Back to school brings some relief but also a tinge of sadness that the summer of fun is over and we get to spend less time with our children.
Very quickly we all slip back into our regular routine as the past few weeks become a distant memory.
But, it does gives parents back some spare time while someone else minds the little ones, for (mostly) free!
And, there is always the weekend.
As we move into the harvest season, there are loads of fun, family events all over Ireland listed on YourDaysOut and we have selected a few of this weekend's favourites below.
fEast Cork food and drink festival runs from 1st to 8th September, based in the market town of Midleton with its rich food heritage but with a strong focus on the wider region, with tastings, dinners, chef demos, educational talks and plenty for families to enjoy including balloon artists, jugglers, stilt-walkers, face painters, puppet shows, live music and much more.
2) Royal Meath Show
The 79th Annual Agricultural Show takes place in Porchfields, Trim on Sunday 1st. The show is a family friendly day out; as well as competitions in all the usual classes, there will also be cookery demos, a dog show, a kiddies corner and vintage displays.
3) Air Waves Portrush
One of Ireland's biggest air show with two-days of spectacular displays in Portrush. As well as having amazing aerial aircraft displays to watch there is plenty to do and see at ground level with a wide range of attractions and activities.
4) Electric Picnic
Although it is one of the last summer festivals it's still one of the most popular. Headline acts this year include The Strokes, Hozier and The 1975 but Electric Picnic is so much more than a music festival with comedy, talks and chill-out zones ensuring a fun weekend regardless of your tastes.
5) Athlone River Festival
The hugely popular Athlone River Festival returns on Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September for an action-packed family weekend of fun both on and off the water. Events include the GAA raft challenge, Athlone Castle Medieval Fair, live music, West Bank food, art and craft market, RNLI raft race and much more.
6) India Day | Farmleigh House
Celebrate Indian Independence Day with a family fun day in the beautiful Farmleigh gardens with colourful Indian Folk, classical & Bollywood dances. food, fashion, markets featuring Indian ethnic dresses and jewellery, music and more.
7) Carnival of Colours
Carnival of Colours is back... and it's on tour!
Moving to Brooke Park in Derry-Londonderry, the free festival returns with its usual mix of fun street theatre, circus acts, music, puppetry, magic, specialist workshops and lots more family fun!
8) Q-Con Gaming and Anime Convention
Bringing you the very best competitions, participation and spectator experience from Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September with Consoles, Cosplay, eSports, Trade Hall, CCG & TCG, Artists' Alley, Role Playing, Wargames, Anime Events and Screenings, Tabletop Board Games, Special Interest Panels, Live Action Gaming, Movie Screenings, Social Events, and Charity Events.
9) Lego Brick Building Workshop
The Rediscovery Centre provides a variety of fun, exciting and interactive workshops for children. On Saturday they host a creative Lego Brick Building Workshop for children aged from 3-12 years old. It has been developed to help children learn through play and fun!
At this workshop, the children will learn how to create model builds and work together to play games and activities.
10) Hillsborough Castle Summer Activities
The summer season comes to a close this weekend with the last of the Family Tours that uncover the stories behind some of the guests, Summer Make and Take on Friday and Saturday and Heroic Tales and Hands-on Hillsborough: Object handling on Sunday.
Three things to do next week:
1) Festival of Food
The Airfield Estate Festival of Food aims to 'inspire & enable people to make better food choices' with a free festival featuring an Irish artisan food producers village, cookery demonstrations and masterclasses with celebrity chefs, children’s dough making workshops, live music, some old fashioned and traditional family fun games and lots more.
2) Waterford Harvest Festival
Waterford Harvest Festival will fill the streets of Ireland’s oldest city with a banquet of inviting sights and aromas as the 11th annual festival delivers another exciting programme of food events.
3) Hooked Seafood Festival
Featuring the Donegal heat of the All Ireland Chowder Competition, displays by the Killybegs Coastguard, samples of local seafood products, and filleting demonstrations and plenty of family fun.
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