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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If you’re tired of dealing with frustrated shop assistants, crowds of hurried shoppers and spending hours of your precious time searching for a parking space, you have come to the right place! Here at OutdoorNI.com we have tonnes of gift ideas for couples so you can get double the presents sorted in one go. Give your parents, inlaws or other half a memorable experience to share this Christmas...
Couples Thrill Seeking Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
Get behind the wheel of a landrover for an off road driving experience and find out who is the better driver, fly high on Ireland's longest zip line and travel around the off road course on a Hill Rally.
Stand up Paddle Boarding Session for 2, Long Line, Benone, 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.
Island Explorer for 2, Mobile Team Adventure, Strangford, Co. Down
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.
Couples Mourne Foods & Films Cycle Trail, Enniskeen Country House Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down
With the Mourne Mountains as its backdrop, this trail pairs up gentle cycling, stunning scenery, simply delicious artisan food, and the famous filming locations in the regions beautiful Shimna Valley. Devised by the Enniskeen Country House Hotel this trail showcases the wonderful artisan food in this area of Northern Ireland.
Half Day Sailing, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
You are sure to love learning the ropes of sailing with some hands on experience or simply relax and enjoy the scenic Causeway Coast as you skipper sets sail.
Couples Pod Camping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down
Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate, they will spend the night in a quirky heated camping pod, before exploring the mountain bike trails and having a go at either archery or canoeing.
Rathlin Island Sea Tour for two, 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!
Couples Mountain Bike & Kayaking Experience, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Enjoy some quality time together! Hit the trails on a mountain bike and explore some of the green, blue and red grade trails before heading out in a kayak or canoe for a relaxing paddle on the lake.
For even more Gift Experiences for couples check out OutdoorNI.com
We don't know about you, but here at OutdoorNI.com we find buying gifts for men much more difficult than buying for the women in our families. To lend you a helping hand we've gathered together some of our favourite Christmas Gift Experiences for Men so all you have to do is browse, select, purchase and enjoy seeing the smile on his face on Christmas Day!
Should you stick to the annual tie? Will he want more socks? Be brave and break the habit!
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. A fantastic adrenaline fuelled ride that is guaranteed to leave him buzzing!
Half Day Sailing, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
There perfect gift for your dad and grandad to enjoy some quality time together. They are sure to love learning the ropes of sailing with some hands on experience or simply relax and enjoy the scenic Causeway Coast. With room for up to 3 people who knows he may even bring you!
Turn finding something to suit your man's taste from an impossible task to a fun expedition.
Tandem Skydive, Skydive Wild Geese, Garvagh, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Give him the freedom of the skies as he has the chance to experience a freefall from 13,000ft, all while securely attached to an experienced instructor.
Mountain Bike Rental Package, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down
Send him off for a morning/ afternoon to explore the Castlewellan mountain bike trails. Kitted out with everything needed to get started on the trails including a Vitus hard tail mountain bike and helmet. Whatever his ability, once kitted out he will have 3 hours to enjoy 27.5km of green, blue and red grade trails (inc.black options).
Set sibling rivalry aside and make sure you find the right gift for him this Christmas! If he's the outdoors type get him doing something different this year
Surf Lesson, Troggs Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antirm
He is sure to have a blast learning all the basic skills needed to paddle, pop up and surf the waves right to the shore.
North Coast Sea Kayaking, Simply Sea Kayak, Co. Antrim
A fantastic opportunity for him to explore the iconic North Coast Sea Kayaking Trail. This truly unique experience includes a skills session and guided paddle, taking in stunning views and exploring locations only accessible by kayak!
Got the gadgets sorted but looking for something a little different for your son this Christmas?
Off Road Driving Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
The perfect gift for a son who thinks he's a bit of a boy racer. Conquer muddy climbs, drops & hazards along the 8 mile off-road driving course, all before being taken across a stage of the course at rally competition speed (up to 70mph!)
Try a Drive, Aquaholics Dive Centre & Sea Safari's, Portstewart, Co. Antrim
This is one gift that won't be forgotten about! He is sure to love exploring the underwater world with Aquaholics discovering a whole other side to the North Coast.
For even more Gift Experiences for him check out OutdoorNI.com
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! While there is still plenty of time to go shopping, we think it’s best to make a start on finding the perfect gift to avoid the panic of the Christmas shopping rush! With lots of great outdoor Christmas gift experiences to choose from we’ve pulled together our bestselling gift experiences to help you with your present problems.
