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Local attractions & activities for your event 

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Cork Tasting Trail

Cork has a rich tradition of gourmet food.  Enjoy an immersive foodie experience as a walking tour will take you to 6 -7 different food producers in Cork to learn about the history of their food and to sample the finest of produce. Each establishment is handpicked with a focus on small and independently owned businesses to ensure the authenticity of the experience.

Cork Walking Tours

Embrace historical and cultural life of Cork by the Lee from monastic times into the 21st century.

Places and buildings of interest outside the confines of the walk (e. g. Shandon, University College Cork) will, however, be woven into the fabric of the story we tell.

Art Masterclass in The Glucksman Gallery & UCC walking tours

The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is based on the grounds of University College Cork and is regarded as an architectural masterpiece. A walking tour of the history and Architecture of the University will be followed by a two hour master class in Drawing, print screening or Photography.

Sea Safari, Wildlife and Irish Coffee

See the highlights of our wonderful harbour, coastline and to visit a very well know local watering hole. 

Setting out from Cobh at speed we’ll take in Spike Island, Haulbowline, Crosshaven, forts Camden and Carlisle and not forgetting Rochespoint Lighthouse. Continuing on we will leave the harbour travelling in a westerly direction to view beautiful coastal scenery to include cliffs, caves, islands, and bays and a local Grey Seal hotspot. 

On the return journey we visit Cronin’s Pub, a family run business for a well-earned Irish Coffee made from local ingredients.

Ballymaloe House

Team Building experience take full advantage of  Ballymaloe Kitchen, walled garden, farm and the wonderful staff

  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Bread Baking
  • Cocktail Making
  • Foraging
  • Flower arranging
  • Irish dancing    
  • Hurling Lessons
  • Wine Tasting
  • Painting Lessons  

Half and full day activities available with a selection of the above

 

Or discover the beauty of East Cork 

LOCAL ACTIVITIES

Aside from the wide range of resort activities, the East Cork region and Ireland Ancient East is a hub of family attractions, rich history and some culinary treats too. 

Below are just a selection of the great family attractions that can be enjoyed:

FOTA WILDLIFE PARK

Fota Wildlife Park is one of Europe’s most progressive wildlife parks with over 90 species from five continents, with many of the species free to roam the park. 

SPIKE ISLAND

Discover Ireland’s Captain’s and Convicts, Rebels and Rioters, Sinners and Saints at Spike Island. The Island is located off the coast of Cobh in Cork Harbour and has over 1300 years of Irish history.

JAMESON WHISKEY DISTILLERY

The Jameson Experience at the Old Distillery is where you can learn how Irish Whiskey is crafted and be in with a chance to become a qualified 'Irish Whiskey Taster'.

TITANIC EXPERIENCE COBH

The Titanic Experience is located in the heart of Cobh Town. Your personal tour guide will take you on a virtual journey; you will experience life aboard Titanic and learn a little about the conditions on board for third and first class passengers.

FOTA HOUSE, ARBORETUM & GARDENS

The guided house tour will take you on a journey through the grand décor of the principle rooms and behind the scenes to the exquisite boudoir and charming Victorian nursery.

FARMER’S MARKET, SHOPPING AND BOAT TOUR

Every Saturday morning in Midleton town centre holds one of the most popular Farmers Markets in the region. The market sells a range of fresh locally produced homemade cakes, breads, gourmet snacks and woodfire pizza.

 

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T: 021 488 3700 

E: events@fotaisland.ie or: 

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