New for 2020, a range of immersive experiences, allowing you to discover more of Ards and North Down

Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Wed 22 April 2020 Update: Ards and North Down Borough Council has made the difficult decision to cancel all Council events until 31 August 2020 in line with Government and Public Health Agency advice.


On the water


Paddleboard and gourmet picnic experience 

Saturday 25 April | 10am-12noon – Bangor
Saturday 6 June | 10am-12noon – Whiterock, Killinchy
Saturday 5 September | 10am-12noon - Bangor 

Begin your day on the water 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.  
£50 per person. 18+ years.
No previous experience necessary.

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Explore the Shore
Sunday 26 April | 9am - 12noon, Whiterock, Killinchy
Sunday 20 September | 9am – 12noon,   Whiterock, Killinchy

Explore the shoreline of Strangford Lough by kayak on a magical adventure that will bring you closer to the lough’s wildlife. Stop off at one of the many islands if tide allows before foraging for mussels with John, your guide and trained chef, who will cook them with a local Irish whiskey cream sauce – you will not get fresher food! 
£65 per person. 18+ years.
No previous experience necessary.

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Like a Duck to Water
Saturday 25 July

Sessions run every 30 minutes between 11.30am and 3.30pm, Castle Espie
This taster session will allow you the unique opportunity to paddle a flooded Limestone Quarry at Castle Espie Wetland Centre, a lake never explored by the public before.  Get a ‘duck’s-eye view’ on a guided canoeing experience, identifying the local wildfowl inhabitants. After your experience, enjoy the rest of your day exploring the wetlands of Castle Espie. 
Day ticket entry to Castle Espie is included in the experience price.
Adult £15pp
Children £10pp

Book it! Make sure to select your preferred session time - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Catch and Cook
Sunday 21 June | 2.30 – 5.30pm
Friday 17 July | 10.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 22 August | 10.30am – 1.30pm
Saturday 6 September | 10.30am – 1.30pm

For a fun foodie experience with friends, enjoy a fishing trip with a difference where you will not only catch but also cook your fish. This exclusive trip from Bangor, with local boatman Brian Meharg, will be a memorable one. After landing your catch the chefs at Bangor’s Salty Dog will be waiting to guide you through cooking the freshest of fish. Then sit back and relax as you enjoy your dish.
£45 per person. 18+ years. 
Spaces are limited. All fishing equipment and bait is provided along with tuition.

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Relax in special places 

Forest Bathing and lunch at Clandeboye Estate 
Sunday 7 June | 10am – 1pm

Explore the woods in a gentle and relaxing way, taking the natural health benefits from being in the great outdoors. Originating in Japan in the 1980’s, this is a great antidote to modern stressful, busy lives comes to Clandeboye Estate. Benefit from this soothing experience in the historic park-lands of the Estate that dates back to the late 1600’s. Afterwards, enjoy a light lunch of local produce and be fully recharged for the day ahead. 
£30 per person. 18+ years.
No previous experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and suitable footwear for a forest walk.

Book it!- available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Flow to Sun - Summer Solstice Yoga Celebration
Saturday 20 June | 7.30am – 10am, Castle Espie

Awaken your senses and body to this dynamic flowing yoga practice.  Follow the wave of your breath with the organic sense of movement. Mirror nature, the space and the light of the Limekiln Observatory, Castle Espie Wetland Centre overlooking the breath-taking beauty of Strangford Lough. Following your session relax over a light breakfast in the Kingfisher Cafe.
£30 per person. 18+ years.
Suitable for those who have done yoga before.

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Sunrise Paddle Board and Island Yoga Experience
Saturday 1 August | 5.30am – 8am, Whiterock

Start your weekend on the waters of Strangford Lough by paddleboarding to an Island.  Connect with nature as you enjoy the physical and mental benefits of yoga surrounded by Strangford Lough. Enjoy a light breakfast before returning to shore. 
£40 per person. 18+ years.
Suitable for beginners.

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Deeply Restorative Yoga Class 
Sunday 6 September | 9am-11am, Ballywalter Park 

In the gorgeous surroundings of the conservatory in Ballywalter House, ease into deeply supportive yoga postures, helping to achieve a softer, less reactive and more meditative mind. Soften your fixed ideas of how you should breath and what it should feel like, instead, soothe into calmness and peace. A light breakfast will be served afterwards. 
£40 per person. 18+ years.
Suitable for anyone who can lie on the floor. All equipment will be provided. 

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

Sea Safari (Bangor to the Gobbins inc. paddleboarding session)
Date : Sunday 28th June 2020

Meeting Point: Bangor Marina
Time 2.30pm to set sail at 2.45pm sharp.

Step on board with Citizen Sea, Northern Ireland’s first Boat Based Environmental Charity, at Bangor marina for this limited and unique paddle boarding experience.  Journey across Belfast Lough and discover the wildlife, maritime history and landmarks of the lough aboard the traditional wooden vessel “Seabird”.  Whilst voyaging back to Bangor you will enjoy some of our finest local food and drink.
Limited to 12, £125 per person, includes dinner. 18+ years.

No previous experience necessary. (Minimum numbers for tour to operate is 10. Late attendees risk missing departure. If tour is cancelled full refund will be issued. If paying by card, card will be refunded. Cash payments via company cheque within two weeks.)

Book it! - available to book on Sat 7 Mar 2020 at 9am

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All events and activities are subject to change and may be weather dependent – best efforts will be made to inform you of any changes.

Terms and conditions apply.

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Contact Details

  • Address Bangor Visitor Information Centre 34 Quay Street Bangor Co. Down BT20 5ED
  • Telephone 028 9182 6846 or 028 9127 0069
  • Email Bangor VIC
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