A while back, the word ‘cookies’ sent everyone a bit bananas. But don’t worry, you’ve nothing to fear.

Just like nearly all modern websites, we use cookies so that we can operate our website and provide the great experience we’ve set out to achieve.

So, as you should expect from any website you visit these days, here’s the straight-talking overview of what cookies are and how we use them.

Happy reading!


NI EXPLORER ("us", "we", or "our") uses cookies on the website (the "Service"). By using the Service, you consent to the use of cookies.

Our Cookies Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Service, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.

Cookies can be "persistent" or "session" cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when you go offline, while session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

How NI EXPLORER uses cookies

When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.

We use cookies as follows:

  • To enable certain functions of the Service

  • We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:

  • We may use essential cookies to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts.

Our Service was created and is managed through the Squarespace website builder platform. Here are the links to their privacy policy and cookie policy.

As with most websites, we have selected and connected our website to a number of third party services. If you click on/through to their services, you will need to know about their individual policies.

We consider our use of third party services as an important part of our overall offering, allowing us to reach you with your They allow us to They are well-known and well-used businesses, all listed below:

  • Google Analytics – we use this to monitor visits to our website – things like number of visits and where visits are coming from. View their terms of service here and privacy policy here. A Google Analytics statement is also included below.

  • Mailchimp – this is the service we use to send out our newsletter. When you register for our newsletter, the details you provided are stored in our database on their servers.  View their privacy policy here and cookie policy .

  • PayPal – this service allows us to receive payments for products you purchase on our website. View their privacy policy here and cookie policy .

  • Facebook & Instagram – If you didn’t know already, Instagram is owned by Facebook. We have connected Squarespace (reminder, this is the platform we used to build our website) to our Facebook and Instagram accounts. This allows us to do simple things like showing the latest Instagram posts on our website, but also to better understand your activity when you click from our Facebook posts to our website. View Facebook’s privacy policy here and cookie policy here for more info.

  • Twitter – similar to the previous point, Twitter is also connected to our website. View their privacy policy here and cookie policy .

  • YouTube – this is a video-sharing service that we use to store and play our videos online. You will see videos embedded in various places on our website.  View their privacy policy here and cookie policy here.


Google Advertising Network - We don’t use this at present, but we may connect our site to this in the future. When we to, it will allow relevant ads (i.e. in line with the content you already like seeing from us) to show up in certain places on our website. Our reason for doing this is to raise funds, to allow us to continue providing the website and other channels for free. You can view Google’s Advertising privacy policy here and cookie policy here.

 Google Analytics statement:

"This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses "cookies", which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above."

What are your choices regarding cookies?

If you'd like to delete cookies or instruct your web browser to delete or refuse cookies, please visit the help pages of your web browser. As an European citizen, under GDPR, you have certain individual rights. You can learn more about these rights in the GDPR Guide.

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly. Further

Where can you find more information about cookies

You can learn more about cookies on the following independent websites:

 We can't be responsible for the content of external websites.