Get Outdoors Weekend
Weekend of free outdoor activity events in Northern Ireland
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Saturday

SAT
20
Fishing

Angling on Lough Erne

Broadmeadow, Derrychara. Free 'Come and Try It' angling sessions led by qualified instructors.

SAT
20
Archery

Archery

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Try your hand at this great activity. Truly a sport for everyone.

SAT
20
Archery

Archery at Seskinore Forest Park

Seskinore Forest Park. Try your hand at this great activity. Truly a sport for everyone.

SAT
20
Archery

Archery Blast

Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Have a go at Archery as part of a Free Family Fun Day in 200 acres of forest on the outskirts of Belfast.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Archery

Are you Slieve Gullion's Robin Hood?

Slieve Gullion Walled Garden. Come and have a go at archery!

SAT
20
Walking

Big Red Arrow Walk

Belfast. Join Walking In Your Community's Big Red Arrow Walking group for a community walk in Belfast!

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Bike Skills

Divis and Black Mountain. This session is all about bikes. There will be a Podium4Sport roadshow, free bike checks, learn safe mountain biking skills and ride the Lough Trail.

SAT
20
Fishing

Birds of Prey, Fly Tying & Angling Demonstrations

Ness Woods Country Park. Enjoy a host of demonstrations including; Birds of Prey, Fly Tying and Angling Techniques. The National Trust will also be in attendance providing an insight into some of their historic sites.

SAT
20
Walking

Birdwatching for Beginners

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Enjoy the ultimate afternoon outdoors at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre learning the art of birdwatching alongside one of our resident experts Dot Blakely.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Blackberries and Apples Walk

Randalstown. Find out what tasty treats you can gather from a native hedgerow whilst enjoying a walk.

SAT
20
Walking

Bugs, Butterflies and Caterpillars Forage Walk

Divis and Black Mountain. Spot and understand the Divis wildlife and insects on this enjoyable foraging walk.

SAT
20
Canoeing

Canoeing

Castle Archdale Country Park. 'Come and Try It' canoeing for all the family with sessions led by qualified members of the Erne Paddlers.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Canoeing

Canoeing for Families on Lough Erne

Share Discovery Village. Paddle along the Lough Erne Canoe Trail towards Trannish Island Bothy. Learn new paddle strokes, play games, get wet and have lots of fun!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Canoeing

Canoeing on Gortin Lakes

Gortin Lakes (Meet at Gortin Glen Forest Park). Short introduction to canoeing in a safe but wild environment. Suitable for families and first timers. There maybe a limited number of non-pre-booked places on the day.

SAT
20
Walking

Carnfunnock Bay Beach Clean

Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne. Gather up all your friends and family to help clean up Carnfunnock Bay.

SAT
20
Walking

Castle Ward Photography Walk

Castle Ward, Strangford. Explore and photograph the natural heritage, woodland, parkland and wildlife of the 820 acre estate at Castle Ward with the NI Walking Photography Group. Entry to Castle Ward is free on this date.

SAT
20
Coasteering & Bouldering

Clean Up & Coasteering on the Causeway Coast

Ballintoy Harbour. Make a difference this Get Outdoors Weekend at Ballintoy Harbour as we pull on our wellies and bring out the litter pickers in support of Coastal Cleanup Day followed by an exhilarating Coasteering Taster Session.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Coasteering & Bouldering

Clean Up on the Causeway Coast

Ballintoy Harbour. Make a difference this Get Outdoors Weekend at Ballintoy Harbour as we pull on our wellies and bring out the litter pickers in support of Coastal Cleanup Day.

SAT
20
Climbing

Climbing Wall

Castle Archdale Country Park. Come and Try climbing at Castle Archdale Country Park as part of their Get Outdoors Weekend Family Fun Day.

Multi Activity Family Day
SAT
20
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Colin Glen Forest Park Family Fun Day

Colin Glen Forest Park. Enjoy a free family fun day in Colin Glen Forest Park, in the heart of Belfast with archery, walking, high and low ropes and laser skirmishing.

