Six unique things to do in Cork this weekend (that don’t involve alcohol)

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Are you struggling to think of something fun to do at the weekend that doesn’t involve going on the lash? Does your liver deserve a break in the lead-up to the jazz weekend?

Fear not, because Craving has got you covered.

We’ve complied a list of six unique and exciting things to do this weekend, prefect for date or a fun day out with friends (in no particular order):

1. Relieve some tension by throwing an axe

Yes, that’s right. There’s a place in Cork city dedicated to the divine art of axe throwing. Located on French Church Street, Axe Throwing Cork is the first and only axe throwing range in Cork, complete with 4 throwing lanes and located indoors. Prices start at €20pp for half an hour or €30pp for a full hour.

2. Take a fluffy alpaca on a walk through a forest

The first of it’s kind in Ireland, the Waterfall Alpaca Farm offers the chance to take part in one of the most unique things to do in Cork; alpaca trekking. This increasingly popular activity takes you (along with your designated alpaca) on a 40 minute trail through an enchanting forest alongside a river, with stunning views of the nearby waterfall nestled beneath a canopy of ancient oak trees. Prices start at €30 per alpaca, or €20 per person accompanying.

3. Get into the spooky spirt by going to a pumpkin festival

Organised by Cork charity Field of Dreams, this two-day ‘Pick a Pumpkin’ festival will take place on Clash Road, Curraheen on October 9th and 16th from 10am-3:30pm, and will include a spooky pumpkin trail which will guide you to the pumpkin patch where you can select the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. The festival will also a special arts and crafts section for kids along with a café. Tickets cost €5 for entry and €20 for the pumpkin picking experience.

4. Soar through the skies at Corks only zip-lining course

Located amongst the treetops in Farran Wood, ‘Zip It‘ has five separate zip-lining courses for ranging levels of difficulty, and also features swinging logs, cargo nets and rope bridges. The sessions take approximately three hours and prices range from €18 for 7-8 year olds up to €40 for adults.

5. Burn some rubber at Cork’s premier go karting track

The National Kart Centre is the perfect way to spend an adrenaline-fueled afternoon with your friends or other half. Located on Centre Park Road (right by the Marina Market), the venue offers regular karting, student karting, drift karting, Grand Prix, and endurance karting. Prices start at €35 for a 20-minute slot and can be purchased via their site.

6. Challenge yourself to a themed escape room

If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, then you really are missing out. Escape rooms are intense, scary and fun, all at the same time, and they’re a fantastic way to challenge your cognitive, problem-solving, and communication skills. Located on Mary Street in the city centre, WeEscape comes with four themed escape rooms in varying levels of difficulty: Stranger Things, Harry Potter, 1944, and The Addams Family. Prices start at €25pp with a minimum of 2 people.

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