Family Friendly Events

Support Cobh Readers and Writers Festival Fundraiser

Cobh Readers and Writers Festival need your help!

Cobh Readers and Writers Festival is held annually in the most beautiful seaside town in Ireland and they are currently fundraising with a target of €1000 to support this years’ festival – details below:

As a small community group we strive to ensure that our festival is the best that it can be each year.

We feel that all the creative arts have a place in our festival and that they are all warmly welcomed by the wonderful community on our Great Island, so we try very hard to ensure that there is something for everyone to enjoy.

It is the generosity of our sponsors Cork County Council and Cobh Credit Union Ltd, local businesses, and often simply generous people which enables us to do so year after year.

If you feel that you could help us by making a donation to this years festival, be it large or small, we would be delighted and extremely grateful to receive your support.

Thank you.

You can donate by visiting their GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/cobh-readers-and-writers-festival-2020

Follow them on Twitter @CobhRW

Open Day at Bumblebee Flower Farm Sunday March 29th

Bumblebee Flower Farm located in beautiful West Cork is having an Open Day on Sunday March 29th!

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience Bumblebee Flower Farm and gain an insight into what we do and why we do things the way we do.

Introducing you to the wonderful world of edible flowers, pollinator-friendly plantings and organically produced seasonal cut flowers.

There will be an informative talk and tour of the farm with seeds and recommendation for supportive plantings no matter what size your garden is.

A lovely day and a chance to meet like-minded people.

The first in our series of Farm open Days – What to expect:

  1. Guided Tour of the farm.
  2. Talk on planting schemes including suitable plants and flowers that support the whole lifecycle.
  3. Selection of pollinator-friendly seeds for you to take home and create your very own magical bumblebee oasis.
  4. Refreshments available using Bumblebee Flower Farm ingredients.

Details:

  • Sunday, March 29th
  • Bumblebee Farm, Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Ireland
  • Price: €25 (children accompanied by an adult Free)

CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Press Release – CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Introducing the CCEN / VISUAL Environmental Film Festival

Carlow County Environmental Network present their first Environmental Film festival in association with VISUAL Carlow.  Running on the third Wednesday of the month these free film nights will begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February at 7pm.

The County Carlow Environmental Network are delighted to announce their first (and hopefully annual) Environmental Film Festival at the VISUAL Carlow.  Over the course of four evenings spread over four months the aim of the festival is to inform and empower the Carlow community to act on environmental issues which affect us all.  

Running on the third Wednesday of the month from February to May, each evening will introduce a separate theme dealing with various aspects of current environmental issues.  The films have been carefully selected for their uplifting, solution- focused, and informative stories.  We begin with ‘Home’ on the 19th of February which introduces us to our planet from the air and gives an overview of some of the issues affecting it.  On the 18th of March River Blue shows us the impact of fast fashion following river advocate Mark Angelo as he paddles around some of the most beautiful- and polluted- rivers in the world.  On the 15th of April, just in time for Spring Clean Month our film is Closing the Loop which presents solutions to our waste problems.  On our final evening, May 20th we will show two films. A Drop in the Ocean is produced by Irish aid organisation Trocaire, and gives an Irish perspective of Climate Change.  The Race is On outlines some solutions to this globally and reminds us that the power is with us to change things. 

Entrance on the evenings is free.  Films are suitable for all ages and all are welcome. 

The VISUAL Carlow is wheelchair and buggy accessible.  There will be refreshments available on the night and prizes to be won.  Expected runtime is 7-9pm each night.  If coming as a group of more that 10 please contact us so that we can make accommodations for you in the theatre. 

The CCEN is a voluntary organisation that aims to empower the communities of Carlow town and county to take action in tackling current environmental issues through simple, positive actions.  We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at An Gairdín Beo in Carlow Town at 7pm.  New members are always welcome. 
Contact us::
Facebook: @CarlowEnvironmentalNetwork
Website: ccen.ie/environmental-film-festival
Contact: info@ccen.ie

Weekend in the Hills

CELT Weekend in the Hills – 2 days of traditional craft workshops.   Courses include:

Woodcarving, Súgán Chair, Adventure Bushcraft, Leatherwork, Sheepskin Tanning, Spinning, weaving & Dyeing, Mosaic, Herblore, Meet the Bees and more… 

Once known as Weekend in the Woods, this popular two day event is now held at Slieve Aughty Centre, an eco friendly and certified organic venue, situated 10 km outside Loughrea town in county Galway. A busy equestrian and activity centre, the venue has ample space for parking, camping and even has 9 glorious bedrooms and two lodges for those who wish to experience some luxury for a night or two. Meals are prepared by the team at Slieve Aughty Centre, and must be booked in advance. You can email or ring them on 090 9745 246.

NEXT EVENT September 28th & 29th! at Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co Galway.

One day courses: €72.50/adult 
Two day courses: €145/adult course, €85/child 
NEW family rate: €410 for two adults and two children 
All courses now include organic lunch!

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Those attending the events, spend one or two days (depending on the course) learning their chosen skill. Most students go home with a finished piece, although this is not the objective of the event. The aim is to teach the techniques and skills needed to go home and persue the craft or subject studied over the weekend. 

