For a group weekend away that’s jam-packed with adventure, activities, good food, and great accommodation, South Wexford has it all. Famous for its breath-taking vistas, magnificent natural landscapes and the salty spray of the sea, this weekend itinerary for group parties is based on the pinnacle point of Ireland’s Ancient East which will see you visiting the top must-see attractions within a short drive, as well as participating in some fun adventure and sporting challenges every day that will have you grinning from ear to ear, and talking about for weeks to come.
Assemble your crew at Treacy’s Hotel, Enniscorthy which is perfectly situated in the bustling town of Enniscorthy, providing a hub of activity for those who arrive a little early. From here, you can organise one of many different group activities to kick start your weekend fun, including a unique Murder Mystery night in Enniscorthy Castle, which is the ideal chance to get into character and solve a murder! Group packages include canapes and wine which bridges the gap to dinner.
Paintball is priceless fun for large groups who love a bit of friendly competition. With over 60 acres of woodland to immerse yourself in at Delta Force Paintball and a minimum of 200 paintballs for your trigger finger, and all for a very affordable price, you’ll be fired up in no time for an unforgettable battle! Alternatively, try your hand at White Water Rafting just 30 minutes from the hotel where you’ll be shooting weirs and rapids as well as encountering some beautiful calm stretches of scenic river valley.
A 2-hour river kayak experience on the Slaney River, or a group horse-riding experience may be more suited to the sporty hen/stag, and provides a more relaxing activity for all age groups.
With 3 different dining options within Treacy’s you’ll be spoiled for choice for dinner, and with three entertainment venues under one roof, you won’t need to leave the hotel to get your fix of dancing and entertainment, between live performances in Temple Bar, a live sax player in DBar and cover bands and DJs in Benedict’s Nightclub – a great way to kick back and let your hair down after the working week.
For groups that prefer a more demure evening for their first night, the Riverside Park Hotel on the outskirts of Enniscorthy is a fantastic option, complete with incredible dining options with panoramic views of the River Slaney, the Prom bar and a first class leisure club with pool, sauna and steam room.
After a full Irish breakfast, it’s time for some group activity and an action filled day to remember!
Quad Attack Adventure Centre in Clonroche is sure to quench your need for speed! This hilarious, exhilarating adventure provides all weather cross-country driving thrill for all ages and abilities and will have you bumping along a challenging course, spread over 80 acres under the scenic backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains.
For the Stags, how about a round of golf at the award-winning Bunclody Golf & Fishing Club, followed by a Bistro lunch in the stunning architecturally designed Club House. In fact, Wexford boasts a number of fine Golf Courses to choose from in Enniscorthy, Seafield, Wexford and Rosslare.
Foodies can’t miss a whistlestop visit to Bean & Goose Craft Chocolate Workshop, to stock up on some artisanal snacks for the weekends’ activities ahead, whilst the hen groups can satisfy their sweet tooth with high tea at Enniscorthy Castle, care of Oh So Sweet Occasions, who invite you to bring your own gin, prosecco or cocktails, to enjoy with their delectable delights.
After lunch, pile into the car and make your way down to Hook Peninsula, to check-in to Hookless Holiday Homes, a self-catering accommodation village boasting panoramic sea views that’s smack bang in the centre of a host of activities and adventure on Hook Peninsula and perfect for an adventurous group get away, with sea kayaking and kite surfing to name a few activities right on its doorstep.
If your game for some evening sport, don your wetsuit for a spot of kite surfing on Duncannon Beach. Hooked Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddleboarding gives you the confidence to enter the water under expert instruction, whilst nearby Freedom Surf School is also suitable for groups of all ages, and a sure fire way to get the fun started and the giggles going!
Or if you prefer to stay on dry ground, the imposing Loftus Hall is a nerve wracking and thrilling experience to kick start your evening. Renowned as the most haunted house in Ireland, it fascinates visitors all year-round. Those brave enough to take a tour will learn about the history and legend of the stately home’s institution during the Black Death, its conversion into convent and hotel and of course the stories of disturbed souls said to still live there today!
Dinner is waiting in Templar’s Inn Seafood Bar and Restaurant, where private functions are catered for. Templar’s Inn specialises in seafood, but has an excellent and varied full bar menu that caters for all tastes, and a line-up of traditional and live music that will have your feet tapping in no time!
After dragging yourselves out of bed for more, you’re bound to have an appetite for a late brunch at Roches, one of the oldest traditional bars on the Hook Peninsula, with a separate private dining room for large groups. New Ross also boasts any number of lunch spots to choose from like Mannions Gastro Pub which offers a fantastic casual dining experience in a buzzing atmosphere, and a great way to round up your weekend of fun.
At this stage of the afternoon, it’s the reluctant road towards home, until your next adventure in Ireland’s Ancient East!