Alpaca Trekking @ Ballyburren Escapes

Ballyburren Escapes presents Irelands only purpose-built scenic alpaca trekking trail with a coffee trailer on-site.

Meet the alpacas Mocha, Flat White and Espresso, head out on the trail which takes 30-40 minutes and finish off with a speciality coffee. Or why not go the extra mile and pre-book a luxurious picnic hamper to enjoy in the picnic area.

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Visit Hillsborough Castle & Gardens

Explore Northern Ireland's royal residence, where worlds and minds meet. Relax in 100 acres of picturesque gardens, explore the State Rooms still used today and indulge in delicious food and drink in the café.

There’s over 100 acres of ornamental lawns, peaceful woodlands, and picturesque glens throughout the seasons.

Explore the animal-inspired play trail in the Gardens with the kids or book in for a garden-inspired afternoon tea in the Stable yard Café.

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Laser Tag @ Airtastic Lisburn

Are you ready to save New York?

Enter a Laser Battle in the streets of New York like you’ve never seen it before, as you band together with fellow survivors to fight against the rebels and take control.

Suitable for ages 6 to 106 and Is as much fun for all age ranges. This game is ideal for friends, families, parties, groups and corporate events.

Due to the competitive nature of the game, once you play you will be hooked!

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Digital Sculpture Trail in Hillsborough Forest

Dive into the world of augmented reality in Hillsborough Forest with our Digital Sculpture Trail. Explore all 10 sculptures and witness the journey of the sculptures inspired by Hillsborough Forest and the surrounding areas.

And as a bonus – once you’ve completed the trail, you will unlock a range of discounts from local businesses in the village of Royal Hillsborough.

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Tour of Hilden Brewery

Visit Ireland’s oldest independent brewery!

Learn about Hilden House and Barbour Threads Linen Mill, and how they came to start a brewery in Hilden over 40 years ago as the first Independent Brewery in Ireland and how they make their beer here in Lisburn.

You will be able to see the brewhouse where the magic first began, the new brewhouse, bottling plant and canning line. Follow that up with a lovely bowl of Irish stout stew and a slice of wheaten bread and a flight of three beers of your choice from the 8 taps in the Tap Room.

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Glamping @ Larchfield Estate

Myrtle the Glamping Truck at Larchfield Estate is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle – an outdoor camping experience with a difference.

This stunning 1952 Saurer Swiss Army truck has been beautifully adapted and crafted to present a romantic getaway escape, complete with a wood burning stove, under bed heating, sauna, hammock, and fire pit.

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Walking & Food Tours with Walk it Off NI

Walk it Off NI offer sustainable and eco-friendly walking and food experiences run by Nikki Elliott, a passionate advocate of the benefits of connecting with nature.

There are several experiences to choose from, one of the most charming options is undoubtedly the Hillsborough Royal Brew Experience. The 5km stroll takes you on a mindful, guided walk through lush landscape, as well as the picturesque grounds of Royal Hillsborough village — recently issued with the prefix “Royal” in recognition that Hillsborough Castle is the official seat of the British royal family when they stay in Northern Ireland.

Learn all about the beer-brewing history of this village.  At the end of your walk, you’ll arrive at an 18th century Inn which serves the country’s only “Royal” beer. Sample four delicious Irish beers together with some wonderful, paired tapas.

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Stay @ Arthur’s, Royal Hillsborough

Are you passionate about preserving old architecture and antiques? Do you love a luxurious night away with a hearty breakfast the next morning? Book your next stay at Arthur’s of Royal Hillsborough.

This beautiful guest house has 12 boutique bedrooms and breakfast is offered in the front room for residents every morning. With Northern Ireland’s only royal village on your doorstep, you won’t be lost for things to see and do during your stay!

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Brunch @ Joxer

Joxer brings you the ultimate intimate dining experience in the heart of Royal Hillsborough. Serving up speciality coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch and 3 late evenings a week.

Inspired by rustic Mediterranean flavours and showcasing local produce supplied by independent retailers, Joxer strives to ensure a warm welcome to all. Four legged friends included, because - you guessed it, they are ALWAYS dog-friendly!

Open 8am-4pm daily and Thursdays | Fridays | Saturdays 5pm-9pm.

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A Day at the Races @ Down Royal Racecourse

Feeling lucky?

Down Royal Racecourse has brought the ‘Sport of Kings’ to generations of people in Ulster since the 17th Century and is proud to boast some of the most modern facilities for any racegoer.

At Down Royal Racecourse you’ll find not only an amazing racetrack and top-quality racing events but also outstanding hospitality packages and dining options within the grounds to suit an array of price ranges.

With 13 fixtures across the year, Down Royal offers a truly unique day out for all.

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Dinner @ Wine and Brine

Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland 2023, dinner at Wine and Brine, Moira is a MUST!

With an open kitchen in the main restaurant, there are also 2 private dining rooms accommodating 14 – 40 people. Menus change daily and as its name suggests, some of the meats are gently brined using whey from a local dairy supplier.

Michelin-star trained Chris gifts skills honed from 20 years of training with acclaimed chefs like Richard Corrigan, Pierre Koffmann and Gary Rhodes.

Dining at Wine & Brine is an incredible sensory experience you don’t want to miss.

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Vertical Drop Slide @ High Rise

Will you be brave enough to try the DARING vertical drop slide at High Rise, Lisburn?

Standing at 9 metres high, the Vertical Drop Slide ends with a thrilling free fall! Only a few have conquered the top! How high will you go?

While you’re there, have a go at the Leap of Faith. Climb over 8 metres high to take the leap of faith off the podium to hit your target!

Special attraction wristbands can be purchased when booking online or on arrival at reception.

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Whiskey Tasting @ Hinch Distillery

A tour at Hinch Distillery is not just an exploration of history, production, and their bold range of triple distilled whiskeys; it’s an invitation to sit and learn from the characters that bring it to life through an immersive sensory journey.

Beginning in the ingredients room, you’ll see the raw materials of what goes into Hinch Whiskey. Inside the spectacular distillery itself, get up close with the mashing vessels and fermentation tanks, before viewing the stunning copper pot stills; Donard, Croob and Wee Binnian – named after three local mountains.

The spectrum room is a space where sensory stimulation explains how a barrel breathes life into the spirit. Things wrap up in the exclusive Tasting Bar, where guests will have the chance to sample some of the beautiful whiskeys in Hinch’s vast collection.

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Indoor Skydiving @ We Are Vertigo

Are you ready to try something new this new year? Experience the adrenaline of Indoor Skydiving in 120mph winds with the help of the expert instructors at We Are Vertigo. The perfect activity for the thrill seekers of the family, whether you're 4 or 104!

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