Christmas Markets at St. Peter’s Cork

 

After the very successful Christmas Markets last year we are going to open our doors yet again this year to host quality and varied vendors in our indoor Christmas Markets.

Stalls ranged from vegan delights, wonderful art work, beautiful jewellery, amazing antiques and much much more.

The first planned date is Saturday the 9th of December from 11am-5pm with our doors open from 9:30am for vendor set up.

If you are a vendor and would like to express your interest in this event please contact us via email at info@stpeterscork.ie and we will provide you will all the relevant information.

Join us for a guided tour

St. Peter’s Cork Tours

The team at St Peter’s Cork are now offering guided tours of our current exhibitions and the beautiful 18th century building and courtyards. Included on the tour will be brief look at some of the medieval lane ways of North Main Street to get a visual sense of what the Old walled city of Cork was like over the centuries. With stories from 12th century Ireland to contemporary Cork life our visitors will be entertained along the way by our friendly and informative staff. There is an excellent independent coffee shop at St Peter’s and the venue is stocked with lots of maps and visitor information for events and activities across the city so it’s an ideal starting point for your trip to Cork. The tour will give guests great insight into the City’ colourful history and its unique character as well as background on the current artist exhibiting in St Peter’s Cork on your visit, so whether a tourist or a local there will be lots to take from a guided tour at St Peter’s Cork.
Tours run every Saturday at 12pm and 2pm (subject to availability). Tours can be booked in advance by emailing us at info@stpeterscork.ie, calling us on 021 4278187, or by popping in to book in person.
Tours cost €2.50 per person and all proceeds go towards maintain and updating our current and exhibitions.
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Why YOU should visit Cork

Touring Around the Town

Cork is the perfect city break destination. Easy to get to with Cork Airport just 15 minute drive from the friendly city centre. 2.5 hours from Dublin and just 30 minutes to Kinsale and the start of the Wild Atlantic Way. Below are a couple of reasons why Cork is the ideal location for your next city break, we’ve designed a mini tour for the short-stay visitor as well as a list of highly recommended bars, restaurants and cultural hot spots.

Food glorious Food!

Cork sits at the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean nestled in between rolling valleys of excellent farming land. Locally sourced fresh produce is served in abundance throughout the city and there is a great multicultural and contemporary cuisine on offer including arguably the best Japanese restaurant in the country Miyazaki, fabulous vegan and vegetarian Indian food at Ayer’s Café, sumptuous Nepalese cuisine at Thali and the very best of our local produce in the Farmgate Café in the English Market. Pub grub, brunch spots, BBQ joints and excellent contemporary cuisine such as the wonderful Ivory Tower will ensure you’re well fed and energised for city adventuring!

Walking the Historic Spine.

Walk in the footsteps of our medieval ancestors along the Historic Spine. If you just have a couple of hours in our fair city we recommend starting your trip with the beautiful St Anne’s church in Shandon or the impressive 17th century Elizabeth Fort. Both offer a wonderful aerial view of the city, perfect to understand the intricate layout of Cork. Each has its own fascinating history, with guided tours available in the Fort, and the novel opportunity to ring the church bells in St Anne’s. The Historic Spine is a mile long stretch of Old Cork that connects these two iconic buildings. Right in the centre of the spine, on North Main Street sits our visitor attraction the City’s oldest Church- St Peter’s Cork. No longer a religious building, our buzzing venue offers a mixture of local arts and history exhibitions as well as boasting some of the best coffee in town and its very own secret garden! Our friendly staff can offer top touring tips, local recommendations and stock an impressive array of city centre maps, walking trail brochures and much more. At St Anne’s in Shandon there is plenty of neighbouring activities including a tour of the Butter Museum that tells the fascinating story of Cork’s dairy trade, once the world’s largest exporter of quality dairy produce. All along the route of the Spine you’ll be treated to hidden historic gems of 18th century architecture and a nod to the medieval laneways of North Main Street. If that’s not enough hidden behind the quays of the Southside of the river, 5 minutes from Elizabeth Fort sits Nano Nagle Place, a wonderful new exhibition centre that illustrates the life and times of Nano Nagle and an insight into everyday life in Cork during the 18th century. Walking the Historic Spine will give you a great taste of the heritage of the city and it can be done in as little as 90 mins!

