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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.

International Bog Day and Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships

International Bog Day and Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championships

27 July, Co Tyrone

A family fun day of activities and entertainment celebrating the beauty of bogs and their conservation with the chance to have a go at Bog Snorkelling, which involves competitors completing two consecutive lengths of a 60 yard (55m) bog drain in the shortest time possible. Why not come along and have a go yourself!

Bark In the Park

Bark In the Park

27 July, Co Down

Come and celebrate all things dog at our Bark in the Park event. Displays to watch and merchandise to buy, whether you love pure breeds or mutts. Take part in the PDSA Sponsored Dog Walk or enter the Scruffts or novelty dog show. Just say the word... Walkies!

Experience Ards - Copeland Island Boat Tour

Experience Ards - Copeland Island Boat Tour

28 June, Co Down

Departing from picturesque Donaghadee Harbour this tour visits Copeland Island allowing time for a leisurely stroll taking in the abundant wildlife and listening to interesting stories about the many travellers this piece of water has seen over the centuries.

Experience Ards - Copeland Island Boat tour

Experience Ards - Copeland Island Boat tour

16 August, Co Down

Departing from Donaghadee Harbour this boat tour takes you to Copeland Island whilst listening to stories about the many different travellers this piece of water has seen over the years.

Experience Ards - Glorious Gardens of the Ards Peninsula

Experience Ards - Glorious Gardens of the Ards Peninsula

19 July, Co Down

This tour will take you to four of the Peninsula's famous gardens - Mount Stewart, Greyabbey House, Grey Abbey Physic Garden and Donaghadee's Manor House.

Martello Tower

Martello Tower

19 July - 20 July, Co Londonderry

A chance to see inside Martello Tower at Magilligan, one of the few intact towers left in Ireland and learn about its design history and use. There will be a display of Weaponry of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries and a guide will illustrate how the billeted Soldiers lived.

Trails Day - Redburn Country Park

Trails Day - Redburn Country Park

29 July, Belfast

Celebrate Love Parks Week at Redburn Country Park with our Trails Day. Not just your typical outdoor family day! Enjoy activities such as orienteering, mountain biking or running but historic trails about the Dunville family whisky distillers and a bear trail for the kids.

An Evening at Yellow Jack?s Cairn

Four Peaks Challenge

26 April, Belfast

If you enjoy the great outdoors, then don't miss this opportunity to join the ranger for a guided walk across the peaks of the Black Hill, Black Mountain, Divis Mountain and
Armstrong's Hill.

Crom Castle Cruise and Meet Lord Erne

Crom Castle Cruise and Meet Lord Erne

01 June, Co Fermanagh

Your cruise will depart Share Village (times listed below) navigating its way through the intricate maze of islands on Upper Lough Erne towards Crom Castle Boathouse where you will alight and Enjoy an exclusive tour of the West Wing at Crom Castle and the private residences of the Earl and Countess of Erne conducted by Viscount Crichton and Noel Johnston – Estate Manager.

Baby Animal Festival

Baby Animal Festival

29 March - 30 April, Belfast

Spring at Streamvale is all about babies - lambs, kids, chicks, bunnies, calves, puppies, ducklings - there is no better time to see, feed and cuddle the newborns.  It's also the time when the nature trail blooms back into life and the walk up to...

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RSPB Roonivoolin Rambles

10 May - 16 August, Co Antrim

Located at the southernmost tip of Rathlin Island, Roonivoolin reserve is home to lots of birds and wildlife, including Northern Ireland’s only family of chough, and offers stunning views of Fair Head.

Martello Tower Open Day

Martello Tower Open Day

21 June - 22 June, Co Londonderry

A rare opportunity to see inside the Martello Tower at Magilligan, one of the few intact towers left in Ireland and learn about its design history and use. There will be a display of weaponry of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries and a guide will illustrate how the billeted Soldiers lived.

Experience Ards - If Scrabo Stones Could Talk Walking Tour

Experience Ards - If Scrabo Stones Could Talk Walking Tour

24 July,

This interesting tour talks of dinosaurs and deserts, traces the use of Scrabo stone through the ages and concludes with a visit to the Londonderry Monument - better known as Scrabo Tower.

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

Summer of Cultures Family Fun Day

25 August, Co Fermanagh

An afternoon of fun and culture for all the family. Enjoy a celebration of Fermanagh's traditions with performances, food and craft, workshops, arts & crafts, music and other fun family entertainment.

Learn the secrets of the herbs at Grey Abbey

Learn the secrets of the herbs at Grey Abbey

28 June, Co Down

How did the monks know which plants cured which diseases? Visit Grey Abbey’s Physic Garden, talk to the monks, the gardeners and an herbalist.

Exhibition - QUB Marine Laboratory

Exhibition - QUB Marine Laboratory

01 July - 31 July, Co Down

An exhibition highlighting some of the diverse projects carried out by students and staff of QUB Marine Biology Lab, Portaferry.

