News  |  February 8th, 2023

Spring Activities for Families in Northern Ireland

Family picnic Spring activities for families in Northern Ireland

The spring months allow families to reconnect with nature and reawaken their sense of adventure.

To inspire you to get outdoors this season, we are bringing you these super fun spring activity ideas for families you can partake in almost anywhere in Northern Ireland.

Spring Activities for Families in Northern Ireland


Family Cycling - Spring Activities for Families in Northern IrelandGoing for a family cycle is an excellent spring activity in Northern Ireland because of the many trails, estates, and parks that are at our disposal. Pack your cycling gear and head to a National Trust estate. While on your cycle, gaze at the beautiful blooming flowers and be mindful of the sights, sounds and smells of nature coming back to life after a long winter.

Going on a Walk or Hike

Family walk in Spring

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Another fantastic way to reconnect with nature this spring is to head out for a relaxing stroll or take on one of the many challenging but stunning hikes that NI offers. Again, try to be mindful of the changes in the season around you, and don’t forget your coat and wellies – spring weather can be temperamental here!

Here at Blessingbourne, you can walk our trails in acres of wonderful woodland that is positively bursting with life in the springtime.

Picnics in the park

Family Picnic - Spring Activity for Families

If relaxation is what you need in your springtime activity, then nothing quite beats a picnic in the park. Pack up your picnic basket, blanket and tableware, and find yourself somewhere quiet to set up that is steeped in the soothing colours of nature.

Fun in the playground

Fun in the playground

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A favourite for the kids. Let them burn off all that pent-up energy from the winter as they swing on the monkey bars, reach for the sky on the swings and take on the thrilling slides in the playground.


Family Golf Trip

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Any golf-loving family will welcome the springtime as they say goodbye to the many layers of clothing, cold hands and damp courses. A great spring activity to get the steps in, get outdoors, chat with loved ones and have a bit of friendly competition.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding Northern Ireland

Horseback Riding at Blessingbourne

Available across Northern Ireland, horseback riding is a really cool spring activity for animal-loving families. Trotting through fields while riding horseback with the crisp spring hitting your face is a truly fantastic experience.

Visit a Farm

Goats at Fermanagh Fun Farm

Image Credits: Fermanagh Fun Farm

Even more fun for animal-loving families will be paying a visit to a farm! You can spend the day at a pet farm, like Fermanagh Fun Farm, to get close and personal with a variety of birds, goats, pigs and so much more. Or, take a trip to a country farm to see the newborn calves and lambs bouncing around the fields.

Feed the Ducks

Child Feeding the Ducks

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As you can see, spring is full of animal-related activities. Another fun day out you can partake in is heading to a local pond or park to feed the ducks. The Round O in Enniskillen is a local favourite.

Go Fishing

Father and Son Fishing in Spring at Blessingbourne

Fishing at Blessingbourne

Fishing is definitely a top father-son springtime activity. This can be such a relaxing activity as you embrace the peace and quiet on the river banks while trying to hook yourself a story-telling catch.

Get Dirty

Splashing in the puddles in Spring

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Pretty much every activity you enjoy outdoors in Spring has the potential to get your clothes and hands dirty, especially with our typical weather in the UK and Ireland. We say embrace it – splash in puddles, walk mucky terrains and just enjoy being back out in the fresh outdoors!

Bird Spotting

Blue tit Bird Spotting - Spring Activity for Families in Northern Ireland

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From early April to the end of May it is an exciting time for bird watchers in Ireland. This is when spring migration is in full flow so you may be lucky to see a whole host of birds like swallows, cuckoos, house martins plus much more. You can find out more about what birds you can spot in Spring on Ireland’s Wildlife.

See the Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms in Spring Northern Ireland

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For several weeks you can enjoy the wonderful shades of pink as the cherry blossoms bloom in the spring. The vibrant colours of the leaves bring so much life to your surroundings during this time of the year.

Get Out on the Lake

Father & Son Boat Trip Spring ActivityTake a boat trip, rent out a canoe, explore on a paddleboard or make a splash on a water park. All these activities and so much more are widely-available in springtime as our lakes become a lot warmer after winter.

Are you ready for an action-packed spring?

As you can see, Northern Ireland has plenty of spring activities for families to choose from to help you reconnect with nature after the long winter. Take note of this list, and get yourself outdoors this season to embrace the beautiful natural surroundings that we are blessed with. One last tip from us – make sure you have a good coat and wellies because we can never predict the weather here!

If you are looking for a fun family day out with your family with tonnes of activities in one place, then get in touch with us at Blessingbourne Estate. Our paddle boats, mountain biking and walking trails are fantastic for families of all ages. We’ve even created a fun family holiday to-do list while staying with us. Enjoy!

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