Unique Birthday Party Ideas For Kids

Posted on June 6, 2016 @ 12:15 PM in Adventure

If you’re looking to do something different this year for your kids birthday party but are lacking in ideas, take inspiration from our selection of kids unique birthday party ideas on offer to little adventure seekers across Northern Ireland.

Birthday Parties Northern Ireland

Muddy Little Kicks Birthday Party, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
For those kids who want the ultimate adrenaline fix this is a party sure to get everyone talking! With specially adapted Land Rover's meaning the kids aged 4+ years old can drive (yes you read that right!) their day will start behind the wheel negotiating the obstacles with an instructor. The day will finish up by seeing who can stay on two feet during a body zorbing session.
Min group size: 6 people 

Surfing Birthday Party, Long Line Surf School, Benone, Co. Derry~Londonderry
The ultimate beach party! Enjoy a private surf lesson before a BBQ and use of the beach hangout zone which includes a beach volleyball court, small marquee and slack line!! Available for children aged 6 and up (including adults) so you too can celebrate.
Min group size: 6 people 

Kids Activity Birthday Parties, Breckenhill, Ballyclare, Co. Antrim
A great day out for your little adventure seekers as they have a go at a range of activities including low ropes, orienteering and 2 person trikes during a 2 hours of activities with fully qualified instructors. The day wraps up in the party room where you can enjoy some yummy party food, cake and party games before heading home.
Min group size: 10 people  

Kids Birthday Parties Northern Ireland

Birthday Adventure Package, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Plan a party filled with action, adrenaline and adventure! The choice of what activities to take part in is yours and you'll be provided with a free birthday cake, decorated birthday table and carrowmena merchandise for the birthday boy/girl. Suitable for kids aged 6-16 years old depending on activities. 
Min group size: 10 people

Teen Birthday Blast, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
The perfect solution to planning an epic birthday party for your teenager (12-17 year olds). With sessions in kayaking, climbing, archery and bouldering this is one action packed day out they won't forget about in a hurry.
Min group size: 8 people 

Kids Adventure Games, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
An adventure playground for kids aged 5-15 years old, make their party one they'll not forget in a hurry. Begin the party with some warm up activities before adding some bigger adventures incluiding body zorbs, paintballing, climbing walls and adventure hunts depending on how much time you have.
Min group size: 6 people

Tell us about your kids unique birthday party adventures on Facebook & Twitter.

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.

Your Ultimate Guide to Summer Schemes 2016

Posted on June 2, 2016 @ 12:03 PM in Adventure

With the school summer holidays just around the corner, lots of adventure awaits! Whether you're a stay at home parent or needing to head off to work each morning, here are some alternative summer schemes across Northern Ireland to to help you out and keep the kids entertained. 

Adventure Kidz Summer Scheme, Mobile Team Adventure, Shaw's Bridge, Belfast, Co. Antrim
An action packed week of learning new skills, making new friends and enjoying lots of new adventures. Activities will include canoeing, mountain biking, river tubing and more. Suitable for kids aged 5-15 years old.
Dates: Weekly throughout July & August

Kids Surf Camp, Long Line Surf School, Benone & Portstewart, Co. Antrim
Make a splash this summer by dropping the kids off at the beach for 5 days of making new friends, learning to surf and playing lots of beach games all under the watchful eye of Long Lines fully qualified instructors and lifeguards.
Dates: Weekly throughout July & August

Carrowmena Summer Camp, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Choose between one day or a week full of adventurous activities including high ropes, kayaking, climbing, hillwalking and more. Suitable for kids aged 8-15 years old. There is also an option to spend Thursday night camping underneath the stars.
Dates: Mon 18th- Fri 22nd July

Summer Scheme

Multi Activity Summer Scheme, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Avoid the kids sitting square eyed in front of the TV this summer by signing them up to 5 days of exciting new adventures including caving, bush craft, mountain biking and more. Suitable for kids aged 8-12 years old. 
Dates: Weekly throughout July & August

