Budding Robin Hoods set for Lurgan Park

Dame Mary Peters, Northern Ireland's Olympic heroine, takes aim with Emma McDonagh of St Anne's PS, Belfast, to launch Get Outdoors Weekend which takes place on 21 & 22 September.  Get Outdoors Weekend is set to attract over 4000 people across Northern Ireland to take part in one of over 70 free outdoor activity events on offer.  www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com'Picture by Brian Morrison.
Dame Mary Peters, Northern Ireland's Olympic heroine, takes aim with Emma McDonagh of St Anne's PS, Belfast, to launch Get Outdoors Weekend which takes place on 21 & 22 September. Get Outdoors Weekend is set to attract over 4000 people across Northern Ireland to take part in one of over 70 free outdoor activity events on offer. www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com'Picture by Brian Morrison.
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Get Outdoors Weekend is set to attract over 4,000 people across Northern Ireland to take part in one of over 70 free outdoor activity events on offer.

Within County Armagh, there are fourteen outdoor activities on offer, all free-of-charge, including canoeing on the River Bann, having a go on a climbing wall in Slieve Gullion and discovering if you could be the next Robin Hood in an archery session in Lurgan Park.

In addition, there are two Family Activity Days in the area taking place which are set to attract local people as well as the surrounding counties. At the Family Fun Activity Day at Lurgan Park you can try your hand at rowing across the lake, take part in orienteering and hit the target in an archery session.

If this proves too strenuous, then there is also a guided walk through the park looking at wildlife. The event takes place on Sunday, September 22 from 2pm to 5pm in Lurgan Park and there is no need to pre-book.

There is also a Get Outdoors Extravaganza happening at Slieve Gullion where it’s all happening for families including survival training, climbing tower, pony rides, archery, hill walking. There will also be an Antique Rock Show where you can bring along your old rocks, fossils or artifacts to find out more about them as well as interesting walks and historical cycles for everyone to enjoy.

The event takes place at Slieve Gullion on Sunday, September 22 from 10am to 4pm and is free. Families are encouraged to turn up although some activities must be pre-booked in advance at www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com

Dame Mary is a great lover of the outdoors and her enthusiasm for keeping active outdoors has never waned.

Dame Mary Peters commented, “I am thrilled to be the ambassador for Get Outdoors Weekend. Keeping active should be an important part of our everyday life. I would really encourage people in Armagh, Lurgan, Portadown and Craigavon to have a look at what activities are on offer over in their area over the weekend and plan their adventure. All the events are free of charge, so there are no excuses!”

She continued, “I enjoyed family outings into the outdoors as a child. We were always doing active things and I always tried to beat my brother! And who knows how good you are at something until you try it.

Aideen Exley, Marketing Manager of Outdoor Recreation NI enthused: “The Get Outdoors Weekend is all about being active whilst having fun, getting reconnected to nature, and re-discovering local green spaces. It’s also an opportunity to visit somewhere new in Northern Ireland and enjoy a short break.”

Asda are the sponsors for Get Outdoors Weekend, and General Store Manager, Steven Henry, from Asda commented: “We’re delighted to lend our support to the 2013 Get Outdoors Weekend. As part of our Community Life initiative, Asda is dedicated to finding new and exciting ways to encourage our local communities to think about their health and wellbeing.”

Many events must be pre-booked in advance and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For more information and to book your place, go to www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com

Get Outdoors Weekend is organised by Outdoor Recreation NI in partnership with financial partners, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Sport Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Waterways Ireland with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.