7 reasons to bring the family to Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair
The June Bank Holiday is just around the corner but what can you do that will keep the entire family amused and entertained?
The annual June Bank Holiday Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair is one of Ireland’s best-loved outdoor events for a reason and 35,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s event. In addition to the three-day eventing, the event will also host a country fair that has been specially designed for families from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2.
The great news is there is no charge for children aged five to 12 on Friday, May 31, and admission is only €5 each on Saturday and Sunday. So families with young kids can enjoy some amazing entertainment without breaking the bank. Tickets are available now on the website.
Here’s why there’s no better time to soak up the family atmosphere and the equestrian action in the glorious setting of the Tattersalls Farm in Co Meath.
1. You’ll see the world’s best riders and horses in action
There’ll be more Olympic and World Championship medallists competing at this event than at any other sporting event in Ireland this year. Among the top riders taking part are world stars, multiple Olympic and World medallists, and legendary riders like Oliver Townend, William Fox Pitt, Mary King, Pippa Funnell and Andrew Hoy.
Leading Irish equestrian talent like Camilla Speirs, Sam Watson, Esib Power, Cathal Daniels and World silver medallist Padraig McCarthy will be competing and it’s a chance to catch future Olympians or rising stars among the ranks of the younger riders.
Earlier this year, Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Aintree Grand Nationals. He will be on parade in the main arena on Saturday so it’s a chance to see this famous horse in the flesh.
2. There’s something for everyone at the Country Fair
The Country Fair is full of fantastic attractions for everyone from toddlers to great grandparents. The three-acre Shopping Village includes over 80 stands selling an eclectic range of products. You can pick up everything from clothing to bespoke gardening furniture and from art to equestrian products from the very best local producers and craftspeople.
3. There’s no shortage of child-friendly activities
Looking for something to keep the little ones amused? They’ll love the pony rides and novelty dog show in the Connolly’s Red Mills Arena in the Shopping Village. There’s also a dedicated Kids Zone, with funfair rides, a pet farm in Picnic Square and free face painting, so you can be sure that they won’t be bored.
The mini puissance ponies are always a hit with the younger visitors but even the biggest ‘kids’ will get a kick out of seeing them do the high jump and perform a range of tricks. There’s also a free toddler zone, a bouncy castle, Bumper Carz and much more to choose from.
4. The outdoor setting is ideal for a family day out
Want to get your kids off the iPad and out into the fresh air? Well, the 200-acre Tattersalls Farm is the perfect place to go for a walk in the country. Where else would you get the chance to see horses clearing jumps as you take the family for a stroll around a stunning estate. The events will ensure that you don’t get bored but it’s also a chance to explore one of Ireland’s most impressive outdoor spaces.
5. Foodies will be spoilt for choice
You can enjoy a light meal at the renowned Tattersalls Country House or have an afternoon tea or a glass of wine in the garden. The Shopping Village will also be stocked with a huge range of local food products and gourmet food stalls so you can sample the very best food that the surrounding area has to offer.
Visitors can pack a picnic, park up in the picnic area and enjoy a family meal in the open air. It’s a great vantage point from which to catch all the spectacular cross country action because it offers a fantastic view of the famous water fence. So you can tuck into your picnic as the brave riders take on this tricky fence and try to avoid a tumble or an early bath.
6. You can bring your dog
Dog lovers are encouraged to bring their furry friends with them when they come to Tattersalls for the weekend. If your dog loves a good walk, this is a chance to stretch their legs and tire them out with some fresh country air. You can even walk them alongside the course to ensure that you don’t miss any of the action. Although dogs have to be kept on a lead to avoid spooking the horses!
There’s also the chance to enter your pet in the novelty dog show over the weekend. It’s not just for posh pedigree breeds either – dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome or enter one of the fun categories.
7. It’s a horse lovers’ dream
The various attractions at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair will keep any visitors amused but it’s one of the biggest events in the calendar for horse lovers. Anyone with an interest in equestrian sports will love this event.
"There's also the serious sporting side to the weekend as the huge international event here is the ultimate triathlon test of skill, endurance and athleticism between horse and rider,” says Tattersalls International Event Coordinator, Joanne Quirke. “There is no equine sport that compares what an event rider and their horse have to go through to train for such an arduous and spectacular event like this.”
For more information or to book tickets, check out the Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair website.