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Sustainable Tourism

Discover Northern Ireland the green way. Find ideas for car-free days out, great green places to stay and how to get around Northern Ireland sustainably. There are also tips on how to 'green your holiday' in our Green Travel Code.

Fright Night at The Jungle NI

Fright Night at The Jungle NI

10 October - 01 November, Co Londonderry

Fright Night is an immersive, spine-tingling Halloween adventure not for those faint of heart!  A Hellish Hayride will transport you and your party to The Jungle's cursed forest whose carnivorous depths you must summon your courage to explore.

Reboot Fitness Classes

Reboot Fitness Classes

02 July - 31 December, Co Londonderry

The Jungle proudly boasts of one of the best gyms around: Mother Nature!  Why bust a gut in dreary, uninspiring surroundings when you could bust a gut in the beauty of The Jungle's enchanting forest and benefit from some fresh of the market ...

Llama Trekking Tuesdays

Llama Trekking Tuesdays

01 April - 30 December, Co Londonderry

Experience the rare delight and therapeutic pleasure of Llama trekking at The Jungle.

RSPB Seabird Centre

RSPB Seabird Centre Rathlin Island

Co Antrim

The RSPB Seabird Centre on Rathlin Island is home to one of the largest breeding seabird colonies in Europe including puffin, guillemot, razorbill and kittiwake.

Red Squirrel Day

Red Squirrel Day

11 October, Co Down

Join us for a guided walk around the Red Squirrel Trail at Mount Stewart and learn about our work to save these endangered animals. Enjoy our squirrel related activities for children and fun for all the family. Part of Great NI Walks. Meet at the reception area at Mount Stewart.

The Brent are Back!

The Brent are Back!

04 October - 19 October, Co Down

Join Dot Blakely, our resident bird watch expert, to discover more about the amazing and perilous journey taken by our light bellied brent geese.

Hallowe'en at the Festival of Light

Festival of Light at Mount Stewart

01 November - 30 November, Co Down

Described as the "event of the decade" this magical event returns as the woodlands come alive with lights and music.

Spellbound Bird Feeder Workshop

Bird Watching Morning

31 July - 25 September, Co Down

Join Dot Blakely the resident birdwatching expert and find out more about the birds around Castle Espie.  Dot covers all types of birds on her informative monthly birdwatch morning.

Dot will also tell you interesting facts about garden ...

Portmore Lough view  Photo credit Andy Hay

World Wetlands Day Walk

01 February, Co Armagh

ortmore Lough outside Aghalee, County Antrim is one of the best examples of wetlands which are managed for the benefit of birds and wildlife in the whole of Northern Ireland.

Spooky Hallowe'en Event

Spooky Hallowe'en Event

29 October - 01 November, Co Down

Come and join in our spooky Hallowe'en event! There will be a fancy dress competition with prizes to be won. Meet Lena the witch and visit our Creepy Crawly Loft.

Christmas at the Zoo

Christmas at the Zoo

13 December - 22 December, Co Antrim

Come and visit Santa in his grotto, get a special gift and join in the festive, family fun at Belfast Zoo this Christmas! Help wrap and deliver presents for the chimpanzees, decorate Christmas trees for the Asian elephants, make your own ...

Christmas Time Special

Christmas Time Special

29 November - 30 November, Co Down

Santa arrives upon his sleigh at 11 am on Saturday 29 November! Come and meet him and his helpful elves and feed Rudolf and his wives, Dancer and Prancer. A visit to Santa's house for a chat and a present is a must - you can also book for a late night visit on Thursday or Friday nights throughout December.

Autumn Walk

Autumn Walk

26 October, Co Down

In conjunction with Great NI Walk 2014 enjoy a 5 mile coastal walk around National Nature Reserve as part of the Newcastle Challenge Trail and Lecale Way

On the trail of Finn Mac Cool Exploring Big Dog Forest

On the trail of Finn Mac Cool Exploring Big Dog Forest

05 October, Co Fermanagh

Big Dog Forest takes its name after two very distinctive small rounded hills known as Big Dog and Little Dog. But, how have they formed? Legend tells us one way and science another – so why not come along and see which one you believe!.

Harvest and Country Fair

Bird Box Day

15 February, Co Londonderry

Help rejuvenate Springhill's bird boxes. Learn how to build your own nest and make some bird feeders to take home. Watch while  staff and volunteers demonstrate how to make a bird box from scratch.

Family Fun Day at The Jungle

Family Fun Day at The Jungle

06 July - 28 September, Co Londonderry

Enjoy a colourful carnival of adventure activities, arty happenings and tasty treats suitable for all ages!

