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We’re Good To Go! AND tourism and hospitality businesses are ready to welcome you - July 2020

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Tourism NI recently partnered with the national tourism bodies of England, Scotland and Wales to roll out a new UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to provide reassurance to businesses, customers and communities that safe working guidelines in relation to COVID-19 have been adopted. 

Ards and North Down offers you a warm welcome - a perfect staycation destination where you can relax, explore and have fun! 

It is great to see so many Ards and North Down businesses signing up to the scheme. 

Whether it is a unique local experience such as traditional bread making at Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen , a fascinating local tour with Sustainable Journeys Ireland or an exciting day out on the water with companies like Mobile Team Adventure  Ards and North Down is good to go! 

For family days out Ards and North Down offers a great variety of activities and attractions. Make family memories by stepping back 100 years at the unique Ulster Folk Museum and Ulster Transport Museum Cultra.  The Ark Open Farm is set in 40 acres of beautiful countryside between Newtownards and Bangor. It is home to a huge selection of farm animals and some that are a little more exotic. Pickie Funpark Bangor offers traditional seaside fun and just a short but scenic car journey brings you to Portaferry, home of Exploris Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. Here kids and adults can learn all about local and exotic marine life. On the outskirts of Comber,three times award winning WWT Castle Espie Wetland and Wildlife Centre  offers 60 adventure-filled acres of wildlife brilliance - including Ireland’s largest collection of native and exotic water birds and spectacular views across Strangford Lough.

Why not stay for a few days? From hotel to self catering - we have the accomodation you are looking for.

Fantastic hotel breaks are available at Culloden Hotel and Spa Clandeboye Lodge Hotel ,and Strangford Arms Hotel, or for beautiful accomodation at the water's edge why not try The Salty Dog Hotel and Bistro beside Bangor Marina.  Ards and North Down is also home to many unique guest houses such as Glenbrook Lodge, Ennislare House, Shellevan Guesthouse, Princetown Guesthouse, Hargreaves House or 8 Maxwell Lane in Bangor, or  5 star Shoreline at Mount Stewart , Bayview House Killinchy. If you are looking for self-catering options there are great options available arcross this picturesque region and all within a one hour drive from Belfast. In Bangor 6a Cedar Grove or  Anne's Court , are good to go,  The Stables at Ballygraffin, Ballymorran Cottages - KillinchyCoach Road Cottages, 38 Main Street or Whitethorn Cottages both in Newtownards or  Number 97 or Holywood Hill Country Cottages in Holywood all have the 'we're good to go' accreditation/

Great Food and Drink experiences 

With more award winning eateries than anyy otehr region outside Belfast, Ards and North Down is a foodie heaven. All within a short drive  Jamaica Inn and The Boat House  (Bangor),  No. 14 at The Georgian House (Comber) and Loaf Pottery and Coffee Shop (Crawfordsburn) are all 'We're Good to Go' accredited. 

Please remember:

• Many attractions are operating online pre-booking systems or reduced times/capacity at this time. Therefore please check specific provider websites for re-opening information and bookings to ensure that you have the most up to date information before your visit.
• Many accommodation providers have been experiencing high levels of enquiries and bookings at this time. Visit Discover NI for up to date information on great properties in our area.

We’re Good To Go is a free scheme that allows businesses to sign-up and commit to implementing the relevant Government and public health guidance, including undertaking a COVID-19 risk assessment. Businesses can in turn use the licensed mark as part of their communications.To obtain the mark businesses must complete the registration process through the ‘We’re Good to Go’ online platform www.goodtogoni.com and will go through a number of steps to verify they have put the necessary processes in place to re-open safely.

For further information on the standard click here