Terrific Teddy Bear Picnics and Events Around Ireland in 2023

Jill Holtz

May 21, 2023

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It’s a truly classic childhood activity, a picnic with your teddy bears! We’ve rounded up some of the bear-y fun events taking place across Ireland – here are terrific teddy bear picnics and events for really playful family fun!

What could be better than an afternoon spent with your favourite stuffed friends and some treats? These teddy bear picnics and events are all about creating fun memories with your children, so find one near you and have a great time!

Teddy Bear Picnics in Ireland

The Jack and Jill Teddy Bears’ Picnic

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Date: June 2023

From June 1st to 30th, teddy bears all over Ireland are invited to join their favourite little people in preschools, creches, toddler groups and play schools to raise vital funds for the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.

Register for a Jack and Jill Teddy Bears’ Picnic Pack, which will include balloons, bandanas and fun activities.

For more information, click here.

The Croke Park Teidí Tours

Croke Park Teidí Tour

Date: July & August 2023

If you go down to Croke Park today, you’re sure for a big surprise! Young GAA fans can now have a ‘furry’ good time at the GAA Museum’s Teidí Tours. Visitors can make their very own sports bear at the GAA Museum, dress it in its very own bear training kit and take it on a guided tour of Croke Park stadium!

The bear making workshop and a family friendly tour of Croke Park is the perfect day out for families with young children, as they get to learn about the history and culture of the GAA while also having fun making their new furry friend to treasure forever.

You can pack a picnic to enjoy with your new teddy on the benches provided.

For more information, click here.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival

Date: Festival dates 13th to 16th July 2023

Head along to the Shipwreck Cove playground by the sea, bring your little teddies and meet big teddy, other characters, and listen to their stories. Don’t forget your sandwiches!

Then gather up your teddy and friends and take them along to the Puppet Theatre in the Stella Maris for more family fun.

For more information, click here.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Ballina Salmon Festival

Date: Sunday 9th July 2023 from 2-5pm

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic will be back at Ballina Salmon Festival this July.

I’ts time to get your teddies ready for the Bears Big Day out! Start the week off with one of Ballina Salmon Festivals best loved family events in the beautiful Tom Ruane town park along the banks of the River Moy.  The Teddy Bears Picnic takes place from 2pm-5pm and this year’s picnic promises to be the best.

The highlight of the festivals jam packed children’s programme, it is the biggest day in the children’s social calendar. With kiddies rides, children’s entertainment, live music, sweets and treats, games, a pet farm, festival train, the day is endless and the fun never stops!  Children can also enjoy the award winning park facilities in Tom Ruane Park including a food pavilion, where you can enjoy the varied foods on offer or pack a picnic to enjoy at the park.

Priced at €2 per person. For more information, click here.

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Teddy Bear Picnic at The Donkey Sanctuary, Cork

teddy bear picnics in Ireland

Date: tbc but usually in July

There is an annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic at The Donkey Sanctuary at the Open Farm at Knockardbane, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co. Cork.

Lots of fun and games guaranteed on the day including colouring corner, bouncy castles, face painting, teddy bear hospital, a chance to groom the donkeys, and lots more. Plus, prizes for best dressed teddy and best lookalike teddy and owner.

Tickets are €5 per child. Adults go free. For more information, click here.

Teddy Bear Picnics at Rathwood, Carlow

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Dates: Selected dates from July to September

Join the bears this summer for fun in the sun and much more. Share in the magic and join a journey through the Enchanted Forest to visit the Teddies as they prepare for the biggest picnic of the year!

There’s plenty of bear-y good fun at Rathwood’s Teddy Bear Picnics. Take a fun-filled train ride through the Rathwood forest, with surprises along the way. Meet the Three Bears as you journey through the enchanted forest, and make your very own bear as you stop off at the Teddy Bear’s Factory.

Enjoy a picnic with the Three Bears and Goldilocks where each child will receive a piece of fruit, a cookie and a drink. Last but not least, each child will receive a yummy ice cream!

Tickets cost €12.50 per child while tickets for adults and babies under 12 months cost €5. For more information, click here.

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Sligo Folk Park

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Date: date tbc but usually in July

It’s time for all the Teddies to pack up a picnic and bring their children to Sligo Folk Park for the Teddy Bear Picnic. Riverstown will be the Teddy capital of the northwest as mini picnickers and their furry friends have Teddy-themed crafts, fun and games of all sorts.

The giant Teddy Bear greets everyone on arrival and just loves getting into selfies too. From that moment on, it’s a day filled with action and activity, all teddy-themed of course! Make a teddy name badge and your very own teddy headband. Do some teddy colouring and decorate a teddy biscuit or two. Everyone, young and old will love feeding the hens and meeting new arrivals JP the goat and giant Flemish rabbits. There will be story telling, as well as face painting and games.

Activities are spread around the 6-acre site, some indoors and some outside. The Fairy Village will also be open to welcome little visitors (and teddies too, of course).

If your favourite Teddy is feeling under the weather, don’t despair – the Teddy Bears’ Hospital will be open. Soon all the bears will be well enough to join in the Treasure Hunt where everyone follows the fun clues to claim their goodie bag.

Booking for the Sligo Folk Park Teddy Bear Picnic is necessary. Tickets are priced €10 per child and €5 per adult.

For more information, click here.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival

Date: tbc but usually August

The popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns to the Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival for a fun-filled afternoon with the little ones as you explore the forest trail. Activities to enjoy as you stroll around the forest include magic mirror, street games, arts and crafts, puppeteer, cookie decorating, and storytelling.

Visit the resident donkeys or ducks in the forest or spot the visiting eagles or alpaca on the day. Make sure to dress up too in your favourite characters to meet the teddies!

Tickets are €3 per child. For more information, click here.

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Published On: May 21st, 2023 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: June 29th, 2023 / Tags: , , /

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