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Mardyke Arena UCC

School Tour Programme 2017

        ***Booking Now Open***

Tours commence on Monday 8th May 2017.

We offer children a unique school tour experience introducing children to different activities delivered in a fun and enthusiastic manner by our enthusiastic staff.

We carefully research activities and source equipment offering inclusivity for all abilities and tailor activities to cater for the developmental needs of the group with an emphasis on fun and involvement for all.

Choose from 5 different packages:

  • Option 1: 10am - 1pm (€16)
  • Option 2: 10am - 2pm (€18)
  • Option 3: 10am - 3pm (€20)
  • Option 4: 2pm - 5pm  (€12)
  • Option 5: 1pm - 4pm (€12)
  • Option 6: Package Tour (Prices available on request)

We now have a partnership with the Lifetime Lab and Cork City Jail in regards a package of activities.

Click here to view the 2017 Brochure 

Kayaking Tour - New to 2017

Looking to do an outdoor adventure!

5th & 6th Class Only

Our introduction to kayaking is prefect for your class school tour. This kayaking tour is a 2-hour
experience on the river lee with qualified instructors. Your class will start by the Mardyke and move
down towards Cork’s famous Shaky bridge. Groups will learn basic kayaking technique, water
safety and play fun games while on the water. Maximum number on the water is 20, groups
bigger than this will be divided in two. All kayaking groups will spend 1 hour on the water, wet suits
and equipment will be supplied by the Arena.

Kayaking can be booked on a Monday or Friday from May 15th to June 30th.

For other days please email fiona.jagla@ucc.ie

Click here for further details on our Kayaking Tours

How to book

Contact Fiona on 021 4904762 to provisionally book a tour. We advise primary schools to book early for tours in May and June to avoid disappointment.

Please note a 10% deposit is required to confirm all bookings.

 

Frequently asked tour questions

When will the tours start?
This year our tour program will commence on Monday the 8th of May, schools can book in from now. We would advise booking early to secure your preferred date.

Have ye partnerships with any other organisations?
We have a relationship with the Lifetime Lab and Cork City Jail in which a reduced rate is offered if you book at tour to both the Mardyke and 1 of these facilities.

How do we book?
If you contact the Children’s Activity Coordinator (Fiona Jagla) on 0214904762 or via email on fiona.jagla@ucc.ie. You can provisionally book your desired date and this will be confirmed once a 10% deposit has been paid.

What activities are available on the day?
The available activities vary depending on the age profile of the class; all activities are on the booking form of the brochure. The content of the activities will be age specific also and the manner in which the activities are delivered will vary depending on the age of the group.

How many activities can we choose?
The number of activities available depends on both the package and if the group would like to swim. In a 3 hour tour a school can pick a maximum of 5 activities but if swimming is chosen this is reduced to 4.

In a 4 hour tour the maximum is 6 and again if swimming is chosen it is reduced to 5, in a 5 hour tour the maximum number of activities is 8 and if swimming is chosen it is reduced to 7.

 

Why are the numbers of activities reduced if swimming is chosen?
The reason the number of activities is reduced is to allow maximum time for the children in the pool, if the number of activities wasn’t reduced then pupils would only receive a few minutes in the pool, with this policy student’s will receive between 25 and 40 minutes of pool time.

How is the day structured?
We ask that the teacher has the group divided into the appropriate size groups prior to arrival at the Mardyke. Once they arrive our experienced and enthusiastic staff will take control of the group, (All staff employed by the Mardykes children’s activity program hold a minimum of a foundation coaching award). The tour coordinator will escort the teachers to the hospitality suite and issue them with a copy of the days’ time table. From here on the Mardyke skilled staff will take control of all activities, all we ask is that a member of the school’s staff remains in the building at all times in case they are needed.

Is lunch provided for the students?
We do not provide lunch for students however we can facilitate an area for the children to eat their lunch if the teacher so wishes.

Is there a café on site?
There is a café on site; however as part of the tour package teachers will receive complimentary tea and coffee in the Mardyke hospitality suite on the 10am-1pm, 10am-2pm & 10am-3pm tours.

Is there any days when some activities will be unavailable?
No all activities will be available from the commencement of the tour program this year as the UCC exams will be finished so we will have access to the halls.

Can we park at the Mardyke Arena UCC?
Buses are not permitted to park in the Mardyke Arena UCC Car Park.