Family Adventures from £10 during Northern Ireland Adventureland 2015

Posted on February 27, 2015 @ 8:18 AM in Adventure

If you want to get outdoors more with the kids, are looking for new ways to keep them entertained or want an exciting family day out that everyone can enjoy Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend has got it covered.    

For one weekend only on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March a whole host of outdoor activities are being offered for just £10pp  or a massive 50% off normal prices meaning you can have a fantastic day out for less.

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2015

Here are just some of the family friendly outdoor events on offer:

Strangford Sea Safari Whirlpool Special - 50% Off
Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, Co. Down, 29th March
An exhilarating sightseeing boat tour of Strangford Lough. See the SeaGen, Angus Rocks Lighthouse and some of the many seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve. This trip is run at the best time of day to see ‘The Narrows' unusual natural phenomenon - the surface whirlpools! 

Kayaking Adventure Taster Session - £10pp
Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan Forest Park. Co. Down, 28th & 29th March
Explore Castlewellan Lake from a sit on top Kayak.  Friendly instructors will have the whole family paddling in sync in no time, just watch out for the kids splashing you! 

Family Surf Session - £10pp
Long Line Surf School, Portstewart, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 28th March, £10
Get the family together, put a wetsuit on and jump into the blue Atlantic Ocean; it’s time to learn how to surf the waves into the shore! This exhilarating and exciting experience is perfect for all families who love the beach and everything about it.

High Ropes - Climbing, Vertical Challenge and Abseiling - £10pp
Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, 28th & 29th March
Have you got a head for heights? You will after this high ropes session!  Get your heart racing as you climb to the top of the outdoor course before feeling the rush abseiling back to solid ground in time to take on the vertical assault course. 

Family Wet Bouldering - 50% Off
Outdoor Concepts, Newcastle, Co. Down, 28th&29th March
Wet bouldering is all about the water – make your way up a river, jump into pools and climb up waterfalls on this wet and wild experience all under the supervision of fully qualified instructors.    

Bay to Bay Sea Tour - £10pp
Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 28th & 29th March
Experience the North Coast like never before as you take in the glorious sights of Ramore Head, Dunluce Castle and much more all whilst zooming across the water on a high speed boat. 

Rathlin Island Boat Trip - 50% Off
Aquasports, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, 28th & 29th March
A fantastic and thrilling boat trip to Rathlin Island!  Your skipper and guide Alan Wilson will bring the Causeway Coast to life with fascinating descriptions of local landmarks & rare wildlife as you make your way on a high speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) to the most northerly inhabited island off the coast of Ireland.

Sailing Taster Experience - 50% Off
Ballyholme Yacht Club, Bangor, Co. Down, Sat 5th April
Enjoy exclusive use of the boat for you and your family along with your very own instructor ensuring you will get plenty of hands on experience from the experts. 

Family Canoeing - £10pp
Mobile Team Adventure, Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast, 28th March
Have a splash on the water and try canoeing right in the heart of the stunning Lagan Valley Regional Park just minutes from Belfast City Centre.  Suitable for ages 4 and up this one is perfect for the whole family, even the little ones.  

Family Activity Fun Day - £10pp
Breckenhill, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim, 29th March
Breckenhill are bringing all the fun of the fair into the 21st century with their Family Activity Fun Day suitable for all ages.  This fantastic rural venue only 30 minutes from Belfast has everything needed to keep the whole family amused.

Go Wild Forest School - £10pp
Far and Wild, Drum Manor Forest Park, Cookstown, 29th March, £10 
A blend of exploration, adventure, myth and ecology, this outdoor session will have you foraging for food, scavenging in the undergrowth, wild cooking and taking on the Tarzan challenge!

Family Activity Trio - Climbing, Archery & Orienteering
Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, 29th March, £10 
Spend the first hour mastering the heights of the Climbing Wall before stepping into the shoes of Robin Hood for an archery session.  It will then be time to work together to find the checkpoints and develop your navigation skills on the orienteering challenge.

