Share Discovery Village https://www.sharevillage.org Residential Activity Centre - Outdoor Adventures Mon, 14 Jun 2021 12:56:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 Self Catering Holiday Packing List https://www.sharevillage.org/self-catering-holiday-packing-list Thu, 19 Nov 2020 16:34:38 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=22684 So you have decided to go on a self-catering holiday – the next step is to make sure you bring all the essentials. You don’t want to be worrying about not being prepared or having to waste your holiday time shopping. That’s where we come in. We have put together an extensive self-catering holiday packing …

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So you have decided to go on a self-catering holiday – the next step is to make sure you bring all the essentials.

You don’t want to be worrying about not being prepared or having to waste your holiday time shopping.

That’s where we come in.

We have put together an extensive self-catering holiday packing list that covers all of the essentials to make a real success of your trip away from home.

Our list of what to pack for your self-catering break covers all the seasons, is applicable to the UK & Ireland, and is ideal for families.

Our list of items to take on a Self-Catering Holiday

– Towels

Not all self-catering accommodation options provide towels and even if they do, it is always great to have spares for when your wet towels are hanging out to dry.

If you’re planning to head to the beach or go swimming you will be glad to have brought your own towels with you.

– Warm Clothing

Family wearing warm clothing on self catering holiday

No matter what time of the year you go on holiday within the UK or Ireland it is essential to be prepared by bringing warm clothing.

In the summer months you might get away with a light jacket or fleece but in winter make sure you pack a good raincoat, warm jacket, and woolly hat. 

If you’re going on a family activity holiday in Ireland then it is vitally important to pack warm clothing for the kids.

The last thing you want is one of the young ones coming down with a cold or flu!

– Bathroom Essentials

self catering holiday packing list - toiletries

Items such as toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, face wash, and deodorants are important to pack for every type of holiday.

But, the are even more so for a self-catering break as most house and chalets won’t provide any.

Top tip: Purchase travel-size versions of these washing items in advance so that you aren’t taking up too much packing space, wasting your vacation time in the shops, or leaving items behind to go to waste.

– Condiments

Condiments to pack for holiday

There’s nothing like arriving at your holiday destination and settling down to a lovely warm brew!

So, don’t forget to bring tea bags, coffee, milk, and sugar, etc. These will be needed to wake you up for all the adventures in store!

Other kitchen condiments to remember to pack include sauces and spices as this will save you having to buy them new.

Zip and Seal food bags are fantastic for storing these items and making sure that they don’t spill everywhere around your bags.

– A Good Camera / GoPro

Essentials for self catering - a good camera or GoPro

Ok so everybody has a camera phone these days.

But, a proper camera or GoPro is very handy to have as you can take better quality motion pictures/videos of your adventure.

If you’re thinking of taking part in some water sports then a GoPro that works underwater would be a brilliant idea to bring.

With a waterproof camera, you can capture those thrilling moments that you wouldn’t get with your phone.

– Chargers for Electronic Devices

Charger kit - ideal for a holiday

Although we don’t want to encourage bringing a load of electronics on a holiday, sometimes they are necessary to keep the kids entertained on long journeys or in the evenings.

So it is really important to remember to bring chargers for your portable gaming devices, iPads, and mobile phones to keep everyone happy.

– Board Games / Deck of Cards / Books

During the day you will not be short of entertainment on a self-catering break in Ireland or the UK because of the huge amount of fun family activities on offer.

However, in the evening time, you will need some sort of games to play.

Board games or card games are great fun for all of the family. Monopoly, Guess Who and Big Mouth are some fun ideas that we recommend, along with card games like Snap or Crazy 8’s.

Packing a book is also a good idea for night times to help you relax and wind down from the day’s entertainment.

– Travel Sized First Aid Kit & Medication

As you could be taking part in a wide variety of outdoor activities in Ireland and the UK, it is important to pack some vital first aid equipment in case any accidents happen.

Plasters and bandages are 2 of the main items you should consider, along with any medication that you or your family need.

Of course, in today’s current climate, make sure you pack hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes as you will be out and about in contact with others.

– Facemasks

Facemasks for family holidays

Facemasks are, of course, essential to put on your self-catering holiday packing list.

You can’t really go to many places without them anymore and who knows when that will change?

Make sure to bring them along so that you aren’t having to buy disposables. 

– Walking Boots

self catering holiday packing list - hiking boots

With so many beautiful walks to go on around the country that you must check out, be sure to pack appropriate walking boots.

Some of the hikes with the best views can be a little bit challenging that appropriate footwear will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry.

There are a variety of walks and other outdoor activities to do on a staycation so it’s great to be prepared.

– Old Trainers

Old trainers can come in really useful for when you take part in water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, or banana boating.

You won’t mind getting your old trainers wet or dirty as you are in and come out of the water so packing them is a really good idea.

– Washing Up Liquid

You’re going to need this after cooking up your favourite meals. Some self-catering chalets and houses won’t provide this so best to pack it just in case.

– Hairdryer

More often than not, hairdryers won’t be provided in your accommodation.

So be sure to bring yours along as it will be needed after showering and dipping in and out of the pool, sea, or lake.

– Picnic Essentials

Picnic gear for a holiday

If you’re a real outdoor enthusiast then chances are you will be going for a picnic at some point on your holiday.

Make sure to add a cool box, throw rug, flasks, and disposable cutlery and plates to your packing list if you’re going to head out for a picnic.

