Things To Do This Summer 2018
For the first time since we can remember we are having a PROPER SUMMER! The sun is out, the BBQ's are cleaned and everyone is looking a rather redder shade than red. There really is no better place to be than Ireland when the weather is good - we believe anyway.
So for that reason, we have put together a few different things that you can be doing this Summer to keep yourself busy, fit and active while enjoying the great outdoors. As we all know, the rain could return any day now so we have included some indoor activities also. The majority of our suggestions are something the whole family can enjoy, or something you can do with a group of friends all based around the Omagh, Strabane and Derry Areas.
Hopefully you can find the time to do at least one of these activities during the Summer months and if you do please drop a comment below and let us know - even share your pictures! Please feel free to share even more suggestions about things you think are worthwhile doing within the comments below also.
The Jungle NI is a huge favourite here among the Access for Success team as we regularly take groups out to Moneymore for team building games and activities. The staff at The Jungle cannot do enough for you with a website so easy to navigate through and always someone on the other side of the phone, you will find the right activities for you in no time. They do everything from Zorbing to Segways, Paintballing or Archery and they will happily tailor a package to meet your needs. If you have a big group going try the Crystal Challenge - it can get pretty competitive! Why not make a weekend out of it and stay at their on-site Glamping Tents for the full Jungle Experience
Todd's Leap based just between Omagh and Ballygawley is other activity centre with plenty to offer. They are particularly well-known for having Ireland's longest zipline and also appearing in an episode of Don't Tell The Bride. Tucked away in the heart of the Tyrone countryside this is a hidden gem not to be missed for a Saturday afternoon out.
Benone Beach is always the first beach people will recommend to you if you ask. As well as being a beautiful, clean and child-friendly place, Benone is now one of very few disability accessible beaches in Northern Ireland. They have specialist equipment including surfboards suitable for wheelchair users, hoists, changing benches, beach wheelchairs, walkers and floating chairs. This is why we would recommend a day out at Benone especially if you are/know someone who has a physical disability.
Cuilcagh Mountain Boardwalk built in 2015 has been shared all over Facebook since and is also known as the "Stairway to Heaven" because of its picturesque landscape. To get there head towards the Marble Arch Cave and the car park is directly opposite the entrance to the Caves - around 45 minutes from Enniskillen. 450 steps will get you to the top of Cuilcagh with views over Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal. On a hot day make sure to bring enough water to get you to the top or make a day of it and take a picnic to the peak and enjoy the views. But don't take our word for it - bring a camera and get your best selfie face ready!
For all you water babies, you can take part in 1.5 hour lessons of Paddle Boarding on the River Roe in Limavady with a qualified instructor. You meet your instructor at Swanns Bridge picnic area with a short safety demo. Then get ready for an exhilarating yet peaceful journey down the river with your instructor who will be giving you proper techniques to use throughout. Call 077381 28507 to book your space.
Wheelchair Hurling has come to Healy Park. Participation is for all ages and genders and even those who are not wheelchair users can take part. This has been started in attempt to raise awareness of the sport as well as allowing people with disabilities to have their chance to take part in GAA games. Contact Paul Callaghan on 0869066166 to find out more or take part.
Omagh Leisure Centre currently have a deal running for all Students to avail of running until the end of July. On presentation of your Student ID Card you can get 8 week membership for ONLY £40. Time to get out and get active!
Omagh Leisure Complex are also running Beginners Pilates for those who want to try something new and take on a new challenge. The course lasts for 6 weeks and costs £27.80. Contact the Leisure Centre to check availability.
Ulster American Folk Park will be hosting their Annual Bluegrass Festival from 31st of August to 2nd of September. There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store! If you are planning to go don't forget to pre-book your ticket and remember you can buy day passes or a full-weekend pass.
Castlederg are also getting ready for their next Dergfest on 27th July-29th July with performances by Teddy Cream, Derek Ryan and The Logues. Not only will it be a weekend of music and dancing but there will also be a chance to hear from local businesses such as CRAFT providing a Careers and Information Talk to all students.
FOYLE MARITIME FESTIVAL 2018 Derry/Londonderry
The Foyle Maritime Festival returns to Derry~Londonderry from 14th – 22nd July 2018 and will host the stopover of the Clipper Race 2017-18 as they near the end of their Round the World Journey. Queens Quay will once again be transformed into a maritime wonderland full of fun, activities, music, arts and crafts as we prepare to welcome the Clipper Race yachts back!
Spa by the Sperrins is an intimate day spa nestled in the Sperrin's mountains.It offers an extensive range of beauty treatments and therapies to suit everyone's needs. Enjoy some prosecco, strawberries and chocolates in the outdoor Hot Tub with your nearest and dearest while overlooking the beautiful countryside. A great chance to relax and unwind.
Lavender Health Spa is situated just off the A5 between Omagh and Ballgawley. This rural retreat is a most if you have a day to pamper yourself, or even a half day to meet up with friends and relax in their outdoor Hot Tub and Relaxation Room. They offer a range of packages including current Summer deals to help you enjoy your Summer months off. Food is not provided on the premise but they do have packages with Kelly's Inn, Garvaghy for a full VIP experience.
Best Places to Eat Out
The Kitchen - Omagh
Serendipity - Omagh
Rexy Jack's - Omagh
The Happiness Trap - Enniskillen
Maud's - Enniskillen
Maritime Festival - Derry/Londonderry