Easter Family Adventures in Northern Ireland 2014

Posted on April 10, 2014 @ 7:08 PM in Adventure

If you’re struggling to think of something to keep the kids and teens amused over the Easter break that doesn’t involve a T.V. then don’t worry we’ve got a fantastic list of great outdoor family events that are sure to inspire. Join in on the fun or leave the kids to it at one of the many adventure camps taking place over the easter school holidays.   

Easter Family Friendly Adventures

Make the most of your time off together with the kids, here are just a few of the many things for families to do outdoors this easter:

Family Tri-Adventure Package, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan, Co. Down, 19th-26th April

Create your own adventure with 2 hours of mountain biking and 2 hours of canoe hire as well as an orienteering challenge all on the brilliant Castlewellan trails.  Why not make a day of it, pack a picnic and see who can find their way in the famous hedge maze?!

Come and Try Sailing Session, Donaghadee Sailing Club, Co. Down, 19th April

Set sail and try the exciting sport of dinghy sailing with experienced Instructors. This taster session is an ideal way for families to have their first experience of sailing on the seas.  All equipment including wetsuits and buoyancy aids will be provided so all you have to do is turn up and have fun!

Easter Family Madness, Carrowmena Activity Centre, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 18th, 21st & 25th April

Enjoy a half or full day of activities for all the family.  Race to the top of the climbing wall, zoom along the zipline, practice your aim at archery or have a splash canoeing. If you’re having too much fun to leave then take advantage of their special glamping offer and spend the night in the great outdoors with a bit of added comfort!

Giant’s Causeway Sea Tour, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 18th, 19th, 20th & 21st April

Hop aboard the sea tour for an exciting tour with a twist!  You’ll take in the fabulous sights from the sea including the Giant’s Causeway, the Skerries, the stunning white rocks beach and historic Dunluce Castle whilst hearing some fun facts along the way.  Watch out for the seals before whizzing round the harbour on your return. 

Easter Surfing Lesson, Alive Surf School, Portrush, Co. Antrim, 21st April

Take a trip to the beach and learn to surf the waves of the North Coast together.  Equipment and tuition are included as well as a free easter egg for everyone! Mention OutdoorNI when booking to get £5 off.

Eggstreme Egg Hunt and Bunny Cruise, Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, 20th & 21st April

Hunt for the easter bunnies on a fun orienteering egg hunt to win your very own easter egg before cruising on the Lough Erne with plenty of fun games and activities to keep the kids amused. 

Easter Eggstravanganza, Jungle NI, Moneymore, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 21st & 22nd April

There’s plenty for everyone at the easter themed family fun day at the Jungle.  Climbing wall, archery, llama trekking, boat rides and of course an all important easter egg hunt!

Easter Adventure Camps for Kids

If you don’t want to cramp their style, drop the kids off and leave them in the safe hands of instructors who will make sure they have a fantastic time with kids their own age during these great kids camps:


Kids Easter Adventure Camp, Clearsky Adventure Centre, Castle Ward, Co. Down, 23rd – 25th April

There’ll be no need to worry about who’s going to look after the kids with activities galore in the fabulous setting of Castle Ward including pier jumping, climbing, canoeing, archery and mountain biking to name a few.  With a free bus service running from Newcastle, Downpatrick and Strangford there will be need to call on the taxi of mum and dad!  Suitable for ages 8-15.

Kids Surf Camp, Long Line Surf School, Benone Beach, Co. Derry~Londonderry, 19th-27th April 

Sure to be an experience the children will remember forever, they’ll get to have 2 hours of fun on the beach everyday whilst learning about the sport, lifestyle, culture, history and safety aspects of surfing. 

Kids Easter Adventure Camp, Mobile Team Adventure, Ardnavally Scout Centre, Belfast, 22nd - 24th April

With rafted canoeing, rock climbing, archery, orienteering, abseiling, team building games and survival skills, there won’t be a cry of ‘I’m bored!’ in sight on this adventure camp. Suitable for ages 5-14 years (split into two age groups) nobody has to miss out on the fun. 

