Eggcellent Easter Adventures 2015

Posted on March 30, 2015 @ 4:59 PM in Adventure

There is no need to struggle with ideas to keep the kids and teens amused over the Easter break. Check out our list of outdoor activities on offer this year to ensure you have an eggcellent Easter. Whether you plan on joining in on the fun for a family day out or are looking to leave the kids to it at one of the many adventure camps taking place there is lots happening in the outdoors over the holidays. Easter 2015

Easter Activities for Families 

Easter 2015

Easter Sea Safari, Sun 5th & Mon 6th Apr, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, Co. Down
Hold on tight as you whizz across Strangford Lough in a high speed boat. Take in the spectacular views of this area from the water as you travel out to the Sea Gen and spot seals and whirlpools.

Easter Trail & Cruise, Sun 5th & Mon 6th Apr, Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh
Find the Easter treats and surprises hidden along the trail by the Easter Bunny before hopping on board a boat to cruise around the lough. 

Easter Family Madness '3 for 2', 3rd, 6th, 7th & 10th Apr, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Enjoy 3 for 2 entry to an action packed family day out climbing, kayaking, archery, zip lining and more.  

Easter Family Fun Day, Mon 6th & Tue 7th Apr, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
With a whole range of activities including body zorbs, archery, climbing, paintball target shooting, segways and more, nobody will be complaining of being bored this Easter break at the JungleNI.

Easter Kids Camps

Leave the kids to it with friends their own age for a few action packed days of outdoor adventures.
Kids Easter Camps Northern Ireland

Kids Easter Surf Camp, Fri 3rd- Sun 5th Apr, Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim
Come down to the beach and enjoy a weekend of professional surf instruction to introduce the kids to surfing. Pay per session or book all 3 at a reduced rate. Minimum age 8 years old.

Kids Easter Mountain Bike Camp, Fri 10th- Sat 11th Apr, East Coast Adventure Centre, Rostrevor, Co. Down
The kids will be introduced to the skills needed to hit the trails confidently and safely during this specially designed mountain bike kids camp. Suitable for children aged 7 to 14. 

Easter Activity Club, Wed 8th- Fri 10th Apr, Bryson Lagansports, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Drop your kids off, on the way to work, for three fun filled days of activities in the heart of the city. Suitable for ages 8 and over they are sure to have an exciting few days of activities including canoeing/kayaking, orienteering, archery and having a go walking on water in Water Roller Zorbs. 

BAC Easter Scheme, Wed 8th- Fri 10th Apr, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Avoid boredom setting in and drop the kids off for a couple of days of action packed fun at Belfast Activity Centre during the Easter holidays. Activities will included: caving, climbing, mountain biking, bushcraft, team games, nightline, archery, easter egg hunt and more. 

For even more events happening over the Easter break check out OutdoorNI.

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!).

Are You Ready for an Action Packed Adventure? – 50 % Off Outdoor Activities during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2015

Posted on March 11, 2015 @ 11:55 AM in Adventure

On 28th and 29th March 2015 Northern Ireland is being transformed into an action packed adventureland.  With outdoor activities for just £10 and a massive 50% Off normal prices there has never been a better time to have an adventure. 

No experience is necessary and you don’t need a big group to book so round up your mates or go it alone this is one weekend of events you don’t want to miss!  With fantastic activities at such great prices the events will sell out fast so make sure to book your place now.

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2015

Here are just a few of the thrilling adventures you could be experiencing:

Portrush Surfing Experience – 50% Off
Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim, Sun 29th
Make a break for the beach and get set to catch your very first wave as you learn to surf with Northern Ireland’s only Quiksilver approved surf school. Experiences instructors will teach you how to paddle, pop up and surf safely with confidence during this 2 hour session. 

Segway Skills & Speed Course – 50% Off 
SegwayNI, Co. Armagh, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
Test yourself around a Segway skills course followed by an off road challenge!  You’ll spend the session getting to grips with the unique and thrilling two wheeled machines, honing your skills before heading off on a guided off road adventure.  compete against others, or bring your friends along to see who will be crowned champion.

Sea Safari Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge & Rathlin Island – 50% Off
Aquaholics, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
Feel the wind in your hair as you leave Ballycastle Harbour behind and take in the beautiful cliffs of the North Coast.  See Kinbane Castle as you head up to Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge, before crossing over to Rathlin Island where you will have the chance to go ashore and explore this unique island.

Stand Up Paddleboarding on Lough Henney – 50% Off
Cable and Wake, Hillsborough, Co. Down, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
A fun, exhilarating yet relaxing activity Stand Up Paddle Boarding involves standing or sitting on a long board and propelling yourself across the water using a paddle. You will be shown the basics of balance and using the paddle before taking a tour around the scenic lake. 

Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course– 50% Off
Jungle NI, Magherafelt, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sun 29th March
A unique obstacle course set in the canopy of The Jungle NI's forest. Will you be able to tackle the 50 exciting obstacles up to 70 feet above the ground?! Obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, zip-lines, Tarzan swings and the Power Fan Drop will be sure to keep your adrenaline pumping!

Adreanline Playzone – Drop Zone, Zip Line & Hill Rally – 50% Off
Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone, Sat 28th March
Experience pulsating action on Todds Leap’s most extreme outdoor activities – take a giant leap of faith from their 30ft Drop Zone, zoom down a 500 metre zip line and finish with a white knuckle, high speed hill rally!

First Step Climbing Wall Skills Course – £10pp
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansford, Co. Down, Sat 18th March
Perfect for those with little or no previous experience who want to become more independent in using an indoor climbing wall.  You’ll get to learn the basics before finding the best route to the top! A great introduction so you can head back and enjoy indoor climbing on your own with confidence.  

Sailing on the North Coast - £10pp
Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim, Sat 28th & Sun 29th March
The fantastic scenery of the North Coast will provide the perfect backdrop as you get involved with hoisting and trimming sails and learn how to pilot the boat from your onboard skipper.  Perfect for beginners or for those who've already had a go at sailing and want to get more time on the water.

Game of Thrones Film Set Archery Experience – 50% Off
Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down, Sat 18th & Sun 29th March
A must for any Game of Thrones fans, step into Winterfell and recreate the famous scenes by having a go at archery in the very place where the BAFTA award winning TV show was filmed.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking on the North Coast - 50% Off
Simply Sea Kayak, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 28th & 29th March
Introduce yourself to the adventurous world of sea kayaking on the stunning North Coast. Experienced instructors will teach you in the safety of the harbour before guiding you along part of the North Coast Sea Kayak Trail.

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.

Adventureland NI

With too many events happening to mention make sure visit the Northern Ireland Adventureland Website for a full list of what’s on offer.  What are you waiting for?! Let the adventure begin…

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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!

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'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 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: 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!).

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