Cork City Craic.

It is a well-known fact that Cork has some of the best pubs in Ireland, each with a unique vibe and many boasting live music every night of the week. Check out the The Lee Sessions website for up to date listings of excellent traditional Irish music around the city.  If trad isn’t up your street check out Jazz on Sunday afternoons in the Franciscan Well, Thursday night blues in The Corner House and bluegrass on Tuesdays in the fabulously cosy Callanan’s….or feast on the best of contemporary music at Coughlan’s of Douglas Street, The Cork Opera House or the Triskel Arts Centre(also on the Historic Spine!).

The Lee Sessions.

Arts in the Heart of the City.

On last count the city of Cork boasts 53 Festivals, averaging more than 1 a week! The quantity doesn’t affect quality with the City recently being listed as the number 1 small city in Europe for cultural vibrancy. Fantastic, local festivals such as Cork Midsummer Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Film Festival, Quarter Block Party, Cork Harbour Festival, Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Dragon of Shandon and the Coal Quay Festival enrich the city and provide excellent entertainment and cultural activities for a diverse audience to enjoy. Search the ever helpful Whazon! Guides for excellent monthly event listings and look out for Cork.ie kiosks around the city that offer multi-lingual event info for Cork (there’s one in the Cork Tourist Office and another in St Peter’s Cork!) Daily staples of Cork culture include the beautiful Everyman Theatre in the Victorian Quarter of Cork, The Crawford Art Gallery on Emmet Place about 5 minutes from St Peter’s Cork, right in the hub of the high street buzz and the visual treat that is the Glucksman Gallery, modernist architecture built on the grounds of historic University College Cork.

 

The above is just a suggestive sample of what’s in store for those who visit Cork City, Cork is very much an explorers paradise, meander around the pretty streets and you’ll be sure to discover a hidden gem.

Tis the Season….to start thinking about your Christmas party!

Believe it or not the summer is a very busy time for us with Christmas party enquiries at our city centre venue in Cork. It’s the perfect time of year to plan ahead and beat the rush in September and October.

When it comes to Christmas parties there isn’t really a lot of dates on the calendar to choose from to throw a bash for your work team. Finding the right venue that can cater for your capacity and requirements in Cork makes it even tougher.

To make things easier we have broken it down into some key areas you and your team need to address before booking your venue.

1: Location

As the saying goes, “Location, location, location”.

Finding a venue with the perfect location is impossible as you can’t please everyone. Choosing the city centre will mean that the party animals can continue the night away in a nearby club or late bar and the early birds can sneak off in a taxi at a decent hour. Being in Cork city will also provide a natural festive atmosphere and give your night out a little something extra.

2: Capacity

This seems pretty obvious but finding a venue to cater for your party can be trickier than you may think. Many hotels will boast a very large capacity but at the same time book in a number of Christmas parties all at once which dilutes the uniqueness of your company’s experience and often splits the party very early on. At St. Peter’s Cork we have a capacity of 300 and can catering for sit down meals, dancing and much more with the whole venue dedicated to you and your team to ensure the privacy and fun ye are looking for.

3: Requirements

This is where the fun (and sometimes headaches start)! Do you need catering? Drinks (stupid question), DJ, band? Are you planning a sit down meal or finger food? Is there space for all the above plus some space to bust a move or two? Private smoking area?

