Needing inspired after the Christmas festivities? Then look no further than Lisburn & Castlereagh! There are lots of shops to grab a bargain at or start spending those gift vouchers, spas to recharge your batteries or fun places to spend time with family before holiday season ends.
Let someone else do the cooking! Dine out in one of our fantastic restaurants. You can try traditional Irish cuisine to exotic Indian food that would make any mouth water. Book a table at The Parson's Nose Hillsborough or try something spicy at Spice Indian Restaurant Lisburn or call into The Four Winds which features the Grill Restaurant, Wine Bar, The Two Magpies Bar, The Courtyard and Collina Café Bar. Click here for more inspiration on eating out in the Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council area.
Explore Moira Demesne. Recently upgraded, the 40 acres of parkland hosts beautiful walks, picnic areas and a children's play area. The Demesne, which is located in the centre of Moira village has free parking and is perfect for walking off your Christmas Dinner. Have an adventure in Lagan Valley Regional Park covering 4200 acres and stretching for 11 miles between Lisburn & Belfast. Escape to the tranquil Hillsborough Forest Park where the 200-acre forest is adjacent to the charming Georgian village of Hillsborough as well as the historic fort.
If you haven't seen the Light Festival yet, don't worry you can experience the Festival up until the 25th January 2019! Marvel at the captivating Light Canopy producing dazzling displays the length and breadth of Bow Street. Come along and make special memories at the Lisburn Light Festival.
Go to one of the biggest, most exciting indoor trampoline parks in Europe! A visit to We are Vertigo will never disappoint. There's so many activities to try all at the one location. From the indoor adventure centre, to Northern Ireland's only indoor ski centre, there's lots for all ages. Visit Spruce Meadows Adventure Farm where there's a wide range of activities for all ages. Go skating or bowling at Dundonald International Ice Bowl which has Northern Ireland's only Olympic size ice rink and Xtreme ten-pin bowling all under one roof.
End 2018 in style by booking a relaxing treatment in a spa. We all deserve a little time out after the Christmas festivities and there's no better way than having some me time in one of our many spas. Make that wish come true at The Spa at La Mon, Jeanette Kidd Beauty and Day Spa in Lisburn or the newly opened Skin Future by Aine Lavery in Hillsborough Village.
Treat yourself or your family after Christmas in one of our many shops. Spend your vouchers or Christmas money with a visit to Sprucefield Shopping Centre, Bow Street Mall or Forestside Shopping Centre where you can find a variety of shops all under one roof. If that doesn't tickle your fancy visit the beautiful Georgian villages of Hillsborough or Moira with an array of boutique shops waiting to welcome you.
Thinking of taking the kids out for an adventure? With an extensive revamp, Moira Lakes offers a wide range of activities to suit any age range, from children's parties to corporate events. Activities range from the aforementioned fly fishing, archery and even a mini-beast safari. The hosts can tailor make a package to suit you, from an hour to a full day, has activities to suit all ages and can accommodate large or small groups.
Although it's been around for years, The Ulster Aviation Society is an ever popular choice. It utilises brand new ideas inspired from the history of aviation. As Lisburn & Castlereagh's most popular tourist destination, it's appeared on television with the intrepid idea of recreating the flight of Harry Ferguson, a famous local engineer, who was the first person to build and fly his own plane in Northern Ireland.
Clenaghan's Restaurant is a new venture re-imagining a well known local pub. With the idea of making the most of the ingredients around us and trying to get as much flavour out of them as possible, both the restaurant menu and more laid back pub draw visitors from far and wide to the village. It's a great idea for the first or fiftieth date.
La Mon is ideal for couples with it's great leisure & spa breaks and most of all offers the chance to escape the bustling city (and the kids). Additionally, guests can enjoy the range of facilities of La Mon's Country Club. These include a 15 metre swimming pool, two fitness suites and a tennis court.
Situated only 6 miles from Belfast City Centre, The Ivanhoe Hotel in the suburban and residential area of Carryduff, began its existence back in the 1800s as a Spirit Grocers, known as The Halfway House - a well-known stopping-off point for travellers on their way from Belfast to Saintfield.
Featuring recently refurbished fixtures and fittings and catering for ladies groups, The Ivanhoe is an ideal weekend visit.
Jonzara is a beautiful ladies fashion store based at 20, Bow Street Lisburn. The store is owned and managed by the McCann family who have brought it to Lisburn to compliment the great selection of independent retailers already in the City. It offers a fabulous selection of designer brands including Betty Barclay, Sandwich Clothing, Taifun, Betty & Co, Olsen, Emreco, Monari Italia and Picadilly of Canada. These labels are embellished with a gorgeous selection of designer accessories including Hot Tomato, One Button Jewellery and Hem and Edge.
The Still House is a fantastically innovative idea brought to Moira by the creators of Ruby Blue Vodka. Situated in the popular local Four Trees pub, the Still House main bar will be opening at the beginning of January with a gin distillery and visitor centre being created in a tastefully renovated barn around March.
Lyons Karting is a fantastic, fast flowing go-karting circuit in Northern Ireland. Five minutes from Lisburn and five minutes from Hillsborough, it's in the ideal location for the lads to fulfil their need for speed. Lyons Karting also supplies Grand Prix Karting, stag and hen parties, corporate and club events. Also on site is a small venue to get a bite to eat and a drink.
Hillmount Centre is one of Northern Ireland's Largest nurseries. Customers are offered a perfect haven nestled in amongst the scenic Castlereagh Hills. Additionally, it can trace its roots back to the Second World War when Hill Mercer established a business growing much needed vegetables for the local markets. Most noteworthy is their Gardeners' Rest Cafe, which avails of views over the beautiful Castlereagh Hills.
The Lagan Valley Tow Path provides an excellent walk full of wildlife and wonder all the way to Belfast! The route is 11 miles long with soft surfaced paths away from busy roads. It is equally, however, ideal for a gentle stroll, utilising the many varied locations linked along the way. Additionally, Lagan Valley Island is now home to a new 'Made in Lisburn Castlereagh' Coffee Dock, serving a selection of locally produced and sourced products. The Coffee Dock serves gourmet sandwiches, wraps and salads from popular local café Daltons, as well as tempting homemade treats baked fresh and Organic Fairtrade coffee. It's also open at the weekends from 10am to 2pm! What's more, you can follow the path up to Hilden and discover the secret of the master brewer at Hilden Brewery, Northern Ireland's oldest craft beer manufacturer.