Spring Festival Promotes Fifteen New Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Spring Festival Launched to Promote 15 New Outdoor Activity and Adventure Experiences

A range of exciting new outdoor activities is being launched on Saturday 20th April 2024 in the Mourne Gullion Strangford area.

Fifteen exhilarating outdoor activity and adventure experiences offering a great range for all in the big outdoors is part of the new Mourne Gullion Strangford Outdoor Spring Festival to be launched this weekend.

To attract more visitors to Mourne Gullion Strangford, Newry Mourne and Down District Council has collaborated closely with the local event and tourism industry to develop a variety of experiences.

Visitors hike and forage along the old trail leading up to the Booley site, where generations once made local butter by hand.

These experiences are tailored to different interests and abilities that will appeal to both travellers and visitors, as well as local citizens.  

Outdoor enthusiasts are now able to book this range of outdoor activities from the Visit Mourne Mountains website: https://www.visitmournemountains.co.uk/whats-on/outdoor-spring-festival

From foraging and yoga to paddle boarding and panning for gold, there will be something for everyone to enjoy this Saturday 20 April.

Try a row on a Viking boat along the Lecale coast.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Valerie Harte said: “We are delighted to introduce these new outdoor experiences through Mourne Gullion Strangford Outdoor Festival.

“They will highlight the diverse landscapes, vibrant communities and rich culture of our beautiful destination.”

“Making these experiences available to the general public on the one day also gives the businesses a valuable insight into how to enhance and develop their offering to make the experiences deliverable and profitable products for the future. 

Enjoy a walk along riverbeds in the Mournes.

“Whether you are seeking soft adventure or an adrenaline rush, I would encourage you to take this one-off opportunity to try something new in our destination.” 

The experiences span across the Mourne Gullion Strangford geopark’s breathtaking landscapes and will promise unforgettable moments for nature enthusiasts, soft adventurers and thrill seekers alike.

Visitors can choose from immersive activities such as ‘Wild River Dipping’ and ‘Foraging and Farming through the Ages’ in the Ring of Gullion, ‘Searching for Gold’ in the Mournes Mountains and a ‘Donkey Trail Through Time’ in Strangford & Lecale.

Give paddleboarding a go in Castlewellan Lake.

Nature lovers will love the ‘Flight of the Red Kite’ bird watching tour and ‘The Cloughmore Experience’ guided hike, through visually stunning landscapes above Carlingford Lough with local adventurer and guide, Peter Rafferty.

The ‘Sup & Sip’ experience offers the relaxing activity of Paddle Boarding followed by some traditional heartwarming hospitality and local Gin sampling, and the thrill of electric biking can be found in the tranquil surroundings of Tullymore Forest Park on the ‘Electric Picnic’ guided adventure.