Spring into action with free activity programme

Spring Activity Programme

Published: 7th March 2016

A free two-day programme of outdoor activities for children and adults will take place this weekend.

The ‘Spring Activity Programme’, organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with Waterways Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), will help people kick-start Spring with free angling, canoeing and guided walk opportunities.

Angling and canoeing sessions for young people aged 8 to 16 years old will take place in Enniskillen on Saturday 12 March.

The two-hour angling sessions will start at 10 am and 1 pm and will be delivered in partnership with DCAL Inland Fisheries while the 90-minute outdoor canoeing sessions, delivered by Erne Paddlers, will start at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm. Equipment necessary to take part in either of the activities will be provided on the day.

A Spring Walking Festival will also take place on March 12 within the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.

Meeting at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Florencecourt, guided walks include a Cuilcagh mountain trek for adults departing at 9 am; a bilingual walk with Irish language and English suitable for families starting at 10 am; and a family Scavenger Hunt through the Cladagh Glen at 2 pm, where participants will meet people from the past, make their own fossil, search for mini-beasts and much more.

The Spring Activity Programme will come to a close on Monday 14 March with an Inclusive walk at the Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen. Walks will take place throughout the day with the first walk starting at 10.15 am.

Speaking about the forthcoming programme of activities, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:

“The Council is pleased to work in partnership with Waterways Ireland and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to provide these free opportunities for people to get out and active this Spring. TheSpring Activity Programme is a great way for people to experience our wonderful outdoors and I encourage people to make the most of this opportunity.”

Richard Turner, DCAL Inland Fisheries, said:

“We are delighted to work once again with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to provide opportunities for young people to learn more about angling. We look forward to working with young people on 12 March where they will learn things such as fly tying, lure making, fish entomology and applied coarse and pike angling.”

Sharon Lavin, Waterways Ireland, said:

“Waterways Ireland is delighted to partner Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, DCAL Inland Fisheries and Erne Paddlers in introducing new opportunities to showcase the wonderful water-based activities that are available on Lough Erne. This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to participate in one or many of the free “taster” activities available on the Spring Activity Programme.”

All activities are free however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information and to register visit the Council website. Alternatively, contact Chris Elliott, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or chris.elliott@fermanaghomagh.com.

 

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