– Torch

There’s nothing like a midnight adventure with the kids on your vacation. 

If you decide to head out and gaze at the stars, then a torch will be good to have to navigate your way around.

It will also help with practical tasks like bring out out the bins or walking home from a restaurant.

Is your Self Catering Holiday Packing List now complete?

Let’s hope so!

If not, please let us know if you think we are missing anything and we will happily get it added to help people out before their trip away.

Enjoy your trip guys!

About Share Discovery Village

If you need any more information about holidays at self-catering accommodation, then please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Share Discovery Village has been providing family holidays for 40 years and our experience can help you organise the ultimate break away.

We even put together an itinerary for self-catering holidays in Fermanagh so you can have your entire activities organised before you set off.

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Things to do on a Staycation in Fermanagh https://www.sharevillage.org/things-to-do-staycation-fermanagh Sun, 15 Nov 2020 11:34:44 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=22441 The buzzword for holidaymakers around the country in 2020 has been “Staycation”, thanks to the global pandemic of COVID-19. Staycations in Ireland are likely to be more popular than ever for years to come. People have now realised that we have enough on our doorstep to have a fun holiday at home! But what can …

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The buzzword for holidaymakers around the country in 2020 has been “Staycation”, thanks to the global pandemic of COVID-19.

Staycations in Ireland are likely to be more popular than ever for years to come.

People have now realised that we have enough on our doorstep to have a fun holiday at home!

But what can you do on a Staycation in Fermanagh?

Look no further!

We thought we would help out by showcasing some of the many amazing adventures that await when you holiday in County Fermanagh.

Enjoy!

Fermanagh Staycations – Our Top Things To Do

– Island Hopping

– Visit Enniskillen Castle

– Explore Geopark Locations

– Action-Packed Water Activities

– Boat Tours

– Fishing

– Go-Karting

– Mountain Biking

– Visit the National Trust Estates

Island Hopping

Inish Davar - Family Staycation Fermanagh

There are 154 islands on Lower and Upper Lough Erne so it would be a shame not to visit any of them while you are staycationing here!

Devenish Island Monastic Site is a must-see attraction on the Lower Lough which you can visit using a variety of local boat hire companies such as Erne Water Taxi and Erne Boat Tours.

Another cool island to visit on the Lower Lough is Inish Davar, also known as the Bluebell Island. This secluded island is a great place to camp or explore and is steeped in natural beauty.

On the Upper Lough, you can island hop between Trannish Island, Iniscorkish, and the Hare Krishna Island to name but a few. Each is mystical in their own way and full of wildlife such as swans, geese, great crested grebes, and many grey herons.

Visit Enniskillen Castle

You must visit Enniskillen Castle on a Fermanagh Staycation

A trip to Enniskillen Castle is like taking a step back in time.

Here you can learn about a variety of historic moments in the history of Fermanagh and Ireland as a whole.

Marvel at some of the artifacts on show from a time long ago including bronze age swords and tools from the first settlers in the country.

Explore Geopark Locations

Geopark Fermanagh - Staycation things to do

The Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is spread over 20,00 hectares of land in Fermanagh and Cavan and boasts a variety of stunning hikes and attractions.

You can explore deep underground in the Marble Arch Caves, climb the world-famous Stairway to Heaven, or venture for a walk at Big Dog Forest where you may catch a glimpse of some of the wildlife including red deer, herons, and dragonflies.

Action-Packed Water Activities

In the Lakeland County, you can always be sure to find a whole lot of water activities!

No family activity holiday is complete without an adrenaline-rushing adventure on the water.

Here are some of the many thrilling watersports on offer:

  • Water Park adventures
  • Banana Boats
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Windsurfing
  • Sailing
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

To make things super simple for you on your Fermanagh Staycation, you can find all these activities in one place at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea.

P.s. if you’re intending on taking part in water activities you may want to pack correctly for your holiday.

Boat Tours

Things to do on a Staycation in Fermanagh - The Iniscruiser

There can be no better way to relax while exploring the Fermanagh Lakelands than on a boat tour.

From large pleasure cruisers such as The Inishcruiser or Lady of the Lake to luxurious water taxis such as Erne Water Taxi, you will not be short of options to choose from.

Fishing

Fishing Trip

Fermanagh is heaven for fishermen from around the world.

With such ease of access to the water, it’s not very surprising!

A wide variety of fish can be caught in the lakes and rivers of Fermanagh such as extremely large pike, trout, bream, roach, and even eels.

Plus, there are many local companies that can hire our fishing boats and equipment for holidaymakers.

Go-Karting

Go Karting - Staycation in Fermanagh

For those people on a Staycation in Fermanagh that have a need for speed, visiting Lakeland Karting in Kesh is a must!

The 550m track is ideal for groups, families with kids aged 9+, and anyone looking to get behind the wheel to test their driving skills.

Mountain Biking

Ireland Staycation - Mountain Biking

Breathe in the fresh country air on the back of a mountain bike while on your vacation this year.

Blessingbourne Country Estate is home to one of the top mountain bike trails in Northern Ireland and has routes for beginners, intermediates, and professionals.

Other venues include Share Discovery Village who can offer mountain bike sessions through their estate and forests that are ideal for beginners.

Mountain biking is one of our 15 recommended fun family activities in Fermanagh.

