Events for the bank holiday weekend


Last weekend of Bray Seafront Funfair - 22 July - 7 August



Rush Harbour Festival - 4 - 7 August



Lullymore Fairy Quest in Lullymore Heritage Park - 5 August - 3 Sept


It's back! The ever popular Lullymore Fairy Quest returns for 2017 - starting on Bank Holiday Saturday 5th August and running until Sunday 3rd September. Usual admissions apply. Seanie the squirrel is very excited! The Fairy Quest is a free additional activity for families to enjoy. No need to book!


Wild Air Run in Marlay Park - 5 August



Teddy Bear Picnic at Santry Demesne - 5 August


One for the younger kids. Bring along your favourite teddy for a fun nature walk and games before stopping for a story with the OWLS bear! Booking is essential!


Musical Picnic with Ceol le Cheile in the National Concert Hall - 5 August


Join us for a family picnic lunchtime concert where we bring the outdoors indoors with some great traditional Irish music and other fun activities. Come early and meet the musicians, try out some instruments, and have some fun meeting the instruments and getting your face painted! Then come into the John Field Room to enjoy our interactive family concert, hear some traditional Irish tunes, and learn about the different instruments.


Firefox Bushcraft at Killruddery House and Gardens - 5 August


Escape your screens and talk a walk on the wild side. Join Heath in the woods and develop your bushcraft skills, including animal tracking, shelter builidng, fire lighting, wood craft and more. It is a great confidence builder and bonding experience for the family. 


Punchlion Kids' Comedy Show at Killruddery House and Gardens - 5 August


Punchlion for their second year at Killruddery, entertaining and delighting with their stand up for kids. 


Drop in Craft Club in Airfield Farm - 5 August


Come get creative in our drop-in children’s craft club throughout the year. For all budding crafters join us in The Calf House and let your creative juices flow! Drop-in throughout the days listed below for some relaxed make and do fun. Get cutting, sticking, gluing and colouring to create your own unique masterpiece.


Early Years: Enchanting Transformations in The Ark - 5 August


Listen to the tale of the selkie, the Irish seals that become human when on land and create your own imagined creatures using natural materials. In this interactive workshop early years will play with projections of textures and light to create mythical beasts and playfully transform themselves.


Back to the Bronze Age Drop in Activity in the National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology) - 5 August


What was life like in Ireland during the Bronze Age? Drop into our learning space to handle replica artefacts and find out how people in Ireland in Prehistoric times used metal for their weapons and tools. Then create your very own lunula to take home. Suiatble for kids over 8. 


Falconry with Newgrange Falconry at Killruddery House and Gardens - 5 August


A firm favourite every year at Killruddery! Our friends at Newgrange Falconry are back with some magnificent feathered friends. All the family is invited to make the acquaintance of twelve extraordinary birds including owls, hawks and falcons. After you’ve said hello, you can take part in some fantastic flying displays. This event will take place on Killruddery’s lawns so please dress for the weather.


Visual Art Workshops: Animal Shapeshifters in The Ark - 5 & 6 August



Reptile Weekend at Dublin Zoo - 5 - 7 August


Slither into Dublin Zoo this August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 5th – Monday 7th) for a host of fun and informative reptile-themed activities! Taking place at Zoorassic World, the Zoo’s brand-new home for reptiles of the past and present, visitors will be able to see reptiles from across the globe and find out about their prehistoric past by joining special talks led by zookeepers. Promising something for all the family, themed arts and crafts will take place throughout the weekend as well as music on the Great Lawn! What’s more, young visitors will get the opportunity to test their palaeontology skills with the fossil dig boxes as well as joining in with the fun games. 

Parents and Kids Fitness Session in Santry Park - 6 August



Butterfly Discovery in St Anne's Park and Waterstown Park - 6 August


Come and check out all the different types of butterflies, moths and grasshoppers we can find in the grass meadow. Using nets we will get to see these insects up close and get a chance to see their colours and patterns as well as learning about their lives. A fun event for the family. Booking is essential.


Drop in Workshop: A Game of Chance in the National Gallery of Ireland - 6 August


Inspired by the collection and our exhibitions, these workshops are suitable for tiny tots (about 18 months) up to age 8. You can choose to stay for as long or as short a time as works for you. 


Mini Set Making and Animation Children's Workshop in the National Gallery of Ireland - 6 August


The participants will be provided with the material to make their own miniature set inspired by the paintings in the exhibition Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry. They will also have the opportunity to see how a stop motion animation is made and take part in its creation. This workshop is suitable for children aged 10+. 


Family Forest Day by Families Go Global in Phoenix Park - 6 August


A dynamic workshop, consisting of plenty of nature-inspired games and songs. We’ll set out on a scavenger hunt to explore the flora and fauna of the area and use our findings to create some crafty clay forest friends and natural art. We’ll forage for some tasty elderflowers to make cordial on the fire and learn how to toast the perfect marshmallow.


Dalkey Vintage and Classic Car Festival in Dalkey - 7 August


A great family fun day out. This is going to be an event for the calender that you won't want to miss. This year, you will find a Formula 1 simulator, street entertainment & more. The charity supported this year is Barnardos, Barnardos is a children's charity. They work with vulnerable children and their families in Ireland and campaign for the rights of all children. Barnardos was established in Ireland in 1962.



Have Fun!