Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Newpark Hotel Easter

As we do every year – we searched for the best deal for our family holiday in Ireland. This year the criteria were slightly different and the must haves were:

o   Swimming Pool
o   Kids Club
o   Things to do for older children

Apart from that we, as parents – wanted to be located not too far from Dublin and close but not too close to the centre of activity. Obviously value is massively important with a family of 5 – Mum, Dad and 3 boys and we figured a few nights in a couple of different places would make for an interesting break. We found an offer that we thought was very strong from The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny – which seemed tick all the boxes for us. 

The Newpark Hotel

We booked a 2 Night Family B&B with 1 Dinners included  and counted down the days!

Finally the day arrived in tune with some amazing weather and we rolled up to The Newpark Hotel.  The girls on reception immediately greeted the boys with some hats for the Crazy Cats Kids Club – you just can’t visit Kilkenny without hearing about the Cats – Kilkennys legendary hurling team.

This hotel oozes a uniquely attentive,relaxed homely vibe which makes you feel genuinely welcome when you visit and that’s for everyone of the family.

2 New Crazy Cats!

Caps on - we went to explore. The children went out the back with Dad to play on the Go-Karts, and stroll around the beautiful on-site open farm – complete with two playgrounds.

Escape Health Club
Mum went to check out what was on offer at the Escape Spa and Health Centre (there is a €25 voucher included in our package). Then we all went for a swim in the pool – with Mum and Dad taking turns in the Sauna/Steam Room/ Outdoor Vitality Pool etc.. Bliss..

Scotts Bistro
As the evening drew near we went to Scotts Bistro to have our Dinner and were met with a reasonable menu with great choice of food options for the Children – in fact one of the best we've seen in a very long time. €7.95 for Main Course and €3.50 for desert – which were both served efficiently and were perfectly sized portions.

The staff were really lovely here – friendly and courteous and in fact we felt – couldn't do enough for us….

So – the kids were getting itchy feet – would Mum and Dad get to have a glass of wine before their Dinner? We need not worry. The Crazy Cats team are on hand from 6.30pm to whisk the kids away to the evening kids club – where they have magic shows, Movie nights, arts and crafts and loads more.

We ordered from the fine choice menu and choose Chicken & Mushroom Vol au Vents and Sirloin Steak as our main courses – with a side of Scotts’ famous Beer Battered Onions

The Kids Camp: (Daytime)

This is the stand-out thing for us as a family. The Kids Summer Camps is fantastic and offers families the opportunity for everyone to have a well earned rest. The camp runs from 10.30 to to 4pm Monday to Friday and includes a huge range of fun activities and better still no need to pack a lunch for the children as a buffet meal is provided each day. 
At the Birds of Prey Experience

Giant Connect 4
These include Newpark Hotel Mini Wildlife Farm, Rounder’s,  Arts and Crafts, Basketball, Swimming, Volleyball, Wacky Science Experiments, Tag Rugby, Talent Show, Sports Day, Parachute Games, Chinese soccer and lots more. They also got to learn about and hold some birds of prey which was an amazing experience for everyone!

With so many and varied activities the boys were really well entertained and a playing and learning in a great fun environment. 

The team work hard to make sure all are included in the activities to ensure everyone gets to enjoy each and every day to its fullest! 

Crazy Cats Evening Kids Club

The team are once again on hand from 7pm to 10.30pm to entertain and just have fun with the kids. They will all have "high tea" together and then go to the dedicated room fully equipped with Games, Arts and Crafts, Bouncy Castle and more. There are differing guests attending during the week and we had a terrific magic show on Tuesday night.

Kilkenny Cycling Tours:

 We took a fantastic cycling tour with Jason from Kilkenny Cycling tours. Enjoy a fun and easy paced two hour Guided Cycling Tour with Kilkenny Cycling Tours visiting historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, 
Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedraland some hidden gems along Irelands Medieval Mile. We have bikes suitable for all ages and we use riverbank paths and backstreets to stay away from heavy traffic.

Find out about Kilkenny’s most famous characters like the Witch Dame Alice Kyteler and William Earl Marshal, the greatest Knight that ever lived. 

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Go with the FlowRiver Adventures:

One of the activity options was a canoeing experience on the River Barrow with Charlie and the Go with The Flow team. Wow!!! What an amazing day. This was a day to remember – we arrived at Clash just outside Borris and began a 2 hour canoeing safari as part of a larger group. 

We had some Weirs and Rapids to negotiate as well as experience travelling via the many locks on the river – which the kids thought was awesome. 

Charlie is a natural with people and just made the trip so much fun even introducing a little competition along the way. 

When we finished our tour – we ended with a dip in the river to top it all off. Highly recommended and if you get the chance – take it!

Another optional activity was the Tree Top Walk at Castlecomer Discovery Park. Now celebrating its 8th year this park is a real haven of different types of fun and interesting activity for all the family to enjoy. 

Today – we went to the upper lake where they have a new Boating activity on a beautiful scenic lake.

You get to choose between 
Pedalos or Canadian canoes and you are guaranteed to enjoy this part of your visit. Safety briefing completed and life Jacket on - off we went – a lovely hour spent!

Castlecomer Discovery Park: Tree Top Walk

Next we went to the Tree Top walk – which is exactly as it says – a walk in the trees – 30’ up testing and challenging yourself as you go in different high rope configurations! Suitable from age 7 up this is a great family experience which really encourages brothers and sisters to help and encourage each other – while high up in the trees.

A real adrenalin buzz and you can also opt to try the climbing wall and the amazing leap of faith.

For those not so sure – the Footprints in Coal exhibition and lovely craft courtyard are excellent ways to pass a morning or afternoon. Younger children can even experience the  superb playground located just inside the gate. 

You can enjoy the park itself free or for just park the car for a small €2 and enjoy all the park has to offer!

We really enjoyed the Newpark Hotel experience and could not rate it highly enough for anyone looking for a relaxing family break!

1 comment:

  1. Great blog, must try and make it down during the summer. So much to see and do.