SAT
20
Walking

Countryside Walks

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Get out and about on one of our guided walks. There will be two different walks during the day.

SAT
20
Walking

Croaghan Way Half Day Ramble

Altarichard Road, Ballymoney. This more challenging event offers the enthusiastic rambler an opportunity to undertake some 3-4 miles of hill walking within the Antrim Coast and Glens Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

SAT
20
Cycling

Cycling

Castle Archdale Country Park. Bring your own bikes and enjoy a free guided cycle through Castle Archdale Country Park.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Cycling

Disability Biking

Ness Woods. Try out our range of fully accessible bikes for a wide range of accessibility needs from wheelchair users, visually impaired or other needs

SAT
20
Walking

Explore the Ancient Woodland and Waterfall of Ness Woods Guided Walk

Ness Woods Country Park. Enjoy a guided walk of the ancient woodland of Ness & Ervey Woods.

SAT
20
Canoeing

Family Canoeing on the Lower River Bann

Portglenone Marina, Porglenone. This event is being hosted by qualified members of Co. Antrim Paddlesports Club (C.A.P.S.) and will involve two family canoeing sessions at the superb new Portglenone Marina.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
CyclingHorse RidingWalking

Free Entry into Castle Ward Demesne

Castle Ward. Enjoy Castle Wards's multi-use trails for free on Saturday 20th September.

SAT
20
Walking

Get Eco-Active in Learmount Forest

Learmount Forest, Park Village. A guided adventure and eco-trail through Learmount Forest, suitable for all ages.

SAT
20
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Get Outdoors at the Autumn Fair

Botanic Gardens. Come along to the Autumn Fair and try out our climbing wall, archery, Kidz assault course, bug hunts and much, much more all for FREE!

Multi Activity Family Day
SAT
20
CanoeingClimbingCyclingWalking

Get Outdoors in Fermanagh Family Fun Day

Castle Archdale Country Park. Family Fun Day in Fermanagh with Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling and walking events as well as bouncy castles and face painting. Fun for the whole family!

SAT
20
Canoeing

Give Canoeing a try on Camlough Lake

Camlough Lake- Ring of Gullion. 'Come and Try It' Family canoeing lead by a qualified instructor from Gullion Adventures.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Go Naturally Wild in Slieve Gullion

Slieve Gullion. Learn more about the biodiversity of the local area and the wildlife that live in it, with well-known ecologist Dale Treadwell.

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Have a Go Mountain Biking in Davagh Forest

Davagh Forest. Come and enjoy mountain biking in the Sperrin Mountains where you can avail of FREE mountain bike hire on Saturday 20th September from the trail head carpark.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Kilbride Ramblers Coastal Walk

Kilbride. Join Kilbride Ramblers on a North Antrim Coastal path walk from Portballintrae to the Giants Causeway!

SAT
20
Clay Pigeon Shooting

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Enjoy the thrill and excitement that this unique sport brings - safe in the knowledge that there are no bullets or recoil!

SAT
20
Paintballing & Combat

Laser Tag

Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Ultimate Shoot Em Up! Compete against the other team to capture the flag, escort the VIP and win our Ultimate Shoot Em Up Game.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Climbing

Mobile Rock Climbing wall

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Test your skills in climbing with a mobile rock climbing wall at Gortin Glen Forest Park.

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Family Blast

Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan. MountainBikeNI.com in conjunction with Life Adventure Centre is offering a free MTB Family Blast on the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails as part of Get Outdoors Weekend.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Mayhem

Share Discovery Village. Learn some new skills on our purpose built Mountain Bike Track and Skills Area. Bike Hire, Helmet and Gloves provided.

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Taster Sessions

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. Come on down to Tollymore and have a blast around our mountain bike trail with one of our very experienced instructors, so you will learn from the best!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Trail Tasters

Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan. MountainBikeNI.com in conjunction with Life Adventure Centre is offering a free MTB Trail Taster on the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails as part of Get Outdoors Weekend.

