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May Bank Holiday Adventures in Northern Ireland

Posted on April 29, 2013 @ 11:08 AM in Adventure

You have reached the OutdoorNI.com My Bank Holiday blog for 2013 but don't worry there's still plenty of adventure activities happening this year too!  Check out our latest blog May Bank Holiday Adventure for loads of events happening in 2015.

It’s not often everyone gets a long weekend away from work so make sure you make the most of the three day weekend by spending some quality time with the family or having a laugh with your mates in the great outdoors this May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Here is just some of what Northern Ireland’s great outdoors has to offer over the 4th-6th May 2013...

There are plenty of options when it comes to family activities happening in Northern Ireland over the bank holiday weekend, here are just a few of our favourites:


Bank Holiday Family Fun Day, Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Londonderry, 6th May
Enjoy some quality time with the family at the Jungle NI as they celebrate the bank holiday with an exciting array of adventure activities. From archery to karting, segways to climbing walls and body zorbs to llama trekking there are loads of activities happening from just £3pp and suitable for children as young as 5 years. 

Surfing, Long Line Surf School, Benone Beach, Co. Londonderry, 4th-6th May
Join in on the fun on the Family Surfing Day on the 5th May or drop the kids off and let them have an adventure with children their own age on the Kids Surf Camp running from 4th-6th May.  Created solely for families, the family surfing day is a great way to try something new together and with Long Line providing all equipment you won’t even have to worry about packing up the car simply head to the beach and get ready to have some fun!  Alternatively leave the kids to have fun on the beach while you go away and relax for a couple of hours knowing they’re in safe hands on the kids surf camp - an experience the children will remember forever!

May Day Activity Shindig, Action Outdoors, Delamont Country Park, Co. Down, 6th May
Based in Delamont Country Park, on the edge of the stunning Strangford Lough, Action Outdoors is offering 5 great activities including canoeing, kayaking, climbing, archery and grass sledging.  Can’t decide which one to do?  At such great value you’ll be able to have a go at them all! 

Strangford Sea Safari, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down, 5th May
Hop aboard Clearsky’s Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) for an exhilarating sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough. See the Angus Rocks Lighthouse, the SeaGen (world's first tidal turbine) and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. If you’re lucky you might even get to see a pod of porpoises or even a Basking Shark!

Binevenagh Activity Weekend, Benone Complex, Co. Londonderry, 4th- 6th May

With loads of activities from hovercrafting to surfing and horse riding to kayaking being offered for discount prices Benone will be the place to be when it comes to adventure over the May Bank Holiday Weekend.  Sessions will run in the morning and afternoon with a shuttle bus taking everyone from the hub at Benone Complex to a whole host of different adventures.  Make sure to pack a picnic! 

For the thrill seekers out there if you want to get your adrenaline pumping this May Bank Holiday then Northern Ireland is the place to be!  Check out the events section for a full list of adventures, here are just a few to provide you with some inspiration:  

20 % Off Rock Climbing & Coasteering, Teambuild Ireland, North Coast, 4th & 5th May

If you want to get your heart racing then Teambuild Ireland can sort you out.  They are hosting an action packed day with rock climbing and abseiling in the morning followed by a wet and wild coasteering session in the afternoon.  Test your limits and over come your fears scaling new heights before jumping off the cliffs of the rugged north coast...and the best part is they are offering 20% off! 

Segway NI Titanic Tour, Belfast, Co. Antrim, All Weekend

Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour you will ever experience. Visit where the famous Titanic was built and discover its fascinating history all whilst gliding along on your very own Segway!  The tour will visit all the key sites of the famous ship's history including the Titanic Dock and Pump House.

Barnett Demsene Trails & Jumps Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim, All Weekend

The long weekend is the perfect chance to try out the newly opened Barnett Demsene Mountain Bike Trails.  With 3.4km green trail and a 3.9km blue trail with 3 red loop options (1.5km) there is something for everyone, from novices to experts, to try for free.  If you’re feeling daring then you can pay a visit to Ireland’s first official dirt jumps park under the shadow of the Mary Peters Track.

Davagh Forest Trails, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, All Weekend

Located approximately 6 miles north west of Cookstown, Davagh Forest offers gentle mountain biking and walking trails as well as an impressive 16km red trail with some rock slab drops you will never forget!  Starting on wide forest roads, the green trail is the perfect way to get to know your mountain bike and get a feel for riding off-road trails in a forest environment whereas the exhilarating red trail offers heart-racing singletrack, berms, rock drops and extreme slab features for the more experienced to try.

Experience Canoeing, Teambuild Ireland, Lough Neagh, 4th May

Take to the largest body of fresh water in Ireland and have a go at canoeing.  This session is aimed at those who want to try canoeing in a safe environment with qualified staff. No previous experience is necessary and all "the basics" will be taught as you go, making it perfect for trying something new over the May Bank Holiday Weekend. 

Have a great May bank holiday weekend 2013!

 

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!

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