With the last days of primary school approaching and many teenagers already claiming to be bored at home, we thought we'd compile a list of festivals that would make a great day out for the whole family.
Whether it’s music, food, arts or agriculture, there are festivals all across the country this summer with many returning for the first time following a two-year break.
Well Sinead Fox from the Bumbles of Rice blog who many of you will know from Instagram too has some fantastic recommendations
Food festivals are always popular – probably more for older children but the ones in the buggy really like to too if they're old enough to try little bits and bobs
- Flavours of Fingal flavoursoffingal.ie, In Newbridge House, Donabate. Farmers Foodies Family Fun with Music, magic, street entertainment, traditional games, bouncy castles
- The Rockin' Food & Fruit Festival , Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, August Bank Holiday weekend. Combining the Strawberry Festival and the Rockin’ Food Festival this year the organiers say we can expect a brand-new, impressive schedule of chefs, producers and special guests in the FREE Food Marquee, an impressive Artisan Food Market with over 50 of the best local and artisan vendors, a superlative International Line-up of Rock 'n' Roll artists for our FREE outdoor gigs, a jam-packed program of food and drink workshops, events and classes as well as lots of FREE and exceptional value packages for our younger festival goers
Next up are the agricultural shows, these aren’t just for the rural dwellers...what are the most popular ones that people can travel to?
These are really good day out for younger children.
- Cork Summer Show – on tomorrow Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th (this is excellent, I’ve been) at the Showgrounds off the South Ring. Highlights include a pig agility demo, a farrier demo and on Sunday there’s a "most appropriately dressed" competition. Kids under 12 go free, €5 for 12-16 year olds
- Tinahely Show – August Bank Holiday Monday
- Gorey Agricultural Show is also on tomorrow, that’s where I will be spending my day!
- Corrandulla Show, Galway 26th June https://corrandullashow.com/
- Arva Show in Cavan – Sunday 24th July
- Ploughing – September
- Kaleidoscope, Russborough House, Co.Wicklow, 24th – 26th June
This is the one aimed at familes in Russborough House on 24th to 26th June, tickets still available. It’s a weekend of art installations, activities and performances, headlined by Feeder, Divine Comedy and James Morrison with appearances by Ham Sandwich . The world’s largest bouncy castle is there, and activites like archery etc. You can book a Wim Hof workshop (I know Claire featured this on TV recently) or a Forest Sound Bath. Sounds like a great weekend event targeting families and friends.
- Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann – 31st July – 7th August, this year Mullingar host.
As well as the usual musical competitions the Fleadh always features fun side shows – the Gig Rig, loads of busking and hurdy gurdys
- All together now - August Weekend, Curraghmore, Co. Waterford.
- Spraoi Waterford https://spraoi.com/ - street arts party returns to Waterford August Bank Holiday Weekend, the parade is always a highlight. Lots of street theatre, music events and the festival ends with fireworks.
- Galway Arts Festival giaf.ie This is the king – everyone knows about the Macnas parade – they don’t have the full porgramme of events but keep and eye on their social media
- Cashel Arts Festival- September – just starting to announce their headline acts but keep an eye as there are always family events https://cashelartsfest.com/
- Durrow Scarecrow Festival https://durrowscarecrowfestival.com/
This is our absolute favourite, we travel from Wexford every year to see the scarecrows, enjoy the amusements and entertainment (small cover charge), The creativity every year and topical commentary is absolutely brilliant and year on year there’s something new.
- Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival, Duncannon beach, Co.Wexford
Keep an eye on the facebook page, usually held in August TBC
- Festival of Curiosity, Dublin, July https://festivalofcuriosity.ie/
Running for its 10th year in Dublin, an annual festival of science, arts, design and technology. Programme not yet available.
- Moynalty Threshing, Co. Meath https://moynaltysteamthreshing.ie/
August 14th – includes vintage tractor display, butter making, pet farm. The 47th annual event will take place on the 14th August 2022 in the grounds of the Moynalty Steam Threshing Museum and parkland in the heart of the village.
On the day the stage will be set by the Steam Threshing Committee where displays of vanishing work practices and food production can be seen along-side craft making and vintage displays.
- Ballina Salmon Festival, Co. Mayo 10 – 16 July
An impressive programme of children’s events including a Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Gaelic Skills and Drills, Kids Fancy Dress Disco.
- Birr Vintage Week 29 July – 7 August
Festival favourites will be back – the Vintage Sunday Parade, pub competitions, Kid’s Pavement Art, Kids and Car Treasure Hunts, Vintage Luminaries and the Visual Arts Trail, Crinkill Soapbox Derby and the amazing Birr Air Display.
Trim Braveheart 25 – Trim Castle commemorating 25 years since the film
Events to follow
- Puck Fair, Killorglin, Co. Kerry. August 10th to 12th https://puckfair.ie/
Many festivals are awaiting programmes of events – keep an eye on social media for full programmes of events closer to the time