While some people like to live life on the edge the greater majority tend to play it safe.
For those who need a little bit of adventure in their lives, or those simply in need of a new activity to herald a fresh rush of adrenaline, here’s a list of places in Belfast where you can have the sort of amazing adventure you never thought possible in our wee city…
Mount Ober Golf Course, 24 Ballymaconaghy Road, Belfast
As you’ve probably worked out footgolf is a game of golf played using your foot in lieu of a club and a size five football instead of a golf ball.
Just like golf, the object of the game is to get the ball into the hole using only your feet in the fewest number of shots possible. The beauty of the game lies in being able to strategically combine power and precision.
Price: £12 for adults for 18 holes / £8 for Under 16s or £8 for adults for 9 holes / £5 for Under 16s.
Unit 2, City Business Park, The Cutts
Escap3d is a live action adventure escape game in which you’re locked in a room and have one hour to get out.
All you need is a team for solving puzzles, thinking out of the box, working together and finally cracking the code for freedom. A great team building activity where someone is guarranteed to either achieve heroic status or be forever labelled a scapegoat depending on the success of the mission.
The game is run by Kornel Prjevara, a mathematical genius from Hungary who has been living in Northern Ireland for the past nine years.
Price: £48 per team of 3-8 people.
3. Wee Toast Tours
Departing from 5 College Court
Now serving Belfast with two unique 15-person bikes, Wee Toast Tours allow you to ‘Bring Your Own’ as you tour the city with the help of pedal power.
You’ll have your very own driver and barista to serve you as you travel in style and experience Belfast in a completely new way.
Be prepared for onlookers to join in the fun, cheering you on as you traverse Belfast streets with whatever music you choose to play on board.
You don’t need the full compliment of 15 people to take the tour. You can book for a small number of people and you’ll be hard pressed not to strike up a friendship on the party bike.
Price: Monday to Thursday = £12 for a one hour tour, Friday to Sunday = £15 for a one hour tour. Two hours tours are also available at £24 and £30 respectively.
CitiGolf is a fully licensed entertainment facility where the activities are virtual but the fun is very real.
They started off in 2006 as somewhere where you could play virtual golf, but they now offer big screen Wii / Xbox, karaoke, as well as food and drink.
Whether you are on your own or part of a large group, Citigolf is a fun venue for all to enjoy. It’s a particular hotspot for birthdays or stag and hen parties.
Price: 1-3 people = £12 per person / per hour, 4 people = £40 per group / per hour, 5-8 people = £50 per group / per hour. Further discounts are available for larger group bookings.
5. Bubbleball NI
Available to hire all over Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland’s premier mobile bubble soccer company will supply the bubble balls all over the country for those looking to take part in this fast, fun sport.
Balls are available in adult sizes and kids sizes and depending on the space you have available they can accommodate up to seven-a-side games.
Price: Starting at £200 per session for groups of up to 16 which includes the venue hire.
6. Belfast Cookery School
53-54 Castle Street, Belfast
The Belfast Cookery School is open to all levels of experience and is designed to awaken, enliven or revitalise a passion for cooking with fresh ingredients and the best quality produce.
The school has room for 16 students each with their own individual work station – all utensils, equipment and ingredients are provided to enable you to create your culinary masterpiece.
Under the expert guidance of the school’s experienced chefs you will be given a step by step lesson in creating a delicious meal you can re-create time and again at home to impress family and friends.
Price: Courses start at £50 per person
7. Universal Sports Arena
Not one, but at least four activities you’ve probably never tried before can be found at the Universal Sports Arena. For a start you can try your hand at baseball in their batting cages. They’ve also got Belfast’s only outdoor paintball arena, as well as Segway tours and NI’s only Virtual Reality Gaming Area. For the (slightly) less adventurous they’ve got archery and crazy golf too.
Price: For £20 you can have a go in the batting cages, on the archery range and a game of crazy golf. All activities are also priced individually.
8. We Are Vertigo
Newtownbreda, Belfast, Co Antrim
What started off as an indoor trampoline park now plays host to indoor skiing, snowboarding, high ropes, low ropes and a climbing wall.
And they’ve recently added a spa and fully-licensed alpine restaurant. It’s just like being in Switzerland (if you can manage to forget you parked your car in an industrial estate in East Belfast).
Price: Trampoline Park starts at £10 per person, Adventure Centre starts at £7.50 per person, Ski Session starts at £25 / £20 per hour (adult/child). Party discounts are also available.
Colin Glen Forest Park
SKYTrek is Ireland’s premier high and low ropes activity centre including climbing wall and challenges, zip lines and fan descender.
Suitable for everyone, from five years and up, SKYTrek will take you out of your comfort zone and force you to overcome challenges at height, leaving you with elated self confidence in your ability to master all of life’s difficulties.
Price: Activities start at £7 per adult and £5 per child (Under 12).
10. Clip ‘n Climb
Dundonald Ice Bowl
Who dares, climbs at Clip ‘n Climb. Test your resolve and determination on the Jungle Vines, reach new heights on the Skyscraper, take the Speed Climbing challenge or light up the board on the Checkerplate. Or, for the ultimate challenge – sign up for the Leap of Faith.
Price: Age 4-5, £5/£7 (off peak/peak), 6-16, £8/£10 (off peak/peak), 17+, £10/£12 (off peak/peak)