Outdoor Facilities - Leisure, Forest and Country Parks Re-opening from Wednesday 27 May
Tennis Courts and Angling Facilities
The Executive announced on Monday 18 May that some COVID-19 restrictions would be lifted to allow some sports to restart.
We are therefore pleased to announce that the following outdoor leisure facilities will open from Wednesday 27 May in line with COVID-19 restrictions and guidance:
- Donaghguy Reservoir (Warrenpoint Fishing Club)
- Newry Tennis Court
- Warrenpoint Tennis Courts
- Kilbroney Tennis Courts
- Newcastle Tennis courts
Please note the following:
- At this stage tennis facilities are restricted to established tennis clubs only and not open for casual public use. All club members must comply with Tennis Ireland’s social distancing guidelines.
- Changing rooms and pavilions are to remain closed for use until further lifting of restrictions.
- Club members only to use facilities for casual play, no private coaching or competitive games to take place.
- Warrenpoint Fishing Club to use Donaghguy Reservoir for its members only and no day tickets can be sold to general public.
We are re-opening a number of outdoor facilities from Wednesday 27 May 2020:
Facility Opening Times
Slieve Gullion Forest Park 9am - 5pm
Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor 9am - 5pm
Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh 9am - 5pm
Warrenpoint Municipal Park 9am - 5pm
Annalong Harbour (for local fishermen only) Open
Newcastle Harbour Open
Killough Harbour Open
Killyleagh Harbour Open
Cranfield Beach (car park) 9am - 5pm
Tyrella Beach (car park) 9am - 5pm
During Normal Opening Hours
Castlewellan Mountain Bike Trails and 10am - sunset
Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails
(with the exception of 2 downhill trails which will remain closed) 9am - 5pm
Walking Trails in Forest and Country Parks Open During normal Park Opening hours
Horse Riding Trails in Castlewellan 10am - sunset
IMPORTANT: Playparks, toilet facilities, caravan and camping facilities, and on-site cafes will remain closed at each site due to COVID-19.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council will re-open Kilbroney Forest Park, Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Delamont Country Park and Warrenpoint Municipal Park on Wednesday 27 May 2020. The parks will be operating on a restricted basis initially, with car parks at each site open from 9am – 5pm each day. Playparks, toilet facilities, caravan and camping facilities, and on-site cafes will remain closed at each site. Visitor numbers entering our facilities will be limited to manage the capacity at each site.
The car parks at Cranfield and Tyrella beaches will re-open from this date. Lifeguards will not be operating on beaches and bathing is not recommended at this time. Council operated harbours will also re-open from this date.
In order to ensure that we can keep our beaches, forest and country parks open for everyone’s use and enjoyment we ask that visitors are considerate and responsible in their actions, please follow the latest government guidelines on the COVID-19 response, including continuing to practice social distancing and good hygiene. Please check that facilities are open before you leave home and adhere to the guidance and signage that we’ve put in place at each site for your safety. Please don’t park on grass verges outside of sites, and keep roads clear, especially in rural locations.
All re-opened facilities will be monitored for adherence to the guidance and sites will be closed when it is deemed that adherence to government guidelines around social distancing and good hygiene is not achievable.