The Hook Lighthouse
The Visitor Centre at Hook Lighthouse at the tip of the Hook Peninsula is the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Lonely Planet describes it as one of the top attractions in Ireland. The centre offers guided tours of the lighthouse tower seven days a week. The lighthouse is a 13th Century Norman structure, built by the Earl of Pembroke as part of the development of his Lordship of Leinster, culminating with the spectacular view from the balcony. Relax by the sea and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins and even whales In clear weather, you can see for miles, and in a storm the spray often reaches the top of the lighthouse! The Hook Lighthouse will host a celebration their maritime heritage with the Hooked On The Sea Festival on the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Wexford Food Festival, 26th-27th May
The Wexford Food Festival is a tremendous weekend of excellent food and drink as well as live music and entertainment that’s fun for all of the family in Wexford town. Over the course of the weekend, you can expect a tasty schedule of mouth-watering events including cookery demos, wine and beer tasting as well as foraging events and an open air local food producers’ market.
A must-see for bird enthusiasts, The Saltee Islands consisting of Great and Little Saltee, are situated approximately 5 kilometers off the coast of Kilmore Quay Co.Wexford. The larger island Great Saltee is the most famous bird sanctuary in Ireland and is very popular with both day-trippers and birdwatchers alike. These Islands are privately owned and are one of the world’s major bird sanctuaries.The Saltees are a haven for sea birds from Gannets and Gulls to Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. The Great Saltee also has a breeding population of Grey Seals, one of the very few in eastern Ireland. As long ago as 3,500 to 2,000 B.C. there were people on the islands.
The islands are privately owned. Day visits to Great Saltee are available between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Trips arranged from Kilmore Quay.
Cocoa Cookhouse, Gorey
Explore the world of craft chocolate in a hands-on cacao ‘bean to bar’ class. Make your own chocolate bar the whole way through the process beginning with fine Colombian cacao beans. Roast, conch, grind and mould to create a unique freshly made all-natural chocolate bar. Discover how to pair artisan ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolates from around the world with coffee, cheese, wine etc. and learn about ancient cacao rituals and stories. Classes and parties can be tailored to any group size or age and take place in Cocoa Cookhouse’s home at Wells House in Co. Wexford or in your own home/venue of your choice.