10 Free and Fabulous Events For Families during Heritage Week

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Heritage Week takes place across Ireland during 18th-26th August 2018 with literally tons of free events in every county. We’ve picked out a selection of events that look fun for families. Here are 10 Free and Fabulous Events For Families during Heritage Week.

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There are hundreds of events taking place during Heritage Week 2018 and you can visit the Heritage Week website and search by county to see what’s on near you. We’ve just picked out 10 fun events that are all free for families.

#1. Wild Child Day Bug Hunt, Roscommon

 wild child fairy house

There is a Wild Child Day Bug Hunt at The Fairy House, Fairy Village, The Demesne, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon on Wednesday 22 August, 12 – 3:45pm.

Meet up with Nature’s Little Creatures with the help of a Nature Expert. Bug Pots and Nets provided for groups of up to 12 children on a first come first served basis every 30 mins starting @ 12.00pm.

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#2. Family Friendly Art Tour, Cork

crawford art gallery

There’s a Free, Family-Friendly Tour at Crawford Art Gallery on Sunday 26 August, 2pm – 3pm. Meet your guide at 2pm Sunday in the ground floor Sculpture Gallery for this FREE family-friendly tour. Duration: approx. 35-45 minutes.

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#3. Wild Child Activity Day, Donegal

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Wild Child Activity Day at Glenveagh National Park on Wednesday 22nd August, 1pm – 4pm
Meet at the Visitor Centre for Directions.

Fun hands on learning and adventure in the wild with the Education Guides.

#4. Whale & Dolphin Group Day, Wexford


On Saturday 25th August the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day 12pm – 5pm at Hook Lighthouse, Co. Wexford to tell visitors how best to spot the Minke and Humpback Whales, which are frequently seen off the Peninsula, along with details on Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals and other sea life.

There are also free tours of Hook Lighthouse each evening during National Heritage Week daily at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm NB tours MUST be pre-booked in advance.

#5. Treasures of the Bog Trail, Dublin

NMI Archaeology Museum Bog Trail Treasures

Treasures of the Bog Trail at National Museum of Ireland, Archaeology on Saturday 25 August, 2pm – 4pm. Take the Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs – from butter, to books and even an entire boat! Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Then make a bog treasure of your own to take home!
No booking required. Drop-in activity. Ages 8+.

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#6. Pond Dipping, Limerick

August Bank Holidays in Ireland Family Events

Go Pond Dipping with The Maigue Rivers Trust at Kilmallock Town Park, Co. Limerick on Saturday 25th August, 10am – 12pm, Hospital 2-4pm and at Lough Gur Sunday 26th August 10am – 12pm and 2-4pm. Come and discover the amazing world of your local stream with The Maigue Rivers Trust and Wildlife Expert Geoff Hunt.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you would like to get in the water please wear suitable footwear. Admission is free but booking is required to book contact 087-1940608 or online.

#7. Kids Scavenger Hunts, Galway

diamond hill connemara

There are Kids Scavenger Hunts at Connemara National Park, Co. Galway on Sunday 19th and Saturday 25th August 2:30pm – 4pm. Join their guide on a scavenger hunt around the park buildings and after there is a make and do event in the education room.

#8. Display of Falcons, Hawks and Owls, Meath

owl display at Tara

There is a Display of Falcons, Hawks and Owls at OPW Hill Of Tara, Co. Meath on Sunday 19th August 12:30pm – 4:30pm. See these wilds birds up close and personal. Please wear protective clothing if wet and sensible shoes.

There are also free guided tours of Hill of Tara on Sunday 19th August 10am – 5pm and Sunday 26 August, 10am – 2pm. The Hill of Tara is renowned as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and an archaeological site of international importance. Come and learn about its long history.

#9. Kids Go Free, Kerry County Museum

kids go free kerry county museum

Kids Go Free at Kerry County Museum, Co. Kerry during Heritage Week 18 – 26 August, 9:30am – 5:30pm. There are plenty of hands-on activities for families throughout our seven exhibition spaces, including the hands-on Pangur Ban Discovery Trail, Bone Investigators – an interactive dig experience, and the Medieval Experience where you can dress up in medieval costume and get locked up in the stocks. Children go free; adult admission is only €5.

#10. Family Nature Walk, Offaly

Learn about nature

There is a Family Nature Walk on Sunday 19 August, 11am – 1pm with Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly Branch) at Garryhinch Woods, Co. Laois/Co. Offaly. A family nature walk & talk in Garryhinch Woods between Portarlington and Mountmellick. Led by the volunteers of the Badger Club of the Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly). All welcome.

These are just 10 events that we picked out, there are literally so many more family events taking place, most of them free, so be sure to check the Heritage Week website for more ideas.

Over to you now. Are you planning to go to any Heritage Week 2018 events? Tell us in the comments below. 

 10 Free and Fabulous Events For Families during Heritage Week

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