My suntan (sunburn) has just started to fade (peel), so I'm ready for another fun weekend around Ireland.
The weather may not hit the highs of the Bank Holiday but it is still expected to be warm and dry enough to enjoy some of the fantastic events and activities on offer.
There are thousands of ideas for things to do around Ireland on YourDaysOut, a simple platform that organisers can use to create and sell tickets for events and activities.
We've narrowed the list down with a few suggestions to suit all families and interests. Have fun!
1) Balydoyle Mayfest
Free fun for all the family on Sunday from 1pm in Baldoyle Racecourse Park. There will be art in the park, local exhibits, bouncy castles, crazy golf, live music and dance, including a performance from the local Song & Dance crew.
2) Bealtaine Festival
Join people all over Ireland, taking part in events involving music, art, dance, cinema, writing, theatre, heritage and more during May in the Bealtaine Festival that celebrates the arts and creativity as we age.
This weekend's events include free public tours in the Hugh Lane Gallery at 2pm on Sunday, a fun fancy dress event, Me & Nu & Grandma too in the Visitor Centre at Coole Park, Gort at 3pm and a workshop on the records available at Glasnevin Cemetery by resident Genealogist, Lynn Brady, on Saturday at 2pm.
3) Oranmore Arts Festival
The first ever Oranmore Arts Festival will take place from the 10th to 13th May.
Events include a performance from Bel Canto, Heritage Walking Tours, Story & Craft with Toodlelou, music at night, art exhibitions, baby disco, theatre for the family, a family fun day and lots, lots more.
4) Derrinstown Race Family Day
Family Raceday featuring the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial is the ideal opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy the racing at Leopardstown.
There will be lots to keep all the family busy including magic and puppet shows, Imaginosity Imagination Playground & Giant Geometric World of Play, Star Wars characters, stilt walkers, inflatables, face-painting and balloon making, all undercover in the Family Marquee! Kids also go free when accompanied by an adult.
5) Nest & Squirrel Box Building
Whether you’re nuts about birds or squirrels or just want to find out more, then come along on this family fun box building event on Saturday in Cregagh Wood with your local Biodiversity Officer, Rachel Bain and Glens Red Squirrel Group.
Places are limited so free registration in advance is required and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
6) Dunmore East Walking Weekend
Guided Coastal Walks on Saturday and Sunday with local historians & guides around the beautiful Waterford village that are very suitable for walkers without any great level of fitness who enjoy a moderate challenge with no steep climbing.
7) Fiddle Fair
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair is a unique festival in that it consistently features a world-class line-up of national and international artists, yet presents them in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore, West Cork.
This year's 26th edition features performances from Rhiannon Giddens + Ahlberg, Ek & Roswall, The Ulaid with Duke Special, Brittany & Natalie Haas + Pennou Skoulm and many more.
8) Castlecomer Discovery Park
Castlecomer Discovery Park is home to Ireland’s longest zip line - 300 metres long and 35 metres over the ground at its highest point. Visitors zip over the stunning woodland, two lakes and a 17th-century hand-restored bridge.
They have a special spring deal offering 20% off the Zipline and Octagon every Saturday and Sunday in May & June - for those brave enough to try them!
9) Midleton Arts Festival
Take an art trail through Midleton, listen to music in the market, and poetry in the bookstore, learn songwriting, watch great theatre, make a mask at a Jazz Masked Ball as part of the Midleton Arts Festival.
Fun children’s events include the incredible Junkyard Playground, Busking Competition, children's and teens Film in the Courthouse and drumming at the Kindred Spirits Sculpture.
10) Bird's EuroShow Funfair Castlebar & Dundalk
Bird's EuroShow Funfair at the Military Barracks in Castlebar runs until Sunday night offering a fun atmosphere with fantastic rides and attractions for all of the family. They also have a fair in Connolly's Field, Dundalk beside Tesco Extra and Lidl until May 13th.
11) GAA Junior Explorer
Go behind-the-scenes and learn fun facts about the GAA and Croke Park.
During the Stadium Tour, visit the team dressing rooms, warm-up area and run out pitch side through the players’ tunnel, while in the GAA Museum, use the special Junior Explorer Passport to follow clues and discover some of the museum’s most famous exhibits, including the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups.
12) Dinosaurs Around the World
Dinosaurs Around the World will transport you into the era of the dinosaur for a tour of an Earth very different from today. With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life!
13) Irish Felt Fairy Workshop
Learn to make your own Felt Fairy in this adult wool workshop in Roscommon from 10-6pm on Saturday where you will be taught new skills in a fun environment. You don't need any experience and you will go home with a finished product. Booking in advance.
14) Pond Dipping, Botanic Gardens
This Saturday the Irish Wildlife Trust has organised a free, fun children's event to explore the diversity of insects and mini-beasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens.
15) Banff Mountain Film Festival
The festival brings the best adventure films on tour around the world including nine shows in Ireland. They will be in The Everyman in Cork this weekend before heading to Dublin, Galway and Newtownabbey.
Three things to do next week:
1) EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
In their first ever Tiny Tots Tuesday for babies ages 4-18 months, EPIC in CHQ will be exploring music and play in a workshop with special guest, Mischa from Me And You Music. Limited availability, so pre-book for a morning of music, fun, chats and a cuppa.
2) Balmoral Show
The Balmoral Show is one of Ireland's largest agri-food events that entertains and educates the entire family, and will run over four days again this year from 16th - 19th May.
3) North West 200
The Vauxhall International North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event with a full race week festival featuring lots of local family events and, of course, the race itself on May 19th.