Hop to it and combine an eggstraordinary Easter break with some cracking fun at a spectacular location in Ireland. Get your chocolate kicks on one of the many eggs-citing Easter egg hunts, stay afloat and welcome Spring with a waterway break, or get your Easter thrills with high wired outdoor adventure. You can make it a home from home with some great value self-catering options, or indulge with an irresistible hotel deal.
Whet your appetites in Galway
Go West and put the appetizing Galway Food Festival on your Easter menu, a delicious family-fun event showcasing the best of artisan food. (April 2nd – 6th). Highlights include the eclectic festival food village at the Spanish Arch, Food Taster Trails along Galway's cobbled streets and the Aran Islands Food Tour exploring age old food harvesting traditions. There are also craft beer, whiskey and wine tastings and live cooking demos for kids and adults.
Step out in Wicklow
Make up for the Easter chocolate overload by stepping it out on the Dublin Walking Festival with breath-taking walks in the Dublin and Wicklow hills, (April 3rd – 5th). The routes include the spectacular Wicklow Way, the beautiful Bohernabreena reservoir and a full moon walk over-looking the lights of Dublin city. Revive afterwards with refreshment in iconic Dublin pubs including Johnnie Fox's and the Merry Ploughboy.
Splash out on the Shannon
For some cracking Easter fun head for the stunning Lakelands region and splash out in Ballinamore during The Waterways Ireland Easter Spraoi (April 4th – 6th). All events are free and include canoeing, kayaking, rafting, raft building, water zorbing and barge trips on the waterway. You can also join in the hilarious Soap Box Rally.
Have a cracking Easter in Strokestown
Join in the Easter Sunday Fun Day & Egg Hunt in the Victorian Gardens of splendid Strokestown Park and Gardens in Co. Roscommon. Once you have cracked those eggs tour the impressive Georgian galleried kitchen and nursery full of original toys. Strokestown Park is also home to the Irish National Famine Museum, telling the compelling story of this catastrophic period of Irish history.
Find Easter magic in Wexford
Immerse yourself in the rich Viking history of the south east at the grand re-opening of Kilmokea Gardens near Campile in Co. Wexford on Easter Saturday (April 4th). Be on hand for the unveiling of the magical fairy village in the woodland garden and the launch of “The Myrtle Wood” children's story. You can also explore the specially created Viking settlement.
Go wild this Easter!
Hey Dudes, chase waves along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way with a special Easter break in Bundoran, the surfing capital of the North West. Bundoran Surf Company is hosting Easter Surf Camps to suit all ages and levels of surfing ability.
Make it a Tayto Easter in Meath
Great news the Tayto Park in Ratoath, Co. Meath is re-opening on the 26th March just in time for Easter! Both young and old will have a ball here and there will be an exciting Easter Scavenger Hunt, face painting, tattoo artistry and cool live magic shows on Sunday 5th April. Thrill seekers can get their kicks on the high-flying zip lines, the Tayto Sky Walk and the Extreme Climbing Wall.
Go Easter egg hunting in Carlow
Seek out lots of magical treasures during the annual Easter treasure hunt in the splendid surrounds of Huntington Castle in Clonegal, Co. Carlow. Kids will be given a set of clues with the mission to find golden nuggets - their tickets to a yummy chocolate surprise at the end! There will also be an opportunity to meet new born lambs and to let off steam in the adventure playground.
Camp out this Easter
Celebrate Easter in the great outdoors on an idyllic camping break at one of Ireland's top class camping sites. Wave Crest Caravan Park outside Caherdaniel in County Kerry boasts amazing beach views with mysterious coves and the majestic mountains of the Beara Peninsula to explore. Down the road is the Blue Flag Derrynane beach where you can scuba dive, surf and canoe.
Stay afloat this Easter
Ahoy! Combine an Easter break with a sailing skills course that will keep the entire family afloat! Big and little kids can be introduced to the secrets of the high seas with an Irish National Sailing School Easter Sailing Camp in West Pier in Dun Laoghaire in the stunning surrounds of Dublin Bay.