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Northern Ireland’s Top Summer Schemes 2012

Posted on June 7, 2012 @ 9:45 AM in Adventure

This is’s Summer Scheme blog for 2012 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'


It’s not long now until the summer holidays and while the kids can’t wait for school to finish, parents across the country are racking their brains trying to think of ways to keep them amused over the break. 

If you don’t want to hear the two dreaded words ‘I’m bored’ then get your kids booked onto one of these fantastic outdoor activity summer schemes.  Let them make new friends, learn new skills and most importantly have as much fun as possible in the great outdoors. All of the summer schemes are led by fully qualified and experienced instructors so your little darlings will be in safe hands as they have a blast come rain, hail or shine this summer!     

With loads of outdoor summer schemes happening across Northern Ireland during July and August finding the right activity and date shouldn’t be a problem.  You don’t even have to book a whole week with many of the schemes available to book by the day.  To make it even easier for you we’ve put together a list of some of the top summer schemes in Northern Ireland:

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland


Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea

2nd July – 24th August

Now in its tenth year, Share’s popular Summer Scheme returns to attract new participants to Lough Erne.  With week long skills development courses in sailing, canoeing, lifesaving, windsurfing, mountain biking and multi-activities the kids will not only have a great time but also receive a recognised qualification at the end of the week.  The courses will take place Monday to Friday and are suitable for 8-16 year olds

Corralea Activity Centre, Belcoo

23rd-25th July and 6th-8th August

With a land based and water activity every day the kids will get the best of both worlds!  From the classic favourites of climbing, mountain biking, canoeing and archery to the slightly more unique including caving and Corralea’s very own outdoor waterpark there will never be a dull moment during this summer scheme.  Suitable for 9-15 year olds.


East Coast Adventure, Rostrevor

2nd July – 31st August

Let the kids experience a real adventure on a week long residential or drop them off on your way to work and hear all about their action packed day on the way home.  East Coast Adventure is running both day and residential camps throughout July and August with camps available for all skill levels and ages from little Indians (8-10 years) to youth camps for the teenagers.

Ocean Youth Trust Ireland, Castlewellan

20th-24th August

A great idea for the older ones (14-19 year olds) this adventure camp will take place in Castlewellan Forest Park where the Ocean Youth Trust will set up their amazing teepees for group work and cooking.   During the day participants will sail on Castlewellan Lake before returning to camp to light a fire under the stars and have a laugh with a few games before bedtime.  This is guaranteed to be one week filled with excitement and adventure.


Action Outdoors, Delamont Country Park

16th July – 20th July, 6th-10th August, 20th-24th August

Run in association with Down District Council this is one Summer Scheme with plenty for the kids to get excited about.  They’ll hunt for clues on treasure trails, take to the slopes grass sledging and face their fears pier jumping and may even end up paddling to an island or learning some bush craft skills in the woods. Choose between a half day, full day or the whole week.  Suitable for 6-13 year olds.

Clearsky Activity Centre, Castle Ward

23rd July – 27th, 30th July – 3rd August

Set in the grounds of the stunning Castle Ward Estate this is one summer scheme that promises to send the kids back tired! Activities range from climbing and bouldering to canoeing and archery and are suitable for 8-15 year olds.  Don’t panic if you don’t have time to drop them off, Clearsky are running a free shuttle bus service from Newcastle, Strangford and Downpatrick each day – we have a feeling this is one bus they won’t be late for in the morning!


Summer Schemes Northern Ireland


Mobile Team Adventure, Shaws Bridge

23rd-27th July,  30th July – 3rd August, 6th-10th August, 13th-17th August

A great way for those in the city to enjoy the great outdoors.  Mobile Team Adventure’s summer scheme is jam packed with fun activities from canoeing and kayaking to water games and gorge walking.  As well as archery, orienteering and abseiling they’ll have the chance to take on the slippery slope, raid the island and find their way along the blind trail.  The kids will be divided into two age groups; 8-11 years and 12-15 years to make sure they get the most out of these fantastic activities.

