The kids are just back at school, so it’s the perfect time to start making plans for the mid-term break. Don’t be caught on the hop!
Here are some suggestions for a fun-filled October mid-term break, with lots to keep young and old happy. Check out more options at www.discoverireland.ie #thisisLIVING
Jazz it up in Cork
Find your mid-term groove at The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, (October 22nd – 26th), with 400 sessions at 70 venues across the city. Swing to The Drifters, Gary Numan and the Stunning - and pick up some tips and tricks at the many workshops for young and old.
Test your stamina and nerve on the Turf Warrior Challenge at the Killary Adventure Centre in Leenane in the heart of Connemara, (October 31st). This 10 km challenge is packed full of mayhem and madness with lots of climbing, swinging and leaping into the Atlantic. The specially designed course is open all year round with three levels of challenges to suit all abilities so if this event is daunting book the family in for a gentler experience over mid-term!
Bring the wellies to Wicklow
Boot up for a fun, family adventure at the Footfalls Wicklow Walking Festival in the Garden of Ireland, (October 23rd – 26th). Based in Brockagh Resource Centre between the gorgeous villages of Laragh and Glendalough this is not all about super-endurance- junior wellies can stomp their way across several suitable trails. Try the Ballard Forest trail and see small fields and potato furrows from the famine days - a thrill for inquisitive kids.
Have an art attack in Mayo
The entire family can tap into their cultural side at the ultra-cool Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival in Castlebar, Co Mayo, (October 23rd – 30th). A special treat this year is the Song of the Sea Exhibition based on the visually stunning Oscar-nominated animated film by Cartoon Saloon. Join designer Ger Clancy to learn all about theatre sets and props - and roll up to prepare running away with the circus at a circus skills workshop!
Follow me up to Carlow!
Book a ghoulish mid-term break in Carlow and take a journey through the spooky forest on the Rathwood Express train in Tullow, (October 23rd – 31th). Look out for Winnie the Witch and her spooky friends who will help you carve and decorate your very own pumpkin. Keep cosy in the family restaurant afterwards with a free hot chocolate to warm up.
Enjoy a taste of Kilkenny!
Put a tasty break in the heart of medieval Ireland on the mid-term menu and join the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival, (October 22nd – 26th). See celebrity chefs Nevin Maguire and Kilkenny’s own Edward Hayden, and be inspired by Bressie who will share his incredible story of his challenges with mental health at the Feed Your Mind & Eat Yourself Calm workshop. Browse the mouth-watering food village in front of Kilkenny Castle.
Get spooked in Cavan
Enjoy lots of spooky mid-term fund at The Virginia Pumpkin Festival with a haunted forest walk, delicious artisan food & craft fair, and Ireland's largest fancy dress party. There will also be an 'All things Pumpkin Competition' with pumpkin growers from all over Ireland showcasing their wares and battling it out for the prize of the perfect pumpkin.
Check out Dublin’s dark side!
Head for the capital and check out Dublin's dark side during four days of living stories and four nights of hedonistic, undead adventures at the Bram Stoker Festival, (October 23rd – 26th). Inspired by the Dublin-born writer of the notorious novel Dracula, the festival playfully celebrates the gothic, the mysterious, and the after-dark with a devilish mixture of family fun, adventurous arts, major installations, literature, drama and the unexpected.
Giggle in Galway
Enjoy the last laugh at the Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival, (October 20th-26th) with world class funnymen Dylan Moran, Nina Conti, Rich Hall and Stewart Lee. A highlight this year is The Simpsons Backstage Tour with The Simpsons long-time writer and producer Mike Reiss. This unmissable event includes secrets and rarely seen footage and gossip on some of the 300 celebrities who appeared on the show over the years.
Find mid-term hotel heaven!
Make it the ideal, relaxing mid-term break and check out some great special offers at family hotels all over Ireland. While the small people are kept entertained in the kids club Mum and Dad can kick back in the health centre!