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SANTA AT BUNRATTY
At Christmas time the village street is decked with holly and the Christmas tree festooned with fairy lights because SANTA IS COMING!! You can meet all the Christmas characters, including Santa’s elves, who wander the village street in search of mischief!
AT CHRISTMSA TIME SANTA VISITS BUNRATTY! MEET ALL THE CHRISTMAS CHARACTERS, INCLUDING SANTA’S ELVES!
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While children get into the ‘spirit’ of things, parents will can enjoy traditional Irish music on the Folk Park’s Village Street or a trip down memory lane and see butter making, baking and milling demonstrations.
ENJOY TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC, BUTTER MAKING, BAKING AND MILLING DEMONSTRATIONS
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CHRISTMAS EVENINGS AT BUNRATTY
If you would like a great night out with family or friends this Christmas join us at Bunratty Castle for our Christmas Evening at the Castle. Enjoy a fabulous evening in the company of the world famous Castle entertainers.
A hearty hoe down in the relaxed environs of Bunratty Folk Park. A eclectic mix of leading Irish and international Bluegrass bands perform at Bunratty Folk Park. A great day out for music lovers !
Halloween Holiday Horror at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
The ever popular annual Halloween Holiday Horror event at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co. Clare, takes place on Bank Holiday Monday (October 30st 2017) from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm. You can expect to be thrilled and awed by packed programme we have in place this year. Read more
Halloween Fright Night at Craggaunowen
A brand new halloween event is planned for the errie and spooky setting of Craggaunowen this halloween weekend Saturday 28th october from 4pm-9pm. From talking heads to spooky séances, ghostly happenings and holograms this promises to be a halloween experience like no other. Read more
Santa at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
You will be enchanted with the sights and sounds of Christmas as you always imagined it at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Mrs. Claus, a troupe of Elves and a host of other Christmas characters are to welcome you in the lead up to Christmas. Read more
Christmas Evening at Bunratty Castle
'Tis the season to be jolly and there is nothing better than to celebrate Christmas surrounded by friends with wonderful food, wine in the company of the Castle entertainers. Join us at Bunratty Castle for a Christmas Feast and Entertainment. Read more
Winter Music Festival
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park is delighted to be associated with The Shannonside Winter Music Festival now in its 19th year. Read more
Please Note Events Are Subject To Change
St. Patrick’s Weekend at King John's Castle
King Johns Castle will host a fun filled event for all the family on Sunday 19th March from 1 to 4pm. Activities on the day will include an interactive quiz with our castle animators, archery, art workshops with souvenir medallion making and much more
European Day of Early Music at King Johns Castle with association with RTE Lyric FM
Join us at King John’s Castle and explore the medieval world in association with RTÉ lyric fm from 4-7pm
On March