The Blarney Golf Resort in Cork

THE Easter holidays are around the corner, and that means that now is the time to start planning a short family break to keep the kids entertained when the schools are closed. There are many Easter-themed events happening around the country. But with so many choices, where should you go, and would there be plenty of activities to do there?

Luckily, help is at hand from travel expert website Hotels.com, which have put together some of the best value Easter events and hotel rates around the country.

In Wexford, the annual Easter egg hunt will take place at the Irish National Heritage Park in Ferrycarrig. Early booking is advised for this event, and it only costs €5 per child and is free for adults. Hotels.com recommend staying at the four star family-friendly Ferrycarrig Hotel, which is located beside the park. On Hotels.com, the family room was €197, but it is now €183.

In Cork, the Race Home for Easter festival in Mallow will take place for its third time, while various Easter entertainments will take place on the grounds of Mallow Castle. Hotels.com recommends staying at the four star Blarney Golf Resort, where prices start from €115 per self-catering lodge. These lodges are located close to Blarney Castle, Blarney Woolen Mills and the Blarney Stone.

In Clare, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance on Easter Sunday at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. There will also be face painting, magic shows and bouncing castles on the day. Tickets cost €5 and can be booked online. You can have a memorable meal at the medieval banquets in Bunratty and surrounding castles. Hotels.com recommends staying at the three star Clare Inn Hotel at Dromoland, where prices start from €89 per family room per night.

In Galway, adventure seekers of all ages can visit the four star Delphi Mountain Resort, where activities include surfing, hill walking and canoeing. If you prefer to relax, you can check out the spa and enjoy breathtaking mountain views from the thermal suite. Accommodation at the resort starts from €299 per family room per night.

All prices are based on two adults and two children, and are subject to availability at the time of booking.

So, there are plenty of great and reasonable options for a fun-filled stay-cation this Easter. All you have to do is pick which trip would suit your family the most.