What day is it again?
Who knows? Who cares?
It’s Betwixtmas. Pop a Bailey’s in your coffee and eat a ham sandwich for breakfast – anything goes this week and you might as well embrace the strange energy of the days between Christmas and New Year’s.
Here are some ideas to fill your days:
1. Hit the beach for coffee
Whether you’re brave enough for a dip in the sea or you’re just craving a stroll in the salty air, Warren Beach in Rosscarbery is a good shout in dry weather.
What’s more, Drip at the Warren is open and serving steaming West Cork Coffee and freshly baked goodies on Monday, December 26th (10am to 4pm), December 27th -30th (10am to 3pm), and again on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10am to 4pm.
Images: Taidgh Richards
2. Take the dog for a play date
If your best boy or girl has cabin fever after being cooped up at home for a few days, Top Barkz Cork has just the treat. The Marina Market doggie daycare is hosting Christmas Play Sessions on Thursday, December 29th and Friday, December 30th, 2022.
Puppies under six months are welcome at 10.30am, puppies over six months at 11.30am and big boys from 12.15pm. Places are limited so text Top Barkz Cork to hold your spot on 085 1652227.
3. Stock up on wine (and have a glass or two)
Running low on supplies? Hit the corner of Harleys Street and MacCurtain Street to pick up a few interesting bottles at MacCurtain Wine Cellar, a wine shop you can drink in.
They reopen on December 28th at noon, offering a selection of biodynamic, organic and natural wines as well as mulled wines and a non-alcoholic option. Walk-ins only.
4. Get your skates on
The Alpine Skate Trail reopened on St Stephen’s Day and will keep going right up until January 29th, 2023 so there’s loads of time to lace up your skates and glide through the twinkly winter wonderland they’ve got set up down there.
Book adult tickets from €20 and kids tickets from €17 here.
5. Get locked (up) at Cork City Gaol
It’s a spooky spot for a seasonal stroll. Get an insight into what life was like in a 19th Century prison by exploring the grounds and wandering the corridors of Cork City Gaol.
While Countess Markievicz called it “the most comfortable jail” she had ever been in, many visitors swear to witnessing some ghostly goings-on in the echoing passageways.
Cork City Gaol reopens on Tuesday, December 27th from 10am to 4pm, opening daily right up until New Year’s Day. Adult tickets are a tenner, with kids tickets €6.