Easter Activity Club, Bryson Lagan Sports, Belfast, 21st-25th April

Drop your kids off on the way to work for five fun filled days of activities in the heart of the city.  Enthusiastic and experienced instructors will ensure they have an exciting week of activities including canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, archery and water roller zorbs.

Check out OutdoorNI.com for even more family days out this Easter.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Executive

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!

Game of Thrones Film Set Archery Experience - Behind the Scenes

Posted on March 31, 2014 @ 4:54 PM in Adventure

With the eagerly awaited Season 4 of Game of Thrones premiering this weekend, Clearsky Adventure Centre in Castle Ward, Co. Down is launching 3 new Game of Thrones experiences in the very location where the Bafta Award Winning TV series was filmed!   If your life has been taken over by the boxset or you can’t wait to get your weekly fix of Westeros then be sure to head to Castle Ward and walk in the footsteps of Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage and Alfie Allen as you recreate scenes where Winterfell was first brought to life. 

I caught up with the guys at Clearsky Adventure Centre to go behind the scenes as they prepared for the opening of these unique experiences including their Bran and Ned Archery packages and a cycle tour of the onsite filming locations.

Game of Thrones Filming Location Northern Ireland

(Clockwise: Eddie in costume from the actual Game of Thrones Wadrobe,  The Set beginning to take shape, Me with the Hound of Helm.)

On the drive up to Clearsky’s courtyard headquarters through Castle Ward it didn’t take me long to see why the 820 acre site was chosen by Hollywood for the smash hit series.  Wide open fields sweeping down to the stunning Strangford Lough with ancient buildings and the remains of a medieval castle it doesn’t take much imagination to transport you to the fantasy world. 

On arrival I met up with Eddie, a Clearsky instructor who took me through how Winterfell will be resurrected over the coming weeks.  Our first stop was Clearsky HQ a 16th century courtyard where the finishing touches where being put together for their Game of Thrones Archery Experience. Eddie walked me through the experience which takes place on the actual location where young Bran Stark was trained by Jon Snow under the watchful eye of his father – it doesn’t get much more authentic than that! 

The experience starts in the courtyard barn, where participants will get kitted out in their Stark Family Costumes (shipped all the way from America).  The foreboding Hounds Helm will be watching you from the wall as you prepare to enter Winterfell for the first time.  The courtyard area is used exclusively for the experience with a clever layout meaning once you enter the barn you will leave reality behind and exit into the world of Westeros.        

Decked out with recreated props from fire braziers to barrel kegs and of course the all important archery bosses the courtyard will allow you to experience the feeling of being on your very own movie set.  It is here that you will receive instruction from ‘Jon Snow’ himself (aka character costumed archery instructor).  You’ll then get the chance to shoot medieval arrows with ancient bows with loads of opportunities for photos so you can capture your favourite moments.  Participants will get the chance to choose between the Bran Package or Ned Package – either way the experience is sure to be an authentic one. 

Game of Thrones Filming Location Northern Ireland

Clockwise: Strangford Lough the location for Robb's Camp, Audley's Castle, the hanging tree, me about to set off on the trails.

Once we’d attempted to hit the bullseye a few times it was time to experience the filming location cycle tour and head out on the off road trails to visit the locations of many of the pivotal scenes filmed for the series.  I was given my mountain bike and after some quick instruction headed out round the stunning grounds of the estate. As we biked our away along the off road trials Eddie let me in on a few secrets but I don’t want to give too much behind the scenes gossip away – you’ll just have to head down and ask the guys yourself!   The Cycle Tour includes a Medieval Scroll map (which you can keep as a momento) including fun facts about each filming location and where to find them.  You’ll also get to dress up in Stark Family costume capes and of course be given an all important sword – essential for recreating your own movie moments along the way.  

