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Family FunStimulating, entertaining and bags of fun, Down District is perfect for families. Let kids go crazy at Newcastle's Tropicana and Coco's, enjoy picnics in forest parks, walk along Newcastle & Murlough beach, hire a boat, go fishing. What more can a family want!

 

Action Outdoors

Delamont Country Park,
Downpatrick Road,
Killyleagh,
County Down, BT30 9TZ
T: 028 4482 1317
Tel Number: 07789754565
Email Address: go@actionoutdoors.co 
Website: www.actionoutdoors.co
Based in Delamont Country Park, Action Outdoors is ideally situated for a family day out, with 200 acres of parkland on the shores of Strangford Lough. Catering for children, families, friends and groups we offer over 20 activities from archery to zip lines. Bookin onto a session from our programme of events, or arrange yuou own event from a guided canoe trip, to training sessions and multi-activity days. You can even plan you own paddle around the islands with our canoe hire. 
 

Opening Hours: Open daily all year
 

Charges: From £3 per person
 

Directions: Delamont is situated and signposted on the A22 Downpatrick - Comber Road, 8 km from Downpatrick and 1.5km from Killyleagh.
 

Coco's Adventure Playground

27a Central Promenade
Newcastle
BT33 0AA

T: 028 4372 6226
E: info@cocosplayround.co.uk
W: www.cocosplayground.co.uk

For children from under 14 years.

Opening times: Open all year round. Kids will have the time of their lives at Coco’s fabulous Adventure Playground. Sports Court, Snake Slide, Free Fall, Tube Slides, Assault course and Toddlers Area including Bouncy Castle. Dine in our fabulous Café while the kids play in the fully supervised environment.    

Opening times: Open all year round. Summer: July & August 10.00am – 8.00pm daily. Rest of the year: Weekdays 12.30pm – 7.00pm, Saturday & Sunday 10.00am – 8.00pm.Bank Holidays: special opening hours. Prices: Children £4.20, Toddlers £3.20

Directions:
On opposite side of Promenade from Newcastle Tourist Information Centre. 

Clearsky Adventure Centre

Castle Ward,
Strangford
BT30 7LS
T: 028 4372 3933
F: 028 4372 7300
E: fun@clearsky-adventure.com
W:
www.clearsky-adventure.com

Castle Ward Estate. With a wide range of activities on offer, open to schools, groups, families, businesses and individuals alike, we’re sure to fulfil your needs. Our family Adventure Days are jam-packer with fun activities to try and the new nike and canoe trails at Castle Ward are definitely something to experience! As well as all the other activities on offer such as: Archery, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Sea Kayaking, Raft Build & Race, Mountain Biking, Power Boating and much more. Residential and non-residential packs available, let us take the stress out of organising as we strive to make your experience at Clearsky an inspirational, fun and enjoyable one. Action packed or laid back. Capture the magic and memories at Clearsky Adventure Centre.

Opening Hours:
Open every day of the year, 9:00 to 21:00.

Admission:
 Prices from £15 per person. Free Parking for pre-booked activities.

Directions:
Approx 8 miles from Downpatrick on the A25, in the National Trust Castle Ward Estate

Delamont Country Park

Mullagh, Killyleagh
T: 028 4482 8333
F: 028 4482 8333
Caravan and Camping Bookings: 0 28 4482 1833
E: delamont.park@nmandd.org
W: http://www.delamontcountrypark.com/

This stunning and beautiful 200 acre Country Park renowned for its favourable, dry, warm climate offers: Woodland & Countryside Walks 1km – 7km on the shores of Strangford Lough, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Stunning views across the Lough to the Mourne Mountains. Open areas for family picnics, BBQ and games. Irelands only fresh-air gym, free to use and accessible to all. 5* Award winning Caravan & Camping Site. Outdoor Adventure Playground. Ride on Miniature Railway 1km long – Thomas the Tank look-a-like. Delamont Stone – tallest megalith in Ireland. Heronry, largest in Northern Ireland & Bird Hide. BBQ area & Room for hire. Horse Riding by Permit. Mobility Scooters available. Events throughout the year. Children’s Events throughout July and August. Access to Strangford Lough Canoe Trails.

