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BLOOM in PHOENIX PARK

'Houses Castles and Gardens'

MAY/JUNE
from Tuesday 30th
until Friday 2nd June
4 Day Flower Show Tour
By coach from pickups in Northern Ireland 

Bloom is the Republic of Ireland’s largest gardening, horticulture, food and family festival, held every year on Bank Holiday weekend in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Bloom is a major event, attracting scores of outdoor lovers and gardening enthusiasts who can browse numerous stalls and food tents as well as beautiful landscaped full size gardens. Based on similar successful formats such as the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows and RHS Hampton Court Palace shows, Bloom has numerous highly creative gardens and plant displays which are used to inspire and excite the public about gardening and garden design. Organised by Bord Bia now in its 10th year it also involves Ireland’s Quality Assured food, and provides opportunity to meet Ireland’s top chefs and cooks learning more about and experiencing Irish fruit, vegetables and potato production. Bloom 2017 will see the event celebrating its 11th anniversary and visitors can look forward to another great festival. Exhibits at the festival will include gardens, botanical art, craft displays, as well as open farmyards available to the public.

4****BRACKEN COURT HOTEL BALBRIGGAN (www.brackencourt.ie) is located in the picturesque village of Balbriggan and it offers free Wi-Fi, and free newspapers, as well as spacious rooms with marble bathrooms and power showers. The modern rooms at the Bracken Court are decorated in warm colours with comfortable Respa beds and crisp, white linen. They include free cable TV, ironing equipment, tea and coffee making facilities and 24-hour room service. Beautiful Balbriggan beach and its traditional fishing harbour is just 5 minutes’ walk from the hotel.

Of course this tour includes more than the Bloom Festival with our selection of Houses Castles and Gardens in North County Dublin. We hope you enjoy the visits we have chosen shown below:

HIGHLIGHTS
• Newbridge House and Farm • Bloom in the Phoenix Park
• Malahide Castle and Gardens • Airfield Gardens and Farm
• Ardgillan Castle Demesne • Dublin War Memorial Gardens

This tour starts from pickups in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 30th May departing Belfast at app 8.30am and onward via M1 motorway to Armagh and Newry with our first comfort/snack stop at AppleGreen Services on M1 near Castle Bellingham. We plan to visit Newbridge House and farm Donabate for lunch and house tour. With a total distance of 130 miles from Belfast to Balbriggan we expect to reach Bracken Court Hotel for checkin at 5pm traffic and timekeeping permitting. The anticipated set-down time on Friday 2nd June is, Armagh 7pm and Belfast 8.30pm.

Tour Leaders: Mervyn and June Acheson.

Tour Cost:  £299 per person sharing
   £55 single supplement
Tour Code: BFP/17
Insurance: £26 per person
Deposit:     £75 per person

PRICE INCLUDES:
> Luxury coaching from pickups in Northern Ireland.
> 3 Nights Half Board 4*Bracken Court Hotel Balbriggan.
> Admission to all visits listed in the printed itinerary.
> Services of Tour Leader throughout holiday.

IMPORTANT ASPECTS: Hotel Lift; Yes, Location: Level, Steps; Some, Walking; Lots.

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