We passed many of the locations where the Game of Thrones pivotal scenes where filmed including 'Winterfell', ‘King Roberts Arrival’, ‘The Twins’, ‘Ned’s Picnic’, 'Baelor Battle Scene', 'Robb's Camp' and more.  We also came across the spot of a gruesome hanging and Audley’s Castle where Walder Frey’s Raven once flew from. 

Click on the image below to see the locations come to life on screen.

Once back from the cycle Eddie explained that they were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a 40 man teepee for their final experience; the King Robert Banquet. This will be an authentic medieval banquet complete with hog roast where participants will get exclusive use of the courtyard for a tasty lunch.  A great way to complete the Game of Thrones experience.     

A must for any Game of Thrones fans you can try out the Archery Experience for the reduced rate of 50% Off this weekend as part of Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend.  Book your tickets at the Northern Ireland Adventureland Website.

Game of Thrones Archery Experiences are also available as gift vouchers for couples and groups. A unique present for any Game of Thrones fans. 

For more information on the experiences including prices visit Clearsky Adventure Centre.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Executive

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!

Outdoor Urban Adventures in Belfast during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend

Posted on March 28, 2014 @ 10:19 AM in Adventure

The range of activities happening during Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend (Sat 5th & Sun 6th April) and indeed throughout the year in the capital are proof that adventure is most definitely not confined to the countryside! With countless restaurants and colourful nightlife the best part is the fun doesn’t have to stop once the outdoor action does.

It’s time to step away from the shopping bags and get ready for the ultimate day out in the city, here are some fantastic 50% Off and £10 activities that you can enjoy:

Outdoor Adventures in the Titanic Quarter

Cable Wakeboarding, Cable & Wake, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, 5th & 6th April, £10
Have an exhilarating experience in the city at Northern Ireland’s only cable wakeboarding site with the Titanic building as your backdrop! Cable Wake Boarding is the newest and one of the fastest growing and most exciting watersports in which the wake boarder’s rope and handle are pulled by an electrically-driven cable, as opposed to a motorboat. No experience is necessary and an experienced wake boarder and instructor will be present with you for the entire session making this the perfect time to give it a go.

Segway NI Titanic Tour, SegwayNI, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th, £10pp
Guaranteed to be the most exciting sightseeing tour you will ever experience a Segway Tour of the Titanic Quarter is not to be missed. These two wheeled machines will add an exciting element to the tour making this a truly unique and unforgettable experience.  Guided by a Segway NI instructor you’ll visit all the key sites of the famous ship's history including the Titanic Dock and Pump House.  

Learn to Sail in the City, Ocean Youth Trust Ireland, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp
Forget the stereotypical view of gin and tonic on a luxury yacht; sailing is a fantastic sport for everyone to enjoy especially over Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend as Ocean Youth Trust Ireland is offering a chance to experience hands on sailing in the shadow of the Titanic building.  You’ll learn to sail in their 2-3 person dinghies with a fully qualified sailing instructor who will show you the ropes ensuring you get the most out of your session. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to sail in the heart of the city.

Have a Blast at Belfast Activity Centre

Based on the outskirts of the city Belfast Activity Centre has plenty to choose from when it comes to getting those thrills:

Caving in the City, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp
Experience caving in the largest realistic caving system in the world.  With three large caverns, two rivers, a waterfall and over 200 meters of passageways, you’ll forget you’re anywhere near the capital as you get lost (figuratively of course!) in this mesmerizing cavern.  This fun, safe and totally unique activity is sure to keep you captivated!

Climbing and Abseiling Session, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp
Learn new skills while challenging yourself to reach new heights. You and your mates will have the opportunity to try climbing and abseiling with a fun added twist.  Do you trust your friends enough to take on the blindfold challenge?! 

High Ropes Taster, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Sat 5th April, £10pp
Do you have the nerves to take on the vertical assault course?  Challenge yourself on the gravity defying obstacles and race your friends to reach the top.  Your heart will be racing once you’ve hit the highest point where it will then be time to take a leap of faith on the fan descender involving jumping from a high platform all the way to back to earth.

