Categories: ActivitiesThings To DoEvents

Get ready to hop into Easter and April in style with a month full of exciting events in the beautiful Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion. There's so much happening this month from stunning landscapes to thrilling outdoor activities, there's something for everyone. Lets dive into What's On!

5 - 18 April

Beyond the Shoreline Art Exhibition, The Ash Gallery, Newcastle

8 - 30 April

Cranfield Alpaca Beach Treks

Enjoy walking your alpaca along country lanes and along our beautiful beach, then meet the rest of the gang, feed them and enjoy some refreshments while taking in the stunning panoramic views of Carlingford Lough and the Mournes.

12 - 21 April

Family Funfair, Ballynahinch

13 - 27 April

Alpaca Adventure Trail, Cranfield, Kilkeel

Meet, mingle, feed and herd our charming Alpacas surrounded by panoramic views of the Mournes and Carlingford Lough. Our alpaca adventure trail experience lets you get up close to our family of Alpacas whilst enjoying tales of Vikings, Knights, Emigration, Greencastle Aerodrome and learning about the Mourne Mountains, Carlingford Lough and Greencastle Castle. Children will love our treasure hunt and adults are awarded their alpaca adventure herding certificate – to frame when you get home!

13 - 27 April

Alpaca Field Walk Experience, Cranfield, Kilkeel

Enjoy a Cranfield Alpaca Field Walk, which are absolutely perfect for families with children of all ages. Take one of our gorgeous alpacas for a walk around the paddocks in our field with stunning views of the Mourne Mountains and Carlingford Lough. After working up an appetite, our alpacas love to be hand fed by you and your family at our picnic tables.

16 April

Newcastle Community Cinema Toddlers Club - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

16 April - 25 June

Painting Workshop, Newcastle

This Painting Workshop in Newcastle is aimed at both beginners and those who have some experience of acrylic painting. The sessions will cover essentials such as getting started, choosing subject matter, composition, colour, perspective, still life and landscape. Materials needed are acrylic paints or oils, brushes. A canvas or painting board, sizes ranging A3/A4, an image to paint, and a mixing tray.

17 April - 19 June

Painting Workshop, Downpatrick

This Painting Workshop in Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick is aimed at both beginners and those who have some experience of acrylic painting. The sessions will cover essentials such as getting started, choosing subject matter, composition, colour, perspective, still life and landscape. Materials needed are acrylic paints or oils, brushes. A canvas or painting board, sizes ranging A3/A4, an image to paint, and a mixing tray.

18 April

Wonky Donkey Beer & Cheese Night, Ballynahinch

18 April

A Night of 9 Course Gourmet Dining & Wine Pairing, Whistledown Hotel, Warrenpoint

19 April

Twilight Tea in the Cafe at Montalto Estate, Ballynahinch

Enjoy a Twilight Tea in the ambient setting of The Café at Montalto.

19 April

Newcastle Community Cinema "Infinity Pool"

19 April

Anchor Ukes, Live Ukulele Session, O'Hares, Newcastle

20 April

Mourne Hot Barrel Saunas, Cranfield Beach, Kilkeel

Mourne Hot Barrel Sauna offers a unique Finnish Sauna experience for the individual or group up to 10 people at a time.

Our sauna is a welcome addition to a cold swim in the lovely waters of Cranfield beach. The sauna is wood fired, allowing temperatures to reach up to 90 degrees.

20 April

Downpatrick Artisan Market

20 April

Mindfulness in Nature, Enniskeen Estate, Newcastle

A wellness experience that AWAKENS YOUR GIANT SPIRIT!

With over 3 years of refining, Sisters by the Sea brings you a wellness experience like no other on the emerald Isle. Enliven each of the five senses here in the heart of the Mourne Gullion Strangford UNESCO GeoPark.

20 April

Newcastle Community Cinema, "Talking Heads Stop Making Sense"

20 April

YMCA Wild Fire & Jam, Donard Park, Newcastle

Nestled at the base of Slieve Donard lies Greenhill YMCA, a beacon of outdoor adventure and exploration. For over a century, we've been the destination for summer camps and outdoor activities, fostering a love for nature and the great outdoors. Now, we're thrilled to introduce our latest offering: YMCA Wild Fire and Jam.

