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Thursday 19 September 2019

Last of the summer sun: family festivals to enjoy this weekend

Rachel Atwell with her Staffordshire Izzy. Photo: Fran Veale
Rachel Atwell with her Staffordshire Izzy. Photo: Fran Veale
There will be petting zoos at the Rose of Tralee festival Picture Andres Poveda
Lobster Paella by Peter Roberts of Roberts of Dalkey. Photo: Michael Chester
A woman passes a mural titled 'Ned The Dog' by Curtis Hylton which forms part of the Waterford Walls graffiti and street art festival taking place between 22 and 25 August in Waterford city, Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless

It’s the last shot of summer sunshine before the return to school. So make the most of it and head along to these family friendly festivals.

Dalkey Lobster Festival

The four day festival returns with plenty of claw-and-tail eating and live music.

The Junior Master Chef competition returns with children in tiny toques showing off their culinary skills. The event will be hosted by Sile Seoige and Evelyn Cusack. There will be plenty of cookery demonstrations and talks with self confessed 'foodies' Pat Kenny and Lorraine Keane.

Another highlight includes a ‘chowder challenge’ where two rival restaurants Ouzos and Caviston’s will compete to see who has the finer soup.

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Lobster Paella by Peter Roberts of Roberts of Dalkey. Photo: Michael Chester

 

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Dalkey Lobster Festival runs 22 – 25 August in Dalkey village

Rose of Tralee

It isn’t just about young ladies in gorgeous gunas and Daithi you know?

The festival is fives day long and filled with an eclectic mix of entertainment – rock band Aslan will perform in The Dome, while the Adrenaline Tour - a quad bike stunt show – will take place in town.

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There will be petting zoos at the Rose of Tralee festival Picture Andres Poveda

For families a petting zoo will be set up in the Manor West Retail Park. There are also circus performers, Zumba classes, face painting and a festival food market to peruse.

The Rose of Tralee Festival runs from 23 – 27th

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Waterford Walls

Waterford Street Art festival is now in its fifth year, and sees the city transformed into Ireland's largest outdoor gallery.

The festival encourages street artists from around the world to decorate forgotten walls with vibrant murals and pieces of art.

There are guided tours around the city this weekend, where you can learn about the techniques and the artists involved.

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A woman passes a mural titled 'Ned The Dog' by Curtis Hylton which forms part of the Waterford Walls graffiti and street art festival taking place between 22 and 25 August in Waterford city, Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless
Painting the town red (and green and blue and yellow...)

Waterford Walls runs until August 25th

Picnic blankets and High Nellys

The inaugural Twin Trees Heywood Festival takes place in Ballinakilla this weekend. It is held in honour of architect Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens – who designed the war memorial gardens at Islandbridge, and the Cenotaph in London. The highlight of the festival is a giant open air picnic with live music playing which sounds very dignified altogether.

Meanwhile, The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally takes place this weekend in Durrow. Participants are encouraged to cycle around on vintage bikes – from high nellys, and 50s Raleigh bikes, to butcher bicycles – to local landmarks. While it's not recommended that children take part - watching the bikes fly by will be good fun.

The Twin Trees Heywood festival runs until August 25

Charlie Chaplin Film Festival

Waterville in Kerry will hold it’s annual Charlie Chaplin Film Festival this weekend. Chaplin was a big fan of the seaside village and holidayed there with his wife Oona. Paying homage to the comedy icon, there will be laughter yoga classes on the beach, and stand up classes for kids.

The Charlie Chaplin Film Festival runs until August 25

Loughrea Medieval Festival

The educational festival delves into our medieval past. On Sunday the 'Down to Earth' school looks at the Ancient Ogham alphabet. Children are then taught how to carve words into slate stones. There is also a flea circus with the tiny mites doing a range of death defying stunts such as high wire and trapeze acts.

There are also environmental events including the 'Hive to Honey' where children can visit a demonstration hive and try on bee-keeping suits.

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The farm now has its first hive of honeybees. Photo: Getty Images.

Seal Rescue's Water Heritage Day

On Sunday familes can visit Seal Rescue Ireland in Gorey and partake in guided tours along the riverside, and listen to talks about water pollution. Refreshments and a complimentary seed bomb of native wildflowers will be gifted to all those involved. Booking is advised.

Taking place August 25th 12:30pm - 2:30pm

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