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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.

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Big Brent Event at Castle Espie

Big Brent Event at Castle Espie

08 October - 09 October, Co Down

During the two days of the Big Brent Event, visitors to Castle Espie can experience the incredible journey of the light-bellied Brent through fun family activities, free photography and art workshops, expert talks and a photographic ...

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

27 October - 04 November, Co Down

Get spooked this Halloween at Castle Espie and bring your little monsters along for our frightfully fun family event!

Enjoy Jump, Jiggle and Jive's Broomstick Disco, enter our fancy dress competition and have a close encounter with ...

Castle Espie Birdwatch Morning

Castle Espie Birdwatch Morning

28 July - 29 December, Co Down

As the seasons change, so does the birdlife at Castle Espie Wetland Centre. Join Dot Blakely for an informative birdwatch morning on the last Thursday of each month.

Ark Community Plant & Craft Winter Market

Ark Community Plant & Craft Winter Market

26 November, Co Down

Ark Community Gardens will be holding a Plant & Crafts Winter Market with plant stalls, craft gifts, food fayre, festive wreaths & decorations, refreshments and much more.

Brent Watch

Brent Watch

15 October, Co Down

Visit the Lookout at Mount Stewart and have a gander at the geese. Strangford Lough is one of the major destinations for wintering birds in the UK and we hope to see Brent Geese, wildfowl and waders and even seals with the help of the rangers.

Foraging For Food

Foraging For Food

01 October, Co Antrim

Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme are partnering Ulster Wildlife on this fantastic forage along the coast to discover the many plants you can eat.

Bug Detectives

Bug Detective

20 July, Co Down

Join in as we get out the magnifying glasses and discover a whole world of bugs and beasties....just where could those little critters be hiding? This is a drop off activity for children ages 5 - 11 years. Booking is essential for this event.

Autumn Garden Walk

Autumn Garden Walk

06 November, Co Down

The gardens at Mount Stewart were recently described as one of the Top Ten Gardens in the World.
Enjoy a tour of these wonderful gardens with one of the National Trust's gardening experts.

Stars In Your Skies - Ballintoy

Stars In Your Skies - Ballintoy

28 September, Co Antrim

Join the Northern Ireland Amateur Astronomy Society within the Causeway Coast of Outstanding Natural Beauty for a night under the stars.

Tea with the Lord

Tea with the Lord

08 October, Co Down

Embrace this superb opportunity to visit Ballywalter House. Become a member of the gentry for the afternoon as Lord or Lady Dunleath guide you around their remarkable home and join you for a chat over tea and scones in the historic conservatory.

Panasonic Roadshow

Panasonic Roadshow

26 November - 27 November, Co Down

To help you capture perfect memories, Mount Stewart's partner, Panasonic, will be holding a Photography Roadshow. Come and see the latest cameras, get tips and advice, and go on a photo walk.

Hallowe'en Fun at Mount Stewart

29 October - 01 November, Co Down

Enjoy daily Hallowe'en activities at Mount Stewart. Make some spooky craft and follow the Hallowe'en trail. Dress to impress in your finest scary outfits, whilst enjoying the autumnal atmosphere at Mount Stewart.

Planter's Seminar

Planter's Seminar

01 October - 02 October, Co Down

Enjoy this two day extravaganza on the theme of amazing plants. Guest speakers will be Ray Lancaster, Dan Hinkley, Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones. A buffet lunch will be provided on Sunday afternoon.

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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