OutdoorNI Award Winners 2015

Posted on January 7, 2016 @ 4:31 PM in Adventure

Votes have been counted and verified and we are pleased to announce that the wait is finally over as we reveal the winners of the 2015 OutdoorNI Awards in association with Surf Mountain. With over 1,100 votes cast by the public, the awards saw nominees battling it out throughout December to win the coveted titles. So without further ado we give you the 2015 OutdoorNI.com Award Winners. 

Best Family Activity Provider- Life Adventure Centre
Castlewellan, Co. Down

Life Adventure Centre

A highly coveted title in the OutdoorNI Awards, this year's Award was scooped up for a second consecutive year by Life Adventure Centre located in the beautiful Castlewellan Forest Park. Offering lots of great land and water based activities suitable for all ages and abilities including, as of 2015 their new Kridler Electric Mountain Bikes and Wee Hoo Kids Trailers, ideal for exploring the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails. 

Best Thrillseeking Provider- The JungleNI
Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry

The Jungle NI

The JungleNI  offer an extensive and exciting range of unique activities ideal for any occasion and sure to get your heart racing. Not only was The Jungle Northern Ireland's first and largest paintballing site, they were the first company to bring the exhilarating downhill tumbles of Zorbing to Ireland and are home to Ireland's first high wire tree top adventure course. Nestled in an enchanting woodland in the very heart of Northern Ireland, just 45 minutes from Belfast the Jungle NI is the perfect location for thrillseekers looking to test their sense of daring and adventure.

Best Charity Challenge Event- Run Mucker Run for Cancer Focus NI
Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

Run Mucker Run

Run Mucker Run raced into first place in this year's Award for 'Best Charity Challenge Event'. Complete with 30 manmade and natural obstacles, climbing eight foot walls, crawling under netting and barbed wire and running up to 10k through mud, were just a few of the requirements for competitors taking part in the Run Mucker Run Challenge on 26th Sept 2015.

The challenge was in aid of raising vital funds for Cancer Focus Northern Ireland. A local cancer charity providing a range of services for Northern Ireland cancer patients and their families as well as funding major research and running cancer prevention schemes across the country. The next Run Mucker Run challenge will be held on Sat 30th April 2016. Click here to find out more & sign up.

Best Coastal Experience- Surfing at Troggs Surf School
Portrush, Co. Antrim

Troggs Surf School

Troggs Surf Surf School are riding high on this latest wave of success. Aiming to provide a fun, informative and safe introduction to the world of surfing, Troggs offers expert tuition to beginners looking to learn the basics, through to experienced surfers. ASI accredited and Quiksilver approved the team of expert instructors offer a wide range of courses throughout the year including kid's summer surf camps, corporate days, Hen & Stag parties, progression sessions and more.

Best Skills Course Provider- Tollymore National Outdoor Centre
Tollymore Forest Park, Bryansford, Co. Down

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Tollymore Adventure Centre navigated to success in this years OutdoorNI Awards recieving the accodlade of 'Best Skills Course Provider'. Located in the foothills of the spectacular Mourne Mountains, the centre offers a wide range of skills courses lead by some of Northern Ireland's best expert instructors! With course running throughout the year suitable for beginners through to those with lots of experience Tollymore's tailored course ensure partivipants get the most from their training session.

Best Unique Outdoor Experience- The JungleNI, Fright Night
Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Fright Night Northern Ireland

Scooping up a second award this year The Jungle NI's Fright Night has become widely renowned as one of Northern Ireland's most terrifying nights of the year! For those brave enough the Jungle invites visitors to enter the 'Inbred Horror House' responsible for multiple panic attacks over the years and find out what horrible cannibalistic creatures live in the shadowy depths of a cornfield? With 6 terrifying scare zones and more being added each year look out for it in October 2016.

Best Glamping Experience- National Trust Castle Ward Camping Pods
Castle Ward, Strangford, Co. Down

Glamping Northern Ireland

Winning an this for the third year in a row is a great achievement for the National Trust Castle Ward Camping Pod's. Enjoy a mini break with a difference in the historic Castle Ward Estate. Rain, hail, sleet or shine these heated pods fully insulated guantee a cosy campout with the kids or your other half. Fans of the award winning HBO series Game of Thrones can enjoy lots of themed activities including a cycle tour to iconic film locations from the show and acess to the Winterfell Courtyard.

Best Adventure Destination- Causeway Coast & Glens

Causeway Coast and Glens

Congratulations to Causeway Coast & Glens winner of this new award for 2015. Fighting off competition from three other fantastic nominations! It's hard to complain of having nothing to do in this destination with so many adventures waiting for you whether you decided to get into the water or keep your feet on solid ground! Head to the beach for a surf or SUP lesson with Troggs Surf School or Long Line, follow the North Coast sea kayak trailtake a high speed boat tour with Aquaholics Sea Safari or Portrush Sea Tours or walk the Causeway Coast Way, the list is endless. For many cyclists both nationally and internationally an annual event in their calendar is taking on the iconic Giants Causeway Coast Sportive.

OutdoorNI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted in this years Awards in association with Surf Mountain.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She enjoys getting out and exploring the fantastic adventures on offer across Northern Ireland.

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