Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ireland's Five-Star Ashford Castle Invites Kids To Wizard School This Fall

This Halloween and Thanksgiving, Ashford Castle in Western Ireland is welcoming families to Wizard School.  The 13th-century castle, with its winding passageways, hidden alcoves and secret gardens, lures participants into the magical and mystical world of witchcraft and wizardry hidden within its walls.

A "Forbidden Forest" treasure hunt on the estate's 350 acres, a visit to meet Dingle (Ashford Castle's resident owl), painting in the "Chamber of Art," a cookery class for "House Elves" and a special Wizard School dinner are all part of the two-night package.  In the evening, a Harry Potter movie in the castle's brand-new cinema - complete with jars of candy and popcorn - will be screened, while adults relax in the elegant George V Dining Room with a sumptuous five-course table d'hote menu.

The program is as follows:

Day 1 (October 23, 25 and 30, November 25):
Noon: Forbidden Forest Treasure Hunt for the family (unsupervised)
3pm: Visit the hiding place of Dingle the Owl (supervised)
4pm: Afternoon Chamber of Art (supervised)
5pm-6:30pm: Kids Dinner in Wizard School (supervised)
6:30pm-9pm: Harry Potter Movie Evening (supervised)
From 7pm: George V Table d'Hote Dinner for the adults

Day 2 (October 24, 26, 29 and 31, November 26):
Noon: Hidden Garden Treasure Hunt for the family (unsupervised)
3pm: 'House Elves' little helpers Cookery School (supervised)
4pm-5pm: Afternoon Chamber of Witchcraft & Wizardry (supervised)
5pm-6pm: Kids' Dinner in Wizard School (supervised)
6:30pm-9pmHarry Potter Movie Evening (supervised)
From 7pm: George V Table d'Hote Dinner for the adults

The two-night package is priced at $1,349 and includes accommodation in a Deluxe Family Room, breakfast and dinner and is based on two adults and two children (under 12 years of age) sharing the room.  Complimentary estate activities include tennis, golf, billiards, self-guided walking tours and access to the solarium, steam room and indoor pool.  Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the castle. 

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Ashford Castle is set on 350 acres in County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. A member of Leading Hotels of the World, it features 82 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian centre, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course and Ireland's first school of falconry. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service are among the amenities. For more information please visit

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