Archery Session at Mourne Park
East Coast Adventure Centre, Mourne Park, Kilkeel, Co. Down, 29th March, £10
Follow in the footsteps of Robin Hood, Katniss Everdeen or Jon Snow as you perfect your bow and arrow skills. With expert instruction on hand at all times you'll be hitting the bull’s-eye in no time!

Check out the Northern Ireland Adventureland Website for loads more activities on offer for just £10 or 50% Off and to book online today.  

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!

Different Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day in Northern Ireland

Posted on February 5, 2015 @ 11:35 AM in Adventure

When it comes down to it, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about the clichéd flowers and candlelit dinners.  It’s about making the time to be together, creating memories and most importantly having a laugh with the one you love.  Good thing then that there are plenty of outdoor experiences you can enjoy together for a Valentine’s day with a difference in Northern Ireland. 

Check out our 6 non clichéd ways to spend this February 14th:

Valentine’s Special, Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sat 14th Feb
To celebrate Valentine's Day The Jungle NI are offering 10% off their activities on Sat 14th Feb. Swing from the tree tops together on a high ropes course, race each other through the forest on Segways or buckle up and roll downhill in a giant zorbing ball together. 

Have A Go Sea Kayaking, Simply Sea Kayak, North Coast, Co. Antrim, Sat 14th Feb
Try something new together with the iconic North Coast as your backdrop.  Perfect for first time paddlers you’ll be kitted out and learn the basics in sheltered waters before heading out on the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail taking in sights and scenery only accessible by kayak.

Valentines, Glamping Trip, East Coast Adventure, Mournes, Co. Down, Sat 14th Feb
Spend the Night under the stars in Rostrevor with the views of Knockbarragh Valley in East Coast Adventures brand new glamping pods. Located in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains, within 4 miles of the picturesque village of Rostrevor head out for a hike or hit the Mountain Bike trails in Rostrevor or Castlewellan, just a 20 minute drive away. Enjoy a meal or a drink or two in nearby Rostrevor or Warrenpoint before snuggling up for the night.

Valentines Ideas

Valentine’s Game of Thrones Archery Experience, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down, Sat 14th & Sun 15th Feb
If you love Game of Thrones as much as you love each other then this is the perfect date for Valentines. Channel your inner Ygritte & Jon and take aim in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed. You’ll get to dress up, and receive expert instruction in the recreated Winterfell set. Afterwards why not take time to explore the 12km of off road cycling and walking trails at Castle Ward on the stunning shores of Strangford Lough?

Valentine’s Night Lovers Walk, Far and Wild, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sat 14th Feb
What could be more romantic than a walk under a star-lit sky?  This guided wild wander will take place on countryside paths through some of Derry’s best kept secret locations before ending in a cosy country pub where you can enjoy a drink or two together.

Valentine’s Activity Day, Share Discovery Village, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 14th Feb
Choose between archery, climbing or mountain biking from only £9pp for a one hour session.  Take aim together, encourage each other to the top of the climbing wall or head out on the bikes and race each other on the outdoor trails.  

Whatever you get up to have a great Valentine’s Day in 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!

OurdoorNI Award Winners 2014

Posted on January 8, 2015 @ 3:04 PM in Adventure

OutdoorNI Awards

Its time to roll out the red carpet on the 2014 OutdoorNI Awards in association with Surf Mountain. With over 1200 votes cast by the public on OutdoorNI.com's Facebook Page, the awards saw nominees battling it out throughout December to win the coveted titles. We are now pleased to annouce that the wait is finally over and without further ado we give you the 2014 OutdoorNI.com Award winners. 

