What's on this Easter bank holiday weekend?
From family Easter egg hunts to adult-only cuddle parties, there's something for everyone this bank holiday weekend
Hazy spring sunshine is predicted for Good Friday ahead of a largely pleasant weekend for much of the country, which begs the question: what are you going to do over the bank holiday weekend?
Whether you want to be outdoors in the wilds around Westport or simply want to keep the kids entertained with some Easter-themed activities there are myriad events taking place across the country over the weekend and into next week. Here we've compiled a taster of what's on offer this Easter...
Red Bull Free Gaff Sunday Brunch
The three Red Bull Free Gaff nights taking place in Ballsbride, Dublin are fully sold out, but there are still limited tickets to the Sunday Brunch (12pm to 5pm) with live performances from hip hop and electronic acts across the Garden Stage.
You can also check out the bedroom installations and even BYOB which you can compliment with a sample from the pizza menu. www.redbull.ie/freegaff
Cocoa Atelier’s Easter Egg Decorating Workshop
Try your hand at decorating your own chocolate eggs just in time for Easter with Dollard & Co Irish artisanal chocolate producer Cocoa Atelier.
You will learn about the brand before decorating six small chocolate eggs in a takeaway egg carton and while they’re setting you can taste some chocolate and indulge in a Cocoa Atelier signature hot chocolate.
Saturday, sessions at 11am and 1pm, at Dollard & Co, Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tickets €25 with booking fee (eventbrite.ie)
Rock Against Homelessness
Deirdre O’Kane will join a phenomenal line-up including Camille O’Sulivan, Aidan Gillen, Finbar Furey, Tommy Fleming, Natty Wailer, Duke Special, The Celtic Tenors and some very special guests for the very special concert at the Olympia Theatre in aid of Focus Ireland on Tuesday night. MC Laura Whitmore. Tickets €35 (www.ticketmaster.ie)
Edenderry Harbour Festival
The festival will see boats return to the canal for the first time in almost a decade. There will be a flotilla of boats down the canal and into the harbour on the day and entertainment for all the family will come courtesy of dance troupes, local bands, face paintiers, bouncy castles and character and entertainers.
Special Olympic gold and bronze medal winner Oisin Feery will also be honoured at the festival which takes place on Saturday from 12-4pm.
Cool Planet Experience Bunny-Bots
Kids can design and make their very own solar-powered Bunny-Bot in the Easter workshop and learn how the robots generate electricity from light. There will also be a bunny dash at the end of the workshop with the winner earning a special Easter treat.
The workshops run daily and are suitable for children aged 7-14 and costs €20 for 75 minutes at Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow. (www.coolplanetexperience.org)
For those unfamiliar with the practice, the official synopsis explains, “A Cuddle Party is a non-sexual, experiential, consensual touch and communication event - part workshop, part social gathering.
“It is an opportunity for you to experiment with and practice consensual, non-sexual touch in a safe, comfortable environment facilitated by an experienced and certified touch professional.”
Randy Ralston is hosting the adult only event at Common Ground in Bray from 1.30pm on Sunday, tickets €25, and space is limited to 20 people, adults only. (eventbrite.ie)
Westport Easter Walking Festival
A weekend of walking takes place from Friday to Monday with walkers scaling Mweelrea, the highest peak in the province on Saturday followed by Leenane Hill in County Galway on Sunday. There are packages for walk only (€35 for one day or €65 for two) or walk and hotel accommodation at Clew Bay Hotel (from €200 pps or €305 single occupancy). For more detail check out www.walkingguideireland.com
Volunteer with MADRA
MADRA (Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption) in Galway is inviting volunteers to visit their shelter from 12-4pm Saturday, Sunday or Monday to spend time with their shelter dogs while they wait for their forever homes. Sign up for a canine cuddle session at www.madra.ie
Irish International Ska and Reggae Festival 2019
Tramore, Co Waterford plays host to the annual festival which this year boasts a line-up including The Spitfires, Olas Boss, Skabilly Rebels, King Zepha and more. There will also be pub trail gigs. Check out the Irish International Ska & Reggae Facebook page for more info.
LEGO themed Easter Camps
Running daily until Friday, the camps for children aged 3-12 take place in Byrnes Build Zone, Enniscorthy and promise Easter-themed fun creating LEGO designs, arts and crafts, and games. Prices are €55 per child with sibling discounts available (eventbrite.ie)
Easter Chocolate Workshops
The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Co Carlow is hosting Easter chocolate workshops with limited spaces remaining for Saturday and Sunday. Learn about chocolate making, growing cocoa, and how handmade chocolates are made.
You can also make and decorate your own chocolates and take home the mould and there will be chocolate tastings too. For anyone 6 and older but children under 10 must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult. Prices €13.50 to €87.50 (Chocolategarden.ie)
Easter Beer Festival
The 20th Easter Beer Festival takes place in the award-winning beer garden of the Franciscan Well Brewpub with 20 of the country’s most innovative brewers celebrating their offerings. Friday, 5pm to late, 14 North Mall, Cork. Check out the Facebook page for more information.
Cork Easter Racing Festival
Running from Saturday to Monday at Cork Racecourse, Mallow, the festival boasts three days of racing (flat racing on Saturday, an all-National Hunt affair on Sunday and flat racing and amateur races on Monday). The popular Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gent competitions take place on Easter Sunday. (www.corkracecourse.ie)
Easter egg hunts
There are Easter egg hunts taking place across the country this weekend, most of which are free or cost just a few euros. However, they are in huge demand and most require booking.
There are still places on The Easter Hunt at Ballymun’s Rediscovery Centre on Saturday and the Enfield Easter Egg Hunt on Friday at Enfield Playground, with proceeds for the latter going to Child.org and TeamMum. Both cost €5 (eventbrite.ie).
Timahoe Heritage Centre in Laois is also taking registrations from 11am for an 11.30am hunt on Saturday with prices ranging from €5-€15 (evnetbrite.ie) and Brigit’s Garden in Roscahill Galway is hosting hunts on Sunday and Monday for kids of all ages (www.brigitsgarden.ie).
And Smyths Toy Stores will host hunts at each store from 9am on Saturday with one egg per child (while stocks last) and the chance to win a trampoline.