Archive for May, 2011

Survey Results – Staycations are still the preferred holiday choice for Irish families

Thanks to everyone for taking part in our online survey on Irish Family holiday plans for summer 2011. Here is the text of a Press Release we have sent out on the results of the survey:

Staycations – still the preferred holiday choice for Irish families

The pattern of Irish families taking their summer holidays at home in Ireland will continue again this year.  A recent survey carried out by online retailer has found that 79 per cent of Irish families are planning to staycation in Ireland this year.

This contrasts with the 34 per cent of Irish adults who indicated that they are likely to take a family holiday abroad this year, instead of, or as well as, an Irish holiday. The number of families heading abroad has shown a sharp decline from the 56 per cent of Irish families who holidayed abroad in 2009.

For those planning an Irish summer holiday the two main reasons for doing so were the lower overall cost and the greater convenience of travel.

The online poll was carried out from May 20th to 25th and had over 200 respondents.

With this in mind, children’s outdoor clothing specialist has just released a “Staycation Summer Offer” which combines children’s rain gear with a quality wetsuit for the beach (at a discount of 15% off the normal price).

Suzanne Kingston, owner of PuddleDucks said “Our survey shows that, despite our unpredictable weather, Ireland will be the most popular destination for family holidays again this year. Kids love to be out and about during their summer holidays and if they’re kitted out for rainy days as well as the beach they can make the most of the outdoors – whatever the Irish weather may bring“


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Welcome to PuddleDucks

Welcome to PuddleDucks. We are the Ireland’s leading online retailer of children’s outdoor gear including fantastic waterproofs, fleeces and summer gear including wetsuits and UV gear.

Special offer for readers of the Mothers & Babies Magazine:  get Free Shipping on all orders until Friday 20th May. Just say “Mothers & Babies” in the customer notes and we’ll refund your shipping cost.

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Our Online-Outdoor Family Quiz

We are delighted to bring you our second annual “Online-Outdoor Family Quiz”.

This year the quiz is brought to you in association with –  the definitive website for parents to find activities, classes, camps, events or services for kids in their local area.

Think of the quiz as an online treasure hunt. It is brought to you with four of Ireland’s fantastic family attractions:  Secret Valley Adventure Farm, Loughwell Farm Park, Stonehall Visitor Farm and Causey Farm. We have 12 super prizes of Family Tickets for the lucky winners.

How to Enter:

There are 8 easy questions in the quiz – 2 questions for each of the four websites.

Be prepared!  The quiz will take around 5 to 10 minutes to complete. While the questions are easy, finding the answers does involve a little searching for the answers on the centres’ websites. You need to fully complete the quiz to be eligible for a prize.

>> Click here to take the Quiz

Tip: Use a separate browser tab or browser session to look at the centres’ websites as you go along.

You can also see a printable copy of the quiz questions here. (please note: this is just to see the questions in advance, you cannot enter the quiz on the pdf)

A huge thanks to the four outdoor attractions that have kindly donated prizes for the quiz.

Secret Valley Adventure Farm, Co. Wexford – Family One Day Entrance Tickets

Loughwell Farm Park, Co. Galway – Family One Day Entrance Tickets

Stonehall Visitor Farm, Co. Limerick – Family One Day Entrance Tickets

Causey Farm, Co.Meath  – Family Farm Afternoon Experience 


  • The closing date for entries is May 31st 2011
  • Only one entry per email address please
  • All questions must be answered for an entry to be valid
  • The winners will be notified by email by June 4th 2011 and will be posted here and on our Facebook page
  • As usual, the judge’s decision is final


  • Family Tickets are valid for two adults and two children

This quiz is part of the Irish Internet Association’s Digitise the Nation event which is all about encouraging people to use the internet in more creative ways.  We hope that with our quiz children can be encouraged to help with finding the answers!.  We also hope that you might discover somewhere new for your family to visit among  some of the wonderful outdoor attractions available to us in Ireland.

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