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Here's what you can still do with your children during two-week break

Walks in the local parks, country parks and nature reserves

LESS than two months after classes began and children across Northern Ireland are off school once again.

Schools yesterday closed their doors for two weeks as part of the latest coronavirus restrictions announced by the Executive in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The extension to the half-term holiday break for schools and colleges runs from October 19 to 30 with pupils returning to school on November 2.

As well as schools being shut, children will no longer will able to enjoy sporting activities with no indoor or organised contact sport involving the mixing of households, except at elite level, allowed for the next four weeks.

With memories of lockdown and the empty summer holiday weeks flooding back for many weary parents, the search is on for something to fill the coming days.

Here's what you can still do with your children during two-week break:

:: Days out at the beach - from Portrush Strand to Downhill Beach and White Park Bay, there are numerous beaches in Northern Ireland offering breathtaking views.

:: Walks in the local parks, country parks and nature reserves - find up-to-date information about the current status of opening of informal outdoor recreation sites in the north on websites such as walkni.com

:: Visit a nearby open farms - they offer a great chance for children to see animals like lambs, chicks and piglets. Children can also see tractors in action and learn about how food is grown.

:: Get out cycling - enjoy the fresh and air with the added bonus on getting some exercise.

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