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Have a Go at Watersports for £20 or less

Posted on April 15, 2019 @ 2:14 PM in AdventureCanoeing

If you've always wanted to have a go at something adventurous on the water, we have some good news for you! Clubs all across Northern Ireland will be running 'taster' watersport sessions over the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May as part of Get Wet NI 2019, and all of events are £20 or less, with most of the events either free or under £10. You don't need any experience, all equipment is provided and all of the activities are suitable for all abilities, no matter what your interest is!

Sailing

Push the Boat Out: Try Sailing Taster Day, Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Sat 11th May, Free 

A great opportunity to get out on the water for free and try your hand at sailing! 

Push the Boat Out: Sailing & Kayaking Taster Sessions for Adults And Children, County Antrim Yacht Club, Whitehead Promenade | Marine Parade, Whitehead, Sat 11th May, Free

Free taster-sessions give you the chance to experience crewing a sailing dinghy or taking a sit-on kayak out for a paddle. 


Rowing

Community Currach Rowing on the River Lagan, Lagan Currachs, River Lagan, Stranmillis Mooring Dock, Governors Bridge, Belfast, Sat 11th & Sun 12th May, £5

Join the Lagan Currachs on their community built traditional currach and experience being part of a mixed age and abilities crew as they row the River Lagan.

Have a Go Row Dundrum, Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club, Dundrum Inner Bay, launch site opposite Dundrum Inn, Sat 11th & Sun 12th May, £3

A great way to have fun and keep fit. Get instruction on rowing from the current Skiffie World Champions and find out about the fun events and challenges you could be taking part in.

Give Rowing a Go, Portavogie Coastal Rowing Club, Portavogie, Sat 11th May, £3

Have a splash on the water and try your hand at rowing on their St. Ayles Skiff boat on the sea. 

Water-Skiing + Wakeboarding

Learn to Waterski/Wakeboard With the Experts, Meteor Water Ski Club, Lough Henney, Bresagh Road, Sun 12th May, £15 for under-18’s & £20 for 18+

Come and try water skiing or wakeboarding in a safe and controlled environment!

To check out more events taking place, and to keep updated throughout the summer check out GetWetNI.com and follow us on Facebook.

This campaign has been funded by Sport Northern Ireland, with support from the National Governing Bodies of watersports in Northern Ireland.


 

Dominic Lyttle
Dominic Lyttle  Assistant Marketing Officer

Dominic has recently joined the ORNI team following completion of a MSc in Marketing from Queen’s University Belfast.

In his spare time, Dominic enjoys trekking, travelling to new and exciting places, and playing basketball, alongside drinking far too much coffee!

5 Reasons You'll Love Wild Adventure Weekend!

Posted on April 3, 2019 @ 3:45 PM in Local Outdoors

Mid Ulster's Wild Adventure Weekend will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April, all across Mid Ulster. If you haven't heard about it yet, we've listed some of the reasons to get excited for it below!

 

1.       Most of the events are free or at a reduced cost

We all love a good deal. In fact the only thing we love more than a good deal is a freebie! And Wild Adventure Weekend has plenty of both. Some of the free events include bike hire at Davagh Forest MTB Trails, the Angling Taster Experience, Canoe Taster Sessions at Ballyronan Marina, Golf Taster Sessions at Tobermore Golf Centre and any of the countless walking trails available.

Mid Ulster is home to some of the most stunning walking trails in Northern Ireland

There are also deals on events such as Zip Trekking at Todd’s Leap (50% off), Airsoft at Torrent Warfare (reduced to £15pp), MTB Hire at Blessingbourne Estate and a range of activities at The Jungle NI.

 

2.       Events for everyone!

It can be difficult to run an event that fits everyone’s taste. Some events are suitable mostly for the children (such as the Kids Tree Top Adventure at the Jungle NI); others are ideal for people looking for a relaxing and social experience – and others still for people looking to get their next adrenaline kick.

This is one event not suitable for people looking for a relaxing activity

Wild Adventure Weekend however accommodates everyone. Hill walkers can find something to love, whether they’re a complete beginner or a seasoned pro. Adrenaline junkies meanwhile have plenty to keep themselves entertained, whether that’s at Portglenone Paddler’s Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking, or a Tree Top Adventure with the kids at The Jungle NI.

 

3.       Events are taking place all across Mid Ulster

With so many activities taking place over Wild Adventure Weekend (nearly 40!) the great thing is that nobody will have to travel too far to enjoy an event. One of the benefits of being at the centre of Northern Ireland!

Blessingbourne Estate has beautiful grounds for exploring

Those living in Fermanagh will have events at Blessingbourne Estate at their doorstep, while people travelling from Omagh have the likes of Todd’s Leap and Davagh Forest close by. Coming from the North Coast, your first port of call could be the popular Eagle’s Rock Trail at Moydamlaght Forest or possibly 9 holes and an introductory golf lesson with a PGA pro at Tobermore Golf Centre.

 

4.       Meet new people and make friends

Many of the weekend’s activities are social, whether for yourself or the kids. Events such as the Breagh Tours Low Level Walk will see people from all over coming together to explore the stunning Goles Valley in the Sperrins, with expert tour guide Brendan Adams. For those who fancy something a bit more uptempo, nothing bands together a group of people as quickly as modern urban warfare in the form of Airsoft, which you can try out at Torrent Airsoft’s day of fun.

Airsoft has become an increasingly popular alternative to paintballing

 

5.       Supporting local clubs and businesses

We can often be tempted to look abroad for an adventure; but allow yourself to be surprised by Northern Ireland and explore what your local community has to offer. Local groups such as the Portglenone Paddlers (and plenty of others) run events entirely organised by volunteers, while larger businesses help to attract tourism and bring increased spending to Northern Ireland.

Staff can also provide some reassurance when needed!

 

You can find all the information for Mid Ulster's Wild Adventure Weekend here. Don't forget to book early onto any events that require it, as well as use the #WildAdventureWeekend and #HowFarWillYouGo!

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