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Summer 2016

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

First Class for Little VIPs

The perfect location for your next break away

The four-star Westgrove Hotel is nestled in the County Kildare Village of Clane just 40 minutes from Dublin and a mere 10 minutes from the M4 at Maynooth and the M7 at Naas.

Easily accessible to all local amenities such as Dublin Zoo, Punchestown, the Curragh, The Irish National Stud, Mondello, Castletown House, Kildare Village, Newbridge Silverware & Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park to name but a few. Boasting 96 well-appointed bedrooms, including deluxe rooms, executive apartments and an array of suites, there is also a choice of dining options making the Westgrove the perfect location for your next break away.

Groovies Kids’ Club runs daily during school holidays and is perfect to keep your little VIP’s entertained while mum and dad can enjoy some rest and relaxation at Spa Haven or enjoy the hotel’s superb leisure club with 20m swimming pool with kiddie’s pool.

The hotel is currently running some fabulous special offers. Visit westgrovehotel.com or contact the reservations department who are more than happy to individually tailor a package to suit your particular requirements. Email reservations@westgrovehotel.com or Tel: +353 45 98 99 00


D is for Delightful

The perfect family retreat right in the centre of Drogheda

The d Hotel offers the perfect family retreat right in the centre of Drogheda, only an hour and half from Belfast. The Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Boyne, and is right beside Scotch Hall shopping centre.

Ideally ideally located for Funtasia, which houses Ireland’s biggest indoor waterpark, and Tayto Park in Ashbourne home to the Cu Chulainn Rollercoaster. With prices for the Ultimate Family Package starting at €190.00 per night sharing, there is real value to be gained at the d.

Family rooms will cater for two adults and two children, or for larger families interconnecting rooms are available. Kids will eat healthily with a specially designed kid’s menu and the hotel also have a kids’ games room for the enjoyment of younger visitors
There are two dining options for families at the d Hotel. Wm Cairnes Gastropub & Delacys Steak and Seafood Restaurant which opens onto riverside terraces and a promenade along the River Boyne - The family meal deal option is available in both restaurants with prices starting from only €55.

For further information, contact Tel: + 353 41 987 7700 or email info@thedhotel.com


The Perfect Place for your Summer Break Away

Lots of great activities and facilities for little people

The K Club, Ireland’s First 5 AA Red Star resort is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy your summer break away. Located in the heart of the idyllic Irish countryside in the charming village of Straffan, Co. Kildare, The K Club offers lots of great activities and facilities for little people and their mums and dads.

With 550 acres on the estate, there are plenty of places to explore. Children can hop on a bicycle and take a cycle around the safe internal laneways, hold their own falcon or bird of prey, enjoy tennis or play in the playground in the walled garden. Of course The K Club is very well known for golf and features two championship golf courses. Residents can avail of special green fee rates and can also enjoy golf clinics and use of the practice areas. Following renovations in 2015, The K Club also offers interconnecting family rooms with cots and baby facilities available for parents travelling with small children.

The K Club’s Summer Family Fun package includes three night’s bed and breakfast, a four-course dining experience in the River Room Restaurant on one evening, and a family ticket to Tayto Park or Dublin Zoo. Children under six years of age eat for free in all on-site restaurants.

For more details about the Summer Family Fun Package at The K Club or to make a booking call Tel: + 353 (1) 601 7200, email sales@kclub.ie or log on to kclub.ie


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 summertime 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 your activities, return to the hotel and utilise your €10 discount voucher in Fourteen Below Hotel Bar on an evening of your choice. Finish off the day with one of the children's movies, all in the comfort of your family room! They even thrown in the popcorn on arrival. The three-night package is available from €245 per adult sharing, 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.


The Ideal Choice for That Perfect Family Break

Enjoyable and fun-filled whatever the weather

Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo has family breaks covered. The resort comprises two superb hotels, plus an award-winning leisure centre and spa, and is set in 90 acres of rolling countryside and mature forest and is just five minutes drive to Castlebar. Breaffy House Hotel retains some of its original country house atmosphere, while Breaffy Woods Hotel offer families comfortable, quality accommodation with a choice of large family rooms.