Summer Adventure Camp, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down
Set in the grounds of the stunning Castle Ward Estate this is one summer scheme the kids won't forget about in a hurry. With activities including pier jumping, canoeing, mountain biking and more they'll be ready for a good night's sleep. Suitable for kids aged 8-15 years old.
Dates: Mon 25th- Fri 29th July & Mon 1st- Fri 8th August 

Multi Sports Activity Summer Scheme, Bryson Lagan, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Just a stone's throw from the city centre leave the kids off on your way into work for a week of action packed adventures. Activities will include water zorbing, canoeing/kayaking, archery and more. Suitable for children aged 8-16 years old.
Dates: Weekly throughout July & August

With more and more clubs and associations hosting summer schemes for kids keep an eye on OutdoorNI.com to stayed clued in! 

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.

6 Ways To Make The Most Of The Spring Bank Holiday

Posted on May 10, 2016 @ 12:08 PM in Adventure

With the Bank Holiday weekend approaching we know how important it is to make the most of your long weekend. So for those looking for some inspiration, check out our top 6 ways to have the best Spring Bank Holiday ever! 

1. Make The Most Of Great Adventure Deals

Bank Holiday Family Fun

Bank Holiday Blow Out, Mon 30th May, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
The perfect way for adventurous families to spend time together in the great outdoors. With a massive 20% off activities this event is not to be missed! Tackle the 28ft climbing wall, fly down the 100m zip line and canoe along the beautiful River Roe with Binevenagh as a back drop.

2. Spend Some Quality Time Together

Family Adventure Day Northern Ireland

Family Fun Day, Mon 30th May, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
If you have family in tow, make your way to The JungleNI Family fun day filled with activities sure to keep all ages entertained. Choose from a range of activities including; zorbing, lama trekking, high ropes, paintballing and more.

3. Head Off In Search Of Your Next Adrenaline Fix

Adrenaline Adventures Northern Ireland

Bank Holiday Open Park Day, Mon 30th May, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tryone
Get off the couch and do something different with 10 amazing activities on offer all day, the only trouble is you'll not know what to do first! Have a go on your favourite adrenaline fuelled activities as many times as you like! Are you brave enough to take on Ireland's longest zip line, the white knuckle off road ride at rally competition speed or flying high over the cliff edge on the giant swing?

4. 'Sea' The Sights

Sea Safari Northern Ireland

Strangford Sea Safari, Mon 30th May, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Strangford, Co. Down
Climb aboard and explore the spectacular Strangford Lough during this high speed boat tour. You heart is sure to start racing as you speed across the water to visit the seals at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve and head out in search of the Lough's infamous whirlpools

Rathlin Island Boat Tour, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim
Explore the iconic Causeway Coast including its white sandy beaches, historic castles and famous attractions including the Giants Causeway and Carrick-a-rede. Having explored the spectacular coastline you will speed across the water to Rathlin Island to see the puffins at the RNIB Sanctuary.

5. Don't Panic (If You Leave It Until The Last Minute!)

Canoeing Northern Ireland

Canoe/ Kayak Open Session, Sat 28th May, Mobile Team Adventure, Belfast, Co. Antrim
For those who tend to plan thing last minute keep calm and don't panic during the Bank Holiday weekend. Mobile Team Adventure Centre's open canoe/ kayak sessions are the perfect activity to keep in mind for a last minute adventure. With no experience or booking necessary this drop in session just a stone's throw from the city centre guarantees a lot of fun for all ages! 

Tell us about your adventures on Facebook & Twitter.

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.

Watersports Clubs open their doors for Flow

Posted on April 28, 2016 @ 12:21 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeachesLocal Outdoors

Over 20 watersport clubs are opening up their doors and offering local people the opportunity to take part in a range of taster events as part of a new initiative called Flow.

Over the weekend of 14th & 15th May participants will be able to try their hand at canoeing, sailing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving for as little as £10 or less!

To give you a flavour of what’s happening over the weekend we’ve selected some of our favourite events!