Opening Hours:
365 days, dawn to dusk

Admission:
Car £4, Motorcycles £2, Minibus £10 - £15, Coach £30.
Season Ticket available from Downpatrick and Newcastle Tourist Information Centres.

Directions:
Delamont is located on the A22 Downpatrick to Comber Road. 5 Minutes drive from Downpatrick. 

Downpatrick & County Down Railway

Market Street,
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ

W: www.downrail.co.uk

Travel in style on one of the historic railway carriages. Capture the magic of a bygone era on board a vintage railway train at the only full size heritage railway in Ireland.

Opening times:
Museum open Wednesdays & Saturdays 11am – 2pm all year round.
Trains run on Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm – 5pm from:
secound last weekend in June.
Every weekend throughout July & August. First two weekends in September.
Open on Public Holidays.
Also special events at Easter, May Day, Halloween and Christmas.
See website for timetables.
All trains are steam hauled but may be substituted by heritage diesel at any time.

Prices:
Adult: £6.00 , Child 4-15 £9.50 (includes gift), Child 0-3 £6(includes gift) and OAP: £5.50 , (provisional prices, may vary according to promotion or event.)

Directions:
Turn into Market Street Car Park, Downpatrick and drive down to the end.

Eclipse Cinemas Downpatrick

5 Owenbeg Avenue,
Downpatrick,BT30 6FJ

T: 028 4461 6777
F: 028 4461 6792
E: downpatrickinfo@eclipsecinemas.com
W: www.eclipsecinemas.com

State of the Art cinema with Digital Screens, Luxury American Rockers, Homemade Popcorn. Complex also includes Funky Monkeys soft kids play area, Raw Spice Indian Restaurant & Norma J’s Diner.

Opening TimesPlease visit the website for times  
 

Prices:
Charges may vary. Special prices for groups.

Directions:
Located off St Patricks Avenue. Walking distance to town centre.

Funky Monkeys

5 Owenbeg Avenue,
Downpatrick, BT30 6FJ

T: 028 4461 7053
E: downpatrick@funkymonkeys.ie
W: www.funkymonkeys.ie

Soft play indoor café, activity centre for children aged 8 years and under along with their parents!

Opening Times:
Mon - Sat 10.00am - 6.00pm Sunday 12 noon - 6.00pm

Prices:
Please contact for prices and discounts.

Directions:
Located at Eclipse Cinema Complex, off Saint Patrick’s Avenue. Walking distance to town centre. 

Funny Farm Adventures

80 Ballybannon Road
Castlewellan
T: 028 4377 8281 or 07753 464999
E: info@funnyfarmadventures.co.uk
W: www.funnyfarmadventures.co.uk

Have fun in the Giant 6 acre themed Maize Maze - find clues and solve the puzzle… then relax on the deck with something tasty or explore the many things in the forecourt. Also available, Mini Digger, Football Wall, Rope Maze, Garden Games, Barrel Train, Laser Clay Shooting, Archery etc.

Opening Hours:
July – August: Monday – Saturday 10:30 – 18:00 
Closed Sundays
 

Mourne Archery Centre

The Big Barn,
35 Carnacaville Road,
Maghera, BT31 9HD

M: 075 1988 2372
W: info@mournearcherycentre.co.uk

A place where you can learn the sport of archery with the help of trained archery leaders. Tea and coffee is available, and a little tuck shop.

Opening Times:
Friday 5.30pm - 1.00pm,
Saturday 10.00am - 6.00pm,
Sunday 2.00pm - 6.00pm.
Member Nights only Wednesday & Thursdays 5.30pm - 10.00pm - Times are flexible we are only a phone call away.

Prices:
Drop in and have unlimited sessions for £10 or become a member for one of joining fee of £60 & £20 monthly.