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Boat Tour

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Boat Tour

06 July, Co Down

Take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and experience the serenity of a boat trip around the beautiful and mystical Strangford Lough.

Tempo Fair Day

Tempo Fair Day

14 June, Co Fermanagh

Tempo Fair Day
From 11.30am
Organised by Tempo Development Association
Vintage Cars, tractors, lorries and much more...

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Pirate Boat Tour with Captain Codfish

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Pirate Boat Tour with Captain Codfish

14 July, Co Down

Avast ye young pirates! Join Captain Codfish's crew as you search Strangford Lough for traces of pirates from bygone years on this boat trip.

Downy Duckling Tours

Downy Duckling Tours

04 June - 25 June, Co Down

Get up and close to nature's little wonders. Cute ducklings and goslings abound in the duckery.
Every weekend and Wednesday in June.

12pm, 2pm & 3pm and Wednesday 3pm only.

House Project - Behind the Scenes Tours

Jazz in the Garden

27 April, Co Down

Bring your picnic and settle down on the lawn with your family and friends to enjoy an afternoon of jazz in the beautiful gardens.

BBQ's are not permitted.

2pm - 4.30pm

Country Fair (Poultry Fair and Scrufts Dog Show)

Country Fair (Poultry Fair and Scrufts Dog Show)

17 May - 18 May, Armagh

Join us at The Argory for the return of our fantastic
Country Fair which this year is bigger and better
than ever. Rare breed animals, local trade and craft
stalls, live music from the Armagh Rhymers and
many other country activities for all the family

Antiques and Collectables Fair

Easter Egg Trail at The Argory

14 April - 27 April, Co Tyrone

Have your chance to find the Cadbury's chocolate treasure with the fantastic egg trail around The Argory Estate, available throughout the Easter holidays.

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.

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

Experience Ards - Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

02 August, Co Down

Experience inner peace and harmony as you take an evening cruise across the beautiful Strangford Lough.

Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail

Mount Stewart Easter Egg Trail

18 April - 26 April, Co Down

Bring the Children to Mount Stewart this Easter to take part in our popular Easter Egg Trail. Follow the clues around the Lake Walk and return to collect your egg!

There is a cost of £1 per trail.

Easter Egg Trail

Easter Egg Trail

14 April - 27 April, Armagh

Have your chance to find the Cadbury’s chocolate treasure with our fantastic egg trail around The Argory Estate, available throughout the Easter holidays.

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.

Wee Birdie Garden Birdwatch

Birdwatch Morning

24 April, Co Down

Join Dot Blakely, the 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 ...

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.

Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair

20 September - 21 September, Belfast

A weekend of food, flowers and family fun with an array of live music, children's entertainment and autumn flower show exhibitions.

12.30pm - 6pm each day.

More details to follow.

Experience Ards - Tea With The Lord Coach Tour

Experience Ards - Tea With The Lord Coach Tour

14 June, Co Down

This tour of Ballywalter House will live long in the memory giving you a superb opportunity to visit this beautiful stately home.

Summer Family Fun at Florence Court

Summer Family Fun at Florence Court

03 August, Co Fermanagh

Join us for a fun filled afternoon as we celebrate 60 years under the care of the National Trust. With traditional games, races, costumed characters, music, craft stalls and much more, there's something for everyone.

Armagh County Agricultural Show

Armagh County Agricultural Show

14 June, Armagh

Armagh County Agricultural Show is one of the longest-established, one-day Shows in Ireland with a record of the event being held in the area as far back as 1829.

Archaeology Days

Archaeology Days

01 June - 30 June, Co Londonderry

The Northern Ireland Environmental Agency’s annual ‘Archaeology Days’ are a month-long celebration of the archaeology and early history of the province.

Meet the Quackers

Meet the Quackers

03 January - 27 April, Co Down

What whistles and doesn't quack?  With a knowledgeable and entertaining guide as your friend for the day discover the exciting world of the largest collection of rare and exotic geese, ducks and swans in Ireland.

Family Biodiversity Day at Killard National Nature Reserve

Family Biodiversity Day at Killard National Nature Reserve

31 May, Co Down

Why not head along to Killard Nature Reserve on Sunday 31st May for a family walk?

Father's Day Fun at Crom

Father's Day Fun at Crom

15 June - 16 June, Co Fermanagh

Enjoy a fun filled afternoon this Father's Day as we celebrate at Crom. Have a go at archery, try out some water activities, and discover more about the amazing nature and wildlife at Crom.

Jazz in the Gardens

Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

18 April - 26 April, Co Down

Bring the children to Mount Stewart this Easter to take part in the popular egg trail.  Follow the
clues around the Lake Walk and return to collect your egg!

Egg trail 1 per child.

10am - 5pm

Normal admission price. Members free.

Exhibition by QUB Marine Laboratory

Exhibition by QUB Marine Laboratory

01 July - 31 July, Co Down

Find out more about the diverse projects carried out by this internationally recognised research institute for marine science based in Portaferry.

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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