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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.

Into The Deep Marine Festival

NI Science Festival at Titanic Belfast

21 February - 22 February, Belfast

Titanic Belfast's Ocean Exploration Centre is joining forces with Riverwatch and Ulster Wildlife for a special weekend focussing on the Science of the Sea in conjunction with NI Science Festival.

Come and meet some of our amazing marine life ...

Spring Fair

Spring Fair

18 April - 19 April, Belfast

A weekend of family fun with activities on an environmental theme:

• free admission
• flowers, animals and birds, entertainment and environmental activities.

There is no parking at Barnett Demesne.

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.

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.

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.

Rhodendron Ramble and Roast

Rhodendron Ramble and Roast

22 March, Co Down

Tour the famous rhodendrons at Mount Stewart with Head of Gardens, Neil Porteous, followed by a tasty rustic meal at the Mount Stewart Tea Rooms.

Quarries, forts and cashels

Spring Walk in Glencairn Park

07 March, Belfast

Enjoy a short walk and some spring flowers as the woodlands and parks land come back to life.

Meet the Quackers

Quackanory

21 March - 22 March, Co Down

Join the storyteller for children's classic stories inspired by nature.

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 ...

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Marvellous Mammals

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Marvellous Mammals

26 April, Armagh

Free ecology event for families.

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 ...

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

Cadbury's Easter Egg Trail at Mount Stewart

03 April - 07 April, Co Down

Bring the children to Mount Stewart this Easter to take part in the popular Cadbury's Easter Egg trail.

Giant Easter Bunny Hunt

Giant Easter Bunny Hunt

28 March - 12 April, Co Down

Hop down to Castle Espie for their Easter egg-stravaganza and annual giant Easter bunny hunt with lots of events and activities across the holidays. 

11am - 4pm

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Simply Science

07 March - 08 March, Co Down

Help the roving scientists as they conduct fun experiments illustrating the wonder of the natural world.

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.

Mount Stewart House Reopens

Mount Stewart House Reopens

03 April, Co Down

Following a three year seven million pound restoration programme, this 19th century house opens its doors to visitors once again!

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Incredible Insects'

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre ' Incredible Insects'

29 March, Armagh

Free ecology event for families.

Guide in the Hide

Birdbox Building Workshop

14 February - 15 February, Co Down

Build a bird box love nest for wild birds at this beginners' bird box building workshop.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

17 March, Co Down

Escape the hustle and bustle and join Castle Espie for Saint Patrick's Day Paddy's day.

Discover the little laughing leprechauns hidden around our reserve, meet the snakes that St.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Ice Age at Castle Espie

28 February - 01 March, Co Down

Explore the 40,000 year old world of the Ice age, when the land was covered in snow, ice and unusual creatures.

Rose Week

Rose Week

14 July - 19 July, Belfast

The International Rose Garden at Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park, is amongst the best in the world. From July to September over 45,000 roses are in bloom. A full programme of events takes place in the park during Rose Week including music and a...

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Meso-man

28 March - 29 March, Co Down

Who is Meso-man? Meet the Mesolithic man and get survival tips.  Learn how to build a camp, light a fire and work with stone age tools.

Spring Guided Walk

Spring Guided Walk

28 March, Co Down

Visit Mount Stewart's world famous gardens to enjoy the carpets of wildflowers in the woodlands and find out more about the wild spring plants that grow there.

Have a go at Hedgelaying

Have a go at Hedgelaying

31 January, Co Down

Learn about this traditional country skill for free in the beautiful surroundings of Ballyquinton Farm at the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula.

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre, Armagh 'Salute to Spring'

Ecology Sunday @ Navan Centre, Armagh 'Salute to Spring'

22 February, Armagh

Free, ecology event for all the family!

Celebrate St Patrick's Day

Wakey Wakey!

16 February - 22 February, Co Down

Half term fun for everyone at Castle Espie with activities based on the theme of hibernation.

Easter Bunny Hunt at the Ark Open Farm

Easter Bunny Hunt at the Ark Open Farm

04 April - 10 April, Co Down

Spring has sprung with chicks hatching, lambs skipping in the fields, new born bunnies and little calves. Come down to the farm to find the Easter Bunny and win a chocolate one of your own.

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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