SAT
20
Walking

Murlough Beach Clean

Murlough Beach. Join us for a litter survey and clean up of Murlough Beach.

SAT
20
Walking

Nature Trail

Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Walk with the ranger and learn about the folklore, flora & fauna of the forest.

SAT
20
Walking

Nordic Walking

Divis and Black Mountain. Get an all body workout famed by our Scandinavian and European counterparts along the beautiful trails at Divis and Black Mountain.

SAT
20
Canoeing

Paddle to Coney Island

Maghery. Paddle Canadian canoes to Coney Island on Lough Neagh.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Fishing

Pond Dipping

Divis and Black Mountain. An event for the kids, get close to pond-life by using nets and magnifying scopes.

SAT
20
Walking

Quarries, Forts and Cashels 7km Trek of Cave Hill

Cave Hill Country Park, Belfast. Join the Belfast Hills Partnership on a ramble from Belfast Castle around Cave Hill looking at some of the features along the way such as McArt's Fort.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Rathlin Ramble

Rathlin Island. Enjoy a guided walk of two of the wonderful walking routes on Rathlin.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Rathlin West End Ramble

Kebble & Kinramer National Nature Reserve, Rathlin Island. Experience the sights and sounds of the beautiful West End of Rathlin Island on a guided walk through Kebble & Kinramer National Nature Reserve.

SAT
20
Walking

Red Squirrel Talk & Walk About

Castle Archdale Country Park. Join a guided walk through Castle Archdale Country Park exploring Red Squirrels. Learn about their homes and habit and much more.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Red Squirrel Talk & Walk About

Castle Archdale Country Park. Join a guided walk through Castle Archdale Country Park exploring Red Squirrels. Learn about their homes and habit and much more.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Cycling

Ring of Gullion Historical Cycle

Slieve Gullion Courtyard. A 15 miles guided bike ride covering the history of the Ring of Gullion.

SAT
20
Climbing

Rock Climb in Gullion

Slieve Gullion Walled Garden. Have a go on our outdoor climbing wall and see how far you can get up it!

SAT
20
Walking

Sensory Walk in Ness Woods

Ness Woods. Discover the woodlands through your senses- ideal for visually or otherwise impaired participants

SAT
20
High Ropes & Zip Lines

SKYTrek

Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast. Scale the heights of our 40 Foot Climbing Wall, then traverse around our Low Ropes Course.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Bushcraft

Slieve Gullion Bush Craft Skills

Slieve Gullion Forest Park. Let out the Ray Mears in you!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Slieve Gullion Forest Park Family Walk

Slieve Gullion Forest Park. A 10km walk around the beautiful Slieve Gullion Forest Drive with outstanding views of the Ring of Gullion area.

SAT
20
Walking

Slieve Gullion's Celtic Warrior's Family Story Walk

Slieve Gullion Courtyard. Come on a guided walk to the top of Slieve Gullion and hear some of the stories and science that make Slieve Gullion special.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SAT
20
Walking

Slieve Gullion's Pop-up Rock Camp

Slieve Gullion Courtyard. Go back in time on a geology walk

FULLY BOOKED :-(

Multi Activity Family Day
SAT
20
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The Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Extravaganza

Slieve Gullion. Newry and Mourne District District Council have teamed up with Outdoor Recreation NI to showcase some of the excellent outdoor activities that are available in the Ring of Gullion area. There will be a wide variety of events happening on Saturday to suit everyone.

SAT
20
Canoeing

Try Canoeing Day on River Bann

Gilford. Enjoy canoeing in a safe and fun environment, try Gilford’s new flat water slalom course. This is an ideal opportunity for beginners and experienced people to “Have a go”.

SAT
20
Horse Riding

Woodburn Horse Ride

Woodburn Forest, Carrickfergus. Come and enjoy this lovely forest with tracks winding there way round the lovely reservoirs, situated within easy reach of Belfast & Antrim. All participants must bring their own horse.