Visit the National Trust Estates

Crom Estate Fermanagh

Fermanagh is lucky to be home to 3 stunning National Trust Estates; Florencecourt House, Crom Estate, and Castle Coole.

Each venue is steeped in history and all boast wonderful walking trails and gardens that are brimming full of flowers and wildlife.

You can also arrange to get a tour from inside the estates that give you an insight into life in 18th century Fermanagh.

Are you now set for a Staycation in Fermanagh?

Not being able to fly to a foreign country doesn’t mean you can’t still have a wonderful family holiday in the coming months, as you can now see.

Fermanagh is full of thrills and wonderful adventures for both young and old. With an abundance of things to do with the kids, there is no chance you will get bored when you visit!

If you need any more information on holidays in Fermanagh, get in touch with us today.

Share Discovery Village offers self-catering accommodation for groups and families in the form of 8, 10, and 12-bed lakeside chalets. 

We even have a guide to self-catering holidays in Fermanagh to help you decide what to pack, where to eat, and to plan your activities and attractions to visit while you are here.

Get in touch today and our team will be happy to help!

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A Brief Guide to Climbing for Beginners https://www.sharevillage.org/climbing-for-beginners Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:51:12 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=20184 It’s important to find ways to stay active. This holds true regardless of whether we’re facing a health crisis: moving around keeps your muscles strong and mind active while also helping stave off stress. To that end, climbing is a great way to exercise both mind and body in an engaging way. If you want …

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It’s important to find ways to stay active. This holds true regardless of whether we’re facing a health crisis: moving around keeps your muscles strong and mind active while also helping stave off stress.

To that end, climbing is a great way to exercise both mind and body in an engaging way.

If you want to start climbing but have never tried it before, this guide to climbing for beginners contains a few tips for you to keep in mind.

Climbing for Beginners – Our Top Tips

Start off on a climbing wall

Climbing is a totally new experience if you’re not used to it, and starting out with rock climbing or climbing a mountain can end up seriously injuring you. We’re big fans of climbing at Share Discovery Village, and trying out a climbing wall is highly recommended for beginners.

In fact, even those who are more experienced can try them too.

These walls have varying difficulty levels, which means it’s perfect for those who want to work on their technique or are prepping for a climbing trip in the near future.

Climbing walls are available all year round as a lot of them are indoors, making them a fantastic indoor activity for children.

Build up your endurance

You’re definitely going to need your endurance for climbing. If you haven’t built up your endurance prior to climbing, don’t worry about it. Just make sure to take it slowly when it’s your first time making your way across the wall.

That said, if you want to make climbing a regular hobby then you might want to consider engaging in activities that help you build your endurance. These activities can be as simple as walking or jogging regularly.

Try climbing from side-to-side first

Starting by moving from side-to-side is a great way to get a feel for the motions of climbing without having to go up too high just yet. This is a technique used by climbing gyms all over the world, with Camp Sandugo in Manila allowing newbies to try climbing at floor level free of charge.

Climbing side to side is still going to work your muscles, but at least you don’t have to worry about conquering your fear of heights just yet.

Moving on a horizontal plane (versus going up and down like you normally would) is also a great brain workout that’ll help you work on controlling your grip.

Rent your gear first

As with almost any sport, climbing can get expensive once you really start getting into it.

This is why Colorado-based lifestyle writer Amelia Arvesen recommends that newbies rent equipment from their gyms or borrow from friends first.

Gear is definitely important — you’ll need both climbing shoes and some chalk to keep your hands stable — but you can invest in such purchases once you know that you want to make this a hobby.

Don’t forget to stretch

Any exercise that you’re trying for the first time is bound to make you feel sore afterwards, so a quick cool-down stretch can help relax your muscles.

Healthline’s list of cool down workouts cites a mix of dynamic activities and static stretches, like a light walk and then some overhead tricep stretches. Stretching down right after your climb helps your muscles kick into recovery mode.

Lots of people are intimidated by climbing, but once you get the hang of it you’re sure to get addicted.

After all, there’s nothing like the pride you get after realising that you’ve climbed up an entire wall by yourself!

Article written for sharevillage.org

By Jen Barthy

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Benefits of Winter Residentials for Schools & Youth Groups https://www.sharevillage.org/benefits-of-winter-residentials Tue, 25 Aug 2020 15:00:54 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=19742 A winter residential isn’t always the first idea to come to mind when the youth group/school trip planning commences. But what if we told you that there are a huge number of benefits to be taken from having a winter school trip? Wouldn’t it be great to reap the rewards from your residential trip throughout …

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A winter residential isn’t always the first idea to come to mind when the youth group/school trip planning commences.

But what if we told you that there are a huge number of benefits to be taken from having a winter school trip?

Wouldn’t it be great to reap the rewards from your residential trip throughout the school year?

Using the fantastic research from Learning Away and from our own 40 years of experience, we have compiled a detailed list of benefits of winter residentials that should help you with your planning.

The Benefits of a Winter Residential Trip

– Improved Wellbeing and Resilience of Participants

By being pushed to try and learn new things in a different environment, kids self-belief, confidence, resilience and wellbeing will all be greatly improved.

Learning something new and being taken out of your comfort zone on a residential trip in winter can lead to students pushing themselves to participate and better themselves in the classroom. Can you imagine how great that would be for the rest of the school year?

