Wexford is to be a hive of activity as National Heritage Week kicks off this Saturday. With the week-long event having grown massively in popularity over the years, this year sees a huge amount of events taking place all over the model county, celebrating our unique built, natural and cultural heritage.
Nearly 70 events are to take place across the county over the course of the week, starting on Saturday. One of the bigger events planned to kick things off is the Wexford Walled Town Medieval Day, which will take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the green area behind Westgate Tower and include falconry, medieval costumes, story-telling, face-painting and live music.
While Ferns Castle will host a whole range of activities over the course of the week with free tours taking place each day, there is expected to be a great buzz about the historic venue on Sunday, August 18, as they host an afternoon of song, dance, workshops, games and guided tours from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A whole host of events are also set to take place at Tintern Abbey during the week, including a day of music and fun on Saturday and a craft day on Thursday, August 22.
For those looking to get active, the Unyoke walk will take you on a journey through time and beautiful countryside on August 24, as will the Jean Kennedy Smith walk on August 25.
There'll be plenty for the little ones to do as they 'Get Wild At Wells' with a scavenger hunt and plenty more activities on August 21 from noon to 5.30 p.m. While the Norman history of New Ross will be presented in thread at The Ros Tapestry on August 24, even giving the public the chance to try their hand at stitching themselves.
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is to host a number of quirky and fascinating events, such as a butterfly walk on August 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and a bat talk and walk on August 24 from 8.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
A huge array of activities is also planned for the Irish National Heritage Park with things like archery, wool felting, Viking coin striking and the opportunity to get up close and personal with their birds of prey.
Down at Hook Lighthouse, there will be plenty of excitement with Family Fun Day on August 18 with all kinds of games on the lawn and a delicious barbecue. The following week on August 24, whale and dolphin day offers fascinating information on how best to spot the kind of whales which are frequent visitors to the peninsula.
With it's roots dating all the way back to 1510 mumming displays will take place at Sigginstown Castle on August 19 and 20 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and at the old schoolhouse in Tacumshane on August 21 at 8 p.m.
There will also be a number of talks at Libraries around the county on topics such as Irish Folklore and Mythology.
The vast majority of events taking place over the week are free of charge and there's something to suit everyone. For more information and a full programme of events, visit www.heritageweek.ie.