Things to do in Ireland this weekend | Mar 9 - 11

Find things to do in Ireland this weekend
Find things to do in Ireland this weekend

A selection of things to do in Ireland this weekend.

Brigit's Garden Mother's Day Lunch

Celebrate Mother's Day in the award-winning Brigit’s Garden with a delicious lunch and enjoy a show of daffodils and hazel catkins around the Gardens as Spring continues to blossom and bloom.

Wells House Tiny Tea Party

Celebrate Mother’s Day with your little loved ones in the Great Dining Hall of Wells House and enjoy a high-tea picnic suitable for you, your little ones and their favourite cuddly friends

Belfast Children's Festival

This year is the 20th anniversary of the family-friendly festival and celebrations include a Big Botanic Birthday Bash, which will be jam-packed with fun family activities over the festival weekend in the Botantic Gardens and Ulster Musuem. Other events this weekend include a Book Clinic, a Baby Rave and Pink and Blue where two clowns explore and play with what it means to be a boy or a girl… or maybe both… or maybe neither! 

Dinosaurs Around the World

Dinosaurs Around the World will transport you into the era of the dinosaur for a tour of an Earth very different from today. With advanced animatronics, a multi-layered narrative, fossils, authentic casts, cutting-edge research and immersive design elements you’ll experience the Age of Reptiles as it comes to life! 

GAA Museum Junior Explorer Tours

The GAA Museum at Croke Park has announced it will be bringing back it’s wildly popular Junior Explorer Tour for young families on Saturday mornings from 17th February to 26th May.

The family-friendly tour, created to bring to life the magic of the home of Gaelic games for younger visitors, was a sell-out success last year with the countries littlest GAA fans taking over the iconic stadium. The tour lasts about 1.5 hours and the route is fully accessible for buggies.

Xtreme Funfair Swords

Xtreme Funfair returns to The Pavillions in Swords where you can enjoy all the attractions from the family rides to the white knuckle rides.

They open on Friday 2nd March and run through to the St.Patrick's Day weekend. Tickets are pay-as-you-go or you can pre-purchase tickets online in advance for a discount.

Killarney Mountain Festival

The inaugural festival will features screenings of short and feature length documentaries about outdoor adventures in venues around the city. There are also talks from the likes of Scottish wilderness hiker Cameron McNeish and surfer and environmentalist Cal Major, as well as adventures into the mountains themselves.

The festival has planned for different levels of activity and ability, offering everything from a moderate hike to a guided ascent of Carrauntoohil and a 10 kilometre run in Killarney National Park.

Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney

Ceol Connected’s The Quiet Tree is an intimate traditional music, storytelling, and puppetry performance specifically designed for young children and their families showing in Iontas Theatre, Castleblaney on Sunday afternoon.

This delightful music performance takes children and accompanying adults on an adventure through the forest where they explore musical instruments, sing, and dance, and help Ornaith the owl, Sorley the snail, and Faolán the frog bring the little oak tree to life.

The Princess Concert Ball

"Hear ye, hear ye..You are cordially invited to the attend Princess Concert Ball on Sunday afternoon in the Moat Theatre!  

Come see the six princesses - Anna, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa and Snow White perform as a girl-band in this hour long, special interactive sing-along concert.
Including appearances and performances from special guest stars including; Olaf, Buzz-Lightyear, The Queen of Hearts and more!

Five Lamps Arts Festival

One of Dublin's most inclusive and creative community events, The Five Lamps Arts Festival is a unique showcase of arts, culture and social life in the heart of the north inner city. 

Featuring live music, walking tours, exhibitions, talk, theatre, comedy, dance and more. Enjoy Science Magic with Donal Vaughan or Silly Story Telling with Kevin Gildea on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday 11th there is a free Family Circus Workshop at 3pm.

Thóg Trál

Take A Trail at the National Museum of Archaeology to celebrate Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018. Drop in and challenge yourself to our worksheets in Irish? Choose from Viking Ireland, My Favourite Object, Stone Age Ireland or the Treasury Trail. These worksheets will be available in the reception area and the activity cart in the Museum.

Chun Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018 a cheiliúradh, ar mhaith leat bualadh isteach agus tabhairt faoi cheann dár mbileoga oibre Gaeilge? Beidh rogha agat idir Éire na Lochlannach, An Déantán is Fearr Liom, Éire sa Chlochaois agus Slí na Seodlainne. Gheofar na bileoga ag an deasc fáiltithe agus sa charr gníomhaíochta ag an Músaem

Sister Act: The Musical

Ennis Musical Society presents the smash-hit musical Sister Act all this week in glór. The show follows Deloris Van Cartier who finds her new calling when she is in a witness protection programme in a convent..  

Mother’s Day Make and Decorate

Make this Mother's Day special with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland Country Life in Castlebar where you can make and decorate your very own keepsake.

This gift-making workshop will be the perfect way to spend an afternoon hour, as you collaborate with the most important woman in your life on a decorative hardback book that she will treasure for years to come.

The View from Earth, the View from Space: Exhibition

'The View from Earth, the View from Space' is an exhibition of art and science celebrating astronomy, the planets and the stars, as part of the NI Science Festival. This exhibition brings together great art that captures the awe of the celestial bodies alongside scientific artefacts and photographs by leading astronomers. 

The exhibition runs at the EastSide Gallery in Belfast until Sunday 25 March and admission is free.

Sligo Children's Book Festival

The Sligo Children's Book Festival runs from Friday 2nd to Saturday 31st of March, with lots of book-related fun activities for children to enjoy. Events will take place at the Hawk’s Well TheatreThe Model and schools in Sligo.

On Friday 9th and Friday 23rd of March from 4.30 to 6pm creative seven to nine year olds can join Dympna O’Driscoll at the Hawk’s Well to create their very own fantastical dreams in a Dream Jars workshop. On Sunday 11th and 18th of March from 12.30 to 2pm ArtTrap at The Model provides the perfect space for children to innovate, explore and experiment, using art and craft-making processes with artists Sinéad O’Hanlon and Ana Faye.


An fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn & ar fud an domhain - The biggest Irish language festival in Ireland & around the world! 

Seachtain na Gaeilge is a community festival and the community organises the events. From local music nights to historical tours through Irish in the country's castles, there is an event for everyone. Bain triail aisti - 1-17 Márta!

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