87% of secondary students felt more confident to try new things after a residential – Learning Away

– Better Engagement in the Classroom

Behaviour, attendance and engagement in the classroom with learning can be greatly enhanced after a residential as they will be encouraged to participate and learn in a fun way throughout.

A winter residential can instil a passion for learning amongst kids which will benefit them, their teachers and guardians throughout the year.

72% of primary pupils said that their behaviour at school is better after a residential and 71% of secondary pupils felt more strongly motivated to learn – Learning Away

– Embed Learning back in School

Winter Residentials allows teachers to be able to embed the learning and development from the trip back in school. Students progress can then be greatly enhanced throughout the year before moving on to their new school.

77% of pupils said the way they were taught on the residential will help them do better in the subject in question – Learning Away

– Better Relationships between Staff and Students

Deeper relationships are created between students and staff during residentials and this can be sustained throughout the school year. 

A teacher that gets to know their student better earlier in the year will know how to motivate and interact with the student better in order to set them up for success. Trust and respect can be gained by the teacher which will help increase engagement levels.

Students will get the opportunity to see staff members outside of the classroom taking part in activities which will show a more personal and relatable side to them. This can help staff members become more approachable and trustworthy.

79% of primary pupils said they know their teacher better as a result of their residential and 84% of secondary students said they get on better with others in their class – Learning Away

– Discover New Learning Opportunities

The longer nights and shorter days offer new learning opportunities on an outdoor residential. Activities such as nightline, which encourages good communication, or star-gazing are really fun to try.  

The beginning of the school year is also a great time of year to kick start key subjects with inspiring hands-on learning indoors. Activities such as arts and crafts and the creative arts, such as film-making, can help develop a passion for subjects such as Art and English which can be built upon the rest of the year.

– Discounted Prices in Winter

Winter Residential Trips can have a much better return on investment due to a lot of residential centres offering discounted prices during their shoulder seasons.

A school residential at Share Discovery Village during Autumn or Winter costs as little as £80pp for 2 days. This includes accommodation, all meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on the day of departure and morning and evening activities also included.

– More Focused Guidance

During winter, most residential centres are quieter than they are in their busy periods in Spring and Summer and this can lead to groups getting more focused, personal attention and guidance from leaders.

A lot of residential groups that come to Share Discovery Village, such as Adam’s Camp NI, enjoy having the centre to themselves due to the needs of their members and this is easier to allocate in wintertime.

Winter Residentials at Share Discovery Village

Winter Residential Trips at Share Discovery Village

We are hugely fortunate to have a modern, custom-built Arts Arena that is perfect for indoor activities during the colder, winter months.

The large Sports Hall, Arts and Crafts room, Dance Studio, Lounge’s (x2), Pottery Room, Indoor Climbing Wall and Shanaghy Room (ideal for learning and team games), make our centre an ideal venue for a winter school trip. All these rooms can be turned into brilliant meeting rooms or classrooms.

Winter Residential Activities

Not to mention the fully-accessible leisure suite with a heated swimming pool that can be made available for residential groups as an additional indoor activity.

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If you are thinking of organising a trip for a primary school, be sure to check out our guide to Primary School Residentials that includes everything you need to know.

Winter Residential Activities:

The vast majority of our 30+ activities on land and water are still available during winter. 

That includes land activities such as climbing, archery and orienteering, water activities such as canoeing and sailing and arts activities such as t-shirt painting, mod roc design and mosaics.

Some of the water sports are weather dependant during this period such as Banana Boating and Stand Up Paddleboarding, but if the weather is safe, we will run dry sessions on canoes and sailboats while having you well wrapped up in wet suits and gloves so that you can enjoy the stunning Lakeland views of Upper Lough Erne on your school adventure trip.

There are a lot of health benefits gained from outdoor activities so when the weather permits during the winter months, we will ensure to have activities planned in the outdoors.

Fun Activities for Teens - Sailing

Check out our blog on How to Pack for a School Trip which will help you prepare for your young one’s trip.

How to Book:

Feel free to contact our bookings team for more information on residentials for groups of all ages and sizes at any time of the year.

You can see now that a school or youth group residential doesn’t have to be an end of year trip to say goodbyes – the benefits can be reaped throughout the year if it takes place in winter.

Other Winter Activity Ideas:

Share Discovery Village is open all year round and provides a variety of Winter Birthday Ideas and Indoor Activities for Kids.

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Activities for All https://www.sharevillage.org/august-activities-for-all Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:41:50 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=16868 Activities in Fermanagh for the General Public! SHARE has re-opened! We offering Self Catering Accommodation, Family Activity Holiday Packages, Camping & Caravan site. We have also re-opened our Covid friendly activities. Choose from a set timetable of activities that include Archery, Combat Corps, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, and more in 1 or 2-hour sessions. …

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Activities in Fermanagh for the General Public!

SHARE has re-opened!

We offering Self Catering Accommodation, Family Activity Holiday Packages, Camping & Caravan site.

We have also re-opened our Covid friendly activities.

Choose from a set timetable of activities that include Archery, Combat Corps, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, and more in 1 or 2-hour sessions.

Book your 30 minute Banana Boating or Big Mable session for £50 maximum 8 people

Book your 1 hour session on our Water Park for £15

Or go at your own pace by hiring Canoes, Kayaks or Stand Up Paddle boards.

Water Park Bookings are coming soon!

Check out the timetable below.

