FOOD & CRAFT TOUR
- Sample Itineraries
A sample food and craft daytime excursion suitable for delegates visiting Cork. The full availability of this tour is only possible on days that Farmers markets take place (Saturdays and Thursdays). Maximum numbers 65
Depart city hotels 10.00 a.m.
10.30 Farmers Market ( Midleton on Saturdays, Mahon Point on Thursdays)
Visit the hugely popular farmers markets with its wide range of locally produced product, the first market with a 'slow food' ethos.
11.30 Depart Market
12. 00 Ballymaloe Gardens & Cookery School
Starting with a tour of the unique herb garden at the cookery school, with its unusual variety of herbs and vegetables, the group will proceed for an exciting cookery demonstration at Darina Allen's world renowned cookery school. This will be followed by a tasting/lunch.
3.30 Shangarry Design Centre
Shangarry Design Centre sells a variety of crafts but mainly features the Stephen Pearce range of pottery. A tour of the establishment will allow delegates the opportunity to see master potters at work and to learn the secrets of an ancient and living Irish craft which has changed very little over the last two hundred and fifty years. The pottery at Stephen Peare is one of the few potteries still using pure native Irish clay.
Return to hotels at 4.30 p.m.
On weekdays, Ballymaloe Cookery School can cater for demonstrations for smaller groups of approximately 15 people in the afternoons. Delegates can also watch other craftsman at work at the special unit workshops at the Stephen Pearce Gallery.
This is a Heritage tour that is adaptable as a daytime excursion for delegates visiting Cork. The suggested itinerary is extremely active and solely designed to give an indication of the type of heritage tour available in East Cork. Tours can be arranged to suit requirements.
Depart city hotels 9.30 a.m.
10.00 Fota House
Coffee/Tea and scones in the tea room, prior to a tour of the house and stroll in the gardens
Closed to the public since 1991, Fota House has undergone a major structural and decorative rebuild and reopened to the public in 2002. Works included the rendering and re-plastering of all external walls, the removal and replacement of decayed timberwork and the strengthening of the internal flooring. Highlight of the renovation project was the painstaking and meticulous reinstating of Fota's ornamental ceilings and cornices.
Fota has long been famous for its magnificent arboretum and gardens. A their stroll through the gardens, delegates can view some of the most varied examples of specimen plant life to be found anywhere in the British Isles.
Depart for Cobh at 11.15
Via the back route, you will arrive at the heritage town of Cobh passing the Old Church Cemetery, which contains graves of the victims of the Lusitania disaster. View St Colmans Cathedral, a Gothic Revival building which took 47 years to build. The spire is 100m high and its tower houses a carillon of 47 bells - the largest in Ireland. The Cathedral commands panoramic view of the second largest natural harbour in the world.
11.30 The Queenstown Story
Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre where a multi media exhibition explains the origins, history and maritime legacy of Cobh, recalling the many historic events associated with the town.
12.30 Titanic Trail
A short walking tour can be arranged with local historian Michael Martin to view sites and buildings associated with both the Titanic and other elements of Irish and maritime history. Alternatively, Michael could be asked to give a short talk over coffee at lunch.
1.15 Break for lunch in Cobh
Depart Cobh at 2.30 p.m.
2.50 Barryscourt Castle
Visit this fine example of a 15th Century Tower House, seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th century now restored to its former splendour.
Depart Barryscourt 3.45
4.00 The Jameson Experience A visit to the Old Midleton Distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey, will take you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. Visitors are invited to take a 60 minute tour of this beautifully restored 18th century self contained industrial complex, and sample the varied selection of whiskeys. You could also enjoy food here at the Malt House Restaurant.
Return to Hotels at 5.30
Alternative Heritage Routes
Alternative heritage routes to include the monastic village of Cloyne and historic walled port of Youghal can be arranged. The 13th century town walls, St. Mary's Collegiate Church and Watergate recall Youghal's exciting history. You can follow in the footsteps of Sir Walter Raleigh, Edmund Spenser and Sir Richard Boyle. A guided walking tour will take visitors through the main streets, spanned by the 18th century clock tower, where Victorian shop fronts stand shoulder to shoulder with 13th and 16th century dwellings.
9.30 Enjoy morning fresh tea & scones at Aherne's Restaurant Youghal
10.00 Youghal Dive Centre View the Sea Hunter, berthed in Youghal for diving, fishing trips, scuba diving, whale watching.
12.30 Perks Entertainment Centre Visit the superb family visito attraction that has the largest indoor funfair in the South, a state of the art casino, 10 pin bowling, arcade, lasar, kiddies rides & adventure play areas.
16.00 Cobh Heritage Centre Spend the rest of your afternoon at the award winning multi- media exhibition of emigration, famine and the Titanic and Lusitania sea tragedy's.