A selection of events around Ireland from Friday, 12th May 2017

High Flyers: The Westport airshow has grown into a popular event
High Flyers: The Westport airshow has grown into a popular event

Planes, trains, pipes and family pets.

If you are looking for something different to do then this weekend will probably tick all the boxes. Hopefully, the weather plays along as this there are some fantastic outdoor events

As always, we have done the hard work so you can plan your weekend full of fun and adventure.

Westport Airshow

Is it a bird? No, it's a plane...and lots of them. The Westport Airshow is one of the main events of the Westport's 250th-anniversary celebrations and will be one of the biggest events to take place on Wild Atlantic Way this year.

As well as aerobatics, there will be family entertainment including a family Fun Fair, Live Music, Street Theatre, Face Painting, Food and Craft Markets and visitors can even experience the Wild Atlantic Way from the sky by taking a Helicopter Pleasure Flight. The event starts at 1 pm with the Airshow starting at 3 pm.

Farmleigh House - Space Invaders - Early Years Arts Festival 2017

Space Invaders returns to Farmleigh with a creative and playful programme for children aged 0-5years and their adults. This year's schedule includes a selection of Irish and international shows created by companies and artists renowned for their innovation in early years arts. All events are free but booking is essential and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Events include Creative Music Making in Early Years, Exploring the Wonder of Visual Arts in Early Years and Theatre Adventures for Babies. Bring a picnic and have a fun, relaxing day in the beautiful setting of Farmleigh House.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious mountain festivals in the world celebrating adventure, the environment, mountain culture and the outdoors through f. The festival now goes on a World Tour and this year will have four shows in Ireland. Each show features a selection of seven films with a mix of film styles, from intense action films to longer documentary films. The tour goes to Dublin, Galway, Cork, Ennis, Kilkenny and Newtonabbey.

Pets in the City

Pets in the City is a fantastic day out and offers families the opportunity to bring their pets into the city for a fun and interactive event on Sunday 14th May from 11:30-16:30. Last year, over 4,000 pet lovers attended the activities on Smithfield Square. Events include 'Scrufts' Dog Show, DSPCA and King of Paws Agility Arena, Reptile Haven, Animal Information Zone, Children’s Entertainment, Face painting & a variety of retail and exhibition stalls including food village.

Cork Vegfest

If you're already opting for a vegan diet or you're intrigued by this ethical trend you should check out Cork Vegfest, Saturday, 13 May 2017 in Cork City Hall where you can find a virtually limitless amount of information about the movement, the benefits and how to adopt the diet yourself. 

There will be talks, demos, and opportunities to taste vegan versions of some of your favourite dishes. 

Northwest 200

The North West 200 is Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event. Two million people log on from nearly every part of the world to watch one of the world’s fastest road races.

The Race Week Festival runs all through the week with family fun days, charity cycles, vintage and classic vehicle displays, stunt shows, live music, fireworks and, of course, the race itself on Saturday 13th

Kilbeggan Races

It's the perfect week to try some evening racing after a long week looking out of the office window at the beautiful weather. Summer Friday Evening racing returns to Kilbeggan Racecourse this weekend with the first race starting at 5.30 pm.

Ards and North Down Pipe Band Championship

Saturday 13th May will see Castle Park in Bangor come alive with great sounds and sights as the Pipe Band Championships start their season with their first Pipe Band, Drum Major and Highland Dancing Championships of 2017.

This year sees a huge entry of 39 bands, 47 Drum Majors and 55 Highland Dancers taking part in this impressive music and dancing spectacle. If the weather remains dry, this will be a perfect place to spend the day as there will be food and merchandise available or bring a picnic and enjoy a relaxing day in the historic park. 

Spring into Heritage

The Spring into Heritage and Summer of Heritage programme of events are a series of Free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. They are suitable for schools, students, families, historic groups and individuals interested in local history. For the duration of the ‘Spring into Heritage’ programme, free tours are available around Marlay House, Cabinteely House, The Oratory, Maritime Museum, Dalkey Castle, Seapoint Martello Tower and also the most famous building in world literature, the Martello Tower at Sandycove, where James Joyce’s masterpiece begins.

Pawsitivity in the City

A free pet-lovers event in Merrion Square on Saturday and Sunday. Meet fellow dog lovers, cuddle with puppies from the ISPCA and chat to experts for advice across all aspects of Feed, Care and Play and they even have a screening of Lady and the Tramp on Saturday! It's sure to be a fun-filled day for you and your dog.

Dublin 7s

Following the success of last year's event, the Dublin 7s tournament returns. This is a fun family day out with lots of activities planned for all ages. There will be a full rugby event programme; it's not just the elites, there be some tag rugby too. The day will be filled with live music, DJ stages, strong man competitions, dodgeball, a family zone and much more.

Balmoral Show

The annual Balmoral Show takes place at Balmoral Park, Lisburn from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th May 2017. The event is run by the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) and it dates back 148 years. Up to 100,000 people are expected to attend, especially now as the show will run for a record fourth day.

It is known as one of Ireland's largest agri-food event that can entertain and educate the entire family. 

The show will include everything that makes Balmoral so popular, farming and food, alongside a mix of shopping, entertainment and fun things to do.

Splashworld

The popular pool and gym in Tramore host their annual 10k run and 5k run/walk at 7pm on Friday night in association with Tramore Athletic Club.  Proceeds from this event will be going towards the development of a running/training track.

Runners can avail of Splashworld Tramore's changing rooms and can use the pool, free of charge, following the event.

International Mayfly Festival

The International Mayfly Festival is taking place in Oughterard, Galway this week. This is a wonderful festival that celebrates outdoor activities -  fishing, golfing, horse-riding, hiking, local walks, biking and lake cruises.

This festival is not only about the great outdoors there is also wonderful food, music, a photography exhibition and lots of family friendly events.

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