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Banana Boats & Big Mable https://www.sharevillage.org/banana-boats-big-mable Fri, 17 Jul 2020 11:23:28 +0000 https://sharevillage.org/?p=15909 Enjoy an exhilarating experience on the water with our action-packed towable inflatables – Banana Boats and Big Mable! Big Mable is suitable for those who are mobility impaired! Check out how our very own Brian Whittendale enjoyed his session: Brian’s Experience on Big Mable. Info on Banana Boats and Big Mable Sessions: Big Mable and …

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Enjoy an exhilarating experience on the water with our action-packed towable inflatables – Banana Boats and Big Mable!

Big Mable is suitable for those who are mobility impaired! Check out how our very own Brian Whittendale enjoyed his session: Brian’s Experience on Big Mable.

Info on Banana Boats and Big Mable Sessions:

Big Mable and Banana Boat sessions will be split into 7 x 30-minute sessions throughout the day for a max of 8 people at £50 per session.

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– 10am – 10.30am

– 10.45am – 11.15am

– 11.30am – 12.00pm

– 12.15pm – 12.45pm

– 2pm – 2.30pm

– 2.45pm – 3.15pm

– 3.30pm – 4pm

Cost:

–  £50 per session.

–  8 people max per session.

– Wetsuits and buoyancy aids are included in the price.

– YOU MUST ARRIVE 25 MINUTES BEFORE YOUR SESSION.

– Please wear swim gear and old trainers. Bring a towel.

– There are no shower facilities post-lockdown. We do have changing areas to change into wetsuits and clothes.

How to Book:

Please email info@sharevillage.org with your contact details, preferred date, group numbers and preferred activity. We will reply as soon as possible

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The Health Benefits of taking Outdoor Activities https://www.sharevillage.org/the-health-benefits-of-taking-outdoor-activities https://www.sharevillage.org/the-health-benefits-of-taking-outdoor-activities#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=2219 The physical and mental benefits of exercise are immense, but did you know that you can leverage these benefits more by exercising outside rather than indoors? Well, experts unanimously agree that outdoor activities exponentially boost your mental health, which makes your physical exercise even more fruitful. And because outdoor or green exercise is in most …

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The physical and mental benefits of exercise are immense, but did you know that you can leverage these benefits more by exercising outside rather than indoors?

Well, experts unanimously agree that outdoor activities exponentially boost your mental health, which makes your physical exercise even more fruitful. And because outdoor or green exercise is in most cases offered to you free by Mother Nature, you are able to save a lot compared to working out in the gym. Saving money is among the life accomplishments that enhance your mood and alleviates stress.

With that in mind, let’s focus on 9 of the most notable health benefits of taking outdoor activities.

9 Health Benefits of Outdoor Activities

  1. Improves your mental wellbeing

As we mentioned, your mental wellbeing greatly improves when you exercise outdoors. One of the reasons for this is the awareness that your mind has throughout the exercise, particularly in regard to the changing terrain and weather.

Unlike in the gym where the floors are flat and benches evenly positioned, the terrain outdoor includes winding paths, hills, woods, and valleys. You are forced to be focused and alert at all times and that alone benefits your mental health.

  1. Best way to get Vitamin D

Your bones and blood cells need a lot of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D for them to be healthy. Working out under the sunlight helps your body to absorb these minerals seamlessly. Also, getting 5-15 minutes of sun at least once in every two days gives your body all the Vitamin D it needs.

  1. Boosts self-esteem

Your self-esteem increases exponentially when you spend time with friends doing different outdoor activities. This effect is particularly strong when you spend time near water, green areas, and within sounds of nature such as waterfalls.

Walking along nature trails, fishing, and gardening, among other moderate-intensity physical activities, are important for your esteem as well. Playing with paintball guns or laser guns is another worthy activity as it gives you a renewed sense of accomplishment, which is a major confidence boost.

  1. Promotes memory

Nature walks have shown a significant relevance in memory retention among humans. Walking around trees, for example, promotes your memory by more than 20%.

  1. Stress-reduction effects

Cortisol – The hormone that indicates the level of stress in humans- reduces greatly when you spend time in the forest, say, watching birds and taking part in low-intensity outdoor activities. Camping in the woods, for example, is a far much better activity than spending time in the city, especially for people who suffer from anxiety.

It has also been scientifically proven that people who spend more time in the wild have a better heart rate than those who spend hours sitting in front of screens or in city traffic.

  1. Reduces anxiety

Activities that reduce anxiety

As we have mentioned above, something about outside calming down an anxious mind. You will attest to this fact even if you aren’t fond of going out- you definitely have experienced the calming nature of Mother Nature even if it is through a house plant or pictures of nature.

Many offices nowadays have nature wall arts hanging on office walls as a way of calming down angry, stressed, and anxious employees. If that works, then you can imagine the significance of being in the presence of that waterfall or mountain you see in office wall art.

Nevertheless, if you continue having anxieties and the episodes don’t stop, you can hire the services of a life coach training who can provide assistance and help you find calmness.

  1. Improves the quality of your sleep

physical benefits of outdoor activities

Your sleep cycle is dependent on the accurateness of your internal clock. If the clock isn’t working right, then you will have a hard time regulating your night sleep. The clock works right when the cells in your eyes get enough sunlight during the day, particularly before mid-day.

That is why you need to be out as many minutes as possible in the morning hours. This requirement becomes more important as you get older.

