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Spring 2016

Pack up the car and take a relaxing drive to your perfect family getaway

Family fun at the Crowne Plaza Dundalk
Three Night Fun-Filled Family Package from €245 per adult sharing
Bring the family to Tayto Park or Funtasia WaterPark this Easter break and enjoy four-star luxury at the Crowne Plaza Dundalk. New for 2016, the hotel have extended the two-night family packages to a three-night family fun-filled package. Enjoy three nights bed and breakfast, family passes for two adults and two children to both Tayto Park and Funtasia WaterPark Drogheda. For your third day there are two passes suitable for children aged five years and over to Dundalk's new family attraction, The Trampoline Airbound Park. The new trampoline park includes, one hour’s fun for two children with free bounce, dodgeball, basketball and jump tower. Children are entertained for the entire day and the parks are within easy reach of the hotel. With families in mind, tired after all your activities, return to the hotel to utilise your €10 discount voucher in Fourteen Below hotel bar on any evening of your choice. Finish off the day with one of our children's movies, all in the comfort of your family room! We've even thrown in the popcorn on arrival. The three-night package is available from €245 per adult, with children under 12 sharing their parents’ room and enjoying breakfast for free. There are also two-night packages from €175 per adult sharing, while the one-night package costs from €95 per adult sharing.
Spring / Summer 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Dundalk is full of action and adventure for all the family. For more information on fun-filled family packages contact reservations on Tel +353 42 939 4922 or email reservations@crowneplazadundalk.ie

Pit Stop
The newly expanded Butlers Chocolate Experience in North Dublin will delight all children who have always wanted to know just what goes on behind the doors of a real chocolate factory! Discover the origins and history of chocolate, explore the interactive Chocolate Museum and view the Butlers factory, seeing first-hand how Butlers create their delicious range confectionary. You can also learn the techniques of chocolate decoration and paint your very own Butlers chocolate figure to take home. Butlers Chocolate Experience entry is €13.50 per person and must be booked in advance at butlerschocolates.com/book

The K Club – The Perfect Place for Easter Break
The Five AA Red Star K Club is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy your Easter break away. Located in the heart of the idyllic Irish countryside in the charming village of Straffan, County Kildare, The K Club offers lots of great activities and facilities for little people and their mums and dads.
Following recent renovations, The K Club offers interconnecting family rooms with cots and baby facilities available for parents travelling with small children. Guests are amazed to see baby chicks in the lobby and visiting children get great fun out of watching the little balls of yellow fluff hop around in a specially constructed ‘Easter Chick House’ in the lobby! The annual Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday is great fun while daily duck races on the River Liffey, which flows through the estate, brings a touch of eccentricity to an otherwise peaceful garden walk!

For more details about the Easter Break package at The K Club or to make a booking call + 353 (1) 601 7200, email sales@kclub.ie or log on to kclub.ie

Pit Stop
Skip into spring by visiting the beautiful surroundings of Airfield Estate, Dundrum – a working farm in the heart of South Dublin. A perfect example of a ‘fun for all the family’ day out, Airfield brings it all together; beautiful ornamental gardens, a delightful working farm and food gardens, winding woodland walkways, children’s play areas and the delicious Overends restaurant serving food made with the freshest of ingredients direct from the estate. As well as the daily happenings on the estate, Airfield has an abundance of exciting events taking place this spring season with something for all ages and interests. For further information or to book tickets visit airfield.ie

Mount Falcon – Stay in Ireland’s best Manor House Hotel and luxury family lodges.

Awarded Ireland’s Best Manor House Hotel in 2015, this multi award-winning estate includes a Manor House with luxury family lodges and the renowned ‘Kitchen’ restaurant (with produce grown in the Estate’s kitchen garden). A regional hub for fishing, links golf, heritage and great food, estate activities include; falconry, golf driving range, clay pigeon shooting and archery, a leisure club with 17m indoor heated swimming pool and Spa, 3km of bike trails, year-round fishing on the trout-filled lake and seasonal fishing for wild Atlantic salmon on two miles of private river bank on the prolific river Moy. The Estate is three miles from Ballina towards the Village of Foxford, famous for its working woollen mills and visitor centre. With easy access to the popular Wild Atlantic Way route, Mount Falcon Estate is an ideal family getaway location when holidaying in Ireland. With ease of access to Mayo’s and Sligo’s coastlines, the Estate hosts the best of family facilities and activities, keeping the kids occupied while adults can enjoy the relaxation and exclusivity of a luxury resort. Log on to mountfalcon.com to book the perfect venue for creating magical holiday memories with your family.

Make Memories at Marine Hotel Ballycastle
Marine Hotel Ballycastle, located on the iconic Causeway Coast is one of the area’s finest family-friendly hotels occupying an unrivaled seafront position in the heart of the North Antrim Causeway Coast. So many local attractions on their doorstep including the Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge and the Giants Causeway make the Marine Hotel the perfect place for a family break this Easter.
Take in the fresh sea air and enjoy the great outdoors with parks, forest walks and miles of beautiful beaches offering endless options for adventure. During your stay, why not become pirates and sail the seven seas across to Rathlin on the Ferry? Follow in the footsteps of knights along the Dark Hedges or even saddle up for your cowboy or cowgirl quest on horseback! This Easter…make memories at Marine.


Pit Stop

The unique cliff top experience at Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge at Ballintoy is not for the fainthearted, but those brave enough to cross the 30m-deep and 20m-wide chasm will be rewarded with spectacular uninterrupted views of Rathlin and the Scottish Islands, and fantastic bird watching. There is also a chance to find out more about the salmon fishermen who erected the rope bridge and see the recently restored fisherman’s cottage. Open all year round (weather dependent). For opening times visit nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede

Image credit – ©Tourism NI

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