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YMCA Wild Fire & Jam Experience

Boat House, Greenhill YMCA, Donard Park, Newcastle, Down, BT33 0GR
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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.

Imagine immersing yourself in the timeless art of bushcraft, surrounded by the stunning landscapes of our Greenhill site. As you step into this adventure, you'll be greeted by our knowledgeable bushcraft expert, Michael. Together, you'll embark on a journey to rediscover ancient skills and traditions that have been passed down through generations.

Under Michael's guidance, you'll learn the art of fire-making, using techniques that have been honed over centuries. Feel the thrill of igniting flames with flint and steel, connecting with a primal instinct that lies deep within us all. As the fire crackles and dances before you, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the simple pleasures of life in the wilderness.

But the experience doesn't end there. Prepare to tantalise your taste buds with our secret ingredient: YMCA bread. Baked to perfection over an open flame, this warm and hearty treat is a testament to the joys of outdoor cooking. Paired with homemade jam crafted from berries and fruits foraged right here on our site, it's a culinary delight unlike any other. And to complete the experience, indulge in a cup of lavender or pine needle tea, brewed using ingredients sourced straight from nature's pantry.

As you sit by the fire, surrounded by the beauty of our geopark status site, you'll feel a sense of peace and tranquillity wash over you. YMCA Wild Fire and Jam isn't just about learning new skills or enjoying delicious food—it's about reconnecting with the natural world and embracing the timeless rhythms of life in the wilderness.

We invite you to join us for a fun, educational, and relaxing experience unlike any other. Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of bushcraft, there's something for everyone to enjoy at YMCA Wild Fire and Jam. So come, escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and rediscover the magic of the great outdoors with us at Greenhill YMCA. We promise it'll be an adventure you'll never forget.



  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors

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  • On site parking
  • Station nearby


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Directions from Newcastle Bus Station to Greenhill YMCA.

Take A2 to Bryansford Rd 3 min (0.8 mi), Head east on Railway St/A2 towards Main St, (62 ft) Use any lane to turn right onto Main St/A2 Continue to follow A2 0.6 mi, Slight right towards Bryansford Rd/A2, 92 ft, Turn right onto Bryansford Rd/A2, 0.1 mi, Take Shan Slieve Dr to your destination. 3 min (0.7 mi), Continue straight onto Bryansford Rd, 217 ft, Turn left onto Tullybrannigan Rd, 217 ft, Turn left onto Shan Slieve Dr, 0.2 mi, Turn left 0.3 mi, Turn right, Destination will be on the right.

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