2019 Bucket List
Blogs, Things to do
Published December 20, 2018
There's lots of new exhibitions, sports events and experiences to take advantage of in 2019 - from The 148th Open or touring a local brewery to GAME OF THRONES™: The Touring Exhibition and learning to paddleboard. Whether you're after an activity that's suitable for a family, group of friends or something you can enjoy alone, there's plenty to choose from - and we've summarised a few of the best below.
The Open is one of the largest golf Championships in the world and in 2019 it's coming to Royal Portush, where it was last staged back in 1951. For only the second time in the Championship's 150 year history, The Open will take place outside of England and Scotland. Championship Days are now completely sold out, however tickets for the Practice Days are still available. Snap your Practice Day tickets up while you still can.
Step into Westeros and the lands beyond when GAME OF THRONES™: The Touring Exhibition comes to Belfast. Featuring a mix of immersive environments, interactive exhibitions and multimedia content this exhibition offers a unique opportunity to get up close with props, costumes and set decorations from the hit HBO® series Game of Thrones®. Arriving in April, this is one not to be missed for fans of the show. Find out more about the exhibition.
Walk along The Maritime Mile
Explore Belfast's maritime and industrial history via this waterfront trail which connects key attractions, sculptures and viewing points along both sides of the River Lagan. Beginning on the city side of the river, it links Belfast's historic Sailortown and St Joseph's Church, to the rich maritime heritage of Clarendon Buildings. The trail passes key sites including the dry and wet docks, the Salmon of Knowledge (known locally as "the big fish"), the SS Nomadic, Titanic Belfast, the Great Light and the Thompson Dock, which is the 44ft dry dock where RMS Titanic was fitted out.
Learn off-road riding
Head to E-trax, a purpose-built indoor motorcross track that offers the unique opportunity to learn and improve off-road riding in a safe and fun environment. Open all year round, its suitable for everyone from age 5 and up. Full safety gear and training is provided by qualified MRA instructors, and for those just wanting to watch there's a viewing gallery and coffee shop located upstairs.
Awarded "Tourism Attraction of the Year" in 2017 for the Causeway Coast & Glens area, the Crannagh Complex is the ultimate destination for water-based activities. With a range of options including Waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boating and stand-up paddleboarding amongst others, there's plenty of options to keep the whole family happy.
We Are Vertigo New Attractions
Launching in 2019, We Are Vertigo are set to host Ireland's first indoor Ninja Warrior Assault Course and Inflatable Action Course. Perfect for families seeking a fun day out and centrally located in venues located in South Belfast and the Titanic Quarter, this is definitely one not to miss!
Armagh Cider is a family business spanning 5 generations, and their tours take visitors through the entire production process, from apples growing the orchards through to a tasting of the finished product. Their tasting room, which was originally built in the 1700s, is a particular highlight and rounds out the tour in a beautiful historical setting.
A fully guided cycling tour across iconic trails in the Mourne Mountains, which showcases the rich heritage, along with the myths and legends. The tour also includes sampling Mourne Mountain Brewery's iconic ales, which bring the tales of the tour to life. This is one for those who like to combine their history, with a dash of activity and a taste of something delicious!
Perfect for those after something a little slower in pace, hiring a boat on the River Erne is a lovely way to view the local wildlife, take in the historical sites of Enniskillen and admire the surrounding areas from a different perspective. Enniskillen is Ireland's only island town and a circumnavigation of the town can easily be included in your trip. The self-drive boats comfortably hold six adults, are powered by a 6hp four stroke petrol engine and include buoyancy aids, maps, fuel and tuition if required.
Derry – Walled City 400
March 2019 will mark the 400th anniversary of the completion of the Walls, and to celebrate there is a full and vibrant programme of events taking place throughout the city. Ranging from musical ensembles, dance audio plays, historical and contemporary exhibitions, living archaelogy demonstrations and symposiums, there's lots to choose from. A full animation programme will run throughout June, July & August 2019 and more information can be found on the walledcity400 website.
Catering for both novice and experienced cooks, Wee Buns Cookery School offers classes to improve culinary skills in a beautiful countryside setting in County Tyrone. The purpose built kitchen is perfect for the combination of demonstration and hands-on cooking led by Mary Anne which takes place in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Enniskillen Taste Tour
This guided food tour around the island town of Enniskillen stops at various locations to sample an indulgent mix of food and drink. Including breakfast and lunch, with an array of tasty snacks in between and a few alcoholic beverages, this casual but informative tour showcases the best of local producers in what promises to be a memorable culinary experience. Launching March 2019.
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