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

Covid-19 Restrictions Update, Thursday 7 January 2021: Additional restrictions have been introduced for people in Northern Ireland, these new restrictions are in place until 6 February and will be reviewed on 21 January. Guided Walking Tours will continue, subject to Covid-19 restrictions.

Discover more of what the region has to offer by immersing yourself in these fantastic experiences.  Enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside, and the warmth of our locals first-hand.

Why not make it an overnight break, and stay a while in some of the great accommodation on offer, from cosy B&Bs, modern guesthouses or luxurious hotels – the choice is yours! Browse accommodation options on our Where to Stay page.

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Canoe and Cake - £50pp
Saturday 13 March 2021 | 1pm - 4pm | Meeting point: Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen, Co Down, BT23 6UD

Enjoy the beauty of Strangford Lough from your own canoe and relax in the serenity of your surroundings before tucking into tasty treats in a magnificent traditional Irish thatched cottage.

Sitting in the warmth of the cottage kitchen you will be treated to a demonstration of soda bread making. The table will be laden with Tracey’s homemade jams and handmade award-winning butter and of course cake! Bring an appetite! As you enjoy the delights on the table Tracey will bake soda bread on the griddle. Get involved or sit back and get some tips. You will even get to take home some soda bread to remember a fantastic afternoon.

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Booking fee applies | Suitable for beginners | All equipment provided | 10+ years | Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult | Please make us aware of any dietary requirements by 6 March 2021 emailing bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

SUPNIC (Three events: Breakfast 8am - 10am, Lunch 12 noon - 2pm and Supper 4pm - 6pm) £40pp
Saturday 20 March 2021 | Meeting point: Bangor Marina

Get out on Belfast Lough with this guided paddleboarding experience, take in our water’s edge views and hear local tales. Then as you rest on your paddleboard, tuck into a gourmet picnic from a local deli as you enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

Breakfast 8am - 10am
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Lunch 12 noon - 2pm
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Supper 4pm - 6pm
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Booking fee applies |Suitable for beginners | All equipment provided | 18+ years | Please make us aware of any dietary requirements by 13 March 2021 emailing bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

SUP and Sip - £30pp
Sunday 21 March, 4pm | Meeting point: Donaghadee

Join us in Donaghadee for an early evening paddle.  Enjoy the view of the Copelands, hear tales about the local area and hopefully see some of the resident wildlife as you glide along Belfast Lough.  Iain your instructor will take you through the basics of paddleboarding and ensure that have fun.

After a 90 minute paddle you will be welcomed into Pier 36 for a drink and chat. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

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Booking fee applies |Suitable for beginners | All equipment provided | 18+ years | A choice of drinks will be available

SUP and Soda - £50pp
Sunday 28 March 2021, 12 noon SOLD OUT
Sunday 11 April 2021, 12.30pm
Meeting place: Green Boat Shed, Whiterock, Killinchy

Leave your stresses on the shoreline and immerse yourself in the tranquility 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 paddle boarding 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!)

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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 for the 28 March event by 21 March 2021 and for the 11 April event by the 4 April 2021 emailing bangorvic@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Guided Walking Tours

Enjoy our wide open spaces, charming towns and captivating history as you join our experienced guides on a wonderful walking tour, find out more.

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.