Game on for fun days out

Cheer on the Ir­ish girls as they seek Rugby World Cup glory in Belfast

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - TRAVEL -

The Women’s Rugby World Cup rolls into Kingspan Stadium and Queen’s Univer­sity, Belfast this week, with the semi-fi­nals on Tues­day and fi­nal on Satur­day, Au­gust 26. Tick­ets give you ac­cess to three matches each day and, with a few days in be­tween, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to explore Belfast’s vi­brant of­fer­ings.

For rugby buffs, the Nevin Spence Cen­tre and Kingspan Stadium tour should be in your start­ing line-up.

Learn about the his­tory of rugby in Ul­ster, show off your man­age­rial skills by pick­ing your dream team, test your strength by tack­ling Ul­ster rugby play­ers and chan­nel your in­ner fly-half by tak­ing on the kick­ing chal­lenge.

It’s no se­cret that North­ern Ire­land is made for sport — with he­roes in all fields, from rugby and golf to foot­ball. Take a 10-minute drive from the Kingspan Stadium to The Ge­orge Best Trail to fol­low in the foot­steps of one of the world’s most renowned foot­ballers.

Visit the places which shaped the Manch­ester United leg­end’s be­gin­nings, in­clud­ing his home and the play­ing fields he prac­ticed on.

Fancy a post-match meal after a day full of sport? Then visit the award-win­ning Molly’s Yard Restau­rant on nearby Botanic Av­enue. Re­lax in the court­yard and tackle some lo­cal beef, sea bream or veni­son.

If you have young chil­dren to en­ter­tain, let them burn off some en­ergy at Europe’s largest tram­po­line park, We Are Ver­tigo. They’ll find out how high they can bounce on the tram­po­lines while you in­dulge your­self at the en­ter­tain­ment com­plex’s new spa.

Or when the weather is good — get ev­ery­one out­doors at the tran­quil La­gan Val­ley Re­gional Park. You can try fam­ily ca­noe­ing on the River La­gan. Mo­bile Team Ad­ven­ture of­fers kayak and ca­noe rental be­tween March and Oc­to­ber and are on site to pro­vide you with all the equip­ment you re­quire.

Round off your per­fect day at the Ivan­hoe Ho­tel’s newly re­fur­bished bistro, which will give you your fill of top notch, fam­ily-friendly din­ing.

For those want­ing to sam­ple Belfast’s fa­mous nightlife, there are plenty of bars which will be full of fel­low rugby fans. Just a 20-minute walk from Kingspan is the bustling Er­rigle Inn on south Belfast’s Ormeau Road.

Or a short taxi ride will take you to Cut­ters Wharf, over­look­ing the River La­gan, or the Cloth Ear and McHugh’s in Belfast city cen­tre. To plan your short break to the Women’s Rugby World Cup visit Dis­cov­erNorth­ernIre­land.com

TOP EVENT: from left, Aine Kear­ney, Tourism NI Di­rec­tor of Busi­ness Support and Events, with WRWC Am­bas­sadors Jor­danne Booth and Lynn Wil­son, and (be­low) the Kingspan Stadium. In­set, Molly’s Yard restau­rant in Belfast

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