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Events

Causeway Coastal Route Cluster Gobbins Tour & Speed Networking

  Tuesday 15th May, The Gobbins

 

The Gobbins is kindly hosting our next Speed Networking event which is open to all Causeway Coastal Route Cluster members and tourism providers.

Schedule:

10.10am: Welcome

10.30am: Tour of the Gobbins Cliff Path – Meet in the Briefing Room

1.00pm: Lunch

1.30pm: Coffee and Tea in the Big Hall

1.45pm: Speed Networking

3.45pm: Close

The schedule includes an optional tour of The Gobbins Cliff Path at 10.30am. Please bring suitable walking shoes/boots and waterproofs. As the route is narrow in places, no bags or walking poles can be taken along. There are lockers where you can leave all personal items and bags etc.

A light lunch (soup and sandwiches) will be available at 1.00pm at a cost of £7.00 pp. The Speed Networking event will start promptly at 1.45pm and will provide an opportunity for tourism businesses to find potential partners to develop itineraries and packages with to help attract more visitors/customers.

Causeway Coastal Route Cluster meetings are open to all tourism providers. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

To book, please contact Fern Major  by 12.00 noon Thursday 10 May, indicating which of the following you’d like to attend:

a) The Gobbins Cliff Path Tour

b) Lunch

c) Speed Networking

Please note, if you are interested in doing the tour:

  1. The tour will take 2.5 hours from the Briefing Session at 10.30am prompt until 1.00pm.
  2. The Gobbins Path is an arduous trek that is often narrow and uneven, accessed by a very steep pathway.
  3. A good level of fitness is needed – you must be fit enough to climb 50 flights of stairs and walk a very steep 1 in 5 gradient.
  4. Suitable outdoor clothing (including a waterproof jacket) and walking boots or shoes are essential.
  5. The route is so narrow in places that no bags or walking poles can be taken along – there are lockers to leave valuables, bags and personal items.
  6. Cameras can be taken along, but not camera bags.

Please see The Gobbins Cliff Path website for more details, for a map and directions.

 

Mail Chimp Training

If you’re interested in learning how to put together branded communications and/or an e-zine, we have secured some funding for 3 Mail Chimp workshops, delivered by Darren McGinley. The Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme is kindly sponsoring this training.

This will be practical hands-on training. The aim is to have your communication/e-zine template designed and ready to use by the end of the 3-hour workshop. You’ll need to bring along the following:

  • Your laptop
  • Your logos, images and some content
  • Your database/email list of contacts (in Excel for speed of upload)
  • Your phone for connecting the app

There will only be 4 businesses per workshop to enable Darren to provide support and assistance to everyone. There’s a choice of morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

Cost: Free to Antrim Glens Tourism members; £50 pp for non-members.

The dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • Mon 16 April, 6.30-9.30pm at Glendale B&B, Cushendall
  • Thurs 26 April, 12.30-3.30pm at The Pepper Mill, Cushendall
  • Thurs 3 May, 9.30am-12.30pm – venue TBC (depending on participant location)

 

If you’d like to book a place, please contact Fern Major

Antrim Glens Tourism Meeting

Monday 26th March 7.00pm-9.00pm

Marine Hotel, Ballycastle

AGT meeting at 7pm kindly hosted by the Marine Hotel, Ballycastle. We have two Guest Speakers from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council:

Development of Walking Routes

Guest Speaker: Richard Gillen, Coast & Countryside Manager

Visitor Information Centre Update

Guest Speaker: Caroline Carey, Visitor Servicing Officer

Please come along earlier if possible at 6.00pm to visit the Local Artisan Trade Fair which is also on Monday from 6-9pm at the Marine Hotel so you can pop in and sample the fabulous products made locally before coming along to the meeting (free entry – not open to the public).

This is a collaboration between the award-winning Naturally North Coast and Glens Artisan Market and the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme (Big Lottery Funded).

Come along and talk to local producers and makers, see some of the fantastic high-quality arts and crafts, and sample delicious foods being produced in our region—along the Causeway Coastal Route and inland.

You can find out more about the artisan connect programme here:
https://www. naturallynorthcoastandglens. co.uk/artisan-connect

 

 

 

Managing Your Web Page

Training: Managing your ‘Visit Antrim Glens’ web page 

Choice of 2 Workshops:

Tuesday 20 February 10.30am – 12.30pm

Wednesday 7 March 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Venue: The Old School, 25 Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR

Everyone on our new Visit Antrim Glens website should now have received a User Name and Password from our web developer, Flax Creative.

To learn how to manage, develop and improve your web page on the site including uploading photos, videos, ‘book now’ buttons and other links etc., please sign up for one of these two training workshops.

Don’t forget to bring your laptop along with you. For a map and directions, please click here.

Please let AGT Secretary Fern Major know asap:

  1. if you haven’t received your logon details
  2. which training session you’d like to attend (if you haven’t already)
  3. if you’re not on the Visit Antrim Glens website yet and would like to be

 

Joint Glens & Gobbins Tourism Cluster Meeting

Date: Monday 19 February

Venue: Upstairs at Joe’s, 23 Mill Street, Cushendall, BT44 0RR

Schedule:

1.00pm  Lunch (Seafood Chowder or Vegetable Soup + home-made breads)

1.30pm  Tea/Coffee + Shortbread

1.45pm  Meeting

3.30pm  Close

Agenda will include:

  • Updates on the latest initiatives and opportunities from:
    • Tourism NI
    • Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
    • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Coastal route public bus services
  • Feedback on Holiday World Dublin visit and future exhibition show planning
  • Next Joint Cluster Speed Networking event including optional tour of The Gobbins (planned for April)
  • Future partnership working with the Binevenagh and Causeway Cluster Groups

The meeting is kindly being hosted by Upstairs at Joe’s and includes a light lunch for those who can join us. Please let Fern Major know by 5pm on Friday 16 Feb if you plan to come for lunch, so we can confirm catering numbers in advance.