Life Adventure Centre

With activities available for all ages from 5 years old from mountain biking to canoeing on the lake, Life Adventure Centre's Operational Director, John Keating, explained what he thinks the secret is to winning best family activity provider in this years awards;

“Our location within Castlewellan Forest Park along with our qualified team of expert instructors really does create the perfect environment for families to have fun together in the great outdoors. From exploring the Castlewellan mountain bike trails or learning to canoe on the picturesque lake to seeing who has the best aim on an archery session we strive to make all our sessions as fun and memorable as possible for all ages. We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and look forward to helping families create some fantastic memories in the outdoors during 2015.” 

Start planning your fun filled family adventure day in the great outdoors with Life Adventure Centre.

Game of Thrones Archery OutdoorNI Awards

Clearsky Adventure Centre scooped up the award for 'Best Unique Outdoor Experience' in this years award for their new Game of Thrones Archery ExperienceGroup Operations Manager for Clearsky, James McKay expressed his delight and shared what makes this experience so unique, “The fact that Game of Thrones was filmed on location at our centre in Castle Ward has allowed us to provide an experience unlike any other. We have put a lot of time and effort into ensuring the authenticity of the experience from realistic props to character costumes to help customers feel the part."

Click here for details of how you can experience the Game of Thrones Archery Experience frist hand.

The activities and tours mentioned above are independantly operated by Clearsky Adventure Centre. They are not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with 'Game of Thrones'.

Long Line OutdoorNI Awards

Holiding onto their title of 'Best Coastal Experience' Long Line Surf School, owner Dan Lavery was delighted to hear of the north coast surf school's win commenting; 

"Our team are passionate about making surfing accessible to everyone and we believe this, coupled with the fact that all our lessons take place in the fantastic Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is what has helped us achieve the  ‘best coastal experience’. We look forward to getting as many people as possible riding the waves, experiencing the lifestyle and enjoying the area with the Long Line team at both Benone and Portstewart in 2015. Many thanks to all who voted for us!"

Book a lesson with Long Line Surf School and start planning your next seaside adventure.

NSPCC Mourne HACK OutdoorNI Awards

Congratulations to NSPCC whose Mourne HACK (Hike Against Cruelty to Kids) has been awarded 'Best Charity Challenge'. Upon recieving the award a delighted Catherine Nuttall, head of fundraising at NSPCC NI shared with us why she believes they won this year's award;

"There is no doubt that the route is a challenge but we believe the fantastic scenery coupled with a great atmosphere amongst the walkers and the opportunity to raise vital funds is what drives people to complete the challenge." 

The date for this year’s event is set for Sat 19th September phone: +44(0)28 90351135 or email: northernirelandappeals@nspcc.org.uk for information.

Todds Leap OutdoorNI Awards

Todds Leap have claimed the title of 'Best Thrillseeking Experience' in Northern Ireland for over 16s. Delighted to hear that Todds Leap had secured the award for the second year running owner Benny Hanlon shared with us what he believes is the winning formula; 

"Todds Leap has over twenty five thrilling activities to choose from and we are constantly striving to bring innovative new activities to Northern Ireland including our unique 30ft free fall Drop Zone so we have a lot to offer when it comes to getting that adrenaline pumping. We would like to thank all our customers who voted for us and look forward to providing lots of thrills in 2015.”

Get your heart rate pumping at Todds Leap Activity Centre this year.

Mourne Way Marathon

Racing ahead for a second year to win 'Best Challenge Event' 26 Extreme proudly accepted the award. The Mourne Way Marathon takes place annually in June with participants able to choose from a 10k right up to a gruelling 52 mile ultra marathon all set within the Mournes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

On winning the award Ian Cummings from 26 Extreme expresses his delight by commenting, "We at 26 Extreme believe that a combination of aspects set our event apart such as offering a variety of race distances, a dedicated support team on the day and simply unparalleled scenery here in the Mourne Mountains”.

Check out 26 Extreme for more information and details of how to sign up to the 2015 event

 Castle Ward Glamping Pods

Winning the award for 'Best Glamping Experience' the Camping Pods set in the heart of Castle Ward estate, have quickly become a firm favourite for those looking for a campout with a difference in Northern Irleand.

