After a year and a half of families being locked up together, one West Cork attraction is giving families a chance to lose their dads parents this summer.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Centre in Rosscarbery offers a safe environment for families to disconnect from each other and digital this summer at their timber maze. The four-tower adventure maze was designed by world renowned maze designer Adrian Fisher and challenges the directional skills of people of all ages.
Smugglers Cove Adventure Centre only had a chance to open in early May this year having had to remain closed throughout the spring due to the covid19 restrictions. “It was a tough few months at the beginning of the year especially as we lost our busy Easter Period plus a lot of our school tour and summer scheme business which is about 10,000 visitors” added owner Geoff Wycherley.
However Mr Wycherley is optimistic about the summer ahead adding “I think West Cork will bounce back strong as it is a popular holiday destination for Irish People, here in Rosscarbery many of the holiday homes are booked out for July and August plus the Celtic Ross is also doing well”. This sentiment is backed up with results from Google Trends which show that searches for West Cork, West Cork Holiday Homes and West Cork Hotels have seen a massive increase in recent weeks.
Smugglers Cove was set up in 2012 around an existing driving range, since then it has opened up a café, 18 hole crazy golf, a timber maze, the brand new tubing park which has been a huge success and a Corn maze which opens at the end of July every year. “We were hoping to add a new sliding attraction this year that families would have loved but that has now been pushed back to 2021” added Geoff.
The attraction which brings 30,000 visitors to the West Cork village every year has helped build a name for Rosscarbery as a go to destination. In recent years, the village has also seen the opening of the Lagoon Activity Centre and the launch of the popular Surf n Turf Half Marathon on top of 48 other businesses in a village that has less than 1,000 residents.