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