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5 Family Friendly Events In Ireland This August

Before you launch into the dreaded back-to-school preparations, put aside the book covering and the uniform adjusting for a while and enjoy one of the great family-friendly festivals taking place nationwide this month.

From face painting and teddy bears’ picnics to falconry and adventure, there is something for kids big and small across Ireland this August.

Here are just some of the family-friendly events we’ll be keeping an eye on this month:

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1. Kilkenny Arts Festival

Venue: Kilkenny City
Date: 11th – 20th August
Cost: From free
Contact: +353(0)567763663

The ten-day Kilkenny Arts Festival is unique in the way it uses the city’s historical wonders as settings for magical collaborations between audiences and artists. You get a glimpse of this in the children’s programme, which includes The Queen of Colours, a blend of puppetry and live illustration that tells the magical tale of a bossy little queen, or Katie’s Birthday Party, which involves cake, dares, and the story of one girl’s preparations for secondary school. Yurt at the Yard is the festival’s creative space for children, and there are workshops in storytelling and crafts for children and teenagers.

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2. Rose of Tralee International Festival

Venue: Tralee, Co. Kerry
Date: 16th – 22nd August 2017
Cost: From free
Contact: +353 66 7121322
info@roseoftralee.ie

This annual Kerry Festival is not just about young women from around the world vying for the title of the Rose of Tralee. There’s a lot more to it than that: From fireworks to parades, amusements to live music, the festival offers a full programme for families. Enjoy Family Town in the town park daily, which offers workshops, live entertainment and performances from noon until 5pm. Street theatre, a fire show, circus, and great street food are just some of the attractions.

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3. Terryglass Arts Festival

Venue: Terryglass, Co. Tipperary
Date: 16th – 20th August
Cost: From free
Contact: +353 87 2181663
info@terryglassartsfestival.ie
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The five-day Terryglass Arts Festival is an event for all the family. The organisers have designed a hugely eclectic programme of music, drama, visual arts, street, entertainment, and a whole lot more, making this Tipperary town on the shores of Lough Derg the place to be in mid-August. The highlight of Saturday evening’s events in the Village Green may be the spectacular new fire show, but there is also street entertainment and live music. Sunday’s Festival Village Carnival involves more music from talented bands, as well as local food stalls, craft demonstrations, and the juggling genius Grant Goldie. 

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4. The Little Festival at the Big House

Venue: Wells House & Gardens, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Date: August 12th -13th
Cost: €10 per car
Contact: +353 53 9186737
info@wellshouse.ie
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If you needed a reason to visit the 300-year-old Wells House and Gardens, the Little Festival at the Big House is it. An endearing festival for all the family, it features falconry displays, fascinating tours of the house, forest walks, an adventure playground, and petting zoo. There could be few better ways to spend a summer weekend than enjoying puppet making and circus acts, or tucking into the delicious barbecue and treats from Mrs. Stone’s. Enjoy.

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5. Carlingford Oyster Festival

Venue: Carlingford, Co. Louth
Dates: 4th August – 7th August 2017
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 42 9373033
info@carlingford.ie
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You don’t have to like shellfish to love the Carlingford Oyster Festival. This may be a mollusc lover’s dream, but it also offers plenty of fun for kids, with Oyster Pearl Welly Hunts, bouncy castles, face painting, and a teddy bears’ picnic. There’s also artisan food, great live music, and lots of fun on the village green.

Are there any more events happening in your local area that you think we should know about? Let us know in the comments!

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