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What’s on in Spring 2020

Longview House is perfectly placed for many different events through Spring 2020. If you are planning a visit here, we can help you with some of those.

Ballymoney Spring Fair, 11th April (Easter Saturday)

Enjoy a fabulous day of festive fun as Ballymoney transforms into a cascade of colours, live music and artisan markets. From outdoor entertainment and traditional music to many attractions including workshops, a cavalcade of vintage cars and a Carnival Parade.

Our Living Coastin Portrush, Sunday 19th April

An extremely popular sea tour, Our Living Coast has been enjoyed by visitors for generations. The trip is a unique 2 hour journey along the North Coast with Causeway Lass’s eagle-eyed crew. During the trip visitors will see wildlife in its natural environment and learn about the hidden local history of the Causeway Coast.

After departing Portrush Harbour the trip continues to the Skerries to see seals, then it’s on to Dunluce Castle before returning via the White Rocks sea caves and East Bays.

Duration of the trip is 2 hours. Price includes tea and coffee.

Tours are also bookable through Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centres.

Catch and Sea Portstewart, April 25th – 19th September

Seeing coastal features and sea life up close; watching the sunrise – resplendent over the Atlantic ocean; a fishing rod in your hands – perhaps for the first time; catching that fish and learning how to fillet it; lifting lobster pots; feeding the friendly, hungry, seabirds with fishy leftovers; taking pride in presenting your catch to the Chef. Finally seeing it cooked for breakfast and sampling in conjunction with award-winning local produce you may have never tasted, or been aware of, before that day.

The breakfast experience illustrates the true meaning of ‘our place on a plate’, showcasing what else Northern Ireland produce can offer.

Guests say it’s hard to experience a more inspiring way to start their day, allowing them the remainder of the day to sample our other tourist attractions; be it bird watching on Rathlin, Games of Thrones locations, visiting Ireland’s only World Heritage Site, enjoying a dram in the world’s oldest, licensed, whiskey distillery, surfing Blue Flag beaches, drinking locally brewed Lacada beers or even golfing on nearby, world famous, links courses at Portstewart, Castlerock or Royal Portrush.

Tour dates 25 April / 23 May / 20 June / 18 July / 15 August / 19 September 2020

Causeway Coast Challenge Walk, Bushmills/Portballintrae Sunday 3rd May

The annual Causeway Coast Challenge Walk for 2020 is set to run again this year on Sunday 3rd May. This event run by local club Bannside Ramblers is now in its 42nd year of operation and continues to attract walkers from all over Ireland and further afield.

This spectacular walk commences at the community hall at Portballintrae, Co. Antrim and follows the spectacular coastal cliff top path along Runkerry beach and via the famous Giant’s Causeway to eventually reach Port Bradden where participants turn and retrace their steps. This takes the total distance of the challenge walk to over 30km of stunning views and scenery. The path is well marked and defined and contains a number of stepped ascents and descents totalling over 900m and crosses rocky foreshores.

Registration takes place on the day strictly between 8am and 9am at Portballintrae village hall. Walkers completing the event by 5pm will receive a commemorative car sticker and signed certificate for their efforts.

Participants are reminded that they should bring sufficient food and water to complete the distance and also wear suitable clothing and footwear for the prevailing conditions.

The International North West 200, May 10th – 16th

The International North West 200 road races celebrated their 90th anniversary in 2019. So many great races and racers have graced the closed roads circuit linking the towns of Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine since the first event in April 1929.

Originally run as a single race over 200 miles, generations of road racers from Duke to Dunlop, have competed around the famous Triangle.

Nowadays the North West attracts the best line-up of competitors of any road race on the planet as they battle wheel to wheel at over 200mph. 2020 is set to produce even more glorious history as Glenn Irwin, who has won the last three NW200 superbike races, and Alastair Seeley, the event’s most successful rider, renew their fierce rivalry.

The chasing pack, led by Peter Hickman, the world’s fastest road racer, and TT winner Dean Harrison will be also chasing superbike glory along the stunning coast road.

Make sure you are part of that history on May 10th – 16th. It is an experience not to be missed. Click here for details https://www.northwest200.org/race-week-festival-2019/

The backdrop for the International North West 200 is the Causeway Coast of Northern Ireland; one of the most stunning tourist destinations in the World. An area of outstanding natural beauty with a World Heritage site at the Giant’s Causeway, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and miles of golden sandy beaches; there is so much for the visitor to enjoy. Why not take the opportunity to visit us during race week and get the full NW200 experience to discover what the Causeway Coast has to offer.

Summer Bird Watching, Rathlin Puffin Control, Rathlin Island 24th May

Visitors joining Causeway Lass will experience a pleasant Summer bird watching boat trip from Ballintoy Harbour via Carrick-a-Rede to Rathlin’s West Lighthouse. Passing below Northern Ireland’s largest bird colony visitors will also experience great views of Puffins both in the water and around their burrows.

The trip will also incorporate the cliffs and stacks which are home to thousands of Guillemots, Razorbills and large number of Kittiwakes and Fulmars. On occasions it is possible to catch a glimpse of Northern Ireland’s only pair of Great Skua or some of the resident Peregrin Falcons or Seals.

Three trips available
Trip 1: 10:00-12:30
Trip 2: 13.30-16:00
Trip 3: 17:00–21.30

Meeting point is Ballintoy Harbour. Tours are also bookable through Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centres.

Summer Bird Watching, Rathlin Puffin Control, Rathlin Island 24th May

Visitors joining Causeway Lass will experience a pleasant Summer bird watching boat trip from Ballintoy Harbour via Carrick-a-Rede to Rathlin’s West Lighthouse. Passing below Northern Ireland’s largest bird colony visitors will also experience great views of Puffins both in the water and around their burrows.

The trip will also incorporate the cliffs and stacks which are home to thousands of Guillemots, Razorbills and large number of Kittiwakes and Fulmars. On occasions it is possible to catch a glimpse of Northern Ireland’s only pair of Great Skua or some of the resident Peregrin Falcons or Seals.

Three trips available
Trip 1: 10:00-12:30
Trip 2: 13.30-16:00
Trip 3: 17:00–21.30

Meeting point is Ballintoy Harbour. Tours are also bookable through Causeway Coast and Glens Visitor Information Centres.