Top things to see at Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park

Posted on April 13, 2017 @ 9:32 AM in AdventureWalking

Discover Sir Thomas & Lady Dixon Park just a stones throw from Belfast City Centre. Donated to the people of Belfast in 1959 by Lady Dixon in memory of her late husband, Sir Thomas, the park covers more than 128 acres and boasts rolling meadows, woodland and gardens.

With 3 newly signed routes, a coffee shop full of delicious treats and fantastic playpark to explore we've picked out some of the top things to see during your visit. 

The International Rose GardenRoses Belfast

The International Rose Garden has made the park world famous, and contains over 20,000 blooms in the summer, the garden also displays the best of the roses from local breeders. Each year thousands of visitors enjoy the rose gardens and associated events during Rose Week in July. In addition, the garden has trial and display beds of cluster and large flowered, miniature, shrub and climbing roses as well as a Princess Diana memorial garden

The Japanese GardenJapanese Garden

The Japanese-style garden with water features for quiet contemplation is ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the City.

Golden Crown FountainGolden Crown Fountain

Commissioned for the Queen's Golden Jubilee The Golden Crown Fountain is a hidden gem within the park for those exploring the newly signposted Garden Trail.

The Magnificent MeadowMeadow Trail

The newly signposted 1.78 mile meadow walking trail follows the parks perimeter and is perfect for those looking to enjoy the flora and fauna on offer in the magnificent meadows filled with orchids, peedweeks, clovers and hayrattle.

The Woodland
Woodland Walk

The new 1.93 mile woodland walking trail takes you through dense woodland before rewarding  you with a spectacular view over the entire park.

Wilmont House
House

In the mid-1800s, the estate was bought by the Bristow family. Wilmont House was built as the family home, designed by Thomas Jackson and completed in 1859. 

The park is also a great base for exploring Lagan Valley Regional Park if you want to keep exploring.

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.

Make A Splash for £10 or less!

Posted on March 30, 2017 @ 12:06 PM in AdventureCanoeing

Make a splash this may and 'Have a Go' at a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less over the Get Wet weekend on Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th May 2017.

Get Wet Northern ireland

Over 20 watersports clubs based all over Northern Ireland will be hosting the taster events to local people with no previous experience necessary. With activities including canoeing, sailing, waterskiing & wakeboarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving, there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!

With so many fantastic events to choose from we have handpicked a few to help you get started!

For those who "cannot wake" to get out on the water

£10pp, Meteor Water Ski Club, Lough Henney, Co. Down, Sun 7th May
Experience the thrill of waterskiing/ wakeboarding on a beautiful lake, as you learn from expert coacges the tips and tricks needed to confidently get up on the water. 

Race a Skiff Boat down Strangford Lough

FREE, Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club, Killyleagh, Co. Down, Sat 6th May
Challenge yourself to do something new this Spring and have a go rowing a Skiff with Killyleagh Coastal Rowing Club. Get fit, enjoy the scenery and have fun at this taster session. 

Bushcraft & Nature Canoe Paddle

£10pp, C3 Paddlers, Portadown Boat Club, Co. Armagh, Sun 7th May
Make the most of the great outdoors with this brilliant combination of canoeing and bushcraft. Gain a better understanding of nature's resources and how to use them with a paddle on a local waterway. 

Row Like A Dog

£30 per team, Row The Erne, Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
A fun Curragh Boat Race for any organisation/ group who would like to enter a team of 9 people. Come and have a go at coastal rowing with a competitive spirit! 

Get Wet Northern ireland

Give Rowing A Try

£2pp, City of Derry Boating Club, River Foyle, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Sat 6th & Sun 7th May
Enjoy an introductory rowing session on the River Foyle. Combining a mixture of indoor and outdoor skills sessions to develop posture, grip and boat handling skills so you can confidently row down river. 

Angling For Women

FREE, Omagh Anglers Association, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, Sat 6th May
Have a go at flyfishing for trout on the River Strule. This fun intro session for women is a fantastic way to learn the basics.

Try Rowing with Lagan Scullers Club

£5pp, Lagan Scullers, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Sat 6th May
Feel the sleek boat glide through the water underneath you, and enjoy being part of a team learning new skills. See Belfast from the river!

May Splash Down- Stand Up Paddleboarding for Beginners

£5pp, Erne Paddlers, Castle Island Canoe Centre, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 6th May
You don't have to travel thousands of miles to try the most popular watersport in Hawaii. Learn to Stand up paddle board (SUP) taking in the beautiful scenery around Lough Erne.

With too many to mention make sure to visit GetWetNI.com for a full list of the events on offer in your local area.

These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called Get Wet NI. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors. The weekend of taster events will be closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport. Visit GetWetNI.com or follow the Facebook Page so you don't miss out.

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.

What Women Really Want...For Christmas!

Posted on December 6, 2016 @ 12:56 PM in Adventure

Christmas shopping is hectic enough without having to guess what the special woman on your gift list wants this year. We've pulled together a list of our top Christmas gift ideas to help you find the perfect present to delight her when Christmas morning comes.

Christmas Shopping for Women

Tarzan Treetop Adventure Course, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
A chance for her to discover her inner Jane high as she negotiates through 50 challenges and obstacles up to 40ft high above the ground including zip lines, bridges, scramble nets and a death defying power-fan descent. 

Bay to Bay Sea Tour, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim
A high speed boat tour along the spectacular Casueway Coastline. Join local experts aboard their high speed boat passing iconic locations inlcuding the Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle and the sea caves at Whiterocks. 

