Samhain is the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter and also includes the great traditions of Halloween when the young and not so young get to dress up and celebrate. It also coincides with mid-term break in schools so many of you might be planning a few days away over the bank holiday weekend or next week. The weather is still very favourable to go caravan & camping and with a number of sites still open why not take out your caravan or motorhome or even for the hardy souls your tent and pitch up for a few days www.campingireland.ie
Here are some ideas on things to do and see over the next few days:-
Where better to celebrate the Samhain festival than at a lighthouse – Féile Samhain at Hook Lighthouse takes place in Wexford from 27th to 29th October. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday evening an ‘Evening of Fire' based on the ancient tradition of Samhain of extinguishing old and lighting anew will take place. Age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids' around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse; families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800 year old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and ancient Irish Samhain customs and heritage in the graveyard of one thousand ships
Youghaloween Spooktacular also takes place over the weekend 26th – 28th Oct This is a festival celebrating the ancient festival of Samhain. Be brought back to a time when the ancients believed that the spirits walked the land. Watch as a gathering of witches perform a ritual on the beach to welcome home An Bhean Uisce. Join in the lantern parade around the medieval town of Youghal and see an amazing firework display.
In Westport Westival takes place 24th – 29th Oct. This is a new festival filled with local, national and international music, culture and artistic adventures, world premières and free family-friendly performances for all.
Westport House will be hosting it’s annual Halloween Fest from the 27th to the 31st of October from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Get ready for plenty of ghoulish delights, scary stories and creepy fun that all the family will be able to enjoy! Head to the Haunted Estate House, transformed into a spooky old mansion for Halloween Fest, Gather ‘round the cauldron for Scary Story Time, with wicked tales from the White Witch of Westport, Brave souls can visit the dark dungeons, where the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley locked up her prisoners and carve a creepy pumpkin* and decorate some ghoulish goblin cakes at the Spooky Spoons Workshop.
The Spirit of Meath Halloween Festival runs from 6th October to 4th November. This takes place throughout the county. From haunted hills to eerie graveyards, Tour of Shadows to friendly Witches and Spooks and spells, thriller nights to terrifying terror houses, the Spirit of Meath Festival will delight and fright equally.
Kenmare Halloween Howl takes place over the weekend and runs until 2nd November. There are a load of activities taking place included haunted house, ghost bus, chocolate workshops, heritage walks, theatre workshops and many other great activities.
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival runs from 12th to 28th October has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful multi-genre festivals in Ireland. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, the Festival has a unique and enticing atmosphere, blending the Olde Worlde feel of the Spiegeltents with the best in popular entertainment.
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, one of Ireland’s longest running and most successful music festivals will be in full swing this weekend. Over 1,000 musicians take over the city in an extraordinary blend of sounds across the entire jazz spectrum. With loads of free events, heaps of legendary there's something for everyone.
For the foodies, Savour Kilkenny takes place from 25th – 29th Oct where there will be interactive cooking demonstrations and masterclasses with award-winning chefs, culinary delights and quirky dining events, beer and wine tasting occasions, live entertainment and best of all, a bustling food market full of the best produce and food that the country has to offer.
For the film buffs, The Richard Harris International Film Festival 25th – 29th Oct takes place in Limerick city. Join film fans and film-makers as they flock to Limerick city to enjoy Irish and international feature and short films.
Some of the many caravan & camping parks around the country are also offering their own fun and games during mid-term.
River Valley, Wicklow is putting on the Wizard of Oz where guests will be able to join in and dress-up.
Hidden Valley, Wicklow will be running their annual Monster Mash. A great opportunity for the young and not so young to dress up and join in in the fun.
Nore Valley Park, Kilkenny is holding their annual torch light treasure hunt, scare maze, and bonfire on Friday 26th, Monday 29th, Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st of October 2018 at 7pm.
So you can see there are a load of fun activities and events taking place over the mid-term break. The following is a list of quality approved caravan & camping parks that are also open* and look forward to welcoming you:-
O’Connor’s Riverside Camping & Caravan Park
Green Acres Caravan & Camping Park
Blarney Caravan & Camping Park
Jasmine Villa Caravan & Camping Park
Desert House Caravan & Camping Park
Top of the rock Pod Páirc & Walking Centre
Glengarriff Caravan & Camping Park
Wild Atlantic Camp
Casey’s Caravan Site
Camac Valley Tourist Caravan & Camping Park
Sir Rogers Caravan Park
Fleming’s White Bridge Caravan & Camping Park
Killarney Flesk Caravan & Camping Park
Nore Valley Park
Battlebridge Caravan & Camping Park
Curraghchase Caravan & Camp Site
Carra Caravan & Camping Park
Belleek Park Caravan & Camping
Cong Camping & Caravan Park
Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
Galey Bay Caravan & Camping Park
Lough Arrowing Touring Park (adult only)
Glen of Aherlow Caravan & Camping Park
Ferrybank Caravan & Camping Park
Hidden Valley Holiday Park
River Valley Caravan Park
Dundonald Touring Caravan Park
Ballyness Caravan Park
Clare Glen Caravan Park
Annalong Holiday Park
Riverside Farm Marina & Caravan Park
Blaney Caravan Park
There is so much happening throughout the country over the next week. Great events and festivals for all the family, plenty of things to do and see. Take your caravan or motorhome and make a weekend of it. Maybe you just want a quiet relaxing and you can sit back and take it easy in one the approved and graded caravan & camping parks open throughout the country.
Whatever your plans are for this weekend, have a great time and stay safe.