Canoe and Kayak Club set to host Try Canoeing event

Banbridge Canoe & Kayak Club will host a Try Canoeing event on Gilford's new flat Slalom Course on Saturday September 20.
Banbridge Canoe & Kayak Club will host a Try Canoeing event on Gilford's new flat Slalom Course on Saturday September 20.

Banbridge Canoe & Kayak Club is set to host a Try Canoeing event on Gilford’s new flat Slalom Course on Saturday September 20 to encourage the public to get outdoors.

The event, which is free of charge, is suitable for those of all abilities and will teach participants to successfully and confidently navigate through the course.

The Try Canoeing event is part of the Northern Ireland-wide Get Outdoors Weekend which hosts over 60 free outdoor activity events enticing an estimated 4000 participants.

On offer over the weekend is a range of adventurous activities in all corners of the country, from canoeing to archery, climbing and bushcraft.

Banbridge Canoe & Kayak Club’s Try Canoeing event is perfect for those looking for a fun filled afternoon out with the kids, or for those looking to make the most of a day off with their friends. Sessions will run throughout the day from 11am to 3pm on Saturday September 20.

Aideen Exley, Marketing Manager for Get Outdoors Weekend, commented, “Increasingly children are leading a more sedentary lifestyle, spending significant quantities of their time in front of a screen. Doing outdoor activities allows children to feel connected with their environment, play and have fun.”

She continued, “As all the events are free of charge in Get Outdoors Weekend, this is a unique opportunity in the Northern Ireland calendar for everyone to get active and embrace our parks, forests and waterways.”

The event will take place at Gilford’s new flat water Slalom course. All activities are free of charge and some 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 onto an event, go to www.GetOutdoorsWeekend.com

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

The events are hosted by a range of organisations including local councils, clubs and parks.