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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.

Special Easter Sailings to Devenish Island Monastic Site

Special Easter Sailings to Devenish Island Monastic Site

18 April - 21 April, Co Fermanagh

Cruise on Lower Lough Erne under cover of glass and forget the weather. Relax and enjoy the panoramic view while the crew give a live commentary. The MV Kestrel is a 56 seater, fully glazed traditional waterbus, with on-board facilities including provision of hot and cold drinks, snacks, a licensed bar and toilet facilities.

Picnic In The Park

Picnic In The Park

21 April, Co Fermanagh

Pack your picnic basket and make your way to Forthill Park in Enniskillen this Easter Monday for family fun and entertainment.

Picnic in the Park, a free event organised by Fermanagh County Museum, takes place on Easter Monday, 21 April from 12pm to 2pm.

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.

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!

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.

Apple Blossom Festival

Apple Blossom Festival

05 May, Armagh

The Apple Blossom Festival takes place in May each year, and centres on the Manor Estate and Country Park in Loughgall.

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...

Wellie Boot Mother's Day Crafts

Wee Birdie Birdwatch

06 April - 20 April, Co Down

A series of birdwatching sessions with Dot Blakely, the resident bird expert and her team.  Come and look and listen to the wee birds of the woods.

House Project - Behind the Scenes Tours

Greyabbey Bay Walk

19 April, Co Down

A fascinating walk from Greyabbey across the sandflats to Mid and South Island. You will discover some of the area's remarkable archaeological features and an abundance of wildlife that makes Strangford Lough so special.

Newcastle Inter-Church Flower Festival

Newcastle Inter-Church Flower Festival

06 June - 08 June, Co Down

Newcastle Inter-Church Flower Festival takes place 6-8 June 2014. Come along and see beautiful flower arrangements and displays by N.I Association of Flower Arranging Society members and celebrate the colour and beauty of this wonderful Festival.

Easter Egg -stravaganza at  Crom

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Crom

20 April, Co Fermanagh

Easter Egg-stravaganza at Crom.
Come along for some Easter fun as you follow the trail around the estate to locate chocolate treasure.

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.

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.

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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.

Dog Saturday at Castle Coole

Dog Saturday at Castle Coole

20 September, Co Fermanagh

Dogs are always welcome at Castle Coole, but especially on Dog Saturday.
Join our dog walk, enter your dog in our pet show, have a go at the agility course, and pick up some grooming tips.

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!

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

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.

Country Fair

Florence Court Country Fair

25 May, Co Fermanagh

Enjoy our annual Country Fair as we celebrate 60 years under the care of the National Trust, with dog shows, rare breeds, live music, craft stalls and much more, its an event not to be missed.

Rose Week 2014

Rose Week 2014

21 July - 27 July, Belfast

A week of family fun, live music and entertainment, floral art demonstrations and summer rose/flower show exhibitions.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the City of Belfast International Rose Gardens in Sir Thomas and Lady Dixon Park and ...

Art In The Woods

Art In The Woods

16 April - 18 April, Co Tyrone

Running during Easter Half Term 2014 12pm - 3pm - FREE A selection of Workshops to encourage creative explorations using a combination of Art and Storytelling. This will be for Primary School aged children.
Extensive forest walks and an eco trail will work up an appetitive for refreshments in the restaurant.

Easter Monday Fun Day at Florence Court

Easter Monday Fun Day at Florence Court

21 April, Co Fermanagh

Easter fun for all the family, with egg trails, music and much more.
Egg Trail £1 per child

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears' Picnic

26 July, Co Down

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise - the Teddy Bears' Picnic at Crawfordsburn! Bring your bear, your family and your picnic and enjoy a day by the sea and the trees with games, stories and activities.

Cot Trips at Crom

Cot Trips at Crom

25 August, Co Fermanagh

Enjoy this wonderful opportunity to see Crom from a different perspective, Cruise around the Lough in Crom's 100 year old traditional craft. Weather dependant.

Rathlin Island Rue Point and Roonivoolin Walk

Rathlin on Camera with Tom McDonnell

21 June, Co Antrim

Join Rathlin resident and award-winning photographer Tom Mc Donnell on Saturday, 21st June to explore the most picturesque parts of the island and enjoy expert guidance on capturing that perfect shot.

Week on the Wildside at Murlough

Week on the Wildside at Murlough

07 July - 11 July, Co Down

Children will love the range of outdoor activities on offer. An educational week with topics covering bugs and bees, archaeology and butterflies. Children will have something to take home afterwards for a memory of summer fun at Murlough.

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.

Wee Birdie Garden Birdwatch

Wee Birdie Garden Birdwatch

06 April - 20 April, Co Down

A series of birdwatching sessions with Dot Blakely, resident bird expert and her team. Come and look and listen to the wee birds of the woods. Young birdwatchers welcome.

Walks start at 2pm and are every 30 minutes until 4pm.

Conservation Skills - Butterflies & Moths

Conservation Skills - Butterflies & Moths

20 July, Co Down

Learn about the management and conservation of Murlough's amazing range of butterflies and moths. Over 500 species have been recorded at Murlough making it one of the most important sites in the British Isles.

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.

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?

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 ...

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.

Jazz Sunday at Crom

Jazz Sunday at Crom

24 August, Co Fermanagh

Bring along a picnic and rug as you join us for a relaxing afternoon of local jazz by the shores of Lough Erne

Family Bushcraft Workshop

Family Bushcraft Workshop

19 July, Co Fermanagh

Family bushcraft workshop aimed at teaching young and old forgotten wilderness skills.

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.

New Life Campaign - a talk by WWT Castle Espie

New Life Campaign - a talk by WWT Castle Espie

07 June, Co Down

A talk on the "New Life Campaign" WWT's breeding programme on the shores of Strangford Lough.

Spring Nature Watch from the Tower

Spring Nature Watch from the Tower

03 May, Co Londonderry

Come and join NIEA's nature reserve staff and Limavady Borough Council Biodiversity Officer, inside the Martello Tower as we spy on the surrounding wildlife! From birds to seals and everything in between, there should be something to interest all the family!

Giro Festival - Family Cycling

Giro Festival - Family Cycling

03 May - 11 May, Belfast

Coaches will guide you along the trails and show you how to handle your bike on an off road track.

Evening Chorus at Quoile Pondage

Evening Chorus at Quoile Pondage

06 June, Co Down

This is a guided 'Evening Chorus' nature walk and talk at Quoile Pondage Nature Reserve.

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  • 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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