Communities encouraged to fall in Love with the Outdoors!


Community groups across Northern Ireland are being encouraged to fall in love with the Outdoors during Get Outdoors Weekend 2014, a free weekend of outdoor activities that takes place Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2014!

This superb event showcases over 60 free outdoor activity events across Northern Ireland, with an estimated 4000 participants expected to take part in this unique weekend of outdoor recreation.  With a range of adventurous activities on offer including canoeing, archery, climbing and bushcraft, as well as a range of themed guided walks, there is definitely something for community organisations during this weekend! 

Kelly Gallagher, Paralympic gold medallist skier from Bangor, is encouraging everyone to get active and enjoy the events on offer during Get Outdoors Weekend on 20th and 21st September. From the age 17, Kelly Gallagher first tried her hand at skiing, and she believes everyone can find an activity that they can enjoy.

Kelly remarked, “My hope is that through Get Outdoors Weekend more people will get excited about what activities there are outside. Through events like this I hope people discover their love for a particular outdoor activity which they want to continue with after the weekend!

She continued, “It’s a great opportunity to try something new but also to make friends and most importantly fall in love with the outdoors! It’s an amazing way to tell people about local activities that are inclusive to everyone right on their doorstep!” 

Community groups of all ages and abilities are well catered for during Get Outdoors Weekend and encouraged to make the most of this free weekend and get outdoors! This year there is the added bonus of 5 activity days taking place in parks across Omagh, Enniskillen, Newry, Derry and Belfast, comprising of a range of outdoor activities, such as low ropes, treasure trails & laser clay pigeon shooting as well as fun activities such as face painting and arts & crafts.

Aideen Exley, Marketing Manager for Get Outdoors Weekend, commented,  “As all the events are free of charge in Get Outdoors Weekend, this is a unique opportunity in the Northern Ireland calendar for everyone to get active and embrace our parks, forests and waterways.”

She continued “Knowing the financial constraints of many Community groups, this is a great opportunity to get these organisations outdoors,  across the whole of Northern Ireland and experience something that they haven't had the chance to do beforehand."

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