The resort, a short 15 minute drive from the vibrant and popular town of Westport, boasts an award-winning leisure centre with 20m pool and separate kiddies splash pool, an outdoor playground, games room, astroturf pitch and crazy golf. Whilst the ever popular Breaffy Buddies Kids Club, running July 1 to August 31 provides a full-range of fun supervised kids activities for children attending National School – guaranteed to make your well-deserved break even more enjoyable and fun-filled whatever the weather.


Family-friendly Escapes at Roe Park Resort

Breathtaking views and award-winning facilities

Nestled on the edge of ancient woodlands just 20 minutes from the sights and sounds of the beautiful North Coast area, the Roe Park Resort, Limavady is the perfect destination for a family-friendly escape.

The Roe Park Resort offers guests a wide range of award-winning facilities. Fairways Health Club offers a chance to unwind and relax in the sauna and Jacuzzi, or the whole family can make a splash in the indoor heated pool. Right next door, is the resort’s decadent spa, recently named the ‘Best in Northern Ireland’ by the UK Good Spa Guide Awards. Guests can also take in the breathtaking views of the picturesque Roe Valley on the resort’s 18-hole parkland golf course.

The resort has two superb restaurants offering extensive menus suitable for the entire family or more intimate dining for couples – both of which use produce from some of the North Coast’s best local suppliers and are Taste of Ulster accredited.

For more information on the Roe Park Resort or to make a reservation, call Tel: 028 7772 2222.


Family Fun Time at Lough Erne Resort

A home away from home to make the most of summer

Gather the family and head for Lough Erne Resort this summer to set up a home away from home in one of the resort’s luxury five star self-catering Loughside Lodges, and have all the hard work done for you with dinner in the Loughside Bar & Grill.

The resort is an ideal base to tour the nearby lakes or enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside, and you can make the most of the long summer days with a trip to the Marble Arch Caves, Castle Archdale Forest Park or Tickety Moo Ice cream, to name a few. With plenty to keep the kids occupied in the surrounding areas, Lough Erne Resort are offering daily kids activities with arts & crafts, movie nights, big chef little chef cookery, golf camps and much more!

Summer breaks at Lough Erne Resort are available from £225 per night and include a two night stay in a luxury two bedroom Loughside Lodge for two adults and two children, additional children £105 each. The price also includes breakfast on both mornings and dinner on one evening of your choice in the Loughside Bar & Grill. Extended stay offers are also available.

Five Classic Car Games

1) I-Spy
Pick an object or person and give fellow players the first letter – then it's up to them to use their powers of deduction to find the answer.

2) Who Can Scream the Loudest
An ear piercing and window shattering contest where volume is the only winning factor – perhaps best saved for when the car is stationary such as in heavy traffic or service station stop offs (if your ears can take it).

3) Backseat Bingo
Give youngsters a ‘bingo’ card containing pictures of items they could see en route: road signs, types of car, animals and landmarks. Arm them with a ‘dauber’ or a bag of pennies to cover the pictures when they spot them. Just as with traditional bingo, the first to cover all the images in a straight line wins a prize, and a full house wins a bigger prize.

4) Travel Treasure Hunt
Although this takes a little time and preparation, parents will reap the rewards of their efforts on this in car voyage of discovery. Ahead of the trip, research landmarks along the way and create a quiz themed around them. Kids can solve clues and riddles or answer general knowledge questions.

5) Magic Markers
Unleash your kids’ creativity by handing them a chalk pen and letting them go wild on the back windows. Non-toxic, odour free and most importantly wipe clean from non-porous surfaces, these magical markers are the perfect partner for a long ride, allowing little Picasso’s to create mini (and temporary) masterpieces as you drive. There are just two rules: never colour in the full window and always wipe the windows clean straight away to save the decorative designs from impairing the driver’s vision.

Games suggestions courtesy of Carfinance247 who 'road tested’ the games on a group of 25 children (aged between 5 and 10) and found the majority (92%) scored these games on a par with, or better than, playing video games or watching a portable DVD player in the car!


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