NI Experience 2018

We invite you to join us on the 20th & 21st April 2018 for a long weekend of activity and/or relaxation in a beautiful location where the Mountains of Mourne go down to the sea.

Accommodation for this event is going fast.

To ensure you secure the best room possible please book early. Just email the hotel at with your requirements and quote booking reference BBSA 125877. All accommodation must be booked by 1st March 2018 to benefit from our discounted rates and superior rooms will be allocated first to early bookers. Flights will also be cheaper the sooner you book.

GOLFERS - All golf places need to be secured as soon as possible, Ardglass golf course is highly sought after and places need to be booked by the end of December. You will be playing for the BBSA Golf Society Challenge Cup and clubs can be hired direct from the golf course if required. Please email to book your place/s. 

Dont miss out on this fantastic weekend - Your NI 2018 Team.

The Slieve Donard Resort and Spa

We will be staying at this lovingly maintained and impressive Victorian building which is one of Europe’s leading resort destinations and probably the top 5* rated hotel in Ulster.

The room rate, inclusive of bed and breakfast, is £185 for a double and £150 for a single room per night. This is for recently refurbished rooms and is a discounted rate based on the BBSA’s block booking. To book simply contact the hotel directly and quote our Booking Reference 125877.

The Friday Night Dinner and the Saturday Irish Night

The traditional dinner dance will be in the hotel on Friday night. For your entertainment we have booked The Big Kahuna, a six piece band, that are one of the top venue bands in Ireland. They pride themselves in delivering a fun, lively and energetic show that is certain to keep you on the dance floor all night.

Saturday night will be a more relaxed Irish evening in the Mourne Golf Club adjacent to the hotel and will feature traditional Irish music and a buffet meal that, with the help of a Guinness or two, will also keep you on the dance floor all night.

Tickets for both nights total £65 per person and should be booked with Cath Webb on 01449 780444 or


On Friday, the BBSA Golf Society will be holding their annual event at Ardglass Golf Course and transport will be arranged from the hotel. The cost for a round is expected to be £65 and all are invited to join us. Golf can be said to be the national game for Northern Ireland and for golfers this is an opportunity that should not be missed.


The cost of flights is currently very low and are unlikely to be less so early booking would be sensible. The travel time to the hotel from the airport is the same as from most major airports to city centre. For those that are flying in and not making their own arrangements the NI experience team will be organising transport to and from the airport. Please see the attached flight schedules with highlighted flights that will have airport transfers to and from the hotel. 

Tours and Attractions

For Friday and Saturday the team have arranged for a coach to take you on a tour of the Mournes to fully appreciate the magnificent scenery and features of the area. Our visit to Belfast is a must and you have to see the murals and the Titanic attraction or you could try some retail therapy.


Active or relaxed there is plenty to do – please see the attached brochure.

Actions for you NOW

  • Book your accommodation direct with the Slieve Donard using the booking reference 125877
  • Book your flights or ferry crossing to take advantage of the advanced, low fares
  • Book your car hire or let us know when you will be arriving/departing
  • Let Cath at the BBSA know how many tickets you will need for the Friday and Saturday night’s entertainment

We are planning a weekend that you will remember forever with a warm Irish welcome and a friendly atmosphere guaranteed. The Craic will be great!

Joyce (Decora), Philippa (Sunstopper Blinds), Nadine (RA Irwin), Keira (Bloc Blinds), Michelle (Decora), Tim (Powell Blinds), Gery (Hallmark Blinds) and Cath (BBSA).

The NI Experience Team

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