Experience fascinating places and our warm welcome like never before in Ards and North Down.

***With restrictions in Northern Ireland beginning to ease we ask that individuals plan ahead and please check local guidelines on the NI Direct website ***

Keep an eye on this page as fantastic new experiences are continually added to the programme. 

Developed for 2021 a range of unique experiences allowing you to discover more of what Ards and North Down has to offer.  

Our coastline stretches 115 miles and offers many opportunities to get on the water.  Paddleboard on Belfast Lough with an ‘on board’ picnic or explore the wildlife of Strangford Lough on a canadian canoe. Back on dry land take time away to recharge on one of our wellbeing experiences. Connect with nature through the art of yoga in special places or meditation at Castle Espie. 

You can also experience our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history on a guided walking tour, find out more on our Summer Guided Walking Tours page.

Make this the year that you experience Ards and North Down. 

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MAY Experiences

SUP and Soda - £50pp
RESCHEDULED DATE Sat 29 May 2021, 3.30pm SOLD OUT  
Meeting place: Green Boat Shed, Whiterock, Killinchy

Leave your stresses on the shoreline and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of Strangford Lough as you paddleboard from Whiterock to Ballymorran.  See the seals, hear the history, before stepping into the warmth of a traditional Irish thatched cottage to enjoy freshly griddled soda bread, egg and sausage. (A vegetarian option will be available)

After a cosy chat around the cottage kitchen table it will be back 'on board' to return to Whiterock. This experience promises you completely switch off and immerse yourself in the beauty of Strangford Lough. You will burn off the calories on your way home.

Your instructor will brief you on the basics of paddleboarding before you go afloat. After mastering the technique we will undertake a journey across the bay to Tracey’s Farmhouse kitchen.

What’s provided: 2hrs Stand up paddleboading tuition and tour | paddleboards | paddle and leash | wetsuit and buoyancy aid. What to bring: Wear swimwear under your clothes | Towel and old trainers/water shoes | Hat and sun protection (here’s hoping!)

Booking fee applies |Suitable for beginners | All equipment provided | 12+ years | Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult | Please make us aware of any dietary requirements one week prior to the experience by emailing ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Dawn SUP and Island Yoga Experience - £50pp - SOLD OUT 
Sunday 30 May | 6am - 9am | Meeting place: Green Boat Shed, Whiterock, Killinchy

Start your Sunday on the waters of Strangford Lough by paddleboarding to an Island. Connect with nature above and below the water, while enjoying the physical and mental benefits of yoga, then enjoy a light breakfast before returning to shore.

Booking fee applies |Suitable for beginners | All equipment provided | 16+ years | Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult | Please make us aware of any dietary requirements by 23 May by emailing ardsvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk  | Clothing: Yoga clothing. Recommended warm top or coat also | Paddleboard duration approx: 45 mins each way | Yoga duration approx: 45 mins

Book now - SOLD OUT

Please note:
*All providers will adhere to social distancing guidelines in accordance with government advice on the Covid 19 pandemic.
**These experiences may be subject to change or cancellation due to Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines. Any events cancelled by the organiser, under all circumstances, will be fully refundable.  We will contact you as soon as we know an event has been cancelled and refund the ticket price and any booking fees.
***Photos and/or video footage may be taken during these events. All events and activities are subject to change and may be weather dependent – best efforts will be made to inform you of any changes.