Summer family activities in Northern Ireland

A family enjoying the tractors at Castle Ward, Co. Down

School’s out for summer but can you beat the boredom without breaking the bank? With mini tractors to drive at Castle Ward, geocaching at Mount Stewart and balance bikes at The Argory, find action-packed adventures at the places in our care. For days when you’re fresh out of ideas, refresh their imagination in the fresh air by picking up a 'Come out and play' card at any of these places across Northern Ireland.

Things to do this summer

Come out and play trail

Do you remember how much fun you had at your school sports day or on a class nature walk? We’re bringing back classic school days to help the whole family make the most of summer. Get into the great outdoors and make the school holidays a breeze with a range of free family activities. Keep the action-packed adventures going all summer long with the sporting and nature activities we've timetabled across July and August. Put detective and sporting skills to the test and pose for family photo on the tree trunk podiums as summer champions. 

You can pick up a ‘Come out and play’ challenge card when you visit a place near you
Come out and play tile
You can pick up a ‘Come out and play’ challenge card when you visit a place near you
A family relaxes at a music event in Castle Ward, Co. Down

Summer at Castle Ward

Summer Music series in the courtyard and Living History Saturday's to Craft Festivals and doggy events, we have an action packed summer planned for you at Castle Ward.

A girl enjoys geocaching in the great outdoors

Come out and play! Summer Activities for all the family at Mount Stewart

Go geocaching, spot red squirrels and help build a den with a summer of family fun at Mount Stewart. Discover lots of things for families to see and do with woodland adventures on the County Down estate.

Rowallane Garden bursting with colour

Summer at Rowallane Garden

Make the most of the summer, come rain or shine, with a jam-packed roster of events and activities for you to get stuck in to.

A family enjoy time together outdoors are three kids try out balance bikes.

Summer at The Argory

Discover fun for the whole family this summer at The Argory, and get the heart racing with a jam packed roster of activities.

Explore the outdoors at one of our great natural play areas

Come Out and Play at Springhill

Discover fun for the whole family this summer at Springhill, and get the heart racing with a jam packed roster of activities.

Pickup a Tracker Pack from Visitor Reception and start exploring

Summer at Florence Court

With house tours, bike hire, outdoor activities and great gardens in full bloom, summer is an action-packed season to visit Florence Court.

Explore the trails at Castle Coole, by two wheels or two feet!

Summer at Castle Coole

Explore the trails and tree-lined avenue of Castle Coole on the edge of Enniskillen. Admire the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful wooded landscape park, ideal for family walks and summer activities.

A young boy is walking along a balance beam in Croms playpark

Come out and Play at Crom

The better weather is here so it's time to get outdoors and enjoy fun and games with family and friends.


Places to stay in Northern Ireland

With classic cottages and cool camping pods, stay in our self-catering accommodation filled with character and comfort. With cafes, shops and natural play areas nearby, plan a relaxing and action-packed staycation near you. Take a look at some of the places to stay with the National Trust in Northern Ireland.