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  • Writer's pictureBelinda - Good Craic

Rainy Day ACTIVITIES in the Mournes

My absolute top suggestion is to visit Katy at the Mourne Archery Centre in Maghera over near Castlewellan. It's not dear and she is an excellent instructor. She can cater for all ages and levels of ability. I took a group of Aussies there last summer and we had an incredible morning. Once she was sure we all had the hang of firing the arrows she set up competitions and games and kept us enjoying ourselves til the very last minute. Wonderful activity for locals or visitors, groups of friends or a family group, younger or older folk. Really really fun and highly recommended. You'll need to book but it's all set up in a big barn so the weather will not wreck your plans.

Another great rainy day idea is the Fort Evergreen Pet and Play Farm near Warrenpoint. They have loads of cool stuff including a big indoor soft play area and a petting zoo. There is a Jurrassic walk and dino dig which sounds amazing! I'm not sure which parts are good for a rainy day but it would be worth checking out. You can book online or just turn up and see if they have tickets available. Opening hours vary so check out their website to see when they are open.

If you rather a quiet at home activity Una from Jumping Clay Newry might be able to drop over with DIY air dry clay kits. No mess, non toxic and air dry! Bright and colorful she has load of creative ideas to keep the little ones occupied so you can read your book or have a cheeky glass of wine. You might even enjoy letting loose with your own creative genius! If you've a larger group she might even be able to stay and run a wee workshop. Give her a call on 075 115 27 511 or check out

NearyNogs now have their very own chocolate factory/cafe. It's halfway between Rostrevor and Kilkeel and quite easy to get to. You can pop in for coffee, hot chocolate and all sorts of baked goods. Their chocolate and fudge is of course available to buy. They sometimes even have 'chocolate juice', fruit juice made from the cocoa fruit. It is surprisingly good! You can peep through the windows at all the techniques that are part of the chocolate making journey. If you are interested you can even book a tour to hear about the whole chocolate journey. I know they tend to get busy when it's wet but that's because it's a cool thing to do. Check them out at

My last suggestions is not to fight the weather but just go with it. There is something very liberating about being out in the rain and if you're going to get wet you may as well get really wet! Why not consider renting a canoe or stand up paddle board from Life Adventure in in Castlewellan Forest Park? They offer wetsuits and hot showers so you can have all the fun and then get warm and dry. Apologies for the sunny picture but I promise I've been when it not so nice too!!

I've loads more local suggestions all compiled into my FREE Good Craic Guide to the Mournes. You can grab your copy from Good Craic Gifts anytime and I'm happy to offer personalised advice. Good Craic also has an incredible range of local greeting cards, gifts, art and Irish souvenirs. So coming to see us is another excellent rainy day suggestion! Hope this gives you some ideas. Let me know if you have a cool idea to add!!

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