Directions:
Maghera is between Dundrum and Newcastle, between Newcastle and Castlewellan, and between clough and Castlewellan. all main ways into Maghera are marked on these roads. there is only one main street in Maghera, coming from the road between Castlewellan and Newcastle, the centre is on your left as you pass the 30mile an hour zone, coming from the clough to Castlewellan way, there will be a bar (the Maghera inn) in front of you where you need to decide where to go, turn right here and the centre is on your right just before the national speed limit mile, and coming from the Dundrum direction you pass the Maghera inn and the centre is on your right again just before the national speed limit 

Life - One Great Adventure

The Grange Yard,
The Forest Park,
Castlewellan
BT31 9BU

T: 028 4377 0714
E: iwant@onegreatadventure.com
W: www.onegreatadventure.com

What is Life? You’re asking. Well, Life is an Adventure Company with a difference! Why? Because we believe in People, we're passionate about Adventure and we genuinely respect our World.  How?  Through three great Adventure Centres located in Ireland delivering an exciting range of Adventure Activities and Packages which include Canoeing, Bouldering, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking and even a marshmallow toasting master class. So, from the Little Adventures of growing up to the Big Adventures of growing out. Life is literally. One Great Adventure!

Opening times: Daily through out the year                                                           

Price: Rates from £9.00 per person

Directions: Based in Castlewellan Forest Park, Castlewellan. Just off Castlewellan Main Street. 

Predator Combat Games

Drumaness Park,
The Park House Inn,
Newcastle Road,
Drumaness,
Ballynahinch
BT24 8NF

T: 028 4377 0566
T: 028 9756 5651
M: 07825 169631
E: info@predatorcombat.com
W: www.predatorcombat.com

It is a combat games simulation activity. Using replica guns that shoot bb’s. It takes place in 20 acres of natural woodland. We can boast a village, fort, and tunnel system and missile site. We are the leader in the recreational sport of ‘air soft’. It is physically active, fun and exhilarating. It’s as close to the real thing as you will get. We are fully vetted, child protection trained, health and safety trained and first aid qualified.

Opening Times:
Open 7 days a week. We have a membership of over 250 regular players. To book go to the website and send through a booking form. A deposit of £5.00 per head needs to be paid within 2 weeks of the booking being made. Age limit is 12 yrs and over.

Price:
Half Day £ 30, Full Day £40. Includes uniform, mask, gun and 2500 rounds. £10 ideposit is required at time of booking. Pre booking is advisable. Family deals and discounts available, call or email for further details.

Rock Pool

c/o Newcastle Centre
10-14 Central Promenade
Newcastle
BT33 0AA

T: 028 4372 5034
F: 028 4372 2805
E: newcastlecentre@nmandd.org

Come along to the salt water Rock Pool and enjoy lifesaving lessons, and public swimming in Newcastle's famous landmark pool.

Opening Hours: July & August 7 days a week.
Opening Times/Charges: Please call Newcastle Centre. Opening hours are subject to weather conditions and tide.
Directions: Drive down Main Street, Central Promenade, Newcastle. Rock Pool is situated on South Promenade, on left hand side. 

SeafordeGardens and Tropical Butterfly House

Seaforde Demesne,
Seaforde,
BT30 8PG

T: 028 4481 1225
F:
028 4481 1370
E:
plants@seafordegardens.com
W:
www.seafordegardens.com

Hundreds of free flying tropical butterflies, also parrots, reptiles and insects. Beautiful gardens with many rare trees and shrubs. There is a maze

Opening Times:
 
Easter – End of September: Monday to Saturday: 10am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 6pm

Prices:
Contact 028 4481 1225 or check the website for prices

Directions:
On the A24 between Ballynahinch and Newcastle 

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre

Hilltown Road  Bryansford,
Newcastle,
Down BT33 0PT

T: 0 28 4372 2158
F: 0 28 4372 6155
E: admin@tollymore.com
W: www.tollymore.com

Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, situated on the edge of the Mournes, is Northern Ireland's National Centre for Mountaineering and Canoeing Activities and is funded and managed by Sport Northern Ireland. Our aim is to provide an unrivalled service to customers regardless of their level of experience. We provide a range of courses in adventure activities such as rockclimbing, canoeing, coasteering, orienteering, bouldering, mountain biking, hillwalking and team building. We have courses suitable for all abilities, and suitable for first timers through to coaches and instructors. Courses range from half day climbing wall and high ropes sessions to week long residential multi activity courses. Tollymore is also home to Hotrock indoor climbing wall. Follow Tollymore on Facebook www.facebook.com/tollymore and Twitter www.twitter.com/#!/TollymoreNOC

Opening Hours:
Open year round except for Christmas week.

Charges:
Varies depending on duration and type of course.

Directions:
Based on the Hillown Road, near Bryansford. 

