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Northern Ireland’s Top Summer Schemes 2013

Posted on June 6, 2013 @ 3:21 PM in Adventure

This is’s Summer Scheme blog for 2013 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'


With just a few weeks left until the end of school it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays.  Thankfully there are loads of outdoor activity summer schemes happening across Northern Ireland so when the novelty of doing nothing wears off, the kids will have something to get excited about.

These summer schemes will allow them to make new friends, learn new skills and most importantly get them out of the house and having as much fun as possible in the great outdoors. All summer schemes listed below take place with accredited providers so you can be rest assured that your kids will be in safe hands as they have their adventure this summer. 

With tonnes 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 as many of the schemes are available to book by the day.  Here is a list of some of the top summer schemes taking place in Northern Ireland over the school holidays:

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland


Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea

1st July – 23rd August

Share’s popular Summer Scheme based on the shores of Lough Erne returns this summer with no less than 17 summer schemes to choose from! 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.


Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan Forest Park

1st July – 23rd August

New for this year is the Adventure Summer Camp which will run throughout July and August 2013 for age groups ranging from 9 to 14 year olds.  With the aim of giving every participant the opportunity to have new experiences, make new friends, learn new 'Life' skills and have an awesome time doing so. Their summer camps will involve a range of activities including survival skills, kayaking, canoeing, archery, orienteering, abseiling, raft building and team games.

East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor

1st July – 30th August

Let the kids experience a real adventure on a week long or half week residential or send them to the day camp and drop them off on your way to work and hear all about their action packed day on the way home.  Both day and residential camps will run throughout July and August with camps available for all skill levels and ages from little Indians (8-10 years) to youth camps for 14-16 year olds.

Teambuild Ireland, Mourne Mountains

22nd – 25th July & 19th – 22nd August

With two activities happening each day in the Mourne Mountains including rock climbing, abseiling, wet bouldering, mountain hikes, ghost walks, zip lining, canoeing and beach days this is set to be 4 days of non stop action.   Both residential and day camp options are available - no matter which you choose the kids are sure to have an adventure!

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland


Action outdoors, Delamont Country Park

15th July – 16th 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 5 day week.  With a low ration of kids to instructors and early drop off and late collection available there are plenty of reasons to send your 6-13 year olds to Action Outdoors summer scheme.

Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward

22nd - 26th July & 29th July - 2nd 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 coasteering to canoeing and archery and bushcraft to body boarding.  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! Suitable for those aged 8-15yrs old.


Mobile Team Adventure, Shaws Bridge & Ardnavalley

22nd July – 16th August, Overnight Camp 20th – 22nd 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.  The kids will be divided into two age groups; 9-15 years and 5-8 years to make sure they get the most out of these fantastic activities.  They are also running an Overnight Camp consisting of two overnight stays in a tent and three days of fun outdoor activities for a truly wild time!

Teambuild Ireland, Lough Neagh

1st July – 29th August

Run from the Team Build Ireland site in Glenavy this 4 day camp with 1 night sleep over under the stars is sure to be an experience they will never forget! All specialist safety equipment is provided, as is transport to and from the activities so all the kids have to worry about is embracing the outdoors and having an adventure.

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland

North Coast 

Ardclinis Outdoor Adventure, Cushendall

1st July – 28th August
Ardclinis are offering 3 adventurous activity days each week throughout the months of July and August. Mondays will be spent at the Garron Point centre with team challenges, archery and climbing.  Tuesdays will involve abseiling, raft building and laser tag with Wednesdays spent on the North Coast rock climbing, abseiling and coasteering. With so much variety the days are sure to fly by!  Suitable for ages 8-18. 

Troggs Surf School, Portrush

1st July – 30th August

Possibly the coolest summer camp around, Troggs Surf school are running their surf camp from Monday to Friday throughout July and August.  Kids aged 6-14 will spend each morning (10:00 – 12:00) or afternoon (14:00-16:00) on the beach with surf lessons, surf safety and the chance to be selected for the elite youth surfing team. 

Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady

15th July – 19th July, 5th – 9th August & 19th – 23rd August

Choose between one day or 5 days of non stop activities including team games, high ropes course, kayaking and zip lining to name just a few of the activities on offer for 8-15 year olds.  The fun doesn’t end there however with an optional night spent underneath the stars on the Thursday night where the kids will experience a night walk before cooking their dinner on the camp fire. 

Summer Schemes Northern Ireland

If these summer schemes in Northern Ireland don’t cure your kid’s boredom, we don’t know what will!


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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