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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.

Saturday Evening Dinner Cruise on Upper and Lower Lough Erne

Saturday Evening Dinner Cruise on Upper and Lower Lough Erne

16 August, Co Fermanagh

Popular dinner cruise of Upper and Lower Lough Erne with live commentary and music followed by a 3 course dinner in our private Regatta Suite at the 4 star Killyhevlin Hotel Enniskillen overlooking the Lough.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

Fermanagh Walking Festival

Fermanagh Walking Festival

11 October - 13 October, Co Fermanagh

A variety of walks will be available within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geoaprk.

West end Ramble at Kebble & Kinramer NNR

West end Ramble at Kebble & Kinramer NNR

20 September, Co Antrim

Experience the sights and sounds of the beautiful West End of Rathlin Island.

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.

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 ...

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.

The Brent are Back

The Brent are Back

04 October - 19 October, Co Down

Discover more about the amazing and perilous journey taken by our light bellied Brent Geese from arctic Canada to the shores of Strangford Lough. Suitable for all ages.

4th & 5th October
11th & 12th October
18th & 19th October

2pm - 4pm

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 ...

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.

Get Outdoors Weekend - Beginners Birdwatch

Get Outdoors Weekend - Beginners Birdwatch

20 September - 21 September, Co Down

Travel into our woodlands armed with binoculars where resident expert, Dot Blakely, will teach the basic skills of bird watching.

Get Outdoors Event at Ness Country Park

Get Outdoors Event at Ness Country Park

20 September, Londonderry/Derry

A day of outdoor activities at Ness Country Park focusing on the 'young and lively'.

Get Outdoors Weekend

Get Outdoors Weekend

20 September, Co Fermanagh

Get Outdoors Weekend – Biodiversity & Red Squirrels Talk and Walkabout .Castle Archdale Country Park is home to a small population of Red Squirrels, which if you’re lucky you may spot feeding along the woodland edge.

Guide in the Hide

Guide in the Hide

21 September, Co Down

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

Big Cat Day & Qay's birthday

Big Cat Day & Qay's birthday

06 September, Co Antrim

Come along for a day of fun and learn more about our 'big cats'.

Family Nature Detective Trail

Family Nature Detective Trail

21 September, Londonderry/Derry

Can you be a Nature Detective and solve the crime at Banagher Glen?

Guide in the Hide

Guide in the Hide

07 September, Co Down

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

Old Zoo Tour

Old Zoo Tour

29 June - 20 September, Co Antrim

Enjoy a private guided tour around the old zoo to learn about their 80 year history.

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.

Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair

20 September - 21 September, Belfast

The Autumn Fair marks the changing season with a weekend of food, flowers and family fun. You'll be amazed at the award-winning blooms, fruit, vegetables and cacti on display.

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.

Intensive Kayaking Course

Intensive Kayaking Course

06 September, Belfast

A one day intensive sea kayaking course, ideal for beginners, taking place on the beautiful waters of Strangford Lough.

International Red Panda Day

International Red Panda Day

14 September, Co Antrim

To celebrate international red panda day come along and visit the pandas, Plocia and Chris, at feeding time.  Find out more about these colourful creatures at the keeper talk!

10.30am - 4.30pm

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.

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

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

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.

Dog Saturday at Castle Coole

Dog Saturday at Castle Coole

20 September, Co Fermanagh

Dogs are always welcome at Castle Coole, but especially on Dog Saturday.
Join our dog walk, enter your dog in our pet show, have a go at the agility course, and pick up some grooming tips.

Orienteering on Strangford Lough

Orienteering on Strangford Lough

13 September, Co Down

Portaferry & Strangford Trust in conjunction with Portaferry Sailing Club are organizing this day of orienteering on the water.

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.

Enchanted Garden

Enchanted Garden

25 October - 31 October, Co Down

Imagine a garden full of sparkling trees, where the fairies, pixies and elves all come out of their underground realm to create a magical experience for everyone.

6pm - 10pm

Venue: Bangor Castle Walled Garden Marquee

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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!.

Music in the Parks 2014

Music in the Parks 2014

11 May - 21 September, Belfast

Music in the Parks takes place in parks across Belfast from Sunday 11 May to Sunday 21 September 2014.

Whatever your preference, smooth, mellow, brass, pipe or accordion there will be music to suit all tastes.

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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