Sunday 24th September

Coast to Glens Wildfood Adventure

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EVENT DATE/S: Sunday 24th September

LOCATION: Butterlope Farm and Wild Strands

EVENT TIME/S: 9:30am- 4pm

PLACES AVAILABLE: 15

EVENT COST: Minimum charge for 2 people £1,200
5-8 People: £250 Per Person
8-15 £200 Per Person

A unique food journey along the River Foyle and tributaries from the City to the Sperrins Upland.

Experience a unique food journey that will take you on an adventure along the River Foyle and tributaries from the city to the Sperrins Uplands. William McElhinney, ‘The Seaweed Man’ of Wild Strands will guide you from the Foyle River to Butterlope Farm. Here under the expert guidance of Annie Mullan, an ecologist, farmer and gardener you will explore the wild landscape of Butterlope family farm in the Sperrins. Foraging in the gardens, hedgerows, fields and bog habitats you will pick ingredients for your lunch and learn the traditional, cultural and historical uses of the wide range of plants found there.

On your return, engage into an immersive culinary experience, participating in the preparation of lunch including farm foraged ingredients. A heritage expert, William will present an engaging, experiential and interactive cooking demonstration relating the food source to its cultural landscape, a gastro topographical experience. The meal prepared will be a taste of this landscape and will provide you with a unique insight of some of the outstanding local artisan food products e.g. Tamnagh Dart Mountain Cheese. Enjoy this by the stove side in the farm’s ‘byre’ room, where William will be on hand to answer any questions on cooking techniques and to show you how and why to cook with a selection of wild food. William specialises in all things seaweed and will explain their culinary and medicinal uses.

On return to the city William will guide you to the coastal iconic and historical location of Culmore Point. Here you will view and experience food on the edge, seaweed among other edible treats to be found there.  To end this slow adventure William will lead you in an outdoor session of Tai Chi Qigong at this historical setting of the entrance to the Foyle Estuary.

 

WHAT TO BRING: Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Gourmet lunch
  • Guided foraging walk
  • Cookery demonstration
  • Tai Chi Qigong session

SUITABILITY: Adults with a moderate level of fitness and this package included moderate walks in countryside.

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: ‘Pick your own’ farm produce box.
Gift bag with homemade seaweed artisan products from Wild Strands.

HOW TO BOOK: To book please contact Annie; phone: 02881647749 or email butterloper@btconnect.com


Fishing and Rough Shooting Weekend

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EVENT DATE/S: Friday 22nd- Sun 24th Sept

LOCATION: Tyrone or Donegal

EVENT TIME/S: 8am – 8pm

PLACES AVAILABLE: 6

EVENT COST: £999pp

A weekend packed full of adventure in a breath taking rural location with one day fly fishing and the other bird shooting.

One of your days will be spent fishing, either fly fishing or salmon fishing on one of the Foyle rivers. You will have the luxury of an experienced guide who will also be able to tell you stories of the river along the way. By the end of the day the aim is to have caught a salmon or pike (depending on the season).

From the river to the forest, you will spend one of the other day’s bird shooting. This will take place in either Tyrone or Donegal (depending on estate access) where you will have the services of a dog handler and retrieving dog throughout. The type of bird you can expect to shoot is either duck, snipe or woodcock. After having shot your bird you can take it back to your accommodation where you will have the opportunity to pluck and gut it, assistance with this can be given if needed.

Included is two nights accommodation, arriving on the Friday night, in the luxurious Finn Valley self-catering cottages near Strabane. Their four cottages are located in a breath taking rural location and are surrounded by natural beauty with views of the Donegal hills. A truly authentic experience, steeped in tradition, attractions & activities. There is a range of eating establishments nearby, local restaurants can also be booked in advance if required.

WHAT TO BRING: Appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Two nights accommodation in an en suite bedroom in shared self-catering cottage
  • One day fly fishing
  • One day bird shooting
  • All specialist equipment & guidance is included - participants can bring their own equipment if they wish at a reduced cost – please enquire when booking
  • Packed lunches

SUITABILITY: Experience in shooting is required.
Minimum age is 18yrs old.

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: 15% off accommodation at Finn Valley Cottages. Booking must be made before 31st December 2017 and the voucher must be used before 30th June 2018 – subject to normal terms and conditions.

HOW TO BOOK: Please contact Anne from Finn Valley Cottages at finnvalleycottages@gmail.com / +44 (0) 77204 52161


Great Foyle Wild Camping, Canoe and Slow Food Experience

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EVENT DATE/S: Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

LOCATION: The River Foyle, Derry-Londonderry

EVENT TIME/S: 10am (Sat) – 1pm (Sun)

PLACES AVAILABLE: 15

EVENT COST:£167 per person

Allow the tidal River Foyle to take you on a spectacular two-day journey and spend your evening wild camping, cooking and enjoying some locally sourced Slow Food and brewed beer by the fire.