20 April

Secret Dining Experience with Paul Cunningham at  Avoca Hotel, Newcastle

Immerse yourself in this food adventure, where you will be whisked away to a secret location within the Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion area (a teepee in the woods, a dungeon in a castle...) where it's drinks on arrival followed by 11 courses of the most exquisitely prepared dishes.

20 April

Bearnagh, Melmore, Meelbeg Mountain Hike

20 April

Search for Gold in the Mournes, Leitrim Lodge, Newry

Ireland is famed for its Gold Archaeological Artefacts, with many housed in the Gold Collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Indeed, of the 100 or so Lunula found in Europe, 80 have been found in Ireland. Lunulae are a crescent moon shaped neck collar.

20 April

Newcastle Community Cinema - "Stop making Sense"

20 April

Electric Picnic, Central Promenade, Newcastle

Go Further, See More, Feel Awesome…

Experience the thrill of Electric Biking in the company of our friendly Guides amidst the magic of Tollymore Forest Park, Northern Irelands oldest Forest Park, located in the heart of the Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark. With no experience necessary we'll supply you with all the equipment and skills to get the absolute most out of your time on the trails and provide a great start to one of life's journeys.

20 April

Spring Plant Sale at Rowallane Garden, Saintfield

The Spring Plant Fair returns to Rowallane Garden. Situated in and around the Stableyard, our Garden Team will be joined by an array of specialist plant nurseries from all over Ireland giving you every excuse to find the perfect plant for your collection.

20 April

Tide to Table Taste Tour "Wild and Free Savours the Sea's", Kilkeel Harbour

Guests are to meet with their guide at 1:30pm at the Boat House, The Slip Kilkeel Harbour, BT34 4 AX for a comfort stop drink with fresh Oysters. There will be a short drive to the foraging site which is approx. 2 miles off the beaten track.

20 April

The Timeless Trails of the Magnificent Mournes, Mourne Mountains

Embark on a timeless journey to one of Ireland's most captivating viewpoints and immerse yourself in its enchanting tales. Unleash your sense of wonder as you are safely guided by our highly experienced local expert. Just a short 1.4-mile stroll from the car park, this hidden gem unveils a tapestry of history.

20 April

Spring Foraging Session at Mourne Park,Kilkeel

20 April

Donkey Trail Through Time, Kinedale Donkeys, Ballynahinch

Welcome to "Donkey Trail Through Time," an immersive 2-hour guided tour set in Robert's childhood home, a farm with four generations of farming history. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of Ballynahinch, within an area known as the "Drumlins" or "Little Hills," this farm is now home to 25 therapy-trained donkeys, a testament to Robert's childhood passion and dedication.

20 April

The Cloughmore Experience, Rostrevor

Prepare to be marvelled by epic views of the Mourne Mountains and fascinating insights in the company of local adventurer and guide, Peter Rafferty, on a guided walk/hike through a visually stunning landscape.

20 April

Whitewater Brewery Tour & Taste, Castlewellan

Tour & Tasting at the Multi award winning Whitewater Brewery.
Visit Whitewater Brewery in Castlewellan and hear about how it all started, get to see into the heart of the brewery and get to taste some of their multi award winning beers.
Settle down in the taproom after the tour and enjoy one of their amazing sourdough pizzas.

20 April

Flight of the Red Kite, Castlewellan

Come with us on a journey around the stunning countryside and coastline of South Down. Marvel at the amazing array of wildlife, flora and fauna, of this beautiful part of Northern Ireland.

Enjoy a birdwatching experience, expertly led by your guide, Shelagh, sighting raptors to ravens. Discover otters and seals along the coastline and stumble across rare butterflies and wildflowers among the dunes and heathlands.

20 April

Foraging and Farming Through The Ages, Forkhill

Prepare to step back in time as we explore how our place in the natural word has evolved over the many centuries, from foraging to farming. Visitors get to meet Ring of Gullion farming forager, Brian, and learn about some of the ancient farming practices, the folklore and how wild food and medicinal plant knowledge co-existed here for milenia. The experience also includes a short farm walk tasting the wild hedgerow as we go.

