Shake up summer with ABC parks’ programme!

Two adults and two children running outside

From what to do, where to adventure and when to go, we’ve got a jam-packed family-friendly programme of activities for parks and places across the borough!

Family Couch to 3K

Are you a fit family or a want-to-be-fit family!? Get ready to walk, jog or run with the 5-week ‘Couch to 3K’ challenge at Lurgan Park!  Lace up your running shoes and join a running mentor who will guide you every step of the way to a 3K! Under 17s go free! (Mondays and Thursdays from 15 July). Click here to find out more.

Love Parks Week

Celebrate all the joy parks and open spaces bring with a host of FREE family outdoor programmes. Explore majestic giants and the life cycle of trees with the ‘Tree study’ at Tannaghmore Gardens (13 August). Get out and about with Lurgan’s ‘Geology Walking Trail’ and learn about the town’s historic buildings (13 August). Portadown People’s Park (14 August) and Lurgan Park (15 August) are hosting ‘Young Conservationists’ workshops where kids can get stuck into pond dipping, bug hunting, nature walks, arts and crafts. Younger kids can enjoy ‘Storytelling & Crafts’ sessions at the cosy setting within the Palace Stables Armagh (15 August). Oxford Island is the place to be for bird watchers with the ‘Guided Bird & Nature Walk’ – an exciting way for kids to witness the great crested Grebe and many other species as they take to the water with their young (3 July). Kinnego Hide is offering a fantastic experience for kids to use optical equipment and bird identification resources at the ‘Guide in the Hide’ workshop (24 & 31 July). Click here for more information on all Love Parks Week activities.


Exercise your body and mind with ‘Orienteering’ at Gosford Forest Park (7, 21 July, 11 August, 1 September). Have fun with the family as you navigate between checkpoints or controls marked on a special orienteering map. With no set route, use your skills and have fun trying to find the best way to go! Click here for more information.

All Out Trekking

Explore Gosford Forest Park on wheels with ‘All Out Trekking’! All terrain buggies are suitable for both disabled and non-disabled riders (Thursdays and Saturdays July – September). Click here for more information.

South Lake Junior Triathlon

Ready, steady, go! 8–17-year-olds can swim, bike and run within the safe and secure venue around Craigavon Lakes at the popular ‘South Lake Junior Triathlon’ (25 August)! Click here for more information.

River Bann Family Rafted Canoe

Guided by paddlesports coaches, this is a family-friendly fun, safe and social way to explore the River Bann (28 July). Even better, no wetsuits are required, just appropriate clothing for enjoying the outdoors and changeable weather! Click here for more information.

Archaeology for Kids!

Delve into our ancient times and discover how our ancestors lived. Over this 3-day programme at Lurgan Park, children will learn how archaeologists excavate, try their hand at historic crafts and learn how to identify artefacts and piece together pottery. Click here for more information.

Click here for more information on activities across ABC parks and open spaces.