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Give Rowing a Try - £2pp
City of Derry Boating Club, Londonderry, 14th & 15th May

Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle and be part of a crew learning new skills.

Juniors Try Canoe Polo - £3pp
Belfast Kayak Academy, Belfast, 14th May

Have a go in a kayak on the water and play a game of canoe polo. This will be a fun intro session into a great sport at a state of the art canoe polo facility in Belfast.

Team Selection Trial for Skiffie World Championships - £3pp
Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club, Dundrum, 14th & 15th May

Once in a lifetime opportunity for beginners to compete for a place in the selection squad going to the Skiffie World Championships on home waters on Strangford Lough from 25th – 30th July.

Try Sailing or Kayaking – FREE
County Antrim Yacht Club, Whitehead, 14th May

County Antrim Yacht Club are holding an afternoon of taster sessions from 1.30pm - 5pm for beginners to have a go!

Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club - £5pp
Lagan Scullers Club, Belfast, 14th & 15th May

See Belfast from the river and feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you as you learn to row.

This is just a taster of what will take place during the weekend of 14th & 15th May. For information on how to book and to see what other events and activities that are taking place visit FlowNI.com

Beverley Pierson
Beverley Pierson  Senior Marketing Officer

Beverley used to be a keen horse rider but since joining a local cycle club last year she has developed a passion for 2 wheels instead of 4 hoofs! Meaning she can often be found on a bike exploring the roads and mountain bike trails across the country!

Rain, Hail or Shine- Activities to do whatever the weather

Posted on April 27, 2016 @ 2:59 PM in Adventure

Northern Ireland is well known for its mix of weather conditions in a day let alone each season. But don't let a bit of bad weather put you off your next adventure! Here are some fantastic activity ideas that you can do rain, hail or shine.

Surfing on the North Coast

Surfing Northern Ireland

Summer heat waves may be few and far between but that's still not an excuse to avoid the beach - some of the best surf comes when the sun isn't shining. Grab a surf board and wetsuit and run towards the water - the best waves to surf can be found on the North Coast of Co. Antrim and Co. Derry~Londonderry.  Book a session or rent a board from experienced instructors at Long Line Surf School or Troggs Surf School who will teach you the best tips and tricks to see you riding your first wave into the shore!

Off Road Driving on Tyrone's Toughest Terrain

Off Road Driving Northern Ireland

With rain comes mud and so you might as well make the most of it! Grab some friends and share the driver's seat at Todds Leap Activity Centre as you head off road to conquer the muddy climbs and downhill descents of Northern Ireland's most exhilarating terrain in a Land Rover. The muddier the better!

Coasteering & Wet Bouldering

Coasteering Northern Ireland

When it rains you're going to get wet anyway so why not embrace it and submerge yourself in water?! Pull on a wetsuit and make a splash along some of Northern Ireland's most spectacular coastline! With no experience necessary and all the best kit to keep you warm follow your instructor as you climb, scramble and jump off rocks into the sea along the spectacular coast (coasteering) or up rivers (wet bouldering). Check out some of the fantastic experiences to explore the coast with Outdoor Concepts, Life Adventure Centre or Clearsky Adventure Centre.

Paintballing & Combat

Paintballing Northern Ireland

If you're a real warrior the weather won't stop you from going to battle! Whether you are planning the ultimate Stag weekend or just a day out with friends a paintball session will be sure to separate your friends from your enemies. With a number of specifically designed paintballing and combat providers across Northern Ireland all with creatively themed paint balling game zones to choose from, this is one activity guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.  

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking Northern Ireland

Bad weather is no excuse to leave your bike in the shed. With 3 purpose-built national trail centres and 3 regional trail centres to choose from across the country, fun and challenging riding is on offer whatever the weather to riders of all abilities. Each season brings with it different riding conditions making for a new, exciting and memorable experience with each visit.  With bike wash facilities and mountain bike hire available there's no need to worry about a bit of muck getting into your car!

If you're out enjoying our wild and wonderful outdoors make sure to send us your pictures @OutdoorNI on Twitter or via the OutdoorNI Facebook Page

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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