Giant's Causeway Sea Safari, Aquaholics, Portstewart, Co. Antrim
A fantastic boat tour to get their heart racing. Sights include Dunluce Castle, the stunning Portrush beaches, the sea caves at Whiterocks, Giant’s Causeway and perhaps some dolphins and basking sharks along the way!
Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course, The JungleNI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry
Negotiate 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. The JungleNI’s Tree Top Adventure Course is sure to test their imagination and nerve!
Moonlit Paddle, Far & Wild, River Foyle, Co. Derry~Londonderry
She is sure to enjoy this sea kayak experience in the shimmering moonlight on the fabulous Foyle, spotting nocturnal creatures and taking in the historic landscapes!
'Have a Go' Cable Wakeboarding at Titanic Slipways, Cable & Wake, Belfast, Co. Antrim
Send them on a thrilling water sports adventure in the city! As they take part in a one to one, wakeboarding or water skiing lesson in the famous Titanic Quarter, providing a brilliant backdrop for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Off Road Driving Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone
Are they brave enough to conquer muddy climbs, drops and hazards on an 8 mile off-road driving course? Much more exciting than the daily commute they’ll get a chance to take to the wheel with room for up to 3 friends before being taken across a stage of Todd’s Leap off road course at rally competition speed!
Half Day Sailing on the Antrim Coast, Causeway Coast Sailing, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim
He is sure to love learning the ropes of sailing with some hands on experience or simply relaxing and enjoying the scenic Antrim Coast. This half day or full day's sailing is for up to three people so he can enjoy it with family or friends.
Couples Thrill Seeking Experience, Todds Leap, Ballygawley, Co. Tryone
Find out who really is the better driver on an off-road experience before zooming down a 500m Zip line and going on a heart racing white knuckle hill rally ride.
Bay to Bay Sea Tour for 2, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Co. Antrim
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.
Couples Pod Camping Adventure Package, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Strangford, Co. Down
Set in the heart of the spectacular Castle Ward Estate they will spend the night in a quirky heated camping pod before exploring the mountain bike trails and have a go at either canoeing or testing their aim during a Game of thrones inspired archery session in the very courtyard where young Bran was taught by Jon snow in the award winning HBO TV series Game of Thrones.
For even more unique outdoor gift experiences visit OutdoorNI.com.
With Halloween creeping around the corner it's time to find out what spooktacular outdoor events are on offer across Northern Ireland. Whether it be an action packed family day out with your wee monsters over half-term or terrifying scares with your friends, prepare to add a spooky twist to your next adventure this October.
Halloween Howler & Ghostly Glamping, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Mon 26th Oct- Mon 2nd Nov
With a frighteningly good 3 for 2 offer on all activity packages, this is a not to be missed family day out! Have a go at a wide range of activities including, high ropes, zip lining, archery and canoeing/ kayaking. After a day of terrifyingly terrific activities toast some marshmallows on the bonfire before camping out under the stars in the ghostly glamping cocoons, perfect for those who like the idea of camping without the soggy tent! Suitable for kids aged 6+.
Spooktacular Halloween Scheme, Belfast Activity Centre, Co. Antrim, Mon 26th- Fri 30th Oct
Avoid them turning into square eyed zombies in front of the TV during the holidays! During this full or half week of action packed fun in the great outdoors your wee spooks will have a blast learning new skills, making new friends and exploring. Suitable for children aged between 8 & 12 years old activities will include; orienteering, mountain biking, team building, climbing and more.
Halloween High Ropes, Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Co. Down, Sat 24th & 31st Oct
Does the thought of being high above the ground send ghostly shivers down your spine? Take your family time to a whole other level this Halloween on the high ropes course at Tollymore. Work together to make it to the top of Jacob’s ladder and navigate your way around the obstacle course under the watchful eye of your instructor. Suitable for kids aged 10+.
Monster Adventure Day, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down, Wed 28th- Fri 30th Oct
Suitable for wee monsters aged between 8 and 15 years old this is one action packed adventure day they won’t want to miss. Discover Castlewellan lakes hidden island during a canoe/ kayak session, take aim during an archery lesson, reach new heights on the climbing wall and navigate out of one of the world’s largest hedge mazes. With full professional instruction and staffing throughout the day along with all specialist equipment drop them off for what is sure to be a spooktacular day.
Spooky Full Moon Halloween Sea Safari, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Co. Down, Sat 31st Oct
Dress up in your Halloween costumes and head off on a high speed boat ride under the light of the full moon. This special edition of the popular sea safari will feature some spooky history about Strangford Lough and Halloween treats for the kids! Suitable for kids aged 3+.