  1. Boosts your immunity

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We mentioned that morning sunlight boosts your Vitamin D levels. The more the Vitamin D your body gets, the stronger its immune system becomes. On top of that, being within outdoor plants helps you leverage the health benefits of the phytoncides and other organic compounds that plants produce. These compounds boost immune function in humans.

  1. Helps burn some unwanted fat

When you play outside – say, while out doing water activities, you burn tons of calories and unwanted fats. And because being outdoor during the day helps you to sleep better, coupled with the fact that better sleep facilitates faster weight loss, the role of outdoor time in your physical fitness can never be overemphasized.

Conclusion

If you are a working citizen, you probably spend hours indoors in front of a computer and under artificial lights. And because you are overwhelmed by work in the office, you don’t have enough time to catch up on news and social trends, so you spend your evening basking in the glory of social media and TV. It is in your best interest if you could end this harmful behavior. Get off the couch and take a walk of nature for a healthier lifestyle.

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Check out our list of the Best Outdoor Activities in Ireland.

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Health Benefits of Canoeing and Kayaking https://www.sharevillage.org/health-benefits-of-canoeing-and-kayaking-2 https://www.sharevillage.org/health-benefits-of-canoeing-and-kayaking-2#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=2212 Most people think of taking up running or cycling when looking to get more physical exercise to improve their health. How would you like to try something different by getting out on the water in a canoe or kayak? We are going to reveal the top mental and physical health benefits of canoeing or kayaking …

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Most people think of taking up running or cycling when looking to get more physical exercise to improve their health. How would you like to try something different by getting out on the water in a canoe or kayak?

We are going to reveal the top mental and physical health benefits of canoeing or kayaking that should inspire you to get active in an exciting way.

What’s the difference in Canoes and Kayaks?

This is such a common question for anyone who is new to paddling and there are a few clear differences between the two sports.

A canoe is generally a much larger boat which you use a single-bladed paddle to move through the water. Canoes are open and you either kneel or sit inside them.

A kayak is an enclosed vessel which you sit inside with your legs stretched out in front and the paddle you use while kayaking is double-bladed.

Some canoes can be enclosed and kayaks, such as sit-on-tops, can be open vessels.

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Health Benefits of Canoeing and Kayaking

  • Improved Upper-Body Strength

Canoeing and kayaking are a fun way to help increase your upper body strength as you use the paddle to push the vessel through the water. If you get the chance to get out on the water for a paddle quite regularly, you should notice an increase in chest, arm, shoulder and back strength.

  • Improved Core Strength

Your torso muscles are all called into action when you are paddling a canoe or kayak due to the rotation movements made while moving the paddle.

  • Improved Leg Strength

You will find that, while in a canoe or kayak, you will be applying a lot of pressure through your legs which will increase your lower body strength over time.

  • Improved Cardiovascular Fitness

One of the top health benefits of kayaking and canoeing is that it improves your cardiovascular fitness. Like many other exercises, paddling increases your heart rate which can help improve the strength of your heart.

This is very important at every age but especially later in life. Therefore canoeing and kayaking are great for older people looking to have a healthier heart by taking part in an activity that is not too stressful.

  • Weight Loss

Both of these sports are excellent activities that help with weight loss. You will burn tonnes of calories paddling on the lough, in the sea or on a river, while also having a great time.

Most people can’t say the same about going for a tough run or cycle – that’s what makes paddling ideal for weight loss!

  • Low-impact Activity (Reduced Injury)

Paddlesports are low-impact activities compared to running or contact sports where there is a lot of pounding feet off the ground and big hits.

The relatively low impact means there is less chance of picking up knee and back injuries which are particularly common in other exercises.

  • Reduced Stress Levels

Exercise has been proven to reduce stress levels as it produces endorphins, which act as a natural pain killer. These endorphins help your ability to sleep which, in turn, reduces stress levels.

Other Benefits of Paddling

  • Improved Social Skills

Getting out on the water in a kayak or canoe with a group of people is an amazing way to socialise. You can paddle to islands or different venues and stop off for a flask of tea and a picnic with your group – how idyllic does that sound?

Check out Trannish Island Bothy – a secluded island that Share Discovery Village owns, which is home to a cosy dwelling, camp site and BBQ area. This is a great destination to paddle to and relax with your group.

There a lot’s of paddling events and groups that you can attend to meet new people such as the Greenland Games, Share Slalom or Ulster Canoe Festival.

  • Increase in fun and laughter!

One of the main things to take from any sport or exercise that you take part in is the fun and laughter that comes with it.

Paddling canoes and kayaks is really, really fun when you are with like-minded people who just want to have a nice, relaxing time. 

  •  Mindfulness

While you meander through the calm waters of the lough on your canoe or kayak, you will notice the beauty of the Lakelands around you. This is great for the mind and body as it makes you relax and appreciate the wonder of nature around you.

  •  Capturing the Perfect Instagram!

Are you looking to update your Facebook or Instagram with amazing photos? Well, there are plenty of brilliant opportunities to get some stunning snaps while out on the lough or river in your vessel!

Health Benefits of Paddling Canoes or Kayaks

Top Tips for Canoeing and Kayaking

– If you have no experience paddling, it’s best to get lessons from qualified instructors before heading out on the water. The staff at Share Discovery Village are pro’s when it comes to paddlesports so feel free to contact them.

