It might be summer but I'm still working for the weekend.
While the children are enjoying their holidays and having fun at camps, the daily grind for parents doesn't get easier.
In some cases, it's actually harder without a routine!
The weekend is where everyone can relax and enjoy one of the many local events and festivals around Ireland. The YourDaysOut Summer Guide has hundreds of ideas for the summer from camps to family breaks but we list some of our favourite events for this weekend below.
1) 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.
2) Teddy Bears' Picnic | Brigit's Garden
The magical Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place at Brigit’s Garden this Sunday from 12.30pm - 4.30pm. Children and their families are welcome to bring along their favourite Teddy for a day of fun-filled activities including arts & crafts, treasure hunt, musical stories and more.
3) Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular, Cork
This bustling festival for all ages will feature aerial acts, football freestylers, sword-swallowers and tonnes of thrilling talent, a live music stage, world street food market, an imaginative play universe for kids and hands-on lego model building, children’s storytelling and creative writing, vintage funfair rides and much more.
4) The Fairytale Festival
Set in the surreal surrounds of Woodstock Gardens, which lie on the edge of the picturesque village of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, the screen-free event will feature a fairy trail, bouncy castles, storytelling, a plethora of outdoor games, the reptile zoo and mini-farm, the return of an expanded capacity interactive story train and so much more.
5) Pop Up Picnic | Mermaid Arts Centre
Helium Arts’ Pop Up Picnic is a feast of multi-sensory play, relaxation, and surprise for young children with complex needs and their families. A soothing world of music, sound, puppetry, movement, and tactile fun is waiting to be discovered in this enchanting, interactive performance on Saturday at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
6) Monaghan Town Country Music Festival
The Monaghan Country Music Festival is back with four days of live music in the open air with performances from Patrick Feeney, Jimmy Buckley, Michael English & Mike Denver.
7) Sligo County Agricultural Show
The 2019 show will take place in Riverstown Community Park with a large number of classes such as Home Industries, Equine, Livestock, Poultry, Dog and Cat, Home industries and even a Lego model display section as well as Live cooking demonstrations, Focus on Farm Safety, live music by Pat’s Country Roadshow, Turf Footing Championship and lots more free entertainment.
8) Galway International Arts Festival
A programme of theatre, opera, dance, circus, music, street spectacle, visual art, and First Thought Talks featuring interviews and discussions on the theme of borders, GIAF 2019 will run over 14 extraordinary days until the 28th July.
9) HMS Caroline | Pirate Takeover
Explore the HMS Caroline in Belfast as you experience life at sea over 100 years ago, test your treasure hunting skills as you find all the clues hidden throughout the ship, learn about pirates and their treasures with Pirate Storytelling or have a go at pirate ship building.
10) Boyle Festival
A wonderful programme of over 50 events over 10 days in Boyle including free exhibitions, Opera in Boyle Abbey, live music from Tommy Fleming, The Blizzards, Riptide Movement and more and fun workshops for children and adults
11) Feile Brian Boru
Féile Brian Ború is an annual festival held in the twin towns of Killaloe, Co. Clare and Ballina, Co. Tipperary with a fun-filled programme of events with something to suit all tastes and ages!
12) Festival of Curiosity, Dublin
An annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology and design that has quickly grown into being one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of its kind in Europe.
13) Loughrea Agricultural Show
The Loughrea Show returns to the Loughrea Showgrounds, Moyleen for one day of top-class horse and pony jumping with classes for horticulture, arts, crafts, photography and the ever-popular dog show!
14) Dublin Maker
Dublin Maker is a family-friendly showcase of invention and creativity in the form of "show and tell" with Makers including tech enthusiasts, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs and students.
Three things to do next week
1) IFI Family Festival
Three days of films for children featuring a great programme of choices to suit all ages and interests.
2) Durrow Scarecrow Festival
Every year "hay fever" hits the peaceful village of Durrow as the place goes scarecrow crazy.
3) Rediscovery Centre Summer Camp
Running from Monday to Friday next week the summer camp features themed days with educational and fun activities, arts and crafts, games and experiments that will stimulate your child's curiosity and interest in their natural environment.
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