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June 1, 2016

We have compiled a summary list of just a few things happening in Leinster below, and we’d love your input also :

Carlow

Carlow Garden Trail

The Carlow Garden Trail currently features 16 different gardening attractions with an additional two gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford.Several stops on Carlow’s summer-friendly trail are free to visit, including Altamont Gardens. It opens daily from 9am to 7.30pm. The Carlow Garden Festival (July 27-Aug 4) also has several free workshops this year.
website: carlowgardentrail.com; carlowtourism.com.

Delta sensory gardens
Voted the number one thing to do in Carlow by Tripadvisor and described as “An Oasis of Peace and Tranquility”, Delta sensory gardens are set on a 2.5 acre site with 16 interconnecting gardens located on the outskirts of Carlow Town.Children under 13 free*
http://deltasensorygardens.com/
Carlow Arts Festival

This year’s Carlow Arts Festival is full of family friendly fun. The grounds of Festival HQ will host a feast of day time entertainment, performance, music and fantasy fun for all ages. Bring a picnic, get stuck into the free garden games or just lie on the grass (weather always permitting).

http://carlowartsfestival.com/

Visual Centre for Contemporary Art

Admission to the galleries at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art is free of charge, so why not take a trip and see the latest exhibition.
http://www.visualcarlow.ie/

Dublin

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

‘With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary.‘ Film screenings, intercultural tours, art demos and a Creative Lab Club for Teens are all scheduled throughout summer. Teenagers are offered free workshops and other activities in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, but book well in advance!
website: cbl.ie

OPW First Wednesdays

OPW-managed heritage sites are free to visit on the first Wednesday of the month with an abundance of historical places to choose from.
website: www.heritageireland.ie ; July 2, August 6.

National Gallery

Free Drop-in Family Drawing, Monday to Friday, 11am-noon,  during July and August. Tiny tot workshops (July 18th/19th and Aug 15th/16th) and baby workshops (July 21st and August 18th) are also free but need to be booked.

Free Fun in the Park

The Phoenix Park is the biggest urban park in Europe and is a massive playground where kids can roam as free as the resident herds of fallow deer. The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre has free art materials and runs free workshops for children aged 5-plus on nature, art, and history every Sunday from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Visit on Saturday to snap up free tickets to see Aras an Uachtarain, home of the President of Ireland. There’s a great playground beside the Visitor Centre, and the adjacent Ashford Castle is well worth a visit. http://www.phoenixpark.ie/

 

Dublin Bus Hop On Hop Off Tour
Every paying adult can bring two children under 14 years free.
https://www.dublinsightseeing.ie/

 

The Festival of Curiosity
The Festival of Curiosity is Dublin’s annual festival of science & culture taking place from July 24 – 27. By Day, they transform Dublin’s city centre into a curiosity filled hub with free day-time adventures in science, play and curious technology for all the family. By night, expect interactive performances, shows, debates and events that will play host to some of the most curious scientific minds of our time (from both home and abroad)  and are guaranteed to intrigue, challenge and inspire even the most curious of minds.
website
:http://festivalofcuriosity.ie/

 National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland has three locations in Dublin all of which are free:the museum of Archaeology, Kildare Street,the Decorative Arts & History Museum in Collins Barracks, and the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street.

website : museum.ie

Galleries Galore

Their paintings may be priceless, but many of the capital’s top galleries — Hugh Lane, National Gallery,IMMA — are free. The brilliant Science Gallery in Trinity College won’t cost you a cent either.
website: hughlane.ie; imma.ie; nationalgallery.ie; sciencegallery.ie.

National Botanic Gardens

Glasnevin’s botanic gardens are free, as are its exhibitions and children’s activities
website: botanicgardens.ie;

Farmleigh House & Gardens

Food markets, garden tours, music on the bandstand and children’s art workshops are all free to attend throughout the summer at the State’s official guesthouse in the Phoenix Park.
website: farmleigh.ie.

Taste of Dublin
Ireland’s culinary stars will align once again in the Iveagh Gardens for Taste of Dublin this June. Taste of Dublin is delighted to welcome a host of talented, enthusiastic, award winning and inspiring Irish chefs from home and abroad.
http://dublin.tastefestivals.com/

Dun Laoghaire Sailing

For those who like a more energetic interaction with all things marine, why not try a few sessions with the Dun Laoghaire-based Irish National Sailing School.
website:www.inss.ie

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Co Kildare

Newbridge June Festival 

A 3 week celebration of music, art, heritage, the environment and community. 

http://junefest.ie/

 

Co KilkennyCastlecomer Discovery Park,

The Tree Top Walk and museum are ticketed, but the woodland trails, playground, craft courtyard and picnic areas are the makings of a fab free day out on the former Wandesforde family estate. They also have Ireland’s longest over water zip-line experience!
website: discoverypark.ie

Trail Kilkenny was a real trailblazer (excuse the pun) when it came to establishing touring routes in Ireland, and its walking, crafts, cycling and food trails (PDFs available online) remain the gold standard.
website: trailkilkenny.ie.