This trip will take you along the great River Foyle Canoe Trail with your local expert guide from Inish Adventures. Paddle from the ‘Port of the Three Enemies’ (Port Na Tri Namad) where the three rivers meet (the Finn, the Mourne and Foyle River). Learn about the local area through our river guides who will recount stories and teach you about the local heritage and wildlife.

Disembark at the historic Gribben Quay for a pop up wild food experience with local chef Darren Smith where you will learn how to prepare and cook with locally sourced ingredients. You will feast on locally sourced Foyle fish and shellfish, vegetables sourced from the Moville Community Garden and homemade breads. Gribben Quay was a fishing station in years gone by. The old ice house and stone quay still stand, testimony to the commercial salmon fishery that the Foyle sustained for centuries. Here you will set up camp and your guide will deliver a camp craft session including fire, shelter and wild cooking skills using the principles of Leave No Trace.

Take time to relax around the fire together, reconnect with nature and enjoy some well-deserved local beer and slow food snacks from the Walled City Brewery. You will sleep under the stars and the next morning you will enjoy a simple campfire breakfast before continuing your journey through the City of Derry beneath the three bridges, stopping at Clipper Quay for a hot drink before continuing through the historic dockland to where the river meets the sea lough at Culmore Point. This part of the journey is steeped in history. Along the way our guides will point out landmarks including the Old Foyle Valley Railway, the spires of the city Cathedrals, Boom Hall, the Guildhall, the old wharf at Lisahally, amongst others.

 

WHAT TO BRING: Outdoor clothing preferably waterproofs and wellington boots or strong shoes. Sleeping bag and camping gear e.g. tent (we can provide a tent if required), bottled water for personal consumption (we provide for cooking, cleaning and teas/coffees), own snacks if required and personal effects such as toothbrush, required medications etc.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Guided canoeing session (6 hours canoeing approx. over 2 days) including heritage and stories of the Foyle
  • Slow Food Cooking Demo and Dinner
  • Evening snacks and locally brewed beer from Walled City Brewery
  • Camp craft and survival skills demo
  • Simple campfire breakfast
  • All teas/coffees and beverages (inc. a beer from Walled City Brewery)

SUITABILITY: No previous experience is required

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: Free Inish Adventures t-shirt.

HOW TO BOOK: Please visit www.inishadventures.com/slow-adventure


Hack & Snack in Georgian Elegance

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EVENT DATE/S:Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September

LOCATION:The Beech Hill Country House , Derry-Londonderry

EVENT TIME/S:3pm- 5pm (Sat)

PLACES AVAILABLE:6

EVENT COST:£20 per person

Your adventure will begin in the grounds of Beech Hill Country House Hotel, where you horse-powered transport will be waiting for you. From the moment, you ride past the charming gatehouse along country paths passing by ponds and woodland, you will be captivated by the spectacular and secluded setting of the magnificent 18th century country house.  The Georgian elegance of the Beech Hill is reflected in the magnificent gardens and creates an idyllic back drop for a leisurely hack. Finish your adventure experience with a delicious cream tea in the beautiful surroundings.    

WHAT TO BRING: Riding hats are provided.  Long trousers, boots and weather appropriate clothing are required.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Guided hack
  • Cream Tea

SUITABILITY:No previous experience is required

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: N/A

HOW TO BOOK:Email info@cityofderryequestrian.com contact Pauline on 07850208656 or visit www.cityofderryequestrian.com


White Horse Adventure

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EVENT DATE/S: Sunday 24th September to Monday 25th September

LOCATION:Rural area of Derry

EVENT TIME/S: Availability on Sunday 24th September (City of Derry Equestrian) - spaces available for 10am - 12pm and 12pm - 4pm on the Sunday. 

PLACES AVAILABLE: 4 people per session

EVENT COST:£132.50pp

A chance to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature.

Begin your journey with a guided Horse riding experience, led by expert instructor Pauline from City of Derry Equestrian. This ride into the wilderness is a fantastic way to connect with nature and enjoy the panoramic views of Derry, Donegal and beyond. Pauline will keep you entertained with some stories about the landscape and local characters and you trek through the lush green fields of the Faughan Valley to Ardmore and its surrounding forest to Slieve Kirk at the foothills of the Sperrins. Here the open landscape changes dramatically as you enter the forest and the rich sent of pine filters into the fresh country air. With deer and other wildlife roaming the forest, you might even catch a glimpse of something extra special!

After an enjoyable exploring the trails, spend the night in the 4-star White Horse Hotel where you can relax in the hotels Leisure Club facilities before enjoying a 3-course meal with locally produced and traditionally made options prepared by the hotels award winning Chef, Noel Ward. Your meal will be served with a bottle of wine. After dinner, relax in the Lounge bar and experience some local history and Irish Folklore during the Storytelling-Seanchai sessions or get your foot tapping to some traditional Irish music.