For a map and directions, please click here:

Tourism Cluster meetings are open to all tourism providers across the nine Glens of Antrim and surrounding Gateway to the Glens areas. Everyone is welcome at our meetings and events – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

AGT Annual General Meeting

Date: Thursday 11 January

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: Thyme & Co., Ballycastle

We start the year with our Annual General Meeting which is kindly being hosted by Thyme and Co. in Ballycastle. The evening’s agenda includes:

  • Appointment of AGT Committee members
  • Review AGT progress & achievements in 2017
  • Set AGT Objectives for 2018

As we’re growing and developing as an association, we urgently need to expand the Committee. We are therefore seeking nominations for the following officers, plus 3 or 4 other Committee members:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Membership & Recruitment Co-ordinator
  • PR/Marketing Co-ordinator

Antrim Glens Tourism Meeting & Christmas Dinner

Date: Monday 18th December

Time: Meeting 6.00pm & Christmas Dinner 7.30pm

Venue: Londonderry Arms, Carnlough

Cost: £22.00 pp for 2 courses, £25.00 pp  for 3 courses

 Please join us for our last meeting of the year at which we’ll also be launching the new Visit Antrim Glens website. The meeting will be followed by Christmas Dinner and the opportunity to celebrate the festive season together.

You’re welcome to attend any or all of the following:

Schedule:

 6.00 – 6.15pm:  Refreshments & Networking

6.15 – 7.30pm:    Launch of new Visit Antrim Glens website & AGT Meeting

7.30 – 9.30pm:  AGT Christmas Dinner

£25.00 pp for 3 courses, £22.00 pp for 2 courses including tea/coffee and mince pies

If you’d like to attend the dinner, please confirm to info@antrimglenstourism.com by Thursday 14 December 5.00pm, along with your menu choices from the following: Londonderry Arms Festive Dinner Christmas 2017

Digital Media Training

Developing your online marketing to help grow your business

Date:   Friday 24 November

Time:   1.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Council Boardroom, Sheskburn House, Ballycastle

Cost:      FREE*

This practical workshop will help you identify your target market and which social media tools are best to help you reach your potential customers, increase visitors to your website and generate more business through online marketing.  You will also learn how to improve your marketing reach via email marketing, how tools like Google Analytics can help you and whether you should be using social media tools like Twitter and Instagramme.

Trainer: Darren McGinley, North Coast Digital Media

Darren McGinley is a seasoned digital marketer with over 20 years’ experience within the advertising, digital marketing and education sectors.  Darren runs his own digital consultancy and also lectures on interactive digital media.  He specialises in helping entrepreneurs build their brand online, develop a digital presence to increase sales and enhance their social media expertise through a combination of training, workshops and consultancy.

*This workshop is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Heart of the Glens Landscape Partnership Scheme which is part of Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust. We would also like to thank Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for their support in hosting this workshop at their offices.

Meeting: Speednetworking

Date: Monday 6 November  6.00-8.45pm

Venue: Hastings Ballygally Castle, Ballygally

Schedule:

  • 6.00-6.30pm: Buffet Dinner (£10 pp – choice of 2 dishes + vegetarian option)
  • 6.30-6.45pm: Coffee & Tea in the Lounge
  • 6.45-8.45pm: Speed Networking

Following on the success of our first Speed Networking event in June, Hastings Ballygally Castle Hastings Ballygally Castle is kindly hosting this second opportunity for tourism businesses to find potential partners to develop itineraries and packages with and help you attract more visitors/customers.

If you have time, please join us for a buffet dinner beforehand for an extra networking opportunity and the chance to sample Hastings Ballygally Castle’s delightful cuisine.

Click here for a map and directions.

Antrim Glens Tourism meetings are open to all tourism providers across the nine Glens of Antrim and surrounding Gateway to the Glens areas. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.

 

Joint Glens and Gobbins Tourism Cluster Meeting

Date: Tuesday 31 October 10.00am

Venue: Raceview Mill, Broughshane, Ballymena BT42 4JJ  

Schedule:

10.00am: Welcome Refreshments at the Red Brick Café, Raceview Mill

10.15am: Tour of Raceview Mill including The Wool Tower  Wedding, Conference & Banqueting Suite

10.45am: Joint Cluster Business Meeting in the Studio

12.30pm: Meeting close

The meeting is kindly being hosted by Raceview Mill , Broughshane and will include the opportunity to find out more about this exciting commercial hub and visitor experience located on the site of an ex-textile mill in Broughshane.  There will be an update on new tourism industry opportunities and initiatives from Tourism NI and both Causeway Coast and Glens and Mid and East Antrim Borough Councils, plus training opportunities at NRC and an insight into how aerial photography can help promote your business.

For a map and directions, please see: Raceview Mill

Antrim Glens Tourism and Cluster Group meetings are open to all tourism providers across the nine Glens of Antrim and surrounding Gateway to the Glens areas. Everyone is welcome – members and non-members alike of all tourism groups across the region.