There is light at the end of the tunnel - or there is a cloud at the end of the sun!

Whatever way you look at it, the recent heatwave appears to be coming to an end. The effects of the recent dry spell will remain for quite a while, but the memories created over the last few weeks will last forever.

Unfortunately, my kids now think this weather is normal; snow during winter, sun during summer!

They'll learn.

This weekend is another chance to get out and enjoy the best of Ireland. YourDaysOut as thousands of ideas for things to do in Ireland, days out in Dublin and you can select follow on your favourite pages to keep up-to-date with their events and promotions.

We've selected a few for you to try this weekend. Have fun!

1)  Barretstown Big Picnic
A free family day out highlighting the Barretstown Magic, with pony rides, balloon making, face painting, canoeing, bouncy castles, petting farm, crazy golf and much more including competitions and prizes.

2)  Ballina Salmon Festival
The festival runs throughout the weekend with lots of events for all the family including walking tours, workshops, live music, car treasure hunt and even a Teddy Bear's Picnic on Sunday afternoon.

The highlight of the festival is always the Mardi Gras & Fireworks Spectacular on Saturday night where up to 25,000 people enjoy an explosion of colour, Latin rhythms, street theatre, dance and a spectacular fireworks display over the River Moy.

Dead Zoo
Dead Zoo

3) Dead Zoo Tour
Join Educator, Sarah Sarsfield for an introductory tour of the galleries and catch highlights from the 10,000 specimens on display at the Natural History Museum on Saturday at 12pm and 2pm.

Learn about the animal with the largest antlers in the world and hear the infamous story of how they got their polar bear. No booking required but places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before tour starts.

4)  Fota Wildlife Park Summer Events
Fota Wildlife Park celebrates 35 years with a series of fun and educational events this summer. This weekend visitors can enjoy yoga classes at Cypress Lawn with Bikram Yoga Cork. There are two classes on Sunday suitable for all the family. The classes are free with your admission but booking in advance in essential as spaces are limited.

This weekend is also Mad Scientist Weekend in a large marquee outside the Oasis Cafe featuring Old Cork Waterworks Experience, Tyndall Institute, Learn it - Inspiring the Creators of Tomorrow, and APC Microbiome Institute providing children with a fun, hands-on introduction to the magic of science.

Yoga at Fota
Yoga at Fota

5)  Sligo Arts Festival
The Festival concludes this weekend with the arrival of the Circus Big Top to Stephen Street Car Park with performance and children's workshops from Tumble Circus, live comedy night on Friday and Katie Laffan on Saturday night.

6) Teddy Bear's Picnic
Bring along your favourite Teddy to Brigit's Garden in Galway on Sunday for a full day of activities including Teddy Bear Arts & Crafts, Honey Bear Treasure Hunt, Teddy Bear Hospital and lots more fun and games.

7)  Loughrea Agricultural Show
The Loughrea Show returns to the Loughrea Showgrounds, Moyleen this weekend with top class horse show jumping on Saturday and the popular Show Day and pony showjumping on Sunday. Also on Sunday, there is a dog show, classes for horticulture, arts, crafts, photography and plenty of fun for all the family.

8)  St. Anne's Park Rose Festival
The annual Rose Festival returns to St Anne’s Park in Raheny on the next weekend with a mix of live music, arts and crafts, plant sales and lots of fun children's activities.

9) Kilkenny Outdoor Festival
The inaugural festival concludes this weekend with local activity providers offering tasting sessions and discounts designed for the whole family.

Activities are available including Paddle Boarding with Pure Adventure, Zipline & Octagon in Castlecomer Discovery Park, guided White Water Adventure with Go With The Flow and many more.

Little Beach
Little Beach

10) Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival
The annual Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival returns this weekend with lots of fun activities for all the family and plenty of tasty, eh, seafood.

Events include a Family Fun Day on Little Beach on Friday, a Teddy Bear's picnic on Saturday, live music, sea kayaking, harbour stalls, Cookery Demonstrations with Ireland’s Top Chefs,  Puppet Theatre, Seaweed Foraging and much more.

11)  Longtitude
Marley Park in Dublin is the place for music lovers this weekend, with some of the best international and homegrown talent performing over three days including J.Cole, Post Malone, Khalid, Travis Scott, Diplo and Solange.

Festival season is upon us

12) Mermaid Arts Centre
The Mermaid Arts Centre bring the magic outdoors with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland at Powerscourt Gardens this Sunday afternoon.

Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music, the Chapterhouse Theatre Company production will delight the entire family in a stunning open-air theatre venue.

13)  Monaghan Town Country Music Festival
Monaghan Town Country Music Festival is a charity fundraising, open air, four-day country music and jiving festival. This year will include performances from Patrick Feeney, Jimmy Buckley, Michael English & Mike Denver in the Diamond every night.

14)  City Spectacular, Cork
Following a hugely successful weekend in Dublin, the free family festival heads to Cork on Saturday and Sunday with the best in international street performances, family activities, workshops and lots of fun.

15)  Earagail Arts Festival
Two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus & carnival on Ireland’s North West Atlantic seaboard. This weekend's events include The Remedy Club in Ballybofey and  Songhoy Blues in Letterkenny on Saturday while Keenan, Gavin Byrne and the Donegal Female Fiddlers perform in Letterkenny on Sunday.

16) Wexford Lavender Farm
To many people, the scent of lavender is the smell of summer. Now you can pick your own fresh bunch, as the Lavender Harvesting Festival starts this Saturday with face-painting, free balloons and lollies, lavender tastings and you can also cut your own bunch of lavender at 11 am -  then at 11am daily (except Mondays).

Dublin Goes Country
Dublin Goes Country

17) Dublin Goes Country
A weekend of Country Music, Country Market, food, fun & festivities is coming to Dublin this weekend with free live music and a family fun day in Smithfield on Sunday with music, food, loads of activities for kids, amusements, face painting, human rodeo and more.

Three things to do next weekend:

1) Festival of Curiosity
Ireland’s annual celebration of art, science, technology and design is back with the usual mix of  Playful Days and Curious Night providing insight and entertainment for all the family.

2) Liberties Festival
The Liberties Festival has become a highlight of the summer in Dublin with a series of family-friendly, sporting and community events, and an exciting multicultural and arts programme encompassing visual art, film, dance, comedy, literature and music.

3) Sligo Agricultural Show
Annual show takes place on Saturday 21st with the usual competition classes, as well as Bonny Baby and Glamorous Granny.