'Whirlpool Special' Sea Safari, Cleasky Adventure Centre, Strangford Lough, Co. Down
An exhilarating high speed boat tour of Strangford Lough passing Clough Rocks nature reserve, the lighthouse and the loughs infamous whirlpools. 

Zipline Adventure Pass, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
Get ready to fly high across the valley over the forest and off road course below along Ireland's longest zipline. 

Christmas Shopping for Women

Try a Dive, Aquaholics, Portstewart, Co. Antrim
This is one experience that will never be forgotten as she discovers a whole other side of the North Coast under the watchful eye and instruction of an experienced coach. 

Forest Segways, The Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Roam through the forest on an off road Segway adventure.  These futuristic two wheeled machines are just as fun as they sound!

Canoeing Experience, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down  
Enjoy some time together relaxing during a morning or afternoon's paddling session out on the beautiful Castlewellan Lake. 

Sailing on the Antrim Coast, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
Learn the ropes of sailing with some hands on experience or  simply relax and enjoy the scenic Antrim Coast. With room for up to three people they can even take friends or family along too!

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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.

Unique Gift Ideas for Couples

Posted on November 30, 2016 @ 12:31 PM in Adventure

What memories will you make this Christmas? Finding the perfect gift for your other half or another couple can often be a tricky task. They say the best memories are those we share so to help you put a smile on their face this christmas we have pulled together a list of some of our top Gift Experiences for Couples.

Christmas Shopping for Couples

Cosy Couples Luxury Bell Tent Glamping, Carromena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors and sleep cosy in a fully furnished Luxury Solar Powered Bell Tent. Waking up to a spectacular view of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spend an evening toasting marshmallows on your private fire pit or just kick back with a glass of fizz!

Couples Mountain Bike Experience, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Let them loose on the spectacular mountain bike trails in Castlewellan Forest Park. Kitted out with everything needed to get started simply book, collect and go! With lots of trails to choose from there is something for everyone whatever their ability. 

Romantic Pedal Kayak with Afternoon Tea, Free Range Adventures at Finn Lough, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Discover deserted islands and hidden bays during a 2 hour self guided tour of Lough Erne on your very own pedal kayak. Sit back and relax to enjoy an al fresco gourmet afternoon tea waiting for you in a secluded spot on the river banks as you take in the beautiful views across the water.

Couples Mourne Food & Film Cycle Trail with Afternoon Tea, Enniskeen Country House Hotel, Mournes, Co. Down
With the Mourne Mountains as its backdrop, this tour pairs gentle cycling, stunning scenery and simply delicious artisan food as well as the famous filming locations. You'll recognise scenes from Game of Thrones, The Fall, Line of Duty and Dracula Untold before enjoying traditional 'Honeyed Afternoon Tea'. 

Christmas Shopping for Couples

Rathlin Island & Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge Sea Safari for 2, Aquaholics, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
The only way to see the legendary Causeway Coast in all its glory. Join the local experts from Aquaholics aboard their high speed boat heading over to Rathlin to view the spectacular sights of the West Lighthouse and puffins at the bird sanctuary from the water. 

Couples Pod Glamping & Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down
A minibreak with a difference, spend the night in a cosy heated camping pod in the enchanting Castle Ward Estate after a day of exploring on bikes. Wake up the next morning and choose an additional activity to do together including Game of Thrones Archery dressed as a member of the Nights Watch or canoeing on Strangford Lough.

Couples Thrill Seeking Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
The perfect day out for adenaline junkies and competitive couples. Get behind the wheel during an off road driving experience, fly high on the 500m zip line and feel your pulse race on the Hill Rally.

Discover even more Christmas Gift Ideas for Couples on OutdoorNI

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.

Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

Posted on November 23, 2016 @ 10:10 AM in Adventure

We know Christmas Shopping for the men in your life can sometimes be difficult. Avoid the classics this year and pick something completely unique! To help you out we have put together some helpful suggestions to help make your Christmas shopping experience a success. 

Zorbing Northern Ireland

Extreme Downhill Zorbing, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Send him rolling down a purpose-built run inside a giant inflatable 3 meter ball at speeds of over 20mph. As sky and grass blend into one blur of adrenaline fuelled exhiliaration nothing can quite describe this unique experience that is guaranteed to leave him buzzing!

Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, SUB 6, Ballintoy Harbour, Co. Antrim
An opportunity to learn the basics of Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) in the very place where the award winning HBO television series Game of Thrones was filmed. During this session he'll explore the "Iron Islands" from his SUP board under the watchful eye of one of Northern Ireland's top SUP instructors. 

Kayaking Experience, Mobile Team Adventure, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Just a stones throw from Belfast City Centre, he's sure to have a lot of fun paddling the River Lagan.  No experience necessary all equipment and instruction will be provided for a fun filled session.

Christmas Shopping for men

Off Road Driving Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
Much more exciting than the daily commute he'll get a chance to take to the wheel to conquer the muddy climbs, drops and hazards alonng the 8 mile off-road driving course! Finishing off his day crossing a stage of the course at rally competition speed!

Clay Pigeon Shooting, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
He's sure to have a blast shooting down a few clay birds from the sky, whether he has never held a gun before or is an experienced shooter. This is the perfect opportunity to learn the basics or further develop his skills in the New Year. 

Mountain Bike Hire, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Kitted out with a Vitus Mountain Bike and helmet he's sure to have an epic morning/afternoon exploring the legendary Castlewellan MTB trails. With over 27.5km of green, blue and red grade trails a great day out is gauranteed whatever his ability. Add an extra boost to his day by booking him an electric bike.

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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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