After a peaceful night’s sleep enjoy a full breakfast and late checkout (so you can enjoy a final swim or relax in the jacuzzi. As an added treat on check out you’ll be presented with handmade chocolate truffles spiked with local whiskey ‘The Quiet Man’, as a reminder of your trip.

WHAT TO BRING:Long trousers, boots and weather appropriate clothing required, swimsuit

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 1 Day guided adventure
  • Horse Riding ‘Leisurely Trail’ will last approximately 2 hours
  • Includes hire of horse and riding hat, Walker led treks available upon request
    Includes Dinner, Accommodation, Breakfast and full use of the Hotel Leisure Club facilities

  • Additional options are available at extra cost.

    • ‘Moderate Trail’ approximately 3 hours and ‘Challenging Trail’ approximately 4 hours
    • Single room supplement
    • For groups below 20 storytelling & Traditional Music entertainment is not included in the package, this can be added for an additional cost.
    • Cookery demonstrations of items from the menu with tasting samples
    • Spa treatments

SUITABILITY:Weight Restriction of 14 stone
Not suitable for very young children

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?: Bottle of wine with dinner

HOW TO BOOK:To book please contact Kimberly at the White Horse Hotel; Phone: 028 7186 0606 or email: events@whitehorsehotel.biz


Discover The Sperrins Walking Tour & Traditional Foods

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EVENT DATE/S:Sunday 24th September

LOCATION: North West Sperrins

EVENT TIME/S:

  • Walking Tour (10am to 6pm)
  • B+B accommodation in 4-star White Horse Hotel

PLACES AVAILABLE:5 people

EVENT COST:£150 per person

A mini break with a difference, escape the hustle for a day in the Sperrins exploring the local landscape and discovering traditional local foods.

Your adventure will begin with a day spent exploring with local ecologist and guide Martin from Landscape & Countryside Tours. Take a journey of discovery through the Sperrin Uplands and allow yourself to connect with nature and pre-history through a series of short walks, exploring scenic landscapes, colourful upland habitats and fascinating archaeological sites.

Later that afternoon visit Bradkeel Social Farm’s organic garden and meet some of the farm’s traditional breeds including pigs, poultry and sheep. While at Bradkeel you will also participate in a traditional soda bread making demonstration and tasting session in the farmhouse kitchen.

Checking into the White Horse Hotel, enjoy full use of the Hotel’s Leisure Facilities and a delicious breakfast and late checkout the next morning.

WHAT TO BRING:Appropriate outdoor clothing for late September and walking boots.  A small ruck sack if you have one.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Transport through the Sperrins and interpreted landscape guiding
  • Visit to Bradkeel Social Farm
  • A hearty packed lunch

SUITABILITY: Not suitable for anyone under 15 years of age

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?:Free use of White Horse Hotel’s leisure facilities.

HOW TO BOOK: Please contact-  Martin Bradley (Landscape & Countryside Tours) Phone: 079 2678 5706 or email: martin839@btinternet.com


Boom Board Tour

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EVENT DATE/S:Sunday 24th September

LOCATION: St Columb’s Park Derry~Londonderry

EVENT TIME/S: 11am-1pm

PLACES AVAILABLE:4

EVENT COST: £40 per person

Please note there is an additional cost of £5pp for those who would like to take part in the beer tasting at the end of the Boom Board Tour.

Two Award winning local companies-Far and Wild and the Walled City Brewery are teaming up on a new slow adventure experience which is a first for Derry-Londonderry. Boom boarding, wild nature and craft beer, it’s a winning combination.  

Your adventure begins in St Columb’s Park with an introductory lesson in Boom Boarding. This popular Hawaiian longboard provides a smooth and stable experience (and lots of fun!) no matter what level you are at. This activity mimics surfing on a wave and will have you flowing along pathways in the direction of the famous Walled City Brewery in Ebrington Square. The tour with your local guide from Far & Wild opens a new vista on the city.

The tour will conclude at the Walled City Brewery restaurant with an opportunity to sample the newest of local brews coming out of the micro-distillery. James Huey, master brewer at the brewery, has worked wonders with his latest ‘Boom’ Larger giving the Tour it’s refreshing name.

WHAT TO BRING:Trainers and appropriate outdoor clothing required

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • 1 day guided tour with Far & Wild including instruction and board. 
  • Visit to Walled City Brewery

SUITABILITY:Participants with a moderate level of fitness. 
Any specific dietary requirements should be mentioned when booking.
Maximum of 4 people per session.

WHAT YOU GET FREE FOR BOOKING ON SLOW ADVENTURE WEEKEND?:10% discount voucher for participants against future bookings.

HOW TO BOOK: Please book online via the Far and Wild website: https://farandwild.org.uk
For further information please contact Far & Wild by email: hello@farandwild.co.uk or call +447775911198