12 things to do in Ireland this weekend | Nov 10 - Nov 12

Updated / Friday, 10 Nov 2017 13:09

12 things to do in Ireland this weekend

By Ciaran Dunne

The kids are back in school and counting down the days until their next break, and it isn't that far away.

Events and activities over the next few weeks are going to start having more of a seasonal theme but there will always be things to do in Ireland that don't include cheesy music, jingle bells, and the colour red.

This week there is plenty to choose from including storytelling, movies, food, crafts and the start of the Science Week events. You can find more ideas for things to do this weekend on YourDaysOut.ie

1) Yarn Storytelling Festival

The Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray presents the eight annual YARN Storytelling Festival bringing people together to share and hear stories.

These storytelling events take place throughout the town in classrooms, community groups, libraries, cafés and bars, in Mermaid itself and at lots of other venues.

On Saturday, there is Family Storytelling at Killruddery with Liz Weir at 2pm, Eddie Lenihan tells some Scary Tales at the Town Hall at 4pm and, on Sunday, Betelnut Café hosts their annual fun day as part of the festival.

Eddie Lenihan

2) Cork Film Festival

This year's programme includes 115 feature films, including 34 documentaries and 116 shorts from 50 different countries, with a specially curated Schools and Family Programme.

There is a special event to mark Paddington 2 on Saturday from 10 am at the Gate Cinema. This will include an adventure around the city in celebration of the marmalade-loving bear, which will be followed by a screening at 11.30am.

Other family movies include a 40th-anniversary screening of Close Encounters of the Third Kind on Sunday morning and Buffalo Rider, Australian comedy Red Dog: True Blue and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt next week.

This year sees the introduction of a new family ticket pass, valid for two adults and two children for any film within the family programme for only €25.

Cork Film Festival

3) Listowel Food Festival

Simon Delany will launch the 23rd Festival by preparing dishes from his new cookbook with the help of Lizzie Lyons in the Listowel Arms Hotel. Events over the weekend include a Craft Fair, a Food Hall, workshops, Farmer's Market and a Food Trail around Listowel.

4) The Irish National Antiques, Art & Vintage Fair

Ireland’s biggest & longest running Antiques Art & Vintage Fair is now in its 27th year.

There will be over one hundred Antique shops, Dealers, Art Galleries & Vintage Dealers attending over the weekend from all over Ireland, with over 1,000,000 items all priced for sale.

5) Wild West Magical Party

A fun night is planned in the Wild West Indoor Play Village in Westport on Friday evening. There will be a kids disco, puppet show, entertainment, visits by Elsa, Bella and Peppa and much more.

All proceeds go to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

6) Ennis Trad Fest

It's called the 'liveliest and most intense celebration of Irish traditional music, song and dance anywhere' and it runs from 9th - 13th November events, sessions and masterclasses.

7) Budding Artists @ National Botanic Garden

Children are encouraged to take a closer look at the natural world all around them to inspire fun art-making activities in a creative workshop especially for younger children (ages 4-7).

8) PrintFest

Did you know that the development of modern science would not have been possible without the printing press?

Its invention led to the spread of scientific ideas across Europe throughout the 16th century. Printfest gives you the opportunity to witness Gutenberg’s invention in action as our volunteers demonstrate the Museum’s collection.

National Print Museum

9) Cavan Craft and Food Fair

With over 89 exhibitors showcasing Irish crafts and foods, Sunday offers the perfect opportunity for some early and special Christmas shopping.

10) Sneem Storytelling Festival

The colourful, charming, prizewinning village of Sneem will play host to storytellers, singers, lecturers and musicians both from Ireland and abroad.

11) Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

A magical night-time spectacular event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife, is now open at Dublin Zoo.

It promises to get you into a festive mood with Chinese performers and craft market with foods and warm drinks.

CapWild Lightstion

12) Funderland Belfast

Funderland in Belfast has been part of Halloween for years and this year is no different as families and friends flock to the Titanic Quarter to enjoy some of the best thrill rides and attractions.

They are open until Sunday night, before packing up and heading to Dublin for Christmas.

Three Things to do next week:

1) Science Week

The annual celebration of Science is on from the 12th -19th November throughout Ireland with lots of venues organising special STEAM events and activities.

The National Wax Museum Plus has lots planned including Dr Evelyn Keaveney explaining how climate change affects the world and When Science Meets Wax, a demonstration of the 3D scanning process.

Cork Science Festival runs all week with a program of free public engagements, events, open days, science tours, talks, exhibitions, shows, workshops and school visits.

The Galway Science Festival runs from Monday 13th to Sunday 26th November showcasing Galway as a city of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Science Week

2) Autism Awareness Day - Tayto Park

To support and raise awareness for Autism Ireland, Tayto Park will be creating an autism-friendly environment in the park on November 18th with the intention of allowing parents of children with autism and their children to enjoy our facilities.

3) Christmas Market, Galway

There is no getting away from it now, the Christmas season has started and will dominate events for the next two months. This week sees the return of the popular market in Eyre Square, with a 32m observation wheel and lots of Christmas gift ideas. Santa will be there too!