Jacqueline Baird , Visitor Services Manger from the National Trust explained why she believed the pods have been so popular, " Our glamping pods not only offer visitors a unique way to spend a night or short break but also allow those who stay in them to have an unforgettable experience in the great outdoors, without having to give up all of their home comforts.  With a twenty-one mile network of multi-use trails, the stunning Strangford Lough and an 18th-century mansion all on the doorstep of the camping pods, we believe it is the unique setting which helps make them so popular”.

Click here for details of how you can spend a mini break with a difference in Castle Ward camping pods.

Congratulations to all this years winners! 

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Posted on December 5, 2014 @ 12:09 PM in Adventure

Still looking for the perfect gift for your mum, sister or other half?! Get her something completely different this Christmas and give her a thrilling activity experience she'll never forget...all while avoiding the busy shops! Check out some of our top picks for 2014:

Christmas Gift Ideas for Her

Rathlin Island Sea Tour, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim

A fantastic boat tour around the fabulous North Coast and Rathlin Island. Experience the North Coast from a whole new perspective taking in spectacular sights from the sea including the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the historic Dunluce Castle and much more!

The 'High Tea at Sea' voyage, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down

Arrange an afternoon tea with a difference! See the sights of Strangford Lough before stopping at a beautiful spot to enjoy a nice cup of tea and homemade scones. 

Segway Tour, Segway Express, Benone, Co. Derry~Londonderry 

Get ready to race along the beach on two wheels before taking in the historic sites of Benone! The ideal experience for those looking for something a bit different. 

Sunset Sail, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, North Coast

Treat her in style with her own private yacht, head out toward Rathlin Island with friends to watch the sunset below the Atlantic Horizon. This is a fantastic way to take advantage of the views and includes a complementary glass of wine or coffee/tea. There will also be the opportunity to help sail the boat out into the bay.

Horse Riding Experience, Sheans Horse Farm, Armoy, North Coast

Saddle up and spend the afternoon trekking along the trails of the North Antrim Hills on horseback. Guided by an expert instructor she can enjoy 1½ hours of horse riding at her own level off road.

Hov a Go, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Experience the thrill of floating over the ground at speed.  After expert tuition take on fast straights and hairpin bends on the purpose built tracks on your very own hovercraft. 

Titanic Segway Tour, SegwayNI, Belfast

Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour in Belfast, visit all the key sites where the famous Titanic was built and discover its fascinating history all whilst gliding along on your very own Segway!

Pod Glamping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Give a minibreak with a difference this year. Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate, enjoy a one night stay in the quirky heated camping pods, bike hire and a choice of an activity to do together from either archery or canoeing. Add an additional twist with the Game of Thrones Glamping Mini Break ideal for those who are fans of the show. Bed down for a night deep in the forests of ‘Winterfell’ before exploring the sprawling Demesne and its many filming location hotspots.

Rock Climbing for women, Far & Wild, Co. Derry~Londonderrry

The idea session for a woman looking to build her confidence and develop climbing technique. Whether she has climbed before or is new to the activity this women-specific session is designed to move at a pace that best suits her needs, accomplish her own personal challenges and quite literally reach new heights!

Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Give her the opportunity to feel like Jane of the Jungle as she negotiates her way through 50 elements up to 40ft high including zip lines, bridges, scramble nets and a death defying powerfan descent. The Jungle NI's Adult Tree Top Adventure Course is sure to test his imagination and nerve! 

North Coast Sea Kayaking, Simply Sea Kayak, Co. Antrim

A fantastic opportunity to sample one of the iconic North Coast sea kayaking trails.  This truly unique experience includes a skills session and guided paddle, taking in the stunning views of the North Coast from the water and exploring locations only accessible by kayak!

