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5 Family Friendly Events In Ireland This June

It’s hard to believe that we are reaching the high point of the summer already.

The days will soon be at their longest and the kids are already starting to pack away their school bags for the holidays.

Make the most of the seemingly endless days - and put a stop to the “I’m bored!” complaints - with a trip to one of these festivals:

1. Kildare Derby Festival

Venue: Kildare Town
Date: June 23rd – July 2nd
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 45 521000
kildarederbyfestival@gmail.com
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The Kildare Derby Festival is not just about horse racing: It is certainly a celebration of Kildare’s exceptional equestrian heritage, but it also shows off the many wonderful aspects of this town that have little to do with horses. There’s the Derby Queen competition, lively open-air concerts, the Person of the Year Awards, and a festival parade that is always memorable. Even better, all events are free. 

2. Skerries Midsummer Festival

Venue: Various Skerries locations, Co. Dublin
Date: June 15th – June 18th
Cost: From €0
Contact: +353 87 2503000
noeleenmurraypr@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/skerriesmidsummerfestival/

You will be welcomed with open arms by the friendly local community when you come to the seaside town of Skerries for its Midsummer Festival. Opening with the Mystery Dine-Around “restaurant crawl” and a night of comedy in the beach marquee, the four-day event also features lots of music, sport and lots of family activities.

3. Cork Midsummer Festival

Venue: Various Cork City locations
Date: 16th June – 25th June
Cost: From €0
Contact: +353 21 4215131
info@corkmidsummer.com
    Festival Programme

They really know how to celebrate in the People’s Republic of Cork. The annual midsummer festival gets better by the year, with events that people of all ages can enjoy. We’ve picked out the Cow-Go-Round, which features some very unusual cows (turtle cow or bee cow, anyone?) that will be driven by parent power to the accompaniment of a special “mooh organ.” We can’t miss that! There’s also children’s theatre, circus workshops, and the fabulous Picnic in the Park on the 18th.

4. Dublin Kite Festival

Venue: Bull Island, Clontarf, Dublin 3
Date: June 18th
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 1 6680600
info@dublinkitefestival.ie
dublinkitefestival.ie

There are few things as magical as a kite. Celebrate this airborne wonder at the annual festival in north Dublin, where the power of the sea winds will fill the skies with everything from homemade creations to state-of-the-art kites. There will be experts on hand to help out should your piloting skills let you down, as well as kite workshops, so you can make your own.

5. Strandhill Show & Craft Fair

Venue: Lisheen House & Estate, Strandhill, Co. Sligo
Admission: Adults €10; Children €0 (€5 for the Kids’ Corner entertainment section)
Dates: June 7th – June 13th
Contact: chairman@strandhillshow.com 
+353 87 241 9521 Strandhill Show & Craft Fair website

One of the region’s oldest country fairs, the Strandhill Show & Craft Fair is always a fun day out. The massive marquee is home to a huge variety of events, with the focus on local talent. Enjoy great food and entertainment, with rare animals from the Kiltimagh Wildlife Farm on display in the lovely grounds of Lisheen House and Estate.

If you head along to any of these events, make sure to let us know how you got on in the comment section below!


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A separated mother of three, juggling self-employment, two teenage boys, a tween girl, a needy dog, and ever-expanding grey roots.

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