Exploring my local area: Summer Bucketlist

Exploring my local area: Summer Bucketlist

So we’re now into the summer which means, in theory anyway, that we should have lots of good weather! And I’m sure I am not the only person who loves to get out and explore when it’s sunny rather than sitting around watching Netflix. So today I thought I would share a few local(ish) spots that I hope to go to over the summer.

Peace Maze

The Peace Maze is situated in Castlewellan Forest Park about 40 minutes from where I live. I’ve been to Castlewellan a few times, and I’ve took quick walks into the forest, but have strangely never visited the maze.

The Argory

The Argory is a gorgeous Irish gentry house which I visited as a child, but have to visit again. Mostly because I really want to take a walk around the gorgeous gardens to take some pictures!

Seaforde Gardens

Another spot I want to visit for the photographic opportunities it will give me! There is a walled garden, a maze and even a tropical butterfly house where there are butterflies flying around! I absolutely love butterflies so this sounds perfect to me.

Ulster Museum

I love the Ulster Museum, but I haven’t been in so long! There’s a new exhibition thats just opened called ‘Blurred Lines’ that is all about the evolution of fashion photography which sounds exactly like something I would love, so I’ll need to visit that.

Titanic Belfast

Shockingly, I have never been to the Titanic museum, despite being in Belfast all the time and the Titanic Quarter being my favourite part of Belfast. I think I might finally make a visit this summer, though I have to admit: the admission price is definitely putting me off slightly (Β£18 per adult… that’s pretty damn pricey).

What’s on your summer bucketlist?

  • The peace maze is great fun if you have any young ones to take along with you, you could be in there for hours πŸ™‚
    I agree that Titanic is pricey but I think it’s worth it, you could spend a whole day there then maybe do the wee tram tour around the area too, a great wee day out.
    If you’re feeling flush you can also have afternoon tea in the great room, it’s a lovely experience (even though its a mock up) it feels pretty special.
    Love this feature, Lauren. Some great picks there πŸ™‚

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    • Oh I would definitely have to do the afternoon tea- I never turn down the chance for afternoon tea ha. Thanks for reading Gillian πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • I really want to visit the Titanic, Belfast…although living in England makes it an even pricier trip which is slightly annoying.
    Alicia x

    • It’s definitely worth it though! Without being biased, Belfast is one of my absolute favourite cities. Just so fun and welcoming and amazing πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • These all sound amazing. I’ve been trying to get into exploring my area too and was shocked by the amount of things to see and do. I also want to visit the Belfast Titanic one day 😊

    Steph xx

    • It’s always crazy to see how much there is to do in our local area that we weren’t aware of! No reason to ever be bored πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • I’ve been to the Peace Maze!! When I visited Northern Ireland with some friends, it was one of our first activities and I enjoyed it a great deal, I’m sure you will too! The Titanic Museum is well worth a look! I need to start making my summer bucket list, there’s so much I want to do!

    Abbey πŸ’‹ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Oh I’ll definitely have to get! It just sounds so much fun. Thanks for reading Abbey πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • I’ve unfortunately never been to any of these places on your list but visiting the titanic musesum is something me and my dad are hoping to plan later on in the year! Xxx

    • Oh Debra you should! Belfast is amazing, you would love it
      x Lauren

  • Chloe

    I’ve been to the Titanic museum and it was so good to see! I love Belfast (I have family who lives in Dublin but we’ve been up to Belfast a couple of times). Hope you have a lovely summer Lauren xx

    • Oh that’s good to hear. I probably will go, though maybe I’ll leave it to when I have all my holidays out of the way. Hope you do as well Chloe πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • I would love to visit the Titanic museum!! Not sure my little lad or other half would enjoy it as much though! Perhaps a trip away with my mum is in order! xxxxxx


    • Oh you should, I’m sure you would love it! Ha kids definitely aren’t the biggest fans of museums are they?
      x Lauren

  • My summer bucketlist is to explore more of the towns in Spain! I live 10 minutes from the border so I really have no excuse of saying I get bored in Gibraltar xx



    • Ooh that sounds like it will be a great summer! So jealous of you living so close to Spain
      x Lauren

  • Ooh I haven’t even heard of any of these places, but they sound really interesting. The weather right now has been a little disappointing, but hoping it gets brighter and warmer soon. Enjoy your summer, Lauren! πŸ™‚


    • All we’ve had is non-stop rain- so annoying! But even if it doesn’t get better, I’ll make the most of it. Enjoy your summer as well Maira πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • ADoseOfChatter

    Β£18 is a bit cheeky for a museum! Maybe you should try and wrangle a press pass πŸ˜‰ hahaha. Also I just googled the Argory and it looks stunning! Definitely worth a trip!

    lots of love Izzy | http://www.ADoseOfChatter.com

    • Ha I should give that a try! Isn’t it gorgeous? And it’s so close to me
      x Lauren

  • Tasha Louise

    Such a great post but Β£18 for a museum is expensive it would have to be an amazing museum!!xxxx

    • Well it is supposed to be really good, and I do love everything relating to the Titanic, so I probably would enjoy it. I just hate paying that much ha
      x Lauren

  • Emma Ramsell

    I’ve always wanted to go to the museum but paying Β£18 always seemed really steap. I’d love to go but unless they have Leo giving out glasses of fizz I think I’ll pass xx

    • Yea it’s really pricey! Oh wouldn’t that just be amazing. I would pay so much for that experience ha
      x Lauren

  • Sian…

    This sounds like a great idea for a blog post and summer activity! Sightseeing is one of my favourite things to do so I’d love to do this! Mazes scare the crap out of me though, ever since I’ve seen Harry Potter! Voldemort might take me!

    Sian x

    • Oh I didn’t even think about that ha. I don’t think I’ve ever actually done a maze before so I really want to do one
      x Lauren

  • This looks like a great place to visit! So many lovely things to do and see, seems like a great summer!

    x Annabelle

    • Hopefully i will be! I really just want to make the most of the summer
      x Lauren

  • Holly

    The titanic museum looks amazing, but at Β£18 per person is pretty pricey!

    Holly x

    • Yes it definitely is! But I feel like I really need to go to it ha
      x Lauren

  • Zara

    My Summer bucketlist definitely involves checking out all the new restaurants and cafes that have opened in St. Andrews while I’ve been abroad and visiting all the nearby fishing villages! The titanic museum sounds great although that is a pretty steep entry price! xo

    • Ooh sounds like a lovely summer bucketlist! The nearby fishing villages sound like they could be fun day trips. Thanks for reading πŸ™‚
      x Lauren

  • Deimante Baurinaite

    My family live in Northern Ireland and I’ve never been to the Ulster museum or the Titanic! Maybe I’ll visit those this summer too πŸ™‚
    Deimante x

  • Foxxtailz

    I really really want to go to the titanic museum, that sounds amazing!
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  • Stacey

    All of these places sound great and definitely worth the visit! We’re planning a trip to the Lake District this Summer. I’ve been before but I’m looking forward to showing the girls some places i loved when I was younger.