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5 Fun Family Events To Check Out In June

Another month, another bank holiday! As May rolls into June, we have another long weekend to get out and about. You could just sit in your back garden (if the rain holds off) during your time off or you could venture out with the family and experience one of the great festivals and events popping up around the country.

Here are just some of the June events we’re excited about:

1. Bloom Festival

Venue: Phoenix Park, Dublin
Date: June 1st – 5th
Cost: Kids go free
Contact: +353 818 719300
vantage@bordbia.ie
bloominthepark.com 

Combine gardens, food, and families on a grand scale and you get Bloom, Dublin’s five-day outdoor extravaganza in the Phoenix Park. The festival is about a lot more than stunning gardens from the cream of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers. You can also enjoy the work of more than 100 Irish food producers, exhibitions from top floral arrangers, and a wide range of family activities. Try out O’Egg Fun on the Farm in the Children’s Zone, where kids can get stuck into immersive farm toys all age groups.

2. Insomnia Gaming, Killarney

Venue: INEC, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Date: June 9th-11th
Cost: Contact for details (family tickets available)
Contact: +353 64 6671555
info@inec.ie
inec.ie/festival/insomnia-gaming-ireland

The UK’s top gaming festival returns for a second year to the INEC Killarney, with three days of gaming fun for everybody to PC-gaming fanatics to technology fans and smaller gamers. Favourites returning for 2017 include the Virtual Reality and Tech Zone, the Minecraft Zone, and the Insomnia Stage—where top Irish YouTube stars including ChooChoosGaming, DAGamesofficial, and TheJamesMC will appear.

3. Waterford Country Fair

Venue: Curraghmore House, Portlaw, Waterford
Date: 11th June
Cost: €10/€5
Contact: +353 51 387101
info@curraghmorehouse.ie
curraghmorehouse.ie 

Bring the kids on a trip back in time at the stately Curraghmore House, the venue for one of Ireland's most delightful country fairs. They can enjoy dressage and gymkhana-style events, as well as falconry and sheepdog trials. Local craftspeople will show their wares, and artisan producers will be on hand to serve you delicious local food. Try out fly fishing and archery, and visit the medieval village.

4. Cork Harbour Festival

Venue: Cork Harbour, Cork City
Date: June 3rd – June 11th
Cost: Free
Contact: +353 21 4847673
info@corkharbourfestival.com
corkharbourfestival.com


Cork celebrates its proud maritime history with the annual Cork Harbour Festival. It’s not all about fish, but you can try out delicious local catches and go crab fishing. There’s boating and kayaking, as well as water trampolining, and if you don’ want to get wet, take a day trip to Spike Island or experience the excitement of the flagship Ocean to City - An Rás Mór, when international competitors will race in in currachs, longboats, dragon boats, and canoes to the finish.  There’s even a Youth Circus Open Day on June 3rd.

5. Carlow Arts Festival

Venue: Various Carlow locations
Admission: From free
Dates: June 7th – June 13th
Contact:+353 59 9173380
info@carlowartsfestival.com
carlowartsfestival.com

Carlow Arts Festival returns with another stellar lineup. There is something for everyone, and children are particularly well looked after. The amazing Ondadurto Teatro comes to Ireland for the very first time with their jaw-dropping spectacle C’era Una Volta (Once Upon a Time), which presents stories and legends from the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll, and Hans Christian Andersen in ways you will never have seen before. Then there’s Companie Baccalà’s ingenious Pss Pss, clowns, a free Singalong Social, mystery movies, and more.

Are you heading along to any of these events? Let us know 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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