Fright Night, The JungleNI, Co. Derry~Londonderry, Dates throughout Oct
Ever wondered what horrible cannibalistic creaturs live in the shadowly depths of a cornfield? Now you can find out! Responsible for multiple panic attacks last year, Fright Night returns with even more ghoulish creatures, terrifying scare zones and special effects. Stay Close to the path and each other and perhaps you'll survive the Freaky Forest, take a "hellish" hay cart ride past some gruesome scenes or experience the darkside of the Circus...need we say more? Check out this video
Have a frighteningly great Halloween!!
Imagine being chased through fields, rivers and mud over fences and through graveyards by flesh eating zombies…no I’m not describing your worst nightmare but the Jungle NI’s unique and daring 5K Charity Obstacle Run. With three lives to protect runners must make it to the finish line with as many lives as possible intact all whilst negotiating a range of obstacles along the way.
Having never ran the length of myself never mind 5k the incentive of being chased by zombies seemed like the only plausible way I could complete my first ever run. With that in mind it was this time last year that I somehow found myself standing at the start line with a mix of terror, excitement and adrenaline pumping through me. I was always under the impression that I couldn’t run if my life depended on it so you could say this was to be the ultimate test!
If there was ever a time to whip out and wear pumpkin balaclavas this was it! So along with two of my colleagues we headed to the Jungle NI in Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry on an uncharacteristically sunny Sunday morning last October. The operations on the day were slick from start to finish with no mad queues at registration and plenty of water and treat filled goody bags handed out. As we got prepared and chilled out in the onsite purpose built barn and coffee shop I noticed there was a varied mix of people waiting to take part from competitive crossfit teams to charity runners and those there just to have a bit of a laugh which put first time runners like me at ease.
It wasn’t long before we were gathered together in a grassy field for a quick safety briefing before the living dead (soon to turn against us!) lead an energetic warm up to zombie themed music that would have made even Mr. Motivator jealous and added to the fun atmosphere of the event. A number of star jumps and burpees later we were set of in heats to avoid funnel necks at the obstacles.
As we set off the adrenalin was really pumping as not only did we not know what to expect but we didn’t know where or when the zombies would be lurking. The start of the course went through a field where everyone jogged, ran or walked depending on if they wanted to preserve their energy / how fit they were. After a quick dip in a muddy river the precedence of the course was set – if you don’t like getting your trainers dirty then this is definitely not the run for you! After this the obstacles kept coming as we attempted to scale fences using the only male in our team as a human ladder before leaving him to fend for himself as we reached the other side. Next came the balance beams (where I found out mine was non-existent) and monkey bars - surprisingly a lot harder when you’re not 5 and have your dad to hold you up. In a cruel twist of events as we ran up and down rolling hills zombies were waiting for us at the top just as energy reserves were running low so it was a case of tactile ducking and diving or my particular favourite defence mechanism of using the person in front as a human shield.
The pace soon slowed down as we made our way through the muddy forest nervous to speed ahead in case something was lurking round the next tree. It was at this point that my selfish survival instinct really kicked in as I pushed my team mates ahead of me. A connoisseur of terror the Jungle NI is transformed every Halloween for their popular Fight Night event so the props littered across the site from its hill top graveyard where zombies lurked behind tombstones to cornfield scarecrows really added an extra edge to the event.
Half way through the course it wasn’t long until the inevitable happened and I lost all my lives confirming the fact that I would most likely not survive a zombie apocalypse. Determined to keep going (I literally had nothing else to lose!) I decided to finally take one for the team and act as a zombie distraction for my other team mates who still had lives left. The authenticity of the zombies really made the event; not only was the makeup and clothing fantastic but the commitment of the actors definitely didn’t go unnoticed, some of which were definitely worthy of being cast in Dawn of the Dead. We even met one post-race who due to his enthusiasm had pulled a muscle from contorting his body all day! The course came to a climax with a field swarming with zombies determined to take whatever lives were left. We made it through to find that the best had most definitely been saved to the last with a giant slip and slide down the zorbing hill. I couldn’t have had a bigger smile on my face as I went down the water chute that could rival most waterparks with plenty of fairy liquid and water ensuring a fast flow. After this it was the home straight to collect our blood dripping badass medals before chowing down guilt free on a giant hotdog with all the trimmings at the free of charge BBQ. A fantastic way to end a fantastic morning. With the local radio station on-site pumping the tunes and the sun still shining the atmosphere at the end was buzzing as we recounted our favourite bits, most epic falls and scariest zombies.
Entry for this year’s event on Sunday 11th October is now open with booking available online at www.TheJungleNI.com. The event costs £25 to enter with a donation from all entry fees going to Autism NI. We DARE you to sign up!