Is it teething time for your little one?


The lovely mid term is coming, and that means we get a full week off school.


The halloween break is the PERFECT opportunity to go on a little family mini-break, and there are so many brilliant things on this October. 


Check out this list of spooktacular offers across the country:


Family-time and foraging at The Lodge at Ashford Castle


Midterm breaks are perfect for spending quality time together and this year The Lodge at Ashford Castle has a special Family-Time Forage package available, perfect for entertaining the little ones with bike rides, foraging, delicious food and luxurious accommodation in their newly refurbished family rooms.


Grown-ups and children will enjoy a leisurely cycle through the 800-year old Ashford Estate, beforetesting their foraging skills with a special one-hour session with The Lodge at Ashford Castle’s head chef, Jonathan Keane, or a member of his team. Guests will learn what’s in season and growing in abundance on the Ashford Estate – mushrooms, berries and herbs- how to identify them and how best to cook with them.


The Family-Time Forage package includes two nights’ accommodation in a newly refurbished Quay Suite with full Irish breakfast each morning, dinner in the Quay Bar and Brasserie on the evening of your choice, half-day bike hire on one afternoon of choice and one-hour of foraging with chef Jonathan Keane or a member of his team. Prices from €408 per night based on two adults and 2 children sharing.


For more information call 094 954 5400 or visit



Just Beachy – mid-term fun for all the family at Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa!


Overlooking two magnificent stretches of Blue Flag beach, just outside the pretty heritage town of Clonakilty in West Cork, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa is a warm, polished and welcoming seaside hotel with a unique and wonderful thalassotherapy seawater spa.


Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa has all the ingredients needed for a great family break this mid-term! With frisbees and swing ball, kites, buckets and spades, croquet and skipping ropes available for use by both hotel and apartment guests, and with the stunning beaches of Inchydoney as the playground, both adults and children can indulge in all the fun of beach games, and the classic seaside activities of sandcastle-building and kite-flying.


If the weather doesn’t play ball so to speak, all the family can enjoy access to the Seawater Pool, Children’s Play Lounge and Snooker Room. During mid-term there will also be “spooky” children’s movies playing in the Netflix Room, such as Scooby Doo and The Goonies. Kids can also enjoy baking some scary but yummy treats with Chef Adam.


This mid-term break, Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa have a two-night package available from €500 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Family Room. The package includes breakfast on both mornings, access to the facilities and “Cooking with Chef” on one afternoon for the kids.


For more information visit



Make some mischief and memories at Mount Juliet Estate with Halloween at Haunter’s Yard


Gather your little ghouls for a hauntingly good family break this midterm at Hunter’s Yard at Mount Juliet Estate and enjoy an experience where every guest is cherished and every detail is minded as if you are one of the family.


Halloween at Haunter’s Yard includes two nights’ accommodation for two adults and two children in the newly developed hotel at Hunter’s Yard with breakfast each morning, dinner for two on one evening of your choice in The Hound at Hunter’s Yard, while the youngsters can take part in the Mount Juliet Juniors Club which includes Halloween high tea and supervised spooky activities from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on one evening of your choice.


From hair-raising Halloween trails to pumpkin carving, outdoor pursuits on the sprawling 500-acre country estate, scary movies with cosy treats and full use of the health and leisure club, if you’re coming to Hunter’s Yard at Mount Juliet Estate on a family break over Halloween, there is plenty of memories to be made, stories to be told and frightening fun to be had!


Halloween at Haunter’s Yard is based on a family of two adults and two children under 12 years sharing and starts from €575 per room. For more information or to book visit



A Chilling Halloween Break at the Ice House, Co. Mayo


The beautiful Ice House Hotel have a chilling break on offer this Halloween! Located in Ballina, County Mayo, where the local Halloween Festival will be in full frightful swing, including the Scary Woods walk, which takes place nightly during the school break in Belleek Woods.


Aside from the chilling Scary Woods walk, you can also enjoy lots of chilling out in the hotel, with a two night stay in a luxurious Riverview Room with spectacular floor to ceiling views over the River Moy and Belleek Woods, a full Irish breakfast each morning, special Halloween treats in your room on arrival and a delicious tree course dinner on one evening with a pre-dinner spookalicious cocktail.


You will also get to chill out and unwind with full complimentary use of Chill Spa Thermal Suite and Outdoor Spa Garden! There’s no tricks, only treats in this fantastic but Chilling break at the Ice House, priced from €436 for two adults sharing. There are additional charges of €50 per night per child on a bed & breakfast basis in a sofa bed (meals extra), terms and conditions apply.


For more information, visit or call 096 23500



Make midterm memories at Castleknock Hotel this October


Round up the little pumpkins and head to Castleknock Hotel this midterm to make some memories with a fun filled family city break.


Enjoy a one, two or three-night family break at the award winning four star Castleknock Hotel, located right on the doorstep of Dublin and receive a complimentary family pass to Dublin Zoo or Tayto Park. The excellent location of Castleknock Hotel means that you can enjoy all the fun activities nearby such as Fort Lucan Adventure Centre, the National Aquatic Centre and Phoenix Park and then return to the hotel and it’s cosy, tranquil countryside setting for some quality family time in the warm and welcoming bars and restaurants such as the new Earth & Vine restaurant.  


Mid-term packages starts at €195 for a total stay for one night. For more information visit 





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