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Kilkenny Festivals
24th June to 3rd July – Abhainn Rí Festival 2016
4th to 10th July – Leinster Fleadh 2016
21st to 23rd July – St John’s Priory Concert Summer Series
5th to 14th August – Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016
20th to 28th August – Heritage Week 2016
26th to 28th August – Graiguenamanagh Town of Books Festival 2016 27th August – 190th Iverk Show 
See more at: http://visitkilkenny.ie/Events_Kilkenny#sthash.Y0t6VaRL.dpuf

Longford

 See if you can spot the Lough Ree Monster on the mystical Lough Ree in County Longford.

Louth

Get gory and track down St Oliver Plunkett’s head at St Peter’s Church in Drogheda, County Louth

Children’s Chapter
June 17-18th Dundalk
Children’s Chapter has been organised by Music Generation Louth in collaboration with Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) as part of the upcoming Music Books Festival taking place in Dundalk 17-18 June and featuring a host of world-class musicians and composers. More details on Music Books available here www.louthcms.org
http://www.louthcms.org/

Co. Laois. Durrow Scarecrow Festival

The Durrow Scarecrow Festival has a range of events and over 100 scarecrows on show! The All-Ireland Scarecrow Championships follow. July 27-August 4.
website:http://www.durrowscarecrowfestival.com/

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Co Meath Loughcrew Cairns,

Loughcrew Cairns require a steep climb, but it is worth it for the magnificent views from the top.

River Festival & Food Village

Athlone will come alive with all the River Festival & Food Village has to offer. A two day spectacle along the Shannon River banks with a fantastic line-up of water activities, on street events include a soap box race, musical entertainment from live bands to live DJs and loads to keep the kids entertained.

http://www.athlone.ie/visit/river-festival-food-village/

 Co OffalyBattle of Giants at Lough Boora

Lough Boora Discovery Park recreates the battle of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Angus on August 24, with additional Kids Zone, zorbing and a climbing wall for good measure. Nature and bike trails are free too.
website: loughbooraparklands.com

Waterford

SprOg, a dedicated children’s festival which runs in Waterford from July 28 to August 3rd and offers a jam-packed programme of shows, workshops, films and exhibitions. This year’s festival has a strong science and space theme offering everything from a pop-up planetarium to eruptions and racing rockets.
website: www.garterlane.ie

 

Co Westmeath

Belvedere is a fine destination for day-trips and the good news is that admission prices came down at the beginning of the year; they’re now adults €8, child €4 and family of four €23. belvedere-house.ie

Explore Fore in County Westmeath, site of a 7th Century abbey, and home of the seven wonders of Fore, including the tree that won’t burn and the water that flows uphill.

 

Wexford

Smell out the Wexford Lavender Farm in County Wexford, where you can learn about the history of lavender and its many varieties and colours. 

Wexford  – The Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment

This August Bank Holiday weekend, Enniscorthy hosts Ireland’s largest battle re-enactment. Watch the pros recreate the events of 1798, or sign up to take part as a redcoat or pikeman… August 2-3
website: visitwexford.com;

Playgrounds for teenagers

For older children who are into skateboards, it might be worth planning an outing around a skate park. The Wreckless skate shop in Gorey, Co Wexford, opened a new indoor skate park there (€6/€7 for three- or four-hour session, or six-day camps for €100) last April and very helpfully, has a map of other skateparks throughout Ireland on its website, wreckless.ie

Wicklow

Bray Summerfest

From Saturday, 23rd of July 2016 to Sunday, 24th of July 2016, featuring Ireland’s largest free air show!
http://www.familyfun.ie/bray-summerfest-festival/

A new-look and more interactive visitor experience awaits you at Wicklow Gaol after redevelopment this year. Exhibits include a replica two-deck convict ship. Admission adult €7.40, child €4.50, family €19, wicklowshistoricjail.com

Russborough. Co Wicklow

A three-week Garden Sculpture Exhibition  takes place in Russborough from Saturday 19th July  to Sunday 10th of August in the stunning parklands of Russborough.There’s free parking and a playground.
website: russboroughhouse.ie

 

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References:

http://www.irishexaminer.com/sponsored-content/here-comes-the-summer-now-what-do-we-do-with-the-kids-272534.html

http://www.familyfun.ie/

http://www.discoverireland.ie/Things-To-Do/Family-Fun

http://www.ireland.com/en-us/blog/things-to-see-and-do/30-free-things

http://www.mykidstime.com/20-great-childhood-games/

 

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