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5 Fantastic Family Events In July & August

If you are starting to hear cries of “I’m bored,” we’re here to help! It can be hard to keep coming up with ideas for fun activities for the kids that the whole family will enjoy, but the festival organisers of Ireland are working hard to keep you inspired this summer. Here are some suggestions on where to go and what to do in the next few weeks:

If you head along to any of these fab events, please make sure to let us know how you get on in the comments section below, or get in touch on Facebook


1. Bray Seafront Fair

Venue: Bray, Co. Wicklow
Date: 22nd July – 7th August
Cost: From free
Contact: +353(0)12867128 tourism@braytc.ie

Step right up for Bray’s annual extravaganza at the seaside. The Bray Seafront Fun Fair is the ideal traditional family day out, with bumper cars and candy floss, dips in the sea and popular fair games and rides. The Summer Special returns for 2017: Any ten rides are just €15 (exclusions apply, and these tickets are available to buy from the box office on site only).
Please note: The funfair will not be open on Monday, July 24th & Tuesday, July 25th.

2. Sunrise Children’s Festival

Venue: Roscahill, Co. Galway
Date: 29th – 30th July 2017
Cost: €25 to €169
Contact: info@brigitsgarden.ie
brigitsgarden.ie/sunrise 

The Sunrise Children's Festival is a unique weekend festival at Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill, Co. Galway, where families can enjoy free camping on Saturday night, July 29th. The festival celebrates summer in the Celtic setting of Brigit’s Garden, where music, arts, and nature combine for a two-day programme of creative events. Enjoy live entertainment, a circus show, puppet shows, storytelling, yoga, a fire spectacular, and more, in three tented areas. Camp out with the kids and enjoy tasty artisan food and a special summer celebration.

3. Enniscrone Black Pig Festival

Venue: Enniscrone, Co. Sligo
Date: July 27th – July 31st 2017
Cost: From free
Contact: 087 2241881  Website

The ever popular Black Pig Festival returns to Enniscrone for a magical weekend in Sligo. This friendly seaside town comes alive with a daily funfair, music, and beachside cinema, plus a skydiving spectacular, Market Day with dedicated food tents, and yoga on the beach. In keeping with the porcine theme, there’s a Kiddies’ Piggy Picnic and Micro Pigs, and plenty of other entertainment to keep everyone in high spirits. 

4. Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival

Venue: Birr, Co. Offay
Date: August 4th to 11th  
Cost: From free
Contact: Website

Birr’s Vintage Week has been a magnet for classic vehicles of all kinds for the past 40 years. As well as costumed parades and displays of all sorts of vintage cars, bikes, and farm machinery, visitors can enjoy vintage sports like croquet and costumed lawn tennis, surrounded by the elegantly attired residents of Birr in their period costumes. And it’s not all about old motors: There is music of all genres, including a busking competition, as well as visual arts exhibitions, a special movie programme, plus workshops, treasure hunts, and other events for kids.

5. Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival

Venue: Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Dates: 4th August – 7th August 2017
Cost: From free
Contact: 053 9376931
info@joconnellmarketing.com
Website

Three great festivals come together for this year’s Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival: The annual re-enactment of the Battle of 1798 combines with a rocking music festival and flavourful food fest to bring you the best of summer in Wexford.  The town of Enniscorthy will be even more lively than usual, with a great range of live music gigs all weekend, craft food and beer markets, outdoor film screenings, tapas and drink trails, and a live cooking demonstration.  Events for younger attendees include a junior 1798 re-enactment, Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea party, treasure hunt, Punch and Judy shows, storytelling, bungee trampolines, and lots more.        

Are you heading along to one of these events? Let us know how you get on in the comments!

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