Now not to toot our own horn too much but, check, check, check, check….and so on 🙂

At St. Peter’s Cork our motto is, our venue is your blank canvas. Last year we had swing dancing parties, sit down medieval banquets, BBQ’s beers and bands, DJ’s and dancing and much more. With the layout and open plan design of our venue we can cater for a huge range of activities and ideas from the party planners and the more creative the better. We work closely with some of the best caterers in Cork who know our venue well, we have a high spec sound system and projection equipment for the technical aspects and we can even roll out the red carpet to give your night the special feel it deserves.

Pop in, email us at info@stpeterscork.ie or give us a call on 021 4278187 to check availability and get a head of the Christmas curve. Follow us on social media to keep in touch and learn more about our energetic and dynamic venue right in Cork city centre.

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Choose Cork for your Corporate event

5 good reasons why Cork is great for your business event!

Super Accessible!

Great city centre car parks, 10 minute walk from the train station to town centre and the airport is a 15 minute drive. Whether flying, driving or by public transport the city is very well connected- so the getting-there part is sorted! The handy size of Cork makes everything a walk away, so if your conference or event takes place in one venue and your reception or networking event takes places across town, you’ll be a short and pleasant stroll away.

An Active Audience

Cork is home to many large multinational companies from Apple to Tyco, the giants of industry have chosen Cork as centre of operations as well as many high-performing Cork-grown businesses. The city has an internationally renowned university and an excellent Institute of Technology as well as many colleges, design schools and more. Whether you are looking to engage with our existing industry or hope to talk to our rising stars we will have an engaged and broad audience to connect with.

Hostess with the Mostess

Cork is one of the friendliest cities in the world. We pride ourselves on our genuine warm welcome and great hospitality offering within the city. From 5 star hotels to homely B&Bs we can guarantee you and your team will feel comfortable in Cork. With great night life from traditional music playing 7 nights a week with the Lee Sessions, to contemporary music and theater venues to some of the best restaurants in Ireland we promise that after a hard day’s work, we can offer you plenty of down-time options!

Cork-flavoured Team Building

Cork City is packed with awesome team-building activities from active brain-storming group events such as a jail-break in a 19th Century city Gaol, a walk and taste tour of the best food and drinks of the city with Fab Food Trail or a relaxing whiskey tasting tour of the Jameson distillery, we have bundles of unique activities  that will entertain and connect your team.

A Break from the Norm

This city is teeming with unique charm and character and we have venues to match! Fancy a change from the conference room offering? Check out St Peter’s Cork which offers state of the art presentation facilities, artisan catering in a contemporary and stylish setting. St Peter’s stands on the grounds of a 12th century church and the current building dates back to 18th century. The interior was tastefully designed by our City Architects and the centre boasts the best café in Cork! Capacity for standing events is 300 and for seated events we can accommodate up to 200 guests. Suitable for conferences, seminars, product launches, networking and parties….St Peter’s Cork is a great reason to bring your business to Cork.

Cork: “A City By The Sea”

Explore Cork’s history with the sea in this new exhibition open to the public on March 17th 2017

Cork: St. Peter’s Cork, invite the public to enjoy their latest offering and new Cork focused exhibition from March 17th. The exhibition entitled “A City by the Sea” is completely free and open to the public 6 days a week, all year round. It depicts the eventful history of both the city and its harbour from the age of the Vikings’ to modern day.

The exhibition which will be on display in the historic St. Peter’s Cork on North Main Street is supported by Cork City Council Arts Office. The exhibition has been curated by author and historian Mr. Turtle Bunbury. Mr. Bunbury has written over 13 books and several hundred published historical articles. He has a strong reputation for providing credible and accessible history. He has been closely involved with the very popular EPIC Ireland, an interactive visitor experience in Dublin as well as the History Festival of Ireland which was curated by Mr. Bunbury.