Mini Kidz, Mobile Team Adventure, Ardnavalley Scout Centre

23rd – 27th July, 30th – 3rd August, 6th – 10th August, 13th –17th August 2012

To make sure the little ones don’t miss out on the fun Mobile Team Adventure have created a separate summer scheme especially for 5-7 year olds.  Led by experienced and qualified instructors the young ones will have no need to be jealous of their big brother or sister as they too can get a taster of activities on both land and water.  


Craigavon Watersports Centre

16th July, 23rd july, 6th august, 13th august, 20th august

This is perfect for all the water babies out there with plenty of fun to be had on land as well!  Each session will last half a day during which the kids will learn the basic skills in sailing, water skiing, kayaking, archery, snow skiing, orienteering and climbing. Add into the mix snow tubing on the dry ski slope, golf, team games and banana boating and you’ve got an unforgettable week of action packed fun ready for the kids to enjoy.  Suitable for 10 - 16 year olds.

North Coast

Alive Surf School, Portrush

July & August

Alive Surf School’s Kids Camp runs Monday – Thursday every week during the summer holidays. Children from 5-18 will have the opportunity to take to the water under the watchful eyes of experienced instructors as they learn to ride the waves. Parents can join in on the fun too, watch from the beach or go for a well-deserved coffee.

Long Line Surf School, Benone Beach

July & August

Especially designed for 6-12 year olds the kids will learn everything from surf history and beach environment to how to ride the waves into the shore.  The camp runs everyday from 10am to 12noon and is the perfect opportunity for kids to enjoy the sport of surfing with beach games, paddle races and in house surf contests.

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland


Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Officer

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!

8 comments have been posted in reply to this article

Posted by heidi.mcgrath on June 26, 2012 @ 7:12 PM

do u not run any schemes in derry?

Posted by OutdoorNI on June 27, 2012 @ 11:13 AM


Thank you for your post on Northern Ireland’s Outdoor Adventure Blog.

Unfortunately we have not been provided any details regarding summer schemes in Derry from our selection of outdoor activity providers.

However I would suggest that you contact the following activity providers who operate in and around Derry. There will be delivering various activities throughout the summer.

Carrowmena Activity Centre

Creggan Country Park

Far & Wild

Posted by Caothan on July 1, 2012 @ 2:23 PM

Do U Do Camps That You Stay Overnight for about a week or to cant find derry ones but ouside would be ok

Posted by Outdoor NI on July 3, 2012 @ 2:20 PM


Thanks for getting in touch with

There are a number of activity providers that offer residential summer camps.

Unfortunately there are none near Derry but I’m sure the following will be worth the short trip.

Share Discovery Village

Share Adventure Camp

East Coast Adventure

Summer Camp - this is offered every Mon – Fri during July/August.

Ocean Youth Trust Ireland

Adventure Camp

Posted by g,walker on July 12, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

were do you get summer schemes in derry??

Posted by OutdoorNI on July 16, 2012 @ 9:28 AM


Thank you for your post on Northern Ireland’s Outdoor Adventure Blog.

Unfortunately we have not been provided any details regarding summer schemes in Derry from our selection of outdoor activity providers.

However I would suggest that you contact the following activity providers who operate in and around Derry. There will be delivering various activities throughout the summer.

Carrowmena Activity Centre

Creggan Country Park

Far & Wild

Posted by M Graham on April 5, 2013 @ 10:54 PM


Will you be updating the page soon for 2013?


Posted by Sarah Nelson on April 9, 2013 @ 9:10 AM

The 2013 blog should be published at the end of May so make sure you check back to the NI Adventure Blog then. Rest assured there's going to be plenty to keep the kids amused over the Summer Holidays! Some Summer scheme details are already up online. Check out the events page for more details.

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