Friday, 20 January 2017

Things to do this February Midterm Break

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Make the most of the upcoming February Midterm Break and plan an exciting visit to Cork. Hayfield Manor is ideally located in the heart of Cork city, close to numerous attractions for the young and old to enjoy. There so many activities and things to do in Cork this coming half-term for all of the family and we have outlined some of our tops picks below.


Fota Wildlife Park


Fota Wildlife Park is not like an ordinary zoo. You will encounter animals that thrive in a free-range environment, which allows them to roam free while mixed with other species and with us human visitors. Witness playful monkeys swinging above you, flamingos and penguins strolling past and giraffes reachingup to tall branchesfor a snack.Visit the playground for some fun and dine outdoors where the peacocks will put on a colourful display. Other children's activities include a playground with a giant giraffe slide, education programmes and feeding times. Fota is an exciting and fun day out for all the family this midterm break.

Fota House & Gardens

Fota house is a fabulous regency style county house which hosts several cultural events throughout the year. This provides a great day our for all the family this midterm break with plenty to explore from the historic house, Arboretum and Gardens. The house is steeped in history and you can discover fascinating insights into the contrasting lives of masters and their servants.


The harbour town of Cobh is a popular tourist destination a short journey from Cork city making it the perfect place for a lovely daytrip, with a regular bus and train service to the town. The last port of call of the ill-fated Titanic, homage is paid to the 2.5 million Irish who emigrated in the Cobh Heritage Centre.Sample the fare in one of the various restaurants, and visit the Cathedral high on the hill overlooking the town.


The Harbour town of Kinsale has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Cork. Famed for it’s abundance of award winning restaurants & stunning Harbour views, a trip to Kinsale is worth the mere half hour journey from the city. Beautiful scenic walks around historical grounds and coastal inlets are a great way to spend an afternoon, beforedining in one of the many restaurants where seafood is a specialty.

Fitzgerald Park

Located a mere stroll from the Hayfield Manor, the beautiful Fitzgerald’s Park offers a sanctuary within the bustling city.18 acres of scenic landscaped gardens, flanked on one side by the River Lee, this park has been a favourite retreat for the people of Cork for many years. Fitzgerald’s Park is also the site of the Cork Public Museum. With no admission fee, there is no reason not to visit this great collection of artifacts providing a showcase of Irish, and inparticular Cork, history. Experience a trip to the unique Sky Gardens, which is an impressive 3D Artists impression and is a truly breath taking viewing point on the banks of the river.The Riverview Café overlooking the River Lee, is the perfect venue to relax with a coffee and enjoy your surroundings. There is also a fantastic playground for children to enjoy.


The village of Blarney is a must – see for any visitor to Cork. Stroll through the stunning gardens of the Blarney Castle which feature botanical garden fare to poison gardens which are sure to entertain the children. Take the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, which will bestow you with the gift of eloquence. For a unique shopping excursion, visit the Blarney Woollen Mills which specializes in Irish gifts and souvenirs. End your visit with a taste of Irish cuisine in one of the many restaurants surrounding the village green. This is a wonderful family day out this February midterm.

Spike Island Adventure Centre

Spike Island occupies a key location in lower Cork Harbour. The adventure centre provides adventure training and outdoor education programs to all age groups and is a must visit this February midterm break. While activities are structured and defined, all packages can be adapted to suit your requirements. The Adventure Centre offers a fun and challenging day out full of activities including rock climbing, abseiling or tree climbing, kayaking or learn some skills such as bush craft, there are many options.

Soak up the atmosphere in Cork city

Cork city offers plenty to keep the family occupied with cinemas, indoor play areas and novel child friendly museums such as Cork Gaol, and Lifetime Lab. Take a stroll through the streets of Cork city and stop off at the many shops along the way where you can find anything from music, books, art and crafts and fashion. Pop into the many wonderful cafes and restaurants and watch the world go by.


A trip to the beautiful Crosshaven is most certainly worthwhile for a great family day out this midterm break. The scenic village has plenty of things to see and do with spectacular walks and cycle lanes allowing you to explore and observe the wildlife on route or choose to relax and have a picnic at the amenity areas provided. Stop by the award winning Cronins Pub and Seafood Restaurant for a delicious meal to end a perfect day.

There are so many fun activities and attractions to explore in Cork this February midterm break and it is all on the doorstep of Hayfield Manor. To start planinng your trip to Cork & Hayfield Manor, please click here for details of our special offers.