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5 Fantastic Events To Get You In The Mood For Spring

We thought winter was behind us - and then the perfect storm of the Beast from the East and Emma hit us. Well, that’s all behind us now (we hope!). It’s one holiday after another now, with St. Patrick’s Day barely over, and Easter right behind it. Get out and enjoy one of these festivals, and really celebrate spring: 

1. International Viking Festival & Roadshow

Venue: Waterford City
Date: March 31st to April 2nd
Cost: Free
Contact: emceneaney@waterfordcouncil.ie
Waterford Treasures website
087 2515080

The spectacular International Viking Festival and Roadshow has come from the home of the Vikings in Iceland to descend on Waterford this Easter weekend. Look forward to seeing Waterford recreated as its former Viking self, with metal-working, archery, and hand-to-hand combat. There will be storytelling and comedy too, but the highlight is “Follow the Vikings,” a dramatic live show, which takes place twice on Easter Monday in The Apple Market. It’s got Norse creatures, music, drums, and poetry, all against a dramatic video backdrop.

2. Wells Eggstatic Easter Egg Hunt

Venue: Wells House and Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Wexford
Date: April 1st
Cost: €8 - €13
Contact: +353 53 9186737
info@wellshouse.ie

Chocolate always tastes better when you have to work for it. Get the kids to hunt down their eggs at Wells House this Easter while you enjoy live music and a delicious serving of barbecued food on the terrace of the house. You might even get some chocolate too. It all adds up to the perfect family Easter weekend.

3. Mountains to Sea Festival

Venue: Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dates: March 21stth - 25th
Cost: From free
Contact: +353 01 2312929
boxoffic@paviliontheatre.ie

Bring your baby bookworms to this year’s Mountain to Sea festival in Dun Laoghaire. Be Bold events for younger readers include appearances by writers and artists Yazmeen Ismail, Sophy Henn, Michael Emberly and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. Vivien French brings her knights and Cherry Pie Princess stories, Nicola Davies takes little one on an adventure under the sea. In Political Animals, Anna Carey and Sheena Wilkinson explore stories of women’s suffrage. Scientist and author Barry Fitzgerald talks Superhero Science while Dave Rudden returns with his new book, The Endless King. 

4. Dublin’s Comic Con Anime Edition

Venue: Convention Centre, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
Dates: March 31st – April 1st
Cost: €10 - €60
Contact: info@dublincomicon.com

Back for the sixth year, the Dublin Comic Con: Anime Edition will thrill fans of great Japanese animation of all ages. The weekend is packed full of talks, gaming, and workshops from TV and film personalities to comic creators and artists, fans and professionals. You will enjoy great family fun with some of the biggest names in the industry. 

5. Spring Festival - Children

 Venue: Slieve Aughty Centre, Loughrea, Co. Galway
Dates: March 24th – April 8th
Cost: €7.50
Contact: +353 90 9745246
info@slieveaughtycentre.com

Make the Easter holidays fly by at the Slieve Aughty Centre in Loughrea, where you’ll find plenty to do, with Easter-themed arts and crafts, fancy dress, face painting. Outside, kids can explore the grounds at Slieve Aughty on foot, horseback, or just playing on the swings. There are treats included in the price, and the food at the Three Towers Eco House and Organic Kitchen is always great. If the weather is right, lace up your boots and explore the trails of the Enchanted Forest.

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


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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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