Go Outdoors this winter
Northern Ireland has lots to offer the kids (and grown-ups) this winter. Get active in the great outdoors, try a walk in one of our stunning gardens, or a stroll around one of our many forest parks.
Skytrek, based in the beautiful woodland area at Colin Glen Forest Park a short distance from Belfast, is an exciting new outdoor high ropes activity centre where you can experience high (16m) and low (5m) ropes course with 100m of aerial trekking, 30ft rockface multi-level climbing wall, an incredible power fan descender and Irelands first double 90m zip lines. Just 45 minutes outside of Belfast in Moneymore, you will find Jungle NI, an exciting location with a paintballing site, the exhilarating highs and lows of Zorbing and a High Wire Tree Top Adventure Course - plenty to tire the kids out.
Northern Ireland also offers over 100km of official purpose-built mountain bike trails, which make for a great family day out. Top locations include Davagh Forest in the the foothills of the Sperrins near Cookstown, Blessingbourne in Fivemiletown, also in County Tyrone, Barnett Demesne just outside Belfast, and Castlewellan and Rostrevor, both in the Mourne Mountains in County Down
At beautiful Castle Ward, on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, why not try a family cycle, leisurely walk or go horserding along the dedicated trails.
For a relaxed riding experience or lessons in pleasant farm surroundings visit Maddybenny Riding Centre or Shean's Riding School, both on the Causeway Coast, or Faughanvale Stables in Greysteel in County Londonderry, which offers trekking across a 70 acre horse farm through streams and rivers, woodland paths and open cross country.
Why not have a go at blokarting, also called landsailing, a fast-paced and relatively new activity to these shores which provides another exciting way to make the most of our splendid beaches and other open spaces. Get started on the beach at Benone, Murlough or Tyrella, with taster sessions available for as little as £10.
If you are still looking for inspiration for an active winter, Northern Ireland offers a huge variety of other options such as canoeing, surfing, climbing, archery, coasteering or a Sea Safari - the opportunities are endless. To find out more, see Activities in Northern Ireland.
Forest Parks and Walks
For a more leisurely day in the outdoors, take the kids for a stroll in one of our fine forest and country parks. Options include pretty Roe Valley Country Park in Limavady, County Londonderry, Lough Navar overlooking Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Delamont Country Park on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down, Carnfunnock Country Park along the Causeway Coastal Route near Larne, and the unique Peatlands Park close to Lough Neagh in County Armagh.
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