Categories: things to do

Planning for the weekend is going to be a little different for a little while longer.  So, if you’re in need of some inspiration to keep you and your family entertained whilst we stay at home for a few more weeks, here’s some Northern Ireland travel-inspired things to do.  

Cook along with Tracey’s Farmhouse

Tracey is hosting a number of online cook-alongs on Saturday evenings and making some family favourites.

Make a traditional recipe

Check out this recipe for traditional Potato Bread from Bronagh at the Bakehouse NI.

Make a hamper 

Got a friend or relative’s birthday coming up? Make your own hamper filled with lots of local goodies. You’ll help to support local businesses too. You’ll find some ideas on what to use here.

Party Apart 

Or celebrate a birthday with one of Taste & Tour’s ‘Party Apart’ boxes.

Get tickets to a virtual event

Although some events may not be happening as planned at the moment, many are going online!  

Paint or draw your favourite place to visit in Northern Ireland 

Look back through your camera roll for inspo, or take a look at our online #MyGiantAdventure gallery.

Make your own pizzas!

Why not embrace your inner chef and make homemade pizza? There are a number of restaurants offering pizza-making kits. In Northern Ireland, French Village, The Vault in Banbridge, and Little Wing are offering this DIY kit.

Listen to The Ultimate Northern Ireland playlist

The housework just got a lot more fun! Rock out whilst washing up with our Northern Ireland-inspired playlist on Spotify.

Read some books by local authors

Ever read the Chronicles of Narnia?  Or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre?  Now is your chance. Borrow an e-book or Audiobook from Libraries NI.

Build your next itinerary – you can always dream!

Start planning for your next short break, and save your ideas for later, using our new itinerary builder.

Order a takeaway/delivery from a local restaurant

Give yourself a break from cooking and help support local businesses by ordering some nice food. 

Random Acts of Kindness

This day is celebrated on 17th February, and this year we are helping to spread some kindness throughout our tourism and hospitality industry by inviting you to leave a positive review of a recent tourism experience in Northern Ireland you’ve had. You can do this by emailing

Upload a photo from your window

Got an interesting view from your living room or home office?  Share it with the world by uploading it here.

Share your most memorable moments 

We love to see your awesome snaps of Northern Ireland. Share your best photos from previous staycations or day trips in Northern Ireland. Upload a photo, video (or even a Tik Tok!) with #MyGiantAdventure. Scroll through our online gallery for some inspiration!

Write a Northern Ireland bucket list with all the top places you will visit after lockdown

Ours is getting longer every day! Write down all the things you want to do and the places you can’t wait to visit when it’s safe to travel.  Get some ideas here.

Love our environment

Help care for our local environment. Tidy up your garden, pick up litter when you’re out for exercise, or even start a little herb garden on your kitchen windowsill.  

Watch some of NI’s most famous film & TV shows

Are you one of those people yet to watch Game of Thrones®? Or are you embarrassed to admit you’ve never seen Line of Duty?  Now is the time to catch up! Make a cup of tea and settle down to these shows filmed in Northern Ireland.

Write a short story about the last staycation you had in Northern Ireland

Get your creative juices flowing by writing about your last staycation, or some of those older staycations from your childhood that you can’t wait to relive once more. 

We hope we’ve helped you plan your weekend! And hopefully in the not too distant future, you’ll be able to join us on for a staycation. We look forward to welcoming you. 

Let us know what you get up to this weekend by sharing your experiences online and joining the conversation with #MyGiantAdventure.