– Check the weather conditions before leaving. Be prepared for heavy rain or hot sun.

– Make sure you bring a mobile phone to be contacted on.

– Bring a spare paddle.

– Wear a buoyancy aid or life jacket.

– Don’t get dehydrated – bring lots of water.

– Make sure that you know the waterway you are paddling on.

Where can I rent a canoe or kayak?

Call into Share Discovery Village’s office or leisure suite any day you wish to rent a canoe or kayak to take out on Upper Lough Erne.

SHARE is a British Canoeing (BC) approved teaching school and we run a number of courses from beginner to instructor level every year.

You can learn more about how Share Discovery Village can help with your mental and physical health, here.

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Staycations in Ireland https://www.sharevillage.org/staycations-ireland Thu, 25 Jun 2020 08:58:29 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=14229 Available throughout the year! Staycations in Ireland are in demand in 2020! With travel restrictions in place, there is no better time to support local and embrace the amazing holiday destinations that are on our doorstep. We, at Share Discovery Village, are delighted to be able to welcome the public back to our safe and …

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Available throughout the year!

Staycations in Ireland are in demand in 2020! With travel restrictions in place, there is no better time to support local and embrace the amazing holiday destinations that are on our doorstep.

We, at Share Discovery Village, are delighted to be able to welcome the public back to our safe and responsible environment for thrilling outdoor activities and relaxing, lakeside accommodation!

Check out below the range of Self-Catering and Camping Activity packages that we have available from May.

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15 Fun Family Activities in Fermanagh https://www.sharevillage.org/fun-family-activities-fermanagh Tue, 23 Jun 2020 13:20:44 +0000 https://www.sharevillage.org/?p=14060 During the summer holidays or over a weekend, there is nothing better than the whole family spending some quality time together. The question is, what is there to do? You will be amazed by the number of fun family activities in Fermanagh that are suitable for kids and parents of all ages! With such uncertainty …

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During the summer holidays or over a weekend, there is nothing better than the whole family spending some quality time together. The question is, what is there to do?

You will be amazed by the number of fun family activities in Fermanagh that are suitable for kids and parents of all ages!

With such uncertainty around travelling at the moment, we have decided to select some of the family activities that are right on our doorstep in the Erne County.

From thrilling water activities in Summer such as Water Parks and Canoeing to year-round land adventures such as mountain biking and climbing, you are going to be spoilt for choice.

The Best Year-Round Family Activities in Fermanagh

– Mountain Biking

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Hopping on bikes with your family is one of the best ways to get some quality time together while having tonnes of fun.

One way to make it extra fun is to get off the roadsides and have a go at a mountain bike trail.

There are a variety of places for families to go offroad on the bikes including a beginners mountain bike course at Share Discovery Village in Lisnaskea or the more challenging mountain bike trails at Blessingbourne in Fivemiletown.

– Canoeing

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There are not many better ways to get away with your family in Fermanagh to enjoy the great outdoors than rafting 2 canoes together and setting off to an island to relax and take in the beauty of Upper Lough Erne.

Canoeing is a wonderful family activity that not only lets you appreciate the natural beauty of our county from a different view but it is also a great way to stay socially distant after lockdown as you paddle away from land with your loved ones.

Kids of all ages can come along as the older participants can paddle the boat while they sit back and experience the joy of wading through the water while safely seated and wearing a buoyancy aid.

– Hiking

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Why is hiking such a great family activity in Fermanagh? 

1 – You get to see some amazing views of our beautiful county.

2 – It’s a great form of exercise.

3 – It’s free, so you can bring as many family members as you want without worrying about the impact on your wallet!

Some of our favourite hiking spots in Fermanagh include Topped Mountain (a short but steep hike that gives a great view of Enniskillen and beyond), Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail and Lough Navar Magho Cliffs.

These are only 3 out of many options that will enable you to have a fun day out with the kids and get some amazing photos of the stunning scenery that we are lucky to have. 

– Kayaking

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For a family with kids who are at that age where they want to paddle themselves but aren’t yet capable to paddle a canoe, a trip out on the lake on a kayak is a great idea.

Share Discovery Village offers a variety of different types of kayaks, some of which are ideal for family days out, such as single, 2-person and 3-person sit-on-top kayaks.

These are ideal for a family to stay together while having a fun journey across the mystical waters and they are very easy to bring to shore to explore any of the historic islands on Upper Lough Erne.

There are many health benefits to canoeing and kayaking that mean your family will be getting their daily fix while also having an enjoyable day out.

– Marble Arch Caves

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Educational family days out in Fermanagh don’t get much better than a trip to the Marble Arch Caves to explore the mysterious underworld that was first discovered way back in 1895.

The caves provide a great deal of historic, geographical and scientific knowledge on the local area and family members, both young and old, will be intrigued by the sight of the shining limestone rock and underground streams throughout the underground passages.

The highlight of the trip undoubtedly is the underground boat journey across the dark waters within the caves.

– Archery

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Archery is a fun and active activity for the entire family that can be played year-round, both indoors and outdoors.

This is a brilliant way to introduce a little competition into the family day out to make things even more fun as you count the scores and see who is the Robin Hood in the household by having the best aim!

Archery is also great for developing young kids hand-eye coordination which can help them in a variety of other sports and tasks that they partake in regularly.

– Laser Tag

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If you’re looking for a fun family activity that will consist of bundles of laughter, then a game of laser tag is perfect!

