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How far will you go for a taste of adventure?

14 March 2019

The recent launch of Mid Ulster’s brand new Wild Adventure Weekend means that you won’t have to travel very far to enjoy thrills and outdoor treats this spring, as Mid Ulster District Council, adventure and outdoor activity providers come together for the first time on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April to showcase what’s on offer in the region.

If you’ve ever wanted to try some of the amazing activities on your own doorstep, or explore more of the great outdoors, then this is your chance! Whether high octane adrenaline events are your thing, or chilled outdoor outings to enjoy the spring, or budget friendly family days out are at the top of your list, there’ll be something for you. How far will you go is up to you!

Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr Frances Burton, helping to launch the weekend said, “I’d encourage everyone to take advantage of the huge range of free and reduced price activities on offer during our Wild Adventure Weekend. We are incredibly lucky to have so much to enjoy on our doorsteps. All we need now is the good weather to go with it!”

Lakes, rivers and loughs feature heavily across the weekend as a range of activities on the water are available. Portglenone Paddlers will provide a different perspective of the Lower Bann across the weekend, as they hold canoe and kayaking sessions that take you on a relaxing paddle from Newferry to Portglenone. There’ll also be free 2 hour canoe taster sessions at Ballyronan Marina, and if sailing floats your boat, you can board a vessel to have a go at the Marina on both Saturday and Sunday. If you prefer to keep both feet on dry land, but want to be beside the water, you can try free coarse angling taster sessions at Dungannon Park.

Mid Ulster has a wealth of forest and riverside trails that are all freely accessible during the weekend, from Eagle’s Rock to the Carntogher Way to the Clogher Valley Sliabh Beagh Walk, so whether it’s a riverside ramble or a spectacular summit view that you want, you’re sure to be catered for. For a guided walk, local hillwalking expert guide, Brendan Adams is on hand to show you the hidden gem of the Goles Valley, near Draperstown, offering a low level walk on Saturday and a high level, more strenuous walk on Sunday.

Tobermore Gold Centre is also providing free lessons and rounds of golf on Staurday from 9am – 1pm, so there’s no excuse for not getting your steps in over the weekend! There’s also the opportunity to explore the great outdoors on two wheels as Davagh Forest Trails offer free bike hire throughout the weekend.

On Saturday 13 April, daring, adrenaline-packed adventure at speed, on the ground and in the treetops is on the cards, as The Jungle NI provides unique adventure activities such as High Wire Tree Top courses, Forest Segways, Llama Trekking and much more.

If your teenager is more likely to spend an afternoon on their PS4 or Nintendo Switch, then a game of Airsoft at Torrent Warfare might just be what will convince them to move outdoors! Ideal for those who are more used to virtual reality, this competitive, team based activity takes mission-based mock combat to the great outdoors.

You can take to the skies at Todd’s Leap with a brand new adventure experience, starting with an off road safari trek, with a heart-racing 500m zip line journey to take you to the next stage when it’s your turn to get behind the wheel, and ending with a final 500m descent, do you think you are brave enough?

After all the adrenaline-pumping activities of the Saturday, Sunday 14 April has a programme of gentler, family friendly activities, such as Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails, catering for all abilities. The Jungle NI will throw open its doors again for their great value Family Fun Days and Kid’s Tree Top Adventure course, while there’ll be plenty of activities, games and challenges to be had along Todd’s Leap Woodland and Enchanted Trails that take you through the beautiful grounds of the site, for free and with no need to book ahead.

The activities throughout the weekend are free or at reduced cost, so with a wide range of guest accommodation in the area, it could be an amazing mini-break to start the Easter holidays off for the family.

For full details of what’s on visit www.midulstercouncil.org/WildAdventureWeekend or phone Magherafelt Visitor Information Centre on 028 7963 1510. 

Gearing up at Dungannon Park for the first Mid Ulster Wild Adventure Weekend happening on 13th and 14th April are (L-R) Tony Armstrong, Portglenone Paddlers; Brendan Donnelly, Torrent Warfare; Hugh McCloy, The Jungle NI; Deputy Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Cllr. Frances Burton and Peter Dogherty, Todd’s Leap. 

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