The Jungle's Family Fun Day is the ultimate value get-away and offers a feast of family fun suitable for all ages.

Birdwatching Morning

Birdwatching Morning

30 January - 30 October, Co Down

Join Dot Blakely our resident birdwatching expert and find out more about the birds around Castle Espie. Dot will also tell you interesting facts about garden favourites such as the Robin to the more elusive but nonetheless firm favourites the Kingfisher, waders to waterfowl and all between! Included in cost of admission.

Guide in the Hide

Guide in the Hide

02 November - 16 November, Co Down

Join Dot Blakely our resident bird watching expert and guide in the hide to find out more about the birds around Castle Espie.

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch

05 October, Co Down

This is a guided nature walk and talk tailored for bird lovers.

Spellbound Festival

Spellbound Festival

25 October - 31 October, Co Down

Feeling brave? Bring your little monsters along for a whole host of Hallowe'en events.

Portmore Lough view  Photo credit Andy Hay

Autumn on Camera

11 October, Co Armagh

As temperatures fall and the leaves turn stunning shades of russet and gold, Portmore Lough nature reserve in County Antrim is at its most photogenic.

Safari Live

Safari Live

27 September - 28 September, Co Down

A grrrrrreat free admission conservation-led animal event!

A Winter Solstice Sunset Walk

A Winter Solstice Sunset Walk

21 December, Co Fermanagh

Experience the winter solstice at Cavan Burren with a guided sunset walk around this enigmatic landscape.

Snowdrop Walks

Snowdrop Walks

07 February - 01 March, Co Londonderry

As winter melts away take a self-guided walk through Springhill's glorious display of snowdrops and enjoy a delicious tea and scone in the Servants' Hall Tea-Room.

Snowdrop plants also available to buy.

Dates: 7 February-1 March (Saturday ...

Twilight Night by Fairy Light

Twilight Night by Fairy Light

31 October, Belfast

A magical lighting and sound spectacular for all the family culminating with a majestic finale fireworks display.  Wallace Park will once again be transformed into a magical kingdom when it hosts a very special 'Twilight Night by Fairy Light' on ...

Brent Bonanza

Brent Bonanza

27 September, Co Down

Join us at the Lookout Mount Stewart and at various locations around Strangford Lough to marvel at the return of tens of thousands of light-bellied Brent Geese which have completed their epic journey from Arctic Canada.

Be Wild about Wildlife - Beginners Birding

Be Wild about Wildlife - Beginners Birding

31 January, Co Down

Discover the wildfowl and waders of Dundrum Inner Bay and marvel at their epic journeys. A good day out for birding beginners.

Coastal Walk at Kearney

Coastal Walk at Kearney

25 October, Co Down

Join the National Trust for an easy ramble along this spectacular part of the outer Ards coastline and learn all about the area's fascinating history and wildlife. Part of Great NI Walks.

Conservation Academy - Seals and Seabirds

Conservation Academy - Seals and Seabirds

08 November, Co Down

Come along and improve your natural history field skills. Our ranger will teach you the expert's way to bird watch. Discover the seabird wildlife of Dundrum Bay and observe the seals at their haul site at Ballykinlar.

Boo at the Zoo

Boo at the Zoo - Halloween

31 October, Co Antrim

Join Belfast Zoo for a packed day of eerie activities including: creepy crafts, face painting, bat talks, a spooky trail and a fancy dress and best carved pumpkin competition.

People under 18 can get in free if they come in fancy dress.

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch

Guided Walk and Coastal Migrant Bird Watch

05 October, Co Down

This is a guided nature walk and talk tailored for bird lovers.

Harvest and Country Fair

Shamrock Shenanigans

15 March, Co Londonderry

With free entry for anyone who can prove they are called Patrick, this is sure to be a fine way to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day.  Discover the Shamrock Trail around the grounds and enjoy crafts, food and music.

Additional charge for Shamrock ...

Autumn Festival at Crawfordsburn

Autumn Festival at Crawfordsburn

12 October, Co Down

The Autumn Festival is back with an apple theme. Celebrating all things Apple, the day will be packed with fun activities, games, stalls and competitions for the whole family.

Comber and District Horticultural Society Show

Comber and District Horticultural Society Show

13 November, Co Down

Annual show with competitive classes in flowers, vegetables, fruit, home industries, honey, handicrafts, art, floral art, baking, photography and children's classes. Open to everyone.

Autumn Garden Walk

Autumn Garden Walk

02 November, Co Down

Recently described as one of the Top Ten Gardens in the World, Mount Stewart looks stunning at this time of year.

More Information

  • What is Sustainable Tourism?

    Sustainable tourism is tourism that takes account of environmental and social issues as well as economic factors.

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