Multi Activity Family Day
SAT
20
SUN
21
ArcheryClay Pigeon ShootingClimbingWalking

Gortin Glen Forest Park Family Activity Day

Gortin Glen Forest Park. An outdoor activity day in Gortin Glens Forest Park with archery, climbing, canoeing, laser clay pigeon shooting and walking events as well as face painting available.

Sunday

SUN
21
Cycling

"Pedal to the Ports" Leisure Cycle

Portstewart. Enjoy a leisurely 6 mile cycle ride from Portstewart to Portrush & return, mostly along traffic-free cycle paths with stunning coastal scenery (Longer 15 mile option also available)

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Walking

A Wee Dander on Donard Guided Challenge

The Mournes. Join us on a guided challenge to ascend the two peaks of Slieve Comedagh and Slieve Donard.

SUN
21
Archery

Archery

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Try your hand at this great activity. Truly a sport for everyone.

SUN
21
Archery

Archery at Seskinore Forest Park

Seskinore Forest Park. Try your hand at this great activity. Truly a sport for everyone.

SUN
21
Walking

Banagher Glen Family Nature Detective Trail

Banagher Glen Nature Reserve, Dungiven. Can you be a Nature Detective and solve the crime at Banagher Glen?

SUN
21
Walking

Birdwatching for Beginners

WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Enjoy the ultimate afternoon outdoors at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre learning the art of birdwatching alongside one of our resident experts Dot Blakely.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Bushcraft

Bushcraft at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Learn the essentials of surviving and thriving in the wild outdoors!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Canoeing

Canoeing for Families on Lough Erne

Share Discovery Village. Paddle along the Lough Erne Canoe Trail towards Trannish Island Bothy. Learn new paddle strokes, play games, get wet and have lots of fun!

SUN
21
Canoeing

Canoeing on Gortin Lakes

Gortin Lakes (Meet at Gortin Glen Forest Park). Short introduction to canoeing in a safe but wild environment. Suitable for families and first timers. There maybe a limited number of non-pre-booked places on the day.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Walking

Countryside Walks

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Get out and about on one of our guided walks. There will be two different walks during the day - the Ladies view walk and the Pollan trail.

SUN
21
Walking

Crumlin Glen Biodiversity Walk

Crumlin Glen. Learn all about the Crumlin River on this walk and explore the waterfall and tree burial ring.

SUN
21
Cycling

Disability Biking

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Try out our range of fully accessible bikes for a wide range of accessibility needs from wheelchair users, visually impaired or other needs.

SUN
21
Walking

Explore the World of Mushrooms Walk

Silent Valley Mountain Park. Join the experts and learn about the diverse and fascinating world of our native fungi on a foray at Silent Valley.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Bushcraft

Family Bushcraft

Lagan Valley Regional Park. Enjoy a fun packed day of nature based games and bushcraft activities.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
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Get Outdoors at the Autumn Fair

Botanic Gardens. Come along to the Autumn Fair and try out our climbing wall, archery, Kidz assault course, bug hunts and much, much more all for FREE!

SUN
21
Walking

Guided Walk & Talk

Belfast Hills. Enjoy a guided walk on the new Ridge Trail which offers panoramic views over Belfast, the Mourne Mountains, the Lake District and Scotland.

SUN
21
Walking

Guided Walk to Unpack the Historic Landscape around the Beech Hill Country Hotel

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. A guided walk through the lawns and woodlands around Beech Hill looking for evidence of the families - O'Cahan, Skipton, Nicholson - who shaped the landscape around the present-day house. Also a chance to look for evidence of Jacobite 1688-89 and US Navy 1941-44 occupation.