Adventure Blast, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Combine two activities to make for a great day out. Hit the trails on a mountain bike and explore some of the 27.5km of green, blue and red grade trails before heading out in a kayak or canoe for a relaxing paddle on the lake. 

Try a Dive in the Sea, Aquaholics Dive Centre, Portstewart, Co. Antrim

This is one experience she will never forget as she explores the underwater world with Aquaholics and discovers a whole other side to the North Coast.

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For even more gift voucher experiences for her check out OutdoorNI.com

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Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Posted on November 27, 2014 @ 11:54 AM in Adventure

Can't think of what to get the in-laws or looking to give your other half something different you can enjoy together? With so many gift voucher experiences tailor-made for couples to enjoy here are a few of our top picks for 2014:

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Mountain Bike and Kayak Rental Package, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down

Enjoy some quality time together in the great outdoors, exploring some of the 27.5km of green, blue and red grade MTB trails. Finishing the off in a kayak with a more relaxing paddle on Castlewellan lake.

Bay to Bay Sea Tour for Two, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim

Speed across the water on a high speed boat taking in the spectacular scenery of the North Coast. Take in the glorious sights of Ramore Head, the Skerries, Dunluce Castle and Island Doo and witness the stunning sandy beaches of Portrush from the sea as you zoom across the water onboard the high speed boat.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Stand Up Paddle Boarding for 2, Long Line Water Trails, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle Boarding together before taking a tour along the remote parts of the idyllic River Roe.

Couples Thrill Seeking Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone

 Find out who really is the better driver as you take it in turns behind the wheel.  The experience also includes a 500m Zip line and a heart racing white knuckle hill rally ride.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Pod Camping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down

Give a minibreak with a difference this year. Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate, enjoy a one night stay in the quirky heated camping pods, bike hire and a choice of an activity to do together from either archery or canoeing. Add an additional twist with the Game of Thrones Glamping Mini Break ideal for those who are fans of the show. Bed down for a night deep in the forests of ‘Winterfell’ before exploring the sprawling Demesne and its many filming location hotspots.

Island Explorer for 2, Mobile Team Adventure, Strangford Lough, Co. Down

Suitable for all abilities from beginners to enthusiasts this is the perfect getaway for any couple. Take a guided kayaking trip along the stunning Strangford Lough stopping to visit the oyster farm and Ballydorn Lighthouse Ship.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Treat, SegwayNI, Craigavon, Co. Armagh

Explore the off-road course on a segway negotiating obstacles and speeding along the straights. This is a fantastic way to get out in the outdoors and spend some time together doing something totally unique, action packed and fun!

Couples Boating Trip, Manor House Marine Day Boats, Killadeas, Co. Fermanagh

Arrange a romantic trip out on the lower Lower Lough Erne. In your own boat explore the idyllic uncrowded waterways, fishing spots and numerous places of interest along the way. Visit an ancient monastic site or sit back, relax and enjoy the splendid scenery.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples

Couples Glamping, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~ Londonderry

Fancy the idea of camping…without the tent? Now you can give a mini break with a difference in one of Carrowmena's eco friendly 'Camping Cocoon'. ‘Glamping' or glamorous camping combines camping with some of the amenities of a home/hotel. Situated in the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with picnic tables for that al fresco dining experience this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors in style. 

Couples 'Brunch on a boat' voyage, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down 

Spoil them with this unusual weekend treat! Skip the hussle and bussle of breakfast and explore the stunning Strangford Lough on a high speed boat before enjoying brunch on one of the hidden islands.

Check out OutdoorNI.com for even more fantastic gift voucher experiences for couples.

Jayne Woodrow
Jayne Woodrow  Marketing Executive

Jayne joined the marketing team of Outdoor Recreation NI in March 2014. She is interested to see if marketing outdoor activities on a daily basis and being surrounded by sporty colleagues rubs off, and stirs up a love for the outdoors (once she conquers her fear of heights of course!).

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