Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend
The main bank holiday weekend of the summer is soon to be upon us. The June Bank Holiday marks the start of getting out and about for the summer season in Ireland. And there’s lots happening to get the ball rolling over the coming long weekend.
If you’re having a meander out and about, check out our list of things to do for you and your folks this weekend.
Celebrating the maritime history of Cork and Ireland, this week long festival goes from 3rd June to 11th June. Sixty different events taking place in Cork City and fifteen Cork harbour towns, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Daily activities during the festival include trips out to see Spike Island in Cork Harbour, accessed by ferry from Cobh, or checking in to The Titanic Experience and The Queenstown Story Exhibition also in Cobh. In Cork city, you can have a guided tour of Elizabeth Fort or go on a Cork City Ghost Tour!
Individual daily programmes have lots in store for all the family, from Fab Food Trails and Boats and Bites in Cork City to the Seafood market over the bank holiday weekend and Youth Circus Open Day. Family fun outings include crab fishing in Cobh and a model boat exhibition. Try your hand at urban kayaking under Cork’s famous bridges or go seaweed foraging in Roches Point. These and lots more events are listed in the full programme on the Cork Harbour Festival website.
The pinnacle event of the festival is the Ocean to City Race on June 10th. A faboulous day planned with lots of places to see the action all along the route.
This is Ireland’s biggest rowing event and attracts over 600 Irish and International competitors, manning crafts from traditional wooden boats to currachs and gigs, Chinese Dragon Boats, kayaks and paddleboards. Not to be missed if you’re in the area. Good Food Ireland members in Cork City include The River Lee and Hayfield Manor Hotel, where you can enjoy the local produce of Cork on the menu. Browse the English Market on Bank Holiday Saturday for great picnic items from our members at the market or lunch at Farmgate Café.
DUBLIN PORT RIVERFEST
June Bank Holiday weekend in the capital includes the Dublin Port Riverfest, taking place on the North Wall from 3rd- 5th June.
Be exhilirated by the exciting display from Thundercats Racing, where boats can fly six metres into the air! There will be four races daily over the weekend, in a sport which is fast becoming one of the most popular water activities of the 21st Century.
Going back in history, Tall Ship the Jeannie Johnstone which transported Irish immigrants to America during the famine years will be offering free tours, along with seven other Tall Ships docked in port. Sailing races and powerboat displays will join forces with land lubbing activities like zip lines, rock climbing, street performance, live music, face painting, pirate re-enactments and kids arts and circus workshops. Lots to do this weekend in Dublin Port. Get your sea legs on over the bank holiday!
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If you fancy taking to the hills or strolling the beaches there are lots walking trails to explore this Bank Holiday weekend.
BEARA WAY CO. CORK
In deepest West Cork, the Beara Way makes meanders through the mountains of the Beara Peninsula, over looking the Atlantic Ocean on the Wild Atlantic Way. These mountains date back over 300 million years and are carved from Old Red Devonian Sandstone, which leaves its visible ridges along the tops of these stunning mountains. The whole trail will take you nine days! But there’s nothing to stop you doing a small part of the waymarked route for an hour or two over the Bank Holiday weekend.
ST. KEVIN’S WAY WICKLOW NATIONAL PARK
This walk starts from the Upper Lake carpark at Glendalough and takes about one and a half hours. It travels a section of St. Kevin’s Way through beautiful woodlands and along the banks of the lake. Idyllic scenery.
VENTRY STRAND KERRY
Down by Dingle in Co. Kerry, the loop walk along Ventry Strand travels a distance of about five kilometers, a moderately graded walk suitable for most fit energetic people. You can do the whole loop and stop along the way for refreshments, or just stroll along the whole length of the strand and back if you don’t want to tackle the country part of the walk. Great sea air and bird life down this part of the Ireland so take the binoculars! Lots of great places to see in Dingle afterwards and if you fancy making a night of it, Gorman’s Clifftop Guesthouse has commanding views of ocean and mountains on the Dingle Peninsula.
MOTE PARK CROFTON TRAIL Co. ROSSCOMMON
The Mote Park Crofton Train is a 2.5km walk graded easy and should take about 45 minutes to do the complete walk. It travels a forest road and path with mature conifers and diverse ground cover of grasses, mosses, ivy, lichens, grasses and ferns. Part of the Coillte Recreational Trails which travel the forested parts of the midlands. The trail is very close to Rosscommon Town, so call in to Gleeson’s Townhouse afterwards to revive yourself with light refreshments and baking, lunch or dinner or perhaps a stiff drink or glass of wine in the lounge!