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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.

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.

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'.

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.

Portmore Lough view  Photo credit Andy Hay

World Wetlands Day Walk

01 February, Belfast

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.

Here Comes Santa

Here Comes Santa

13 December - 14 December, Co Down

Have a magical time at Castle Espie this Christmas and meet Santa in his festive grotto.

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.

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 ...

Family Fun at Mobile Team Adventure

Family Fun at Mobile Team Adventure

23 November, Belfast

Sunday Family Fun Days at Mobile Team Adventure HQ, Ardnavally Scout Centre, Belfast

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.

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.

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 - Halloween

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.

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 ...

Boxing Day Walk

Boxing Day Walk

26 December, Co Down

Castle Espie is open on Boxing Day and no better place to burn off the Christmas calories with a brisk guided walk.

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 ...

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Have a go at Coppicing

06 December, Co Down

Come and lend a hand and learn about this traditional method of woodland management at Killynether.

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.

Spellbound Festival

Spellbound Festival

25 October - 31 October, Co Down

Bring your little monsters to Castle Espie for a host of Hallowe'en fun including storytelling, craft, Hallowe'en games, beastly trail, and more.

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.

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.

Here Comes Santa

Here Comes Santa...

06 December - 07 December, Co Down

Have a magical time at Castle Espie this Christmas.

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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