As my daughter says: 'Now it's May, it's time to play'.

While this weekend is the official start of summer, although it will be dry, it will not be warm.

There are loads of events and activities to keep everyone entertained...just don't forget your coats.

Have fun!

1) Woolapalooza Farm Festival 
With trilling sheepdog trials, sheep shearing, live music, and dancing at the Woolapalooza céilí, tea cosy competition, cooking & baking demos, craft sessions and more, the May Bank Holiday festival at Airfield Estate will keep the whole family entertained.

2) Mayo Day
Mayo Day, returns for its 5th year representing the best of the county and around the globe culminating in a flagship event taking place at the National Museum of Ireland | Country Life, Turlough on Saturday 4th May featuring music, children's activities, crafts, storytelling and lots of fun.

3) Riverfest Limerick
Highlights of the festival include Riverfest on the Shannon, the Riverfest BBQ Competition, Riverfestival Village at Arthur's Quay Park, the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, and a spectacular fireworks display featuring world-class Fidget Feet Aerial Dance!


4) Bray Jazz Festival
The Bray Jazz Festival returns for its 20th year this weekend with shows featuring artists performing European and contemporary American jazz, and much more. The Mermaid Arts Centre is the official venue and the three main headline performances - featuring pianist Marc Copland, John Scofield's Combo 66 and cellist Anja Lechner and Francois Couturier.

Elsewhere there is world music from Kadialy & Indré, jazz torch songs from Norma Winstone, psychedelic sounds from Sweden's Fire!, Switzerland's 'Speak Low', and tech innovators Tin Men and The Telephone from The Netherlands. 

5) The Ark Workshop
Everyone loves playing Board Games but do you think you could design your own? This fun-filled workshop on Monday morning is for children aged 8-12 to come up with an initial idea for a game, change it, make it even better, and add challenges to make it fun for all.

6) Wells House & Gardens 
Wells House in Wexford has a busy Bank Holiday weekend planned with a Classic Bike Show on Sunday and BBQ, Kid’s Disco and Electric Zoo from 1pm on Bank Holiday Monday.

7) Connemara Mussel Festival 
Featuring mussel cooking competitions, music, walks, talks, theatre, children's activities and more over the May bank holiday weekend on the Renvyle Peninsula.

8) Family Saturdays at Belltable 
There are two fun workshops on Saturday in Belltable. First, Susan Boyle takes inspiration from nature for a watercolour workshop for children from 4-8 years at 12.30pm. This is followed at 2pm with an Instant Frozen Yoghurt Workshop designed for children 8 years and older.

9) Kilkenny Roots Festival 
Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots and this year is no different.

Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of local and international music including The Accidentals, Patti Griffen and Dublin roots band I Draw Slow.

10) Powerscourt Estate | Tulip Festival 
Running until May 6th, Powerscourt Gardens has 14,000 beautiful flowers on display with different tulip varieties, layouts, and colours for you to enjoy. The festival is included in the admission charge to the Gardens, No. 3 in the World (National Geographic).

Powerscourt Estate

11) Slieve Bloom Walking Festiva
The Slieve Bloom Walking Club celebrates its 25th year with a wide variety of walks. The festival offers a choice of woodland walks, riverside and gentle rolling hills with experienced walk leaders and some extra special walks take place this year including a family friendly walk with Alpachas.

12) Fota Wildlife Park 
This park has loads of fun activities planned for the May Bank Holiday weekend including a special art workshop with visual artist John Flynn on May 4th. Click here to register for free: Art Workshop at Fota.

13) Everyman Cork | Behind the Scenes Tour
The Everyman, Cork has been in existence since 1897 and this unique tour, launching this weekend, gives an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the beautiful 650-seat theatre with access to areas rarely seen by the public.

14) Family Drop-In | National Art Gallery 
Every Sunday, families are welcomed to the National Art Gallery with a free creative workshop at 11:30 and a family friendly tour at 12:30. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish. Suitable for children of all ages.

15) Cool Planet Experience 
Design and create a mini-greenhouse with your kids, using Eric Carle’s story ‘The Tiny Seed' as inspiration. These mini-greenhouses will help cool our planet by guzzling up all the CO2 in your home!

Kids will learn about the carbon cycle through the secret life of plants! The workshops for 3-12-year-olds last one hour and take place at 11am and 1pm on Sunday and Monday.

cool planet
Cool Planet Experience

16) Festival of Fools 
Festival of Fools is a four-day international street theatre festival in the centre of Belfast taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Top street artists, from Canada, Japan, Finland, Italy, Argentina, France, and Ireland, give more than 120 performances, with the emphasis on comedy - the more physical and surreal, the better.

17) Drogheda Arts Festival 
The 15th Drogheda Arts Festival runs through this weekend with a mix of theatre, music, tours, literature and spoken word, visual art, family and outdoor activities for all ages. There will be a free family day in St Dominic’s Park, where you can kick back and enjoy music, spectacle, and circus performers by the banks of the Boyne on Monday afternoon.

18) City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 
The City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival is back for its 18th year.  The annual celebration of jazz and big bands will feature artists from all over the world and welcome more than 70,000 revelers over the bank holiday weekend.

 Among the popular acts performing at the festival this year are Kitty LaRoar, Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, Jumpin Up!, Jive Aces, Kaz Hawkins, headliner Marc Almond and many more!

19) Kerry Camino Walking Weekend 
The Kerry Camino is an annual guided three-day walk on the May Bank Holiday weekend to promote walking in the area, specifically the walk known also as The Dingle Way between Tralee and Dingle. Enjoy amazing scenery, meet new people and have a great experience on the Kerry Camino.

20) Wild West Country Fest 
The Wild West Country Music weekend in Kilconly, Tuam, features the best line-up to appear together along the Wild Atlantic Way with some of Ireland's top country acts including Michael English, Derek Ryan, Mike Denver, and Johnny Brady.

21) Courtmacsherry Seafood Feast 
The second Courtmacsherry Seafood Feast takes place in the seaside town this Sunday from 12pm to 5pm.

The festival will celebrate the rich fishing heritage of the Cork village and showcase the finest local culinary talents and includes demos from celebrity foodies James Kavanagh and William Murray, the duo behind Currabinny.

22) Cavan Walking Festival 
Cavan Walking Festival takes place over eight days from 3rd - 10th May, with trails, rambles, and hikes all led by locally trained guides.

The walks range from relaxed strolls to more challenging walks including Geopark walks, night walks, forest and history rambles, family and fitness trails, atmospheric dusk walks and a hike for the more experienced on The Cavan Way.

walking festival
Cavan Walking Festival 

Three things to do next week:

1) National Leprechaun Hunt 
The Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt will take place on Sunday 12th May with assembly and registration on the Village Green from 12 midday. One pot will include a real bar of gold valued at €1,200!

2) Oranmore Arts Festival 
The 2nd Annual Oranmore Arts Festival will take place from the 16th to 19th May. The theme of the festival is Meitheal with events including Fairy Door Trail, Social Farm Tour, Circus Workshop, a family fun day and lots, lots more.

3) Baltimore Fiddle Fair 
The Baltimore Fiddle Fair is a unique festival in that consistently features a world-class line-up of national and international artists presented in intimate settings in the beautiful seaside village of Baltimore, West Cork.