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Family Fun in the Sun: Summer Activities

To burn off some energy to make picnic space, why not try geocaching? Download the geocache app and begin your adventure. Weave your way around Armagh city centre following the app and navigate to your finds. Hide and seek with technology and great for all ages and family fun!

Why not also try following the Angels and Gargoyles tour for a fun look around Armagh City centre? These very tiny little figures, 22 in total are hidden around the city centre. You must look very carefully as you might not see them at first, but those little eyes will be peeping at you. This is a fun, free tour, for young and old. Download the map to start you off around the city.

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For guaranteed family fun, a picnic in the summer will never go wrong. Pick your spot from the wide range of nature trails and outdoor locations including Gosford Forest Park, Loughgall Country Park, Peatlands Country Park, Craigavon Lakes, Lough Neagh and Tannaghmore Gardens, National Trust properties and more.  Vast green space and play areas in each of the parks means plenty of opportunities to enjoy the sun.

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Many of the locations offer picnic benches and BBQ bases for those who feel like being a little more adventurous. Why not try some local produce in your picnic with lovely food from Food Heartland members? Cheeses, chutneys, jams, apple juice, s ’mores kits and marshmallows for toasting or street food American deli style. Plenty to suit all tastes.

Watersports for all water babies are available at South Lake Leisure Centre. Pull on a wetsuit and try your hand at paddle boarding, kayaking and more.

Tayto tours are kickstarting the summer season with their crisp factory tours. What more could you ask for – learning about how crisps are made and just how they seal the packets along with healthy doses of tasting opportunities along the way. Book now!

Meet and greet the alpacas at Mourne Alpacas! These gorgeous fleecy creatures are waiting to meet your family. Come and take part in talk and trek or enjoy a picnic surrounded by the animals. The alpacas live in the stunning setting of the Dromara Hills and there is plenty to enjoy.

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The Argory and Ardress House offer space to make family memories over the summer months. Kids can enjoy the natural play area, with balance bikes available, buggy friendly paths, calm (sensory) packs to borrow (The Argory), animals to make friends with (Ardress), orchards and green space to search for nature, picnic spaces and more.

Don’t forget to #visitarmagh with your favourite memories and recommendations for a family day out.

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