Mr. Bunbury on Cork’s history with the sea, ‘Cork has been pivotal to the history of Ireland for a thousand years but the city and harbour also have astonishingly strong connections to the history of the wider world. In the medieval age, ships were constantly rolling into the harbour from France, Portugal and Spain. Then came the Tudor explorers en route to the New World, or Algerian pirates dragging unfortunate captives back to the old one. By the 18th century the city had the utterly vital role of provisioning the ships of the British Empire in times of war. That carried on into the First World War when the harbour was absolutely key to preventing this part of the world from being conquered by the German Navy. Add in all the tales of emigrants and smugglers, shipwrecks and fishermen, and you fetch up with an incredibly rich and diverse story that I have thoroughly enjoyed researching.’

Set amid the marshlands of the River Lee, Cork has been a maritime hub since records began. The exhibition will depict this history in a dynamic, thought provoking and sometimes humorous manner that can be enjoyed by all ages. The exhibition will include maps, paintings, original photographs and short stories to take the visitor on a journey through Cork’s rich and varied history with the sea.

The new exhibition also includes a room devoted to the fascinating history of St Peter’s Church, where a church has stood since the 13th century. Completed in 1788, the present church was bought by Cork City Council in 1988; they restored the building to its present excellent condition. In 2016 LeisureWorld Management took over the operation of this building and its full programme of exhibitions and events.

A City by the Sea will be St. Peter’s Cork’s headline exhibition for 2017 but they will also feature a number of smaller local and national exhibitions throughout the year. If you would like to enquire about exhibition space please contact info@stpeterscork.ie.

St. Peter’s Cork and LeisureWorld Management welcomes the public to come visit the new exhibition from St. Patrick’s Day. Open all year round and completely free of charge they offer a very broad cultural experience to all their visitors in a very relaxed and peaceful setting.

 

North Main Street coming together!

St Peter’s Cork welcomed the UCC Centre of Planning Education and Research, Cork City Council and the North Main Street Traders Group along with a number local residents and friends of the area to the official launch of a new report and strategy for development of the North Main Street area.

The report looked at opportunities to develop both social and economic resources in the area, looking at parking facilities, pedestrian access, public realm and the economic make-up of the area. Rose Murphy, chairperson of the North Main Street Traders Group introduced the launch with a screening of a new video advertising the area which runs daily before feature films in the Gate Cinemas.REPRO FREE 15/11/2016 North Main Street & Surrounding Area Planning Study 2016 launch, conducted by the Centre of Planning, Education & Research at UCC, at St. Peter's Church, North Main Street, Cork. William Brady, Centre for Planning Education & Research UCC, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill, Rose Scully, Chairperson North Main Street Traders Association, Ann Doherty, CEO Cork City Council and Pat O'Connell, President Cork Business Association, with the Study. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

St Peter’s welcomed over 100 guests on Tuesday evening, showcasing the best of North Main Street along with a Powerpoint presentation of the report projected onto the walls of our iconic building. The launch featured an excellent reception which highlighted some of the great food and drink offerings the area has to offer with coffees and mulled wine from Portafilter, snacks from Tony’s Bistro and a great selection of wine from Bradley’s Specialist Off Licence.

With the guests suitably fed and watered, the presentation started with an introduction from William Brady of the Centre of Planning Education and Research, followed by an overview of the findings of the report from one of the students who worked on the report. The students of UCC Centre of Planning Education and Research and the North Main Street Traders Group have been working on this report since the start of 2016 and the full scale of the report and presentation was delivered to members of Cork City Council including the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill, the Cork City Chief Executive Ann Doherty and the Chairman of the Cork Business Association Pat O’Connell.

The presentation ended on a light note, with the attendees gathering just outside St Peter’s courtyard to witness the official turning-on of the North Main Street Christmas lights. St Peter’s orchestrated some outdoor Christmas carols along with some seasonal decorations and even a sprinkling of snow! A truly festive experience was enjoyed, with many residents and passers by joining in the fun sipping on warm mulled wine and spiced orange drinks.
There was a great sense of community and a coming together of a number of groups who are all passionate to see a focused plan delivered for the area, one that can help the continued great work of the traders and voluntary groups of the area raise the profile of Cork’s historic Old Town

.Lord Mayor of Cork