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5 Family Friendly Events To Check Out In September

It will take more than a hug to cheer them up after the routine of classes, homework, and crawling out of bed early gets underway.

So give them something to lift their spirits as the evenings close in, and take the family to one of the great events taking place around Ireland this September:

 

 

1. Elemental, Limerick Arts Festival

Venue: Limerick
Date: 8th – 10th September
Cost: From free
Contact: Website
Phone: 087-3442858
info@elementalfestival.com

Encourage your child’s creativity and inspire them with a love of nature by visiting Elemental, Limerick Arts Festival. Driven by an eco-friendly ethos and guided by the elements of nature, this multi-disciplinary festival taking place hosts a varied programme of events across Limerick city. 

Take your pick of visual art, music, crafts, youth theatre, street entertainment, photography, comedy, film, and acrobatics at this unforgettable Limerick-centred event. Children’s events include films such as Kubo and the Two Strings, Aardman model making, and Learn It workshops for budding engineers.

2. Waterford Harvest Festival

Venue: Various Waterford locations
Date: 8th – 10th September
Cost: €2 to €65
Contact: Tommie@everyevent.ie
       Website
 

Running since 2009, Waterford Harvest Festival celebrates the great food, food producers, chefs, and restauranteurs of the southeast, with lots for the whole family to enjoy. Try Afternoon Tea at the Granary or the Free Flahavan’s Fit Family Breakfast. Other hugely popular events return, including the Ballybricken Fair, WIT Calmast science workshops, food and movie pairings, the Sunset Seaweed Feasts, and the Pip and Pear Pop Up Baby Restaurant. Other attractions include chainsaw wood-carving demonstrations, sheep shearing, and a virtual menagerie of animals for the family to meet.

3. The Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival

Venue: Rathwood, Tullow, Co. Carlow
Date: 9th & 10th September
Cost:  Adults & children €13 each; under 1s free
Contact: reception@rathwood.com
059 91 56285   Booking required

Whatever age your fairy or elf is, they won’t want to miss this special day of magic. Dress up in wings and costumes, if you like, and start off by decorating a fairy house of your own to take home. Then hop on a magical train with some very special guests and wind your way through the Enchanted Fairy & Elf Forest, with stops for fun and games along the way. There’s lots more fun to come with celebrations in the Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival Area, where you could even meet the Tooth Fairy!

4. Treasure Hunt, Glenbower Woods

Venue: Glenbower Woods, Killeagh, Co. Cork
Date: September 10th
Cost: €5 (under 3 years go free)
Contact:  Facebook

Who wouldn’t like to find hidden treasure? Test your clue-solving skills and help a good cause while having fun at a treasure hunt in the scenic Glenbower Woods in Killeagh, Co Cork, on Sunday, September 10th from 3pm to 5pm. (Registration opens at 2.30pm on the day). You can choose from a range of trails to suit all ages and capabilities, so there’s something for all the family. Enjoy entertainment, refreshments and great prizes while raising funds for the woods upkeep: All proceeds go to Glenbower Woods Trail Signs. 

5. The Doggie Do

Venue: Herbert Park, Ballsbridge,Dublin 4
Dates: 10th September
Cost:  Child €5; Adult €12; Family €30
ContactDoggie Do website
 

If your child likes dogs, then don’t even think about missing the Doggie Do. This family-friendly festival focused on our furry friends features a canine costume competition, a chill-out area called Doggie & Soul, artistic workshops at The Cultured Canine (really), fabulous ReTail Therapy shopping and the much sought-after crown of “The Dog Of Dublin 2017.” Representatives from Dogs Trust will be there to add to the fun. This canine carnival is doggie heaven!            

If you head along to any of these family events, let us know how you get on in the comments 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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