Blue skies and warm temperatures have hit Cork in recent weeks giving us all a taste of the amazing summer ahead (hopefully)! Summer is the perfect time for adventures, lazy afternoons in the park or a cold pint outdoors. Sunshine usually hits Ireland unexpectedly so when it does you need to be prepared and ready to go. So with that in mind I have put together some ideas below of how you can spend your summer days in the real capital of Ireland.
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Rooftop Cinema Cork
Corks very first rooftop cinema is hitting the City in the coming weeks! This is pretty epic and perfect for those bright summer evenings. It has just been announced that the location will be on the top floor of the Douglas Village Shopping Centre car park and the first viewing will be Saturday June 3rd at 9pm. The best part? The all time classic – Dirty Dancing – will be the first viewing! I’m going to be first in the queue – see you there!
Photo Credit: Rooftop Cork City
The number one option on the top of every Corkonian’s list once the sunshine arrives is a beer garden. Luckily Cork has plenty of these. My favourites are Tom Barrys and Bar Pigalle on Barrack Street. These are situated right next door to each other so if you cant get a seat in one just pop into the other! Both of these bars offer delicious stone baked pizzas and Bar Pigalle have an epic (and award winning) cocktail list – see their Tanora cocktail below! Did I mention these beer gardens offer amazing views of Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral? Other popular beer gardens include: Electric Bar, Deep South, The Franciscan Well, The Courtyard, Bunny Connellans, Fionnbarras, The Sextant Bar, Vicarstown, The Orchard Grove and Coughlans.
Location: Electric Bar
Looking for the perfect place in the City to balm out in the sunshine? Bell’s field is located at the top of Patricks hill and the views across the city are second to none. You can pinpoint many of Corks iconic spots from here. So why not grab a picnic and spend an afternoon basking in this panoramic view of Cork City.
Photo Credit: @jmoppel
The Lough in Cork City is a popular spot in the sunshine. It attracts people for many reasons – as a place for sunbathing, sports, fishing and exercise. It is a beautiful area with a large population of swans and the perfect spot to catch the sunset. One of the best things about the Lough? Its close proximately to Jackie Lennoxs on Barrack Street. This fish and chip shop is arguably the best chipper in Cork – so grab your chips and enjoy them with a romantic sunset at the Lough.
Photo Credit: Jmoppel
Cork has many beaches to escape to when summer arrives. Here is a list of a few popular beaches within a reasonable drive from Cork City. Its also worth noting that if you don’t mind the spin, West Cork has some of the best beaches around!
Mrytleville / Fountainstown – 40 minutes
Rocky Bay – 45 minutes
Garryvoe – 50 minutes
Garrettsown – 1 hour
Inchydoney West Cork – 1 hour 5 minutes
The Warren – 1 hour 17 minutes
Location: Garrettstown Beach
Yoga at Fitzgerald’s Park
Longer daylight hours means more time spent outside and improved wellbeing. Yoga in the Park is run by the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre and 100% of proceeds go to the Cork Simon Community. Usually beginning in June this runs every Saturday morning and is a great way to start your day. All you need is a mat, sunscreen and water!
Outdoor Cinema with 7up at Fitzgerald’s Park
Happenings Cork have teamed up with 7up and Cork City Council again to turn Fitzgerald’s Park into an outdoor summer cinema. On May 20th – Lethal Weapon will be on the big screen with doors opening at 8.30pm. Ticket prices are €5 and available at the gate. This event will also have food stalls and a DJ on site so this fun loving atmosphere is not one to miss! Arrive early to get a good spot and you may even get a 7up bean bag to relax on! Don’t forget your blanket and warm clothing!
Pawsitivity in the City at Fitzgerald’s Park
This free event will take place on May 20th from 12 noon to 5.30pm. This fun filled family pet event is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with plenty of entertainment. With events such as doggy dance classes, sniffer lessons, expert advice and much more – your sure to find something to suit everyone. The icing on the cake? There will also be a screening of Lady and the Tramp that afternoon. So grab your pet and mark the calendar because this event is set to be a good one!
Laya Healthcare City Spectacular
This exciting free event will be taking place in Fitzgerald’s Park on July 15th and 16th. This is family event and it is full of the worlds best street performers, magicians, comedians, break dancers and all things weird and wonderful! This is the kind of event where you wont know where to look next – from chainsaw juggling, fire eating, extreme pogo stunts and much more. Have you ever seen a man ride a 10ft unicycle with one leg whilst balancing a goldfish on his foot? Me neither – but I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes!
Cork Harbour Festival
Kicking off on the June bank holiday weekend (June 3rd to 11th) Cork Harbour Festival will be a 9 day celebration of Corks maritime culture. There is something for all the family with this event from water activities, guided walks, seafood markets, children’s activities, ghost tour of Cork City, learning survival skills on Spike Island and of course the well known Ocean to City race. Overall there are over 60 events taking place in the City. This festival is jam packed and the perfect way to spend your June bank holiday!
Whale Watching West Cork
If you are looking for an adventure then a whale watching trip with Whale Watch West Cork needs to be on your list. West Cork waters are some of the best locations in Ireland for whale watching due to its clear and unpolluted nature. A wide variety of marine life can be spotted on these trips such as dolphins, minke whales, humpback whales and basking sharks to name but a few. Starting in April these tours leave from Baltimore Harbour and take approximately 4 hours at €50 per person.
Photo Credit: Cork Whale Watch
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