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Clandeblog 10 fun things to do with kids in Bangor, Northern Ireland

Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Whether it's the weekend or a half-term or holiday, here are 10 family-fun things to near Bangor.

1. Pickie Funpark

Pickie Fun Park, things to do in Bangor with kids.
Courtesy of Ards and North Down Borough Council

For a day filled with family fun in Bangor, check out Pickie Funpark. This play park offers a range of exciting things that kids will enjoy, such as the Pickie Puffer steam train, giant Pickie pedal swans, the Adventure Playground, electric cars, and an 18-hole nautical themed mini golf course.

2. Crawfordsburn Country Park

Crawfordsburn Country park, things to do in Bangor with kids.

For families that love the outdoors, Crawfordsburn Country Park offers a range of walking trails suitable for all ages and abilities. Choose from the Glen walk (1.5 miles), the Meadow walk (2 miles), or the Coastal walk (3.8 miles). It's also the perfect spot for a picnic!

3. Ulster Folk & Transport Museum

Family at Ulster folk Museum, things to do in Bangor with kids.
Courtesy of Tourism Northern Ireland

Step back in time at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, located just 10 minutes from Bangor. Kids will love wandering through the ‘olden day’ village and countryside as well as watching demonstrations of traditional crafts. Don't forget to visit the Transport Museum to discover transport from the past and present.

4. Bangor Aurora Aquatic & Leisure Complex

Bangor Swimming Pool, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Enjoy an exciting day out with the family at Bangor Aurora. This leisure centre boasts a 50-metre pool and features a fun Aqua Challenge, popular with kids aged 8 and up. Asides from swimming, there's also a fun-filled play zone and soft play.

5. Blackwood Golf Centre

Young boy swinging a golf club, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Why not try something new? Enjoy some golfing fun at the casual and family-friendly Blackwood Golf Centre. It’s a great place to practice swings on the driving range or play a round on the Par 3 course. Why not pop into the Coq & Bull brasserie for a bite to eat afterwards?

6. Exploris Aquarium

Exploris Aquarium, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Drive 40 minutes from Bangor to Portaferry and dive into the underwater world at Exploris Aquarium. From native marine species to an acrylic tunnel “Under The Sea” experience, it’s an exciting adventure and a great thing to do with kids.

7. Ark Open Farm

Cow with its calf, things to do in Bangor with kids.

A visit to Ark Open Farm is a great idea if you are looking for a fun day out with the whole family. Meet the farm animals or step back in time at their "Jurassic Ark". With multiple play areas including the Dragon’s Den and Kangaroo Bouncer, kids can enjoy a full day of fun!

8. Airtastic

Inflatable park, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Looking for things to do on a rainy day in Bangor? At Airtastic inflatable park, kids can enjoy a whole range of indoor inflatable fun. There's also a dedicated soft play area for toddlers, ensuring fun for everyone.

9. Eden Pottery

Eden Pottery sponges, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Unleash your creativity at Eden Pottery, where you and your children can paint pottery using a variety of sponge patterns. The studio is a fun rainy day activity for school-aged children and adults alike.

10. WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre

Family at Castle Espie, things to do in Bangor with kids.
Courtesy of WWT Castle Espie

Castle Espie is situated on the shores of Strangford Lough near Comber, about a 20 minute drive from Bangor. It's home to the largest collection of ducks, geese and swans in Ireland. Not only can you enjoy birdwatching, but there's also woodland walk and natural play area.

Things to do after your family day out in Bangor

Family friendly room at Clandeboye Lodge, things to do in Bangor with kids.

Whatever you get up to during the day, there’s no better place to enjoy some family time than at Clandeboye Lodge. We’ve got all your needs covered, from stylish family rooms with comfy beds and high-speed Wi-Fi to delicious 3 course meals in our renowned Coq & Bull brasserie.

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