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May Adventures Await

“May is the month of expectation, the month of wishes, the month of hope.” Emily Bronte

Despite the weather (although weather reports talk of an improvement, albeit in temperature only, May truly is the month of hope as quoted by Emily Bronte.

Great Outdoors

May is (hopefully) a month for getting outdoors and experiencing the great outdoors and we’ve got some suggestions:

South Lake Leisure Centre Watersports
If you want to get the children out on the water and try some new experiences, then South Lake watersports activity days are for you. Offered on both bank holiday Monday’s, try kayaking, climbing, cycling, paddleboarding and more. Click this link to find out more and to book.

More adventures abound on the water with learning to paddle days and Craigavon Golf and Ski Centre offer snow tubing which will guarantee endless laughs and burning off plenty of energy.

Stretch the legs
If you feel like stretching your legs and enjoying fresh air, then green spaces abound. Loughgall offers walking, cycling and children’s playpark. Gosford Forest Park has vast open spaces with walking trails, equestrian trials, playparks and more importantly coffee opportunities!

For a trail you’ve not yet explored, get some inspiration for a new route from this extensive list.

Musical Interlude

If you find yourself close by Scarva around 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, then be sure to call by the bandstand and enjoy a Sunday concert. With a weekly programme running until September local bands will take centre stage and visitors can grab a space, and perhaps a coffee and treat from Hollie Berries and let the music wash over.  Admission is free.

Acrylic Painting in Grand Surroundings

Ardress House welcomes artists to participate in an acrylic painting workshop on 4 May. Led by Mairead Duffy, an art lecturer, learn more about the techniques of acrylic painting in the serene location of Ardress House. To book, see this link.

Artistic Endeavours

Tada! An Exhibition by children for children lines the exhibition space of the FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge until 25 May. This fun exhibition showcases work planned, undertaken and curated by children. Find out more here

Navan Centre and Fort

Explore archaeology and history about Navan, the earliest capital of Ulster and the ancient seat of kings. There are a variety of tours you can take part in including “Meet the Warriors” where you can transform into a Celtic Warrior complete with costume and face paint and learn some battle skills. Join in the tours via this link.

Crafts and new skills

Armagh Craft Fair makes a welcome return to the Market Place Theatre on Saturday 25 May. There will be a range of traditional and contemporary craft displays and demonstrations along with talks, music and entertainment. Admission is free and you will be inspired.

Paint and Sip

Armagh County Museum throws open its doors for Paint and Sip on 31st May with Van Gogh as the evenings inspiration. Grab some friends, a brush and a glass of something bubbly to all help the creative process. Find out more and book here.

Granny’s Griddle Bread

Across the summer months, Long Meadow Cider company hosts Granny’s Griddle Bread events which offer guests an orchard tour, a demo of local bread baking and then, best part tasting! You can also enjoy a tour and tasting of luscious apple tart and juices. Find out more and book here.

For more inspiration on what to see and do when in the destination, please see