Saturday begins at 9am with registration and a short introduction. Courses start at 10am and finish up at about 5pm each day. Lunch is usually at 1pm. Súgán chair usually goes over time on the Sunday evening, sometimes as late as 8pm in order to complete all chairs. Saturday night is  spent around the camp fire telling tales and singing, so remember to bring your instruments and warm up your vocal chords! 

For all course booking enquiries please email Jenny at celtskills@gmail.com or call her on 086 321 4929.

For accommodation and meal enquiries please email Esther at info@slieveaughtycentre.com 

Wilder Wander Digital Gamified Tours For Kids

Wilder Wander offer free family-friendly digital gamified tours on trails that might be of interest, especially for summer! Locations include Courtown Woods, The Raven Woods, Kilmore Quay, The Dodder, Tara Hill, Enniscorthy, The Dublin Mountains and many more.

The interactive games are played using your mobile phone and help kids and adults explore the area around them and discover the wildlife to be found there.

Download the FREE App,Search for FREE Tours,Get outdoors, discover your local area and have fun! To download the app and find out more visit www.WilderWander.com

National Biodiversity Week 2019

Over the course of nine days, from 18th – 26th May 2019, over 50 FREE, family-friendly events will be taking place all over Ireland celebrating our diverse species and habitats.

Ireland’s National Biodiversity Week 2019 will take place from 18th – 26th May 2019. Over 50 events will be taking place all across Ireland. This year we focus on the theme “Our biodiversity, Our food Our health”. We offer you the opportunity to reconnect in the best way with the natural environment around us.All events are free to attend and open to all the family! Come and visit our website to discover events near you : www.biodiversityweek.ie

To take part in one of their Biodiversity Photographer of the Year competition, please visit http://biodiversityweek.ie/photo-competitions/ Cash prizes of up to €500 for winners!
All photos must be taken in the month of May and must be submitted by midnight on the 31st May 2019.

Biodiversity Week is organised by the Irish Environmental Network (www.ien.ie) and supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Trust (www.npws.ie)

Mothers' Day 31st March 2019

Take her to the fabulous Three Towers Organic Restaurant for Mothers Day

Mothers’ Day is only a week or two away – 31st March 2019! Thankfully the team at Three Towers at Slieve Aughty Centre have created a beautiful day out with Lunch to celebrate Mothers Day!

Vegan Organic SaladFeaturing Mother’s best roast chicken or salmon or Vegan Vegetable Platter, as well as a selection of starters and Grannies Apple Crumble or Vegan Coconut Brownies for dessert. A free gift for every mum as well as free children’s activities (face painting, dress up and arts and crafts).
Come early or stay late to visit the animals, stroll through the organic garden, or sprinkle some fairy dust in the Enchanted Forest. Available from 1pm-8pm
Cafe menu and Sunday brunch available from 12-3pm.
Three Towers Organic Restaurant Mothers Day

Want to stay the night or the weekend?  Book one night and dinner and get 20% off the accommodation, or book 2 nights and mum dines free!
Check out their special offers for Mothers Day 
Enter their Facebook share competition Mothers Day to win a dinner for your mum on Mother’s Day!

Spooky Halloween Fun Dublin

Family Friendly Fun with Phoenix Park Bikes This Halloween Break

Our friends at Phoenix Park Bikes have a super Spooktacular event happening this Halloween Break – ideal for families, friends and even thrill seeking romantics! 

Details Below:


HALLOWEEN FAMILY SPOOKACULAR CYCLE

Phoenix-Park-Bikes-Halloween2018-1Listen to tales of the unexpected…. Let the kids answer the question hunt and crack the code.
Collect items for the witches cauldron.
Every evening from Sunday 28th of October to Friday 2nd of November.
Don’t forget to DRESS UP for the occasion!
(There may be spot gifts for best efforts..)
Sunday 28th of October: 3.30 – 5pm 
Monday 29th of October : 11.30 – 1pm 
(Monday 29th – Pumpkin Carving at the Visitor Centre at 3pm)
Tuesday 30th of October : 3.30 – 5pm 
Wednesday 31st of October : 2.30 – 4pm
Thursday 1st of November : 3.30 – 5pm 
Friday 2nd of November : 3.30 – 5pm 

COST €10PP

LOCATION: PHOENIX PARK BIKES

The gatekeepers hut just inside the main gates when coming from City Centre (Google Link)
For more information visit  www.phoenixparkbikes.com
 

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Family Fun, Activities and EcoTourism at Slieve Aughty Centre, Loughrea, Co Galway

Mixed Metals WorkshopSlieve Aughty Centre (which comprises also of the fabulous Three Towers Eco House and Restaurant)  has a great range of events and activities coming up over the next few months including:

Pizza Party Fridays Are Back!

Every Friday evening at 7pm enjoy a delicious organic pizza with your choice of toppings, fired up in our clay oven.  €5 per child and €10 for adults.  Book Now.
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  For more information on any of the above contact 
Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack West, Loughrea, Co. Galway
+353 (0) 90 974 5246 www.slieveaughtycentre.com
Facebook: slieveaughtyequestrianandactivitycentre