5 Fantastic Family Days Out This Summer

If you are the sort of parents who are looking at the calendar with dread, a big fat circle on the date school finished for the summer holidays - as you wonder how you will entertain your little one; have no fear the Geodirectory 5 things to do guide is here!
  1. ERRIGAL ARTS FESTIVAL:

There used to be the adage that when someone said they were going to Donegal for a few days, the reply would be along the lines of “Donegal - Why Donegal?  You could fly to New York in less time!”
Nowadays that is no longer the case as improvements in the motorway network make it more accessible than ever.
So with the fantastic Errigal Arts Festival taking place from July 9th-24th, if you ever needed an excuse to head north, this is it. With events taking place in 3 towns, Ghaoth Dubhair, Stranorlar and Milford, you could do a weekend in one of the venues or go the whole hog and spend a week between the three.
Highlights include a street art project based around local myths and legends, artworks displayed amongst an enchanting forest area and the unveiling of a massive mural created by local youth in Milford.
P.S. Before or after your visit to the festival, do take the 40 minute drive to the breath-taking scenery of Glenveagh National Park; trust us you will not regret it.
  1. LIMERICK BASTILLE DAY WILD GEESE FESTIVAL: 

“Oh Limerick is beautiful as everybody knows…”  so the famous song goes;
for those who have never experienced it’s beauty, could do worse than head there on July 15th, when the Limerick Bastille Day Wild Geese Festival takes place.
This event marks the famous flight of what became known as the “Wild Geese” of Irish Nationalists who fled these shores for France in 1691.
From historical talks, musical events a fashion show and the stirring sight of a parade past King John’s Castle, your kids will soon stop worrying about the lack of wi-fi as they are wowed by all that’s on offer.
  1. SPRAOI ARTS FESTIVAL: 

This festival in the south east is sure to give your young un’s a sunny disposition as they are in awe of the spellbinding displays by the myriad of street artists and theatrical performances that will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
You will soon lose count of the amount of times they will say “wow” as fire breathing giants, and huge dragons pass them by. And what makes it even better is that all the attractions are free.
  1. ENNISCORTHY

If great outdoor music and the chance to pick up the best in Irish produce piques your interest, then a trip to Enniscorthy on the August Bank Holiday will give you food for thought! (You could head there on the way to, or from, Spraoi!)
With the town square alive to the sight of a myriad of market stalls offering the best of local produce and arts and crafts by day, it is transformed into a massive dance floor at night. So if you relish the thought of jiving off that jar of jalapenos you gobbled earlier in the day, get yourself to Enniscorthy.
 
  1. DARK STRANGER VIKING FESITVAL: 

For those of ye living in the capital who are looking for something a lot closer to home, many will be hopping on a DART or 29A bus to Baldoyle on July 16-17th   to invade the area for the “Dark Stranger Viking Festival”.
The city of Dublin, formerly known as Dubh Linn, in many ways owes its creation to the swashbuckling warriors from Scandinavia. From talks about viking history, various art displays, culminating in a jaw dropping re-enactment of a viking battle, if you live in Longboat Quay or Brian Boru Avenue, there’s many reasons to take your little army to Racecourse Park in Baldoyle this summer!
PS. Not sure how to get there? Simply type the address or eircode into GeoFindIT to get the directions to your next destination. Not travelling by car? Get live Luas, Bus Eireann, Irish Rail and Dublin Bus Times on GeoFindIT so you can find the times that best suit you to get you there on time.
 
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Posted: 23/06/2022 15:38:05