20 April

Voyage Through the Centuries, Ardglass

Embark on an enchanting journey from Ardglass on a replica Viking Longship. Accompanied by Duane, a knowledgeable storyteller, regaling you with captivating tales from the journal of his ship owning great-great-great-grandfather. Feel the gentle sway of the boat beneath you as you glide along the shimmering waters of the Irish Sea. Legends of Saint Patrick, the Vikings, and Anglo-Normans come to life from this unique perspective.

20 April

SUP & Sip, Life Adventure Centre, Castlewellan

Go Further, See More, Feel Awesome…

Escape the everyday and experience the relaxing activity of Paddle Boarding under the watchful eye of our friendly Guides amidst the historic Castlewellan Forest Park in the heart of the Mourne Gullion Strangford Geopark. With no experience necessary we'll supply you with all the equipment and skills to get the absolute most out of your time on the water and provide a great start to one of life's journeys.

21 April

Afternoon Tea & Tour at Montalto House, Ballynahinch

21 - 23 April

Nurturing Nature Retreat, Killeavy, Newry

This restorative 2 night relaxation retreat is an opportunity for you to slow down and switch off. Killeavy Castle Estate is the perfect place to deepen your connection with nature. It is nestled at the foot of the volcanic mountain of Slieve Gullion within a UNESCO global geopark. The retreat includes 2 forest bathing immersions, celebrating Earth Day on Monday 22nd April. 

24 April

Empire Laughs Back Comedy Club, O'Hares, Newcastle

25 April 

Grand Country Concert, Crossgar

26 April

NCC, Live Comedy with Paddy McDonnell

26 April

Murder, Mystery Night at Killeavy Castle Estate, Newry

27 April

Wild River Dipping Experience, Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle

Hike to the secret spots and immerse in the rivers of the Mourne Mountains. An activity that explores the trending cold water and wild swimming craze. Including hiking, wild dipping, forest bathing and cold water therapy. Our trained and highly experienced Mountain Leaders and cold water specialists guide you into the hidden landscapes of the Mourne Mountains to the spots we love the most. Visitors will experience how to safely and enjoyable enter the world of cold water therapy and wild swimming, whilst we take you through the fundamentals.

Our activity begins in Tollymore Forest park where we shall hike though forest and onto open mountain side. Your hike will last 45 minutes to 1 hour. We shall locate a dipping pool and run our fundamentals session for approximately 30 mins.

27 April

Live Stand Up with Paddy Raff at NCC

Award-winning Northern Irish comedy sensation Paddy Raff is back on tour taking his brand new hilarious standup show 'Gimme a Minute!' on the road in 2024.

27 April

Basic Navigation Training, Newcastle

Join our accomplished mountain leader for an introductory navigation session - no prior experience needed! We supply the map and compass for your adventure. Discover the fundamentals of the 4Ds of navigation while enjoying an exciting excursion in the picturesque lowlands of the Mourne Mountains.

27 April

Historical Ridgeline Walk

Hike up the Glen river whilst learning a little of the history of the area, turning up Slieve Commedagh we will discover some world war 2 history before following the ridge line along over Slieve Corragh and Slievenaglough before returning along the Brandy pad via the Hares gap.

27 April

Beeswax Workshops, Ballynahinch

Join us for a delightful and eco-conscious workshop at Kinedale Donkeys in Ballynahinch, where under the expert guidance of Amanda, you'll create beeswax firestarters, reusable beeswax food wraps and rolled beeswax candles. These sustainable creations will not only enhance your daily life but also make your evenings warm and inviting.

Saint Patrick's Way Camino Walk & Lunch, Downpatrick

St Patrick's Pilgrim Walk, Downpatrick is an epic adventure. Discover the amazing story of Saint Patrick at The Saint Patrick Centre and walk in his footsteps on our Pilgrim's Way around the Medieval Town of Downpatrick. Explore the stunning countryside and visit important sites in Patrick's story with our experienced guides who will bring Saint Patrick's story to life and discuss spiritual aspects of his journey. Have a Pilgrim's Lunch at The Barn in Saul (included).

28 April

Wee Binnian Walkers - Carlingford (Slieve Foye)

29 April

World Champion Boxer Carl Frampton in conversation with Gerry Kelly, Downpatrick

Check back here for lots of fantastic things to do and events happening in the area.