The Ring of Gullion Get Outdoors Extravaganza!

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Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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Climbing tower, archery, hill walking with the Gap of the North walking group…it’s all happening at Slieve Gullion for the Get Outdoors Extravaganza! Newry and Mourne District Council and Outdoor Recreation NI have teamed up to encourage the public to get outdoors and try something new on Sunday 22nd September. The event will showcase some of the excellent outdoor activities that are available in the Ring of Gullion area. There will be plenty to keep the kids amused, as well as some interesting walks for mum and dad to enjoy around the Hawthorne Woods with the Council’s Biodiversity Officer. For those feeling adventurous there will also be an historic guided cycle to Killeavy old churches with the Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project. Booking is required for some of the activities, check out the website to book your space, as activities are booking up fast! There will also be stands from local outdoor activity providers and an Antique Rock Show- where you can bring along your old rocks, fossils or artefacts to find out more about them. Jumping Clay will also be providing some entrainment for the younger children on the day. With events happening from 11.30am until 4.00pm make sure to pack a picnic and have a memorable day out all the family will enjoy! Additional car parking will be available in Murphy’s Bar and Gifted Carpark, Meigh and Dromintee GAA Club, please follow the signs on the day. There will be a free shuttle bus provided to and from Slieve Gullion Forest Park and the additional car parks. Anyone going on the ramble should park in these car parks to free up space in the main car park. The ramble, led by the Gap of the North walking group, is starting from Slieve Gullion car park at 11.30am and will travel around the forest drive with great views of the surrounding area. This event is part of the Get Outdoors Weekend. The weekend is held to try and get as many people as possible enjoying outdoor activities across Northern Ireland by offering a range of free events. Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd September there will be over 60 outdoor activity events on offer with over 4000 people expected to take part. The Get Outdoors Weekend is coordinated by Outdoor Recreation NI who works with a range of partners to organise the individual events. Aideen Exley, Marketing Manager of Outdoor Recreation NI has high hopes for the weekend and commented, “Get Outdoors Weekend allows everyone to have fun in the outdoors at absolutely no cost! “Whether it’s learning something new on a ‘come and try it’ session, attending an adventurous family fun day or enjoying a gentle or challenging guided walk learning about heritage and wildlife…there is something for everyone.” Visit to find out more information about this event and to see a full list of events on offer during this action packed weekend. Some events require pre booking online so be sure to visit the website today.
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