovercraft.  You don’t need a big group of people or lots of organisation all you have to do is choose one (or more!) of the many activities on offer and book online – it couldn’t be easier!

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend

Here are some of OutdoorNI.com’s top picks (if we could list them all we would!) for Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2012:

Activities for £10 

Zorbing, The Jungle, Co. Londonderry, Sun 25th March

Picture yourself inside a massive inflatable ball (approx 3 meters in height) hurtling at high speed down a hill face...and get ready for an adrenaline packed ride of your life.  Once at the bottom you get to do it all over again - never has the phrase ‘that’s how I roll’ been more apt!

4x4 Off Road Experience, Superdrive Motorsports Centre, Co. Armagh, Sat 24th March

Forget the boring daily commute, tackle Superdrive's purpose built track in a 4x4 Mitsubshi Shogun.  Strap yourself in and get ready to climb hills, slide around on banks, enter the water filled pit of doom, and even try to balance on a giant see-saw.

Paddle and a Pint, Mobile Team Adventure, Belfast, Sat 24th March

Round up your mates or come along and meet others canoeing in the middle of the stunning Lagan Valley Regional Park only minutes from Belfast City Centre.  Try canoe polo, slide down the steep bank into the water or simply enjoy a relaxing paddle in a canoe or kayak along the River Lagan.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite head to the Ramada Surburbia Bar where you can receive 15% off food.  The perfect end to a Saturday afternoon and the perfect start to a Saturday night!

Wet Bouldering, Outdoor Concepts, Co. Down, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March

Wet bouldering is all about the water – make your way up a river, jump into pools, climb up waterfalls and feel the rush of the water on this wet and wild experience.  Kitted out in a wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aid you are sure to have a laugh as you take the plunge with friends. Check out our blog to see how Chris from OutdoorNI.com got on during an action packed wet bouldering session.

Trailrider, Corralea Activity Centre, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 24th March

Get down and dirty on Corralea’s specially designed mountain bike trails.  Put your skills to the test on the steep climbs, descents and technical structures of the pump track.  Have a go at bunnyhops, wheelies and ladder bridges under the supervision of experienced instructors or take it down a level and enjoy the trails as they meander along the waters edge.  Bike and helmet hire is included in the price so you don’t have the hassle of bringing your own.

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50% Off Activities

Half Price Hovercrafting, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Co. Londonderry, Sat 24th & Sun 25th March, £30

Experience the thrill of skimming over land and water on a cushion of air.  You’ll receive expert tuition on how to handle this unique mode of transport before taking on the challenging purpose built track.  Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience!

Adrenaline Playzone, Todds Leap, Co. Tyrone, Sat 24th March, £20

Experience pulsating action on Todds Leap's most extreme outdoor activities.  Be your very own stunt man (or woman!) and take a giant leap of faith at their Drop Zone, zoom down a 500 metre zip line before finishing with a white knuckle, high speed hill rally ride!  It doesn’t get much more exciting than this. 

North Coast Sea Kayaking, Simply Sea Kayak, Co. Antrim, Sat 24th March, £20

Enjoy a guided sea kayaking trip along a section of the idyllic North Coast - a fantastic opportunity to sample one of the most iconic sea kayaking trails in the world.  You will be coached on basic paddling strokes and safety procedures in a sheltered environment before embarking on a short journey along a section of the stunning coastline. Explore a cave and experience the opportunities sea kayaking can give you. You might even come across a seal or two!

Make sure you don’t miss out on these fantastic activities; book your place now and get ready to let the good times roll!

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend

 

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Sarah joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in 2011. A firm believer in giving anything a go at least once (unless it involves jumping out of a plane at 6,000ft!) she is always looking for new adventures in the outdoors and can often be found wandering the Mournes or Glens of Antrim attempting not to get lost!

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