Are you struggling for somewhere to take the kids on a weekend? Or do you just want to do something a little different? Whether it be on your own or with a partner?
Well we’ve scoured the country to find a little something for you all to do! (i know, we’re nice like that)
Check out these fantastic events;
Kite Surfing & Music festival – Achill Island, Mayo
30th September – 2nd October 2016
Pure Magic ‘Battle for the Lake’ kitesurfing and Music festival’ to give it it’s proper name, promises to be a weekend full of magic, passion, food, music and surprises.
Every year, kitesurfers from Ireland and abroad come together for the big kitesurfing finale. The competition draws huge support and has been a mainstay on Achill Island for many years now.
Over 15 bands play across a period of 3 nights and there’s food, drink and a friendly family atmosphere. This is certainly one of those alternative activities you’ll enjoy! (remember to wrap up warm though)
Celtic Fringe Festival – Grange, Sligo
22nd September – 25th September 2016
The Celtic Fringe Festival explores the connections made by the Spanish Armada voyage of 1588 between Ireland, Spain and Europe. Expect traditional Irish culture, heritage and a unique landscape.
The festival also promotes the significance in world history of the unique Armada wrecks site at Streedagh. A lecture series brings together experts in maritime history and underwater archaeology in order to increase knowledge and foster research in this fascinating period of world history.
The varied programme of music, walks, talks, workshops, tours and food events explores Irish history, culture and heritage in the beautiful and iconic landscape of the North West.
Artists who performed at the festival over the years include Flamenco Akais; Rarefolk, Redmond O’Toole, Sallyport Sword Dancers, Moss & Rutter, Michael Rooney Harper, Music in the Glen with Lola Montez and Les Muls Troubadors.”
Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – Lisdoonvarna, Clare
2nd September – 9th October 2016
As you may know, matchmaking is one of Ireland’s oldest traditions and, for the last couple of hundred years, a good deal of it has taken place at the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.
Today, the only true Matchmaker left is Willie Daly, who runs a pub in Ennistymon. He has lived in Ballingaddy all of his life, and still lives next door to the 300-year-old cottage where he was born.
During the festivities you’ll find him, and his precious notebook of love-seeking profiles, in his ‘office’ (aka the snug of The Matchmaker bar). Queuing behind his table is a line of hopeful singles, all ages and nationalities, crossing their fingers and entrusting the man in charge to find them a mate.
A friendly atmosphere with lots of traditional, locally sourced ales and lagers.
(Obviously this one’s just for the adults).
Burren Food Fayre Weekend – Lisdoonvarna, Clare
29th October – 30th October 2016
The Burren Food Fayre Weekend will hold its fifth annual food themed event in Lisdoonvarna on the October Bank Holiday Weekend. As part of the Winterage Festival, the Food Fayre showcases the fabulous Burren produce.
Food workshops take place on Saturday at the Spa Wells and there is a Food Fayre on Sunday at the Pavilion – entry is free.
The event is organised by the Burren Ecotourism Network and will have a focus on the food produce offered by the Food Trail members. On both days there will be a strong emphasis on local produce, promoting the delicious flavours of the Burren.
There will also be a Masterchef competition and many games and activities for the kids. Well worth a visit!