SUN
21
Walking

Historic Guided Walk to Grey Point Fort

Crawfordsburn Country park. A gentle walk through forest trails to the Scrabo stone railway viaduct, meander down Lady Dufferian lane down to Grey Point fort in Helens Bay to explore and learn the history about the military fort which was built in 1904

SUN
21
Walking

Introduction to Hillwalking and Navigation

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre. This course is for those new to hill walking who want a gentle introduction to the basic skills and equipment to make it safe, comfortable and enjoyable.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Walking

Introduction to Map Reading

Divis and Black Mountain. Ever wanted to learn how to navigate and read a map effectively? This session will introduce you to the basics of map-reading and using a compass.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Clay Pigeon Shooting

Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Enjoy the thrill and excitement that this unique sport brings - safe in the knowledge that there are no bullets or recoil!

SUN
21
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Learn to Geocache

Divis and Black Mountain. Learn how to Geocache in the Belfast Hills and beyond. This electronic outdoor treasure hunt is a fantastic activity for all the family.

SUN
21
Walking

Lough Shannagh Irish Heritage Walk

The Mourne Lodge, Atticall. Join us on this guided walk exploring the abundance of local flora and fauna that this spectacular trail to Lough Shannagh has to offer.

SUN
21
Climbing

Mobile Rock Climbing wall

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Test your skills in climbing with a mobile rock climbing wall at Gortin Glen Forest Park.

SUN
21
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Mayhem

Share Discovery Village. Learn some new skills on our purpose built Mountain Bike Track and Skills Area. Bike Hire, Helmet and Gloves provided.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Bike Trail Tasters

Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan. MountainBikeNI in conjunction with Life Adventure Centre is offering a free MTB Trail Taster on the Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails as part of Get Outdoors Weekend.

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
CyclingMountain Biking

Mountain Biking at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Explore the exciting off-road trails by bike.

SUN
21
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National Trust's 50 Things to Do Before You're 11 3/4 at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Your very own Outdoors Explorer will help you complete the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11 ¾ (and use your own skills to find hidden secret challenges!)

SUN
21
Bushcraft

Nature Detective at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Find the creepy crawlies and exotic trees in the hotel grounds!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Canoeing

Paddle the Newry Canal

Newry Canal. Experience Newry Canal from a totally different angle in a canoe!

SUN
21
Horse Riding

Pony Rides at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Free pony rides for children, provided by Pony Club and City of Derry Equestrian Centre

SUN
21
Walking

Red Squirrel Family Fun Day

Gortin Glen Forest Park. Gortin Glen Forest Park is home to a resident population of Red Squirrels, some of them making their homes or dreys in the proximity of the Forest Classroom. Join the Forest Guide and the Biodiversity Officer to learn more about this endangered mammal through activities, displays and talks.

SUN
21
Walking

Red Squirrel Walk

Glenariff Forest Park. Family friendly walk in Glenariff Forest. Views over the Antrim Plateau and the sea over to Scotland.

SUN
21
Walking

Red Squirrel Walk

Ballycastle Forest. A chance to see Red Squirrels at a Feeding/Observation site in Ballycastle Forest

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
Bushcraft

Scavenger Hunt at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Pick up points for your family on a crazy dash about!

Multi Activity Family Day
SUN
21
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Taste the Outdoors at Beech Hill Country House Hotel

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. The woodland landscape, designed around the big house in the Georgian period, provides a great environment for families to experience some fun outdoor activities on this family fun day.

SUN
21
Bushcraft

Wild Cookery at Beech Hill

Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Learn to be the ultimate jungle chef!

FULLY BOOKED :-(

SUN
21
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Wilderness Survival Day

Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne. Bushcraft activities, children’s survival challenge, demonstrations and lots more outdoor fun! Bring all the family and see if you have what it takes to survive being lost in the wilderness!

Multi Activity Family Day
SAT
20
SUN
21
ArcheryClay Pigeon ShootingClimbingWalking

Gortin Glen Forest Park Family Activity Day

Gortin Glen Forest Park. An outdoor activity day in Gortin Glens Forest Park with archery, climbing, canoeing, laser clay pigeon shooting and walking events as well as face painting available.