The adrenaline will be flowing when you don your camouflage gear and play a variety of shooting games using high-tech, LSD guns in the custom-built forest arena.

Share Discovery Village offers laser tag (also known as Combat Corps) as an activity for families and groups of all ages so this is one activity that the parents will love to join in on!

– Family Arts & Crafts

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Arts and Crafts are brilliant for families with little kids who want to get creative!

A t-shirt painting class gives kids the opportunity to design a cool t-shirt that is full of memories which they can take away and save as a memento of their day out.

Other fun art classes on offer at Share Discovery Village include balloon modelling, film-making and mod-roc design – each of which let young ones try something new and discover different skills and interests that they may not have tapped into before.

– Climbing

Action Packed Family Activities in Fermanagh

Reach for the sky on your next family adventure in Fermanagh by taking on a climbing wall!

Climbing is the perfect outdoor or indoor activity for kids of all ages and parents alike to get out there and conquer their fears and try something that they wouldn’t get to do on a normal day. 

Anyone can reach the top when they put their mind to it, reassured in the knowledge that they are safe and secure under the guidance of highly experienced instructors.

The Top Summer Family Activities in Fermanagh

– Water Park Adventures

Water Park at Share Discovery Village

This one is for the adrenaline junkies!

We reckon the water park at Share Discovery Village is the most exciting family adventures that Fermanagh has to offer!

Kids and parents will love taking on the many thrilling obstacles on the inflatable such as the wiggle bridge, rock slides and icebergs, to name but a few.

If your family is growing up now and you find it difficult to keep the teens entertained, then you should give a water park session a try. Activities for teenagers don’t come much more exciting than making a splash on a water park!

– Stand Up Paddleboarding

Family paddling Activities in Fermanagh

SUP is one of the coolest ways to roam the waters and explore the Lakelands!

Stand Up Paddleboarding is easy to get the hang of, gives you the ability to fit 2 or 3 people on one board and is suitable for people of any age which makes it a fantastic family activity on the water.

Share Discovery Village offers SUP as an instructor-led activity, as part of their family packages and you also have the option to hire out equipment such as stand up paddleboards and paddles so that you can go explore the Upper Lough on your own.

– Fishing

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Fathers and sons love a good fishing trip and there is no better place to do that than County Fermanagh with all its beautiful lakes and running rivers that are full of pike, trout and perch.

Fishing is on the best things to do in Fermanagh during the Summer months when the weather is nice and calm so you can bring the little ones along without having them complain about the rain!

Both Upper Lough Erne and Lower Lough Erne are home to monster-sized pike and tasty trout that are a real delicious treat for those who like to bring home their catch. Other lakes such as Mill Lough in Belnaleck and Lough Melvin are very popular amongst fishermen and women.

– Camping

Family Camping in Fermanagh

Nothing screams family adventure quite like a camping trip!

There are so many beauty spots in Fermanagh’s untouched, rural locations that are great for camping with the kids, as well as many private and safe camps-sites such as Share Discovery Village’s camping grounds.

A fun way to take your camping trip in Fermanagh up a notch is to camp on one of the many islands around the county – Trannish Island (Upper Lough Erne) and Inish Davar (Lower Lough Erne) are 2 popular choices.

The health benefits that outdoor activities such as camping can provide for individuals and family can be monumental, making it not only a fun family activity in Fermanagh but also a highly beneficial one.

– Carrowhoney Pet Farm

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Based in Lisnaskea, Carrowhoney Pet Farm is the perfect family activity in Fermanagh for animal enthusiasts.

Amidst the 60-acre farm in the countryside, you will find a mind-boggling variety of animals from all over the world!

From Chinchillas and Llamas to Reindeer and so many different varieties of birds that you will not have known existed, you will leave Carrowhoney fascinated and with even more enthusiasm to learn about wildlife from all over the world.

– Deserted Island Glamping at Trannish Island Bothy

Glamping on Trannish Island

Trannish Island Bothy is a snug little dwelling on the island on Upper Lough Erne that was once an old farmhouse but has been rejuvenated into a wonderful glamping experience.

Are you visiting Fermanagh with your family to see top tourist attractions such as Cuilcagh Boardwalk? If so, you should make it a really unique experience by staying at Trannish Island Bothy.

This is a unique glamping option near the Stairway to Heaven that can sleep up to 12 people in the dwelling and a whole lot more on the campsite around it. A wood-burning stove, kitchen utensils, living room and much more are also included in the experience so that those who aren’t so fond of wild camping can relax and enjoy their break.

You can rent out kayaks or canoes at Share Discovery Village and paddle out to the island and spend the night with your loved ones enjoying a BBQ while relaxing in the peace and quiet that the island offers.

Conclusion

There is no need to travel far to find fun family activities because, as you can see, Fermanagh is full of them!

There is something for everyone – for young families and families with teens, for families who like sports and adrenaline-fuelled activities and for families who love nature.

With so much uncertainty in today’s climate around travelling and flying internationally, it’s reassuring and nice to know that there are so many activities in counties like Fermanagh where there is clear air to breathe, plenty of quiet and open spaces to distance yourself, and lot’s of safe places to stay that adhere to social-distancing guidelines.

Contact Share Discovery Village on info@sharevillage.org or fill out the below contact form if you want any more information on packages for fun family activities in Fermanagh.

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