Mountain Biking Madness. Belfast Activity Centre, Barnett Demesne Trails, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp
Explore the fantastic Banrett Demesne Trails with an experienced instructor.  This introductory session to this adrenaline sport is sure to bring some excitement to your day.  The instructor will teach you a couple of basic mountain biking skills before taking you on a circuit of these fresh new trails.  Bike Hire and Helmet is included. Be warned: you are sure to get the Mountain Bike bug!

There are loads more activities on offer for just £10 and 50% Off, visit the Northern Ireland Adventureland Website for a full list of events and to book online today.

With so many great outdoor activities to try over Nothern Ireland Adventureland Weekend, it makes sense to build a short break around the fun! Make sure to check out Discover Northern Ireland for deals on great value short breaks and for even more fun things to do in Belfast.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Executive

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 Weekend 2014

Posted on March 21, 2014 @ 8:08 AM in Adventure

Step away from the T.V. and video games and let the kids run wild as you take on a family adventure together in the great outdoors.  For one weekend only on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April a whole host of adventure activities are being offered for just £10 and a massive 50% off normal prices - there has never been a better time for a family day out with the kids! 

The best part about Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend is that it is hassle free – simply choose from one of the many activities on offer and book online. Then all that is left to do is enjoy a memorable day out with the family – make sure you don’t forget the camera!

Here are our top picks of some of the many family events happening over the weekend: 

Learn to Surf, Alive Surf School, Portrush, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, 50% Off

Relax and chill out while the kids hit the waves or join in on the fun with them and see who can stand up first and ride the waves into the shore on this 2 hour lesson from the winner of ‘Best Family Activity Provider’ at the OutdoorNI Awards 2013.

Family Wet Bouldering, Outdoor Concepts, Bloody Bridge, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, 50% Off 

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.  This is one experience the kids (from 6yrs) won’t forget! 

Kids Tree Top Adventure Course, The Jungle NI, Moneymore, Sun 5th April, £10pp

Specifically designed for children aged 5 to 11 years, (minimum height 1 metre) this is an obstacle course with a difference.  Your little ones will be harnessed up by friendly, fully trained staff and, after a safety briefing, they will be set free to roam the trees, with the opportunity to test their skills of monkeying around!

Climbing and Abseiling Session, Belfast Activity Centre, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp

Learn new skills while challenging yourself to reach new heights with the friendly staff at Belfast Activity Centre. You and the kids will have the opportunity to try climbing and abseiling with a fun added twist.  See if you trust your family enough to take on the blindfold challenge!

Family Max Combat, Foyle Hovercrafting & Leisure, Limavady, Sat 5th & Sun 6th, £10pp

Compete in a 2 hour hi-tech laser combat session on a choice of purpose -built battlefields, complete with bunkers, trench systems and gun emplacements. See if the kids can beat mum and dad or if your siblings are really on your side as you do battle with full replica weapons, jackets and power packs recording individual and team scores.

Family Mountain Biking, Mobile Team Adventure, Barnett Demesne Trails, Belfast, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, 50% Off

Try Mountain Biking with the family right in the middle of the stunning Lagan Valley Regional Park only minutes from Belfast City Centre. This event is geared towards kids and families and is a great way to introduce everyone to the marvelous world of mountain biking on the Barnett Demesne Trails in Belfast.

Family Activity Trio – Climbing, Archery & Orienteering, Share Discovery Village, Co. Fermanagh, Sat 5th & Sun 6th April, £10pp

Three exciting family activities over three hours; master the heights of the climbing wall, step into the shoes of Robin Hood on an archery session before finishing the session working together on a fun orienteering challenge to find the checkpoints and develop your navigation skills.

Try A Sail, Ballyholme Yacht Club, Co. Down, Sat 5th April, 50% Off

Each ticket will be valid for you and up to 2 friends or family members meaning you will have exclusive use of the boat along with your very own instructor ensuring you will get plenty of hands on experience from the experts.

Family Activity Fun Day, Breckenhill, Ballyclare, Sun 6th April, £10pp

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.

Bay to Bay Sea Tour, Portrush Sea Tours, Portrush, Sat 5th & Sun 6TH April, £10pp

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.

There are so many great events happening over the weekend, in fact too many to mention!  Make sure you check out the Northern Ireland Adventureland website for a full list of family friendly activities available to book.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Executive

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!

10 Activities You Have to Try in NI - Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend 2014

Posted on March 7, 2014 @ 2:48 PM in Adventure

On 5th and 6th April Northern Ireland is being transformed into an action packed adventureland.  With outdoor events for just £10 and a massive 50% Off normal prices there has never been a better time to start scoring a few things off your bucket list!  Here are our top ten things you have to try in Northern Ireland’s great outdoors:

Northern Ireland Adventureland Weekend

1. Travel in Style on a Hovercraft

Hov a Go, Foyle Hovercrafting and Leisure, Limavady, Co. Dery~Londonderry

Experience the thrill of skimming over land and water on your very own hovercraft.  Attempting the challenge of tricky corners on a purpose built course and make sure to watch out for those water hazards!

2. Go Against the Flow on a Wet Bouldering Session

Wet Bouldering, Outdoor Concepts, Newcastle, Co. Down

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.

3. Be Your Own Stunt Man

Adrenaline Playzone, Todds Leap Activity Centre, Co. Tyrone

Release your inner Tom Cruise, Arnold Schwarzenegger or Angela Jolie and 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!    

4. Burn Some Rubber During a Rally Experience

RWD Rally Experience, Superdrive NI, Portadown, Co. Armagh

It’s time to get fast and furious!  Take to the wheel and learn to drift and make handbrake turns round hairpin bends in an awesome RWD Ford Focus or the legendary MII Escort. 

5. Swing from the Trees on a Tree Top Adventure Course

Tarzan Tree Top Adventure Course, Jungle NI, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Are you brave enough to tackle the unique obstacle course set in the canopy of The Jungle's forest?  Made up of over 40 exciting elements set at varying heights above the ground, some up to 70 feet high, this is sure to be an experience you'll never forget.

6. Ride the Waves of the Irish Sea

Surfing Sessions, Portrush, North Coast

The North Coast has some of the best surf going, don’t let it go to waste!  Grab a surf board and learn from expert instructors how to become ‘totally awesome’ on the waves. 

7. Zoom Along the Coastline on a Sea Safari

North Coast & Giant’s Causeway Sea Safari, Aquaholics, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Zoom across the waters on a speed boat à la James Bond and see the fabulous coastline including the Giant’s Causeway from a whole new perspective. 

8. Reach New Heights Rock Climbing

Intro to Rock Climbing, Xplore Outdoors, Ramore Head, North Coast

The impressive cliffs at Ramore Head are definitely a sight of beauty, learn to climb them and the view will be even more mesmerising from the top! 

9. Discover Uninhabited Islands by Sea Kayak

Sea Kayak Safari on Strangford Lough, Mobile Team Adventure, Strangford, Co. Down

Learn to sea kayak and explore the stunning Strangford Lough where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the astonishing scenery, abundance of marine creatures, beautiful wildlife and many islands in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

10. Be at One with Nature Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding River Trail, Long Line Water Trails, Limavady, Co. Derry~Londonderry

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP), an ancient form of surfing (with a paddle), is an emerging global sport with a Hawaiian heritage involving standing up on a large board and using a long paddle.  A unique, chilled out and super fun activity the idyllic River Roe is the perfect setting to try it out. 

With such great offers, events are sure to sell out fast.  Visit the Northern Ireland Adventureland Page for a full list of Adventureland activities and to book online today.

With so many great outdoor activities to try over Nothern Ireland Adventureland Weekend, it makes sense to build a short break around the fun! Make sure to check out the Discover Northern Ireland for deals on great value short breaks.

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson  Marketing Executive

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!

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