There is gold at the end of rainbow! Not only are we hurtling towards summer with warmer day and lots of holidays (hopefully), but this weekend little people of Ireland host their annual treasure hunt, there is a Teddy Bear's Picnic, arts festivals, family walks and lots more.
All we need now is the sun.
1) National Leprechaun Hunt
The Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt will take place on Sunday with assembly and registration on the Village Green from 12 midday.
In 2009 the 236 surviving Leprechauns in Ireland were afforded protection under the European Habitats Directive at the Slate Rock below Foy Mountain. As a thank you, the little people have left 1,000 cauldrons around the streets of Carlingford. There is a prize in each pot and one will include a real bar of gold valued at €1,200!
2) Euroshow Dundalk
Bird's EuroShow Funfair has a fantastic family atmosphere in Connolly's Field. There are lots of fun rides and attractions for all the family, for every age. They are open daily until this Sunday.
3) Red Bull Cliff Diving
The world's elite male and female divers will go head to head at Carlisle Pier in front of thousands of spectators on the second-leg of their seven-stop world tour.
Hosted three times previously on Inis Mór, this is the first time the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series will be held in Dún Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm each day. Both days will be FREE but arrive early in order to secure a good viewing spot on the East Pier.
4) Sustainable Living Fair |National Botanic Gardens
As part of a the Sustainable Living Festival, this two-day family-friendly event on Saturday and Sunday will showcase a fabulous range of demonstrations, market and food stalls, soapbox talks, kids’ activities and exhibits from a wide variety of community groups and businesses.
5) 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.
6) Teddy Bear's Picnic | Wells House
Teddies at Wells always put on a great party but this year they want you to join them for Picnics on the Lawn, too! Meet Goldilocks, dance your socks off at the kid’s disco with a BBQ and face painting too! Book your own picnic bag or bring your own.
7) 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 'The key was always in the door', a new film poem that has been commissioned for the Bealtaine festival in The Dock on Friday, a Memory Dress Workshop at Donabate Library on Friday, Recollection with the Collection on Saturday afternoon in the National Print Museum, Bealtaine Dawn Chorus in Dunmore East on Sunday morning and a fun grandkids and grandparents art session at IFHC in the CHQ Building on Sunday afternoon.
8) Leopardstown 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.
Once inside the racecourse, a host of activities is available to keep all the family busy including magic and puppet shows, Star Wars characters, stilt walkers, inflatables, face painting and balloon making, all under cover in the Family Marquee!
9) Banff Mountain Film Festival
The festival brings the best adventure films on tour around the world including eight shows in Ireland. They will be in Newtownabbey this weekend before heading to Galway, Dublin and Cork next week.
10) Kilmashogue Loop Family Friendly Walk
Dublin Mountain Partnership have organised moderate looped walk from Kilmashogue car-park via the Wicklow Way to Fairy Castle. The route will take about 3.5 hours anf the meeting point is Kilmashogue car park at 10:45 sharp. Unfortunately, no dogs are allowed on this walk and booking must be made in advance before noon on Friday.
Three things to do next week:
1) Dublin Bay Prawn Festival
Whatever way you like your prawns – barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced – Howth’s many award-winning restaurants will not disappoint on this not to be missed weekend.
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) Biodiversity Week
Next weekend is also the start of Biodiversity Week with fun, family events taking place all across Ireland, celebrating our diverse species and habitats.
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