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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.

March 2015: Three Northern Ireland tourism businesses have been successful in the 2015 Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.  Find out more

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 workshops and expert talk!

NE landscape

Castle Espie Nature Explorers

01 July - 31 August, Co Down

Discover fun-filled days throughout the school holidays when young explorers can try a variety of nature activities and collect stickers for their official Nature Explorers passport.

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

27 October - 04 November, Co Down

Enjoy Jump, Jiggle and Jive's Broomstick Disco, enter our fancy dress competition and have a close encounter with minibeasts, reptiles and more! Get your faces painted and enjoy some spooky storytelling out on the reserve!

Wild About Food - Bread Making Workshop

Wild About Food - Bread Making Workshop

11 September, Co Antrim

The Andrew Jackson Cottage at Carrickfergus, highlights the strong connection between Carrickfergus, America and Ulster-Scots, as well as telling the story of Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of USA.

Coastal Foraging - Cushendall

Coastal Foraging - Cushendall

10 September, Co Antrim

Join Dermot Hughes who will be conducting a coastal foraging walk along the Cushendall coast.

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.

Bat spotting. Credit Rahul Thanki (rspb-images.com)

Bat Detectives

16 September, Co Fermanagh

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about bats, to see and hear them in the forest and immerse yourself in their world. There will be a short introduction about bats in Northern Ireland followed by a nocturnal forest walk.

Rowallane Garden - For EHOD 2016

Rowallane Garden - For EHOD 2016

10 September, Co Down

Rowallane Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens to visit in Northern Ireland.

Outdoor Explorers

Outdoor Explorers

26 August - 27 August, Co Down

This two day bush craft event is perfect for families looking for their first wildlife adventures. Our Rangers will show you how to safely build shelters, light camp fires, explore countryside and track some of our most mysterious animals.

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.

Red Squirrel Day at Mount Stewart

Red Squirrel Day at Mount Stewart

24 September, Co Down

Join us for a guided walk around the Red Squirrel Trail and learn about the work of the Trust to save these endangered animals. There will be a range of squirrel related activities for children to enjoy. Booking essential on 028 4278 8387.

Autumn Wildlife Hunt

Autumn Wildlife Hunt

25 September, Co Down

Visitors are invited to spend the day becoming a nature detective exploring the wildlife in the beautiful grounds of the Museum.
Activities will be happening throughout the day to encourage visitors to learn about recording wildlife.

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.

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.

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.

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

Strangford Lough Twilight Boat Tour

27 August, Co Down

Enjoy the colours of the summer evening, take time away from the fast pace of everyday life and soak up the magnificent scenery and fascinating wildlife of Strangford Lough on this evening cruise.

Scarva Sunday Band Concerts

Scarva Sunday Band Concerts

07 August - 28 August, Co Armagh

Enjoy an afternoon of popular music played on the Victorian bandstand by the best of our local bands

Waterways Ireland - For EHOD 2016

Waterways Ireland - For EHOD 2016

10 September - 11 September, Co Fermanagh

The Headquarters, for the North-South Body Waterways Ireland, will be open for guided tours of the Archive and the building.

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.

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

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.

Newry City Library - For EHOD 2016

Newry City Library - For EHOD 2016

08 September, Co Down

From Pipe Dream to Prosperity, how the canal transformed Newry: A talk by Tony Canavan, Books Ireland.

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.

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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