Spring is well and truly upon us with many enjoying Easter hotel breaks in Cork with friends and family as we look ahead to the start of summer with heightened expectancy. There are a wide variety of upcoming local activities and festivals in the Cork area to get the summer started during the remainder of April and the month of May.

The Easter weekend saw the annual Racing Home for Easter Festival take place at the Mallow Racecourse which is always a firm favourite for racing punters and locals alike. The Irish weather played its part with glorious sunshine for the majority of the weekend which ensured a great few days of racing and a great weekend break in Cork.

The coming weeks will also see a whole host of events taking place in Cork and the surrounding areas that are sure to thrill and enthuse the whole family. The Cork World Book Festival takes place between the 22nd & 26th April based at the Cork City Library, Grand Parade and Triskel Christchurch.  The festivals is one of the city’s more popular cultural events and will be celebrating its tenth year in existence. The highlight of the weeklong festival will be the UNESCO World Book Day on 23rd April.

The Cork International Choral Festival follows shortly after between the 30th April and 4th May at various venues across the city including Cork City Hall. The festival will see Cork welcoming choirs from across the world for a series of Gala concerts, schools Concerts, National and International Competitions as well as top class performances, with all participants bringing the city to life for a celebration of choral music.

As the leading 5 star hotel near Midleton, Fota Island Hotel Cork is ideally located as a base to enjoy both the Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine (16th to 18th May) and also the Ocean to City Maritime Festival on the 31st May in Cork Harbour. Both events have proved immensely popular over recent years and are sure to be popular for family hotel breaks this summer.

One of the biggest events of the summer is sure to be Live at the Marquee which will be taking place during the month of June in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. For those seeking hotels near the marquee in Cork then look no further than Fota Island Hotel, one of the leading spa hotels in Ireland, where revellers can relax and unwind during one of Ireland’s most eagerly anticipated summer music events.

When planning a trip to enjoy one of these great festivals over the coming weeks and months then be sure to keep an eye out for Fota Island Resort’s summer hotels deals in Cork with lots of great packages available! But of course the biggest sporting event in Cork this summer will the 2014 Irish Open between the 19th & 20th June which we will be previewing in full over the coming weeks!