Activity Festivals

Walking & Outdoor Festivals and Meets

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January

New Year’s Day Winter Woodland Walk
Mount Stewart House & Gardens
What better way to start the year than with an invigorating walk with an experienced woodland guide.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 4278 8387 | www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Sperrintrek Hill Walking Festival
Departs Cookstown
A winter walking weekend in the Sperrin Mountains, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. One walk per day with a choice of
Grade A or B route on Saturday. Events also take place in Spring and Autumn.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8676 9949 | www.sperrintrekkers.com

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February

February Race Day at Down Royal
Racecourse, Maze, Lisburn
Why not head along to the first fixture of the year at one of Ireland’s most historic racecourses.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9262 1256

Binevenagh Mountain Race, Limavady
Open to affiliated and non-affiliated runners, this race is set in the stunning peaks of Binevenagh, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7776 0650 (Limavady Tourist Information Centre) | www.pegasusac.co.uk

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March

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April

Cookstown 100, Cookstown
Newcomers will join top names in the road racing scene as they compete in 16 races for Ulster and Irish titles.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8676 4487 | www.cookstown100.com

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May

Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Competition, Lough Erne
Taking place in and around Enniskillen and Lower Lough Erne, this is the largest coarse angling competition in Ireland and Britain.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 6632 3110 (Fermanagh Tourist Information Centre) | www.findfermanagh.com

Belfast City Marathon, Belfast
An annual race through the streets of Belfast. Take part or support the marathon, walk, team relay or fun run. All events start at City Hall and finish in Ormeau Park.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9024 6609 (Belfast Welcome Centre) | www.belfastcitymarathon.com

North West 200 Race Week
Portrush/ Causeway Coast
A week of stunt shows, cavalcades, exhibitions and entertainment culminating in Ireland’s most famous road race.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7034 4723 (Coleraine Tourist Information Centre) | www.northwest200.org

National Countrysports Fair
Moira Demesne
Premier countrysports occasion, with attractions for all the family.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 3833 8873 | www.gamefairireland.com

Portrush Raft Race Weekend
This popular charity raft race offers a wealth of entertainment culminating with the launch of a large number of home-made rafts from West Strand beach.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7034 4723 (Coleraine Tourist Information Centre) | www.northcoastni.com

South Antrim Fishing Festival
Antrim and Newtownabbey Boroughs
The festival includes fishing contests on the area’s fisheries and rivers, plus a flagship event featuring demonstrations, a competition and exhibition.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9442 8331 (Antrim Tourist Information Centre) | www.antrim.gov.uk

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June

Walk the Glens Festival, Cushendall
Enjoy various walks through the Glens of Antrim, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, based in the scenic seaside village of Cushendall.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 2076 2024 (Ballycastle Tourist Information Centre) | www.moyle-council.org/tourism

Causeway Coast Amateur Golf Tournament, Causeway Coast
Europe’s largest amateur golf tournament played at the following top courses: Royal Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock and Ballycastle.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7086 8140 | www.causewaycoastgolf.com

Erne Waterways Golf Challenge, Counties Fermanagh and Cavan
A three day, cross-border stableford golfcontest taking place over three top courses in the region.
Tel: +353 (0) 49 437 7200 | www.cavantourism.com

Mourne International Walking Festival, Warrenpoint/Newcastle
Walks to suit all levels of ability and fitness in the stunning setting of the Mourne Mountains, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy the sounds of traditional music in the evenings, and the ever popular ‘Blister Ball’. Venue varies annually.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 3031 3170 (Newry Tourist Information Centre) | www.mournewalking.co.uk

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July

Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships
Peatlands Park, Dungannon
Why not try your hand at this unique sport which involves competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60 yard (55m) bog drain, in the shortest time possible.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 3885 1102 | www.wonderfulni.info

Northern Ireland Milk Cup
Various Venues, North Coast Area
One of Europe’s most prestigious youth soccer tournaments, featuring squads from some of the world’s biggest teams.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9181 3067 | www.nimilkcup.org

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August

Armoy Road Race, Armoy
This ‘race of legends’ is a three mile circuit located on the edge of the stunning Glens of Antrim, commemorating four legendary riders from the area, including Joey Dunlop.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 2076 2024 (Ballycastle Tourist Information Centre) | www.amrrc.com

Ulster Grand Prix Bike Week, Dundrod
This internationally renowned motorcycling event, incorporating the Dundrod 150, boasts of being the fastest road racing circuit in the world.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9266 0038 (Lisburn Tourist Information Centre) | www.ulstergrandprix.net

Sperrins Walking Festival
Various locations, Sperrins Area
This popular festival combines a range of walks to suit all levels of abilities. Enthusiasts will also enjoy the Glenullin Hill Walking Festival in the North Sperrins in June.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8674 7700 | www.sperrinstourism.com

Lough Neagh Triathlon, Ballyronan Marina
A fun, mass participation event catering for all abilities, one of the most spectator friendly triathlons in Ireland.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8676 7135 | www.loughneaghtri.com

Lap the Lough, Shores of Lough Neagh
Complete a 150km circuit of the largest lake in Ireland or Britain. The event has become one of the biggest in the Irish cycling calendar, attracting 1,300 participants in 2009.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 7941 7941 | www.lapthelough.org

Gannonball Run, Dungannon
Watch soapbox carts scuttle down a half kilometre, specially made track in Dungannon’s hilly town centre.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 8776 7259 |(Killymaddy Tourist Information Centre) | www.gannonballrun.com

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September

Bike the Blackwater, Fivemiletown
This 100km, cross-border cycling event will take you through some of Ireland’s prettiest countryside and four historic country estates, following the path of the River Blackwater.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 3756 9102 | www.biketheblackwater.org

Lough Erne Canoe Rally (Sep)
The Strangford Challenge (Sep)
Mourne Mountain Marathon (Sep)

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October

Causeway Coast Marathon (Oct)

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November

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December

Christmas Race Meeting, Downpatrick Racecourse
Enjoy a festive night at the races at one of Ireland’s premier and oldest racecourses.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 4461 2054 | www.downpatrickracecourse.co.uk

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