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!

Flow Blog Collage Image

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.

6 Ways to Get into the Outdoors this Spring

Posted on April 20, 2016 @ 10:42 AM in Adventure

You’ve been indoors most of the winter and now the warmer weather and sunshine is calling you outside. But what should you do once you get out there? With that in mind we wanted to share a few tips of how to make the most of the outdoors this spring. With no experience necessary and all levels catered for, there really is nothing stopping you.

Try Something New

Mountain Biking Northern Ireland

Try a new activity for the first time. Whether you are looking to have a go on the mountain bike trails, take aim during an archery session or paddle down river in a kayak/canoe there are lots of activities for you to try for the first time across Northern Ireland this spring. Click here to find out what's on.

Go With the ‘Flow’

Try out watersports in your local area for free with 'Flow- Get into watersports campaign'

Over the weekend of Sat 14th & Sunday 15th May 2016 there will be over 20 watersport clubs based all over Northern Ireland offering local people an opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ in a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less! To see what’s happening in your local area visit FlowNI.com

Sign up to a beginner’s course

Learn Something New Northern Ireland

Spring into action and make 2016 the year you learn a new skill from the experts! With a whole host of courses designed specifically for beginners and led by qualified and experienced instructors you're sure to pick up lots of new skills & techniques for your next adventure. Designed to suit your busy lifestyle courses vary from 1 day to multi day and evening sessions, so there really is no excuse. See here for a list of courses.

Keep it local

Zip Lining Northern Ireland

You don’t have to spend hours travelling across the country in search of your next adventure. Whether you are looking for a day out just a stone's throw from the city centre or high up in the mountains we have the perfect list of activities for you. Check out our Top Tips in North Coast, Derry~Londonderry, Sperrins, Belfast, Fermanagh, Mournes, Strangford to find out what's on your doorstep this spring.

Take on a challenge

Charity Challenges Northern Ireland

Whether it's a personal challenge or doing something different for charity, there are lots of challenge events to choose from across Northern Ireland this year. From the lofty heights of an abseil from Northern Ireland's tallest building to a muddy marvellous run our calendar is sure to keep you up to date with the next challenge on the horizon! Visit the Take on the Challenge for some inspiration and motivation

Buddy Up

Skydiving Northern Ireland

Memories can be made, fears can be fought and the laughs will be louder with a friend by your side. For those seeing an adrenaline rush, our list of experiences won't be forgotten about in a hurry! From skydiving and off road driving to zip lining and paintballing the hardest part of planning this adventure will be deciding what activity to try first. To plan an epic day out with friends Click here to discover what experiences await!

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.

Must Try Watersports for £10 or Less!

Posted on April 14, 2016 @ 12:54 PM in AdventureCanoeingBeachesLocal Outdoors

Over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May there will be over 20 watersport clubs based all over Northern Ireland offering local people an opportunity to ‘Have a Go’ in a range of watersports for as little as £10 or less!

With no previous experience necessary and taster events in canoeing, sailing, water skiing, wake boarding, rowing, angling, stand up paddle boarding and diving there has never been a better time to get on the water and get wet!

Flow

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

'Push the Boat Out' Sailing Taster - FREE
Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club, Cushendall, 14th May
Sailing has everything, from being a sociable relaxing experience to a high adrenaline, high action sport. Experience the adrenaline buzz of skimming across the water in a small dinghy or be part of a team in a larger keelboat. Come and ‘have a go’ at Cushendall Sailing & Boating Club for free!

Learn to Paddle your own Canoe - £3pp
Broighter Paddlers Canoe Club, Strathfoyle, 14th May
Learn the fundamentals of how to paddle a canoe and then give the rapidly growing team sport of canoe polo a go in this fun introductory session. A women’s only session is also available from 3pm - 4.30pm, subject to demand.

Discover Kitesurfing on the Beach - £10pp
Irish Kite Surfing Association, Tyrella Beach, 14th & 15th May
Let’s go fly a kite on an introductory session led by qualified kite surfing instructors on dry land. This event will take place on Tyrella Beach and is designed to elevate you into kite surfing! On the day you will be taken through a range of skills and techniques to get you launching your own kite.

Introduction to Fly Fishing for Women – FREE
Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association, Ballyclare, 14th May
Angling is a male dominated sport but this all-day taster event will give women the chance to find out what it's all about. Taking place at Straid Fishery which is a 20 acre lake, participants will benefit from the presence of some of the 2016 International Ladies Fly Fishing Team being on hand to guide participants.

Row the Lagan – £5pp
Lagan Currachs, Belfast, 14th & 15th May
Enjoy a leisurely row on a traditional wooden boat on the River Lagan finished off with a visit to 'T13' in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast where you will get a guided tour of the build of a 33ft 10 man currach rowing boat.

Learn to Waterski/Wakeboard with the Experts - £10pp
Meteor Water Ski Club, The Temple, 14th & 15th May
Have a go and experience this exhilarating water sport with encouraging instruction given at all times to ensure success.

Stand Up Paddling Taster for Beginners - £5pp
Erne Paddlers, Enniskillen, 14th & 15th May
Take in the scenery around Lough Erne as you try your hand at Stand Up Paddleboarding with Erne Paddlers. This is a fast growing paddle sport providing a great fun core work out with the possibility of getting wet!

These taster events are being offered as part of a wider campaign called ‘Flow – Get into Watersports’. This campaign is an ideal way for those with no background in watersports to learn the basics under the watchful eye of qualified instructors through taking part in one of the many taster events. These taster events will be followed closely by a series of training programmes for those looking to continue in their chosen sport.

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

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!

older articles >
Northern Ireland's Outdoor Adventure Blog outdoorni.com walkni.com cycleni.com canoeni.com