Tropicana

Newcastle Centre
10-14 Central Promenade
Newcastle
BT33 0AA

T: 0 28 4372 5034
F: 0 28 4372 2805
E: newcastlecentre@nmandd.org

Zoom the flume in Newcastle's famous Tropicana complex at the foot of the Mournes. Experience the outdoor heated pools where you're sure to have fun with the whole family.

Opening Hours:
Daily throughout July/August; subject to weather conditions. Contact Tropicana for times.

Admission: 
Contact Tropicana for further details.

Directions:
Come down Main Street onto Central Promenade, Tropicana is situated on left. 

Tyrella Beach

Clanmaghery Road, Tyrella,BT30 8SU 
T: 0 28 4482 8333  
F: 0 28 4482 8333
E: delamont.park@nmandd.org
W: www.delamontcountrypark.com

With its miles of sandy beach, sparkling clean water and walks through the dunes, Tyrella Beach and Dune Conservation Area is a firm favourite with holiday makers. Tyrella has been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag Award from 1997 and the Green Coast Award in 2008 (inaugural year) in recognition of high levels of beach cleanliness, safety, water quality and management. It has also been recommended by the Good Beach Guide as safe for bathing. Popular for beach sports outside of summer season. Beach Centre, gift shop, disabled access.

Opening Hours:
Open all year.
 
Admission:
Car £4, Motorcycles £2, Minibus £10 - £15, Coach £30.

Directions:
Tyrella Beach is situated on the A2 Killough to Clough Road, 11km from Downpatrick and 8km from Newcastle.

Strangford Sea Safari Trips

Strangford Village Pier
T: 028 4372 3933
E: fun@strangford-seasafari.com
W: www.strangford-seasafari.com

An exhilerating sightseeing boat trip for all the family! For ages -3 – 103, climb aboard our 12 seater RIB for an exciting trip around Strangford Lough to see all the sights you never knew were there! Angus Rock Lighthouse, seal colonies at Cloughy Rocks Nature Reserve, Audley’s Castle, Europe’s first electricity generating tidal turbine, spinning surface whirpools and much more!.Trips last 45 minutes and private charter is also available. Pre booking essential. 
 

Propaganda Airsoft Forest

Bryansford Road, Bryansford
(Opposite Tollymore Mountain Centre)
T: 07793939436
E: info@propagandani.com
W: www.propagandani.com

Airsoft is very similar to Paintball, only it doesn’t hurt as much and the gun range is over twice that of paintball guns. Propaganda is a new site designed to have a more realistic war environment. We have a ww2 style trench network (about 100m), plenty of open forest with dugouts and the largest town area. Most other sites provide a few pallets and tires to hide behind but we wanted to create an entire town and so we achieved this by using the layout of the trees to create buildings and streets. Various games include capture the flag, attack the hill and the VIP game.
Price: Bring a group(any number) for £15 each participant for a half day session, normally £25

Newcastle Family Fun Parks

Castle & Islands Park
C/O Newcastle Centre
10-14 Central Promenade
Newcastle, Co Down, BT33 0AA 
T: 028 4372 5034
F: O28 4372 2805
E: newcastlecentre@nmandd.org 
www.downdc.gov.uk  
 

Ideal location for a fun day out for all the family. Why not come along to Newcastle and use the extensive seasonal facilities we have to offer : Pedaloe Swans, Go-Karts, Outdoor Bowling, Putting, Pitch 'n' Putt and Synthetic Tennis Courts. 
Opening hours: Open weekends from Easter to end of June and daily throughout July and August (weather permitting). 
Price: Please contact Newcastle Centre for details 
Directions: Come down Newcastle Main Street, cross over the bridge and Castle Park is on the right hand side beside the lake with the Pedaloe Swans.
 

Accommodation
Accommodation Castlewellan
Accommodation Killyleagh
Accommodation Newcastle

Contacts:

Downpatrick Visitor Information
The Saint Patrick Centre,
53a Market Street
Downpatrick, BT30 6LZ
T 0 28 4461 2233
F 0 28 4461 2350
E downpatrick.vic@nmandd.org


Newcastle Visitor Information
10-14 Central Promenade,
Newcastle, BT33 0AA
T 0 28 4372 2222
F 0 28 4372 2400
E newcastle.vic@nmandd.org