Almost a decade ago, as part of the Belfast Prince’s Trust Team programme, we headed out to County Fermanagh for a 5 day residential of team building activities. The memories of a few Share Discovery Village experiences still make me smile when someone mentions Share.
The complex has an abundance of activities to offer, including a lot of water activities such as banana boats, canoeing and sailing. On our visits, banana boats where the star attraction! And after a few times falling off and trying to climb back on it’s fun but tiring. Those muscles have to work hard. Good times!
Share isn’t just about residentials or Prince’s Trust teams, it’s a great place to go if you are looking for ways to entertain the family. Located on Smith’s Strand, a 60 acre site on the tranquil shores of Upper Lough Erne, this summer they are offering a variety of land, water and art activities including archery, banana boating, canoeing, climbing, orienteering, circus skills, combat corps, sailing, windsurfing, mountain biking, nature hour, mudroc and children’s games.
One of the most popular activities (of course!) is banana boating as participants can enjoy the adrenaline rush of being towed at high speed behind a speedboat aboard an inflatable banana! If you love cycling then spend a session learning new mountain bike skills on the purpose built skills track.
You can also learn all the weird and wonderful skills from some of Northern Ireland’s best street performers and get to grips with juggling and balloon modelling. There is plenty to do here and is sure to provide lots of fun whatever your tastes.
‘Share’ is a charity that works for the inclusion of disabled and non-disabled people. They do this by providing opportunities for all to participate in a wide range of creative, educational and recreational programmes through over 30 different Arts, Land and Water activities.
There are some fantastic things to see and do in the area including:
• Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark -At the foothills of Cuilcagh Mountain an incredible subterranean world awaits. Experience the beauty and brilliance of nature with a visit to the Marble Arch Caves. The caves are open daily from 10:00am. Pre-booking is strongly recommended particularly on Bank Holidays and during the peak summer months.
• Inniskillings Museum – Enniskillen has the unique honour of being the only town in Great Britain and Ireland to give its name to two regiments, the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (infantry) and 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards (cavalry). A visit to The Inniskillings Museum is a journey through more than 300 years of world history as encountered by these two famous regiments. Both children and adults alike can enjoy the collection of army vehicles and visit the Inniskilling Dragoons’ Farriers’ shop or experience the medical officer’s tent in Palestine during World War One. All in Inniskillings Museum.
• Crom Estate – Set on the shores of Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Crom is one of Ireland’s most important nature conservation areas. Wild deer and many rare species including butterflies can all be found on the estate. Enjoy an inspirational walk through the woodland and along the nature trails, where you can also enjoy spectacular views along the Kingfisher Cycle Trail. Or hire a boat from the visitor centre and enjoy viewing Crom from Lough Erne.
Why not turn your trip into a short break and book into Belmore Court and Motel. Stay in one of the new executive rooms for your perfect stay in Fermanagh and surround yourself by the beautiful lakes and remarkable parkland golf courses.
If you would like further information regarding this event visit www.sharevillage.org or call on 028 677 22122 and to book your short break visit www.discovernorthernireland.com, www.facebook.com/discovernorthernireland or www.twitter.com/DiscoverNI.