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Playful Culture Trail

Cork's Playful Culture trail invites you to embrace the summer by visiting lots of Cork city's museums, galleries and attractions along with our lovely green spaces. We are delighted to be a part of the trail which features 30 fun and playful places where children and families can explore the city’s culture, heritage and green spaces through play! 

On arrival at the Gallery pick up a free canvas goodie bag filled with colouring pencils, a Pure Cork pencil, a themed bookmark, the Playful Culture Trail Map and our unique activity sheet which will take you through the Gallery with fun activities such as sketching, designing superhero costumes and colouring! Make sure to keep a beady eye out for ‘Blaithín’ on your adventures – a cute and cuddly lizard who is the play trail mascot and will be playing hide and seek in lots of attractions.

Get inspired by the Cork City Playful Culture Trail:

  1. Scoot down the marina
  2. Explore with coke zero bikes
  3. Go otter spotting along the lee
  4. Have a picnic at Bell’s Field
  5. Find Bláithín the lizard
  6. Make a daisy chain at Nano Nagle Place
  7. Find out your ‘bog’ age at The Butter Museum
  8. Get locked up at Cork City Goal
  9. See underground at Triskel Christchurch
  10. Get in the stocks at Elizabeth Fort
  11. Find the medieval bowling ball at Cork Public Museum
  12. Fire your imagination at the city library
  13. Play chase or fly a kite in the lee fields
  14. Skim a stone across the Lee
  15. Float a paper boat on the lough
  16. Star gaze at Blackrock Castle Observatory
  17. Find the centre of the labyrinth at St Finbarre’s Cathedral
  18. Discover the playground at Old Cork Waterworks
  19. Pose like a sculpture at the Crawford Art Gallery
  20. Find the right time on one of the 4 clock faces of Shandon
  21. Play pooh sticks at the Glen River park
  22. Make a wish on the witches wishing steps at Blarney castle
  23. Run over the shaky bridge
  24. Balance on a silver ball at Fitzgerald’s Park
  25. Find the little boys on the rubble of St. Peter’s
  26. Find the shiny tree in Fitzgerald’s Park
  27. Do the UCC art trail at the Glucksman
  28. Find the Cork town walls at Bishop Lucey park
  29. Hunt for medals at the military museum, Collins Barracks
  30. Treat yourself to sweets in Lenihan’s, Shandon

The Crawford Art Gallery is free to visit and is open daily. For more information on the other attractions see Follow @corkcitycouncilofficial on social media for updates on the Cork Cultural Play Trail and Cork as a Playful City. Hashtags are #LetsPlayCork #ActiveCorkCity and anyone who uses these when enjoying the trail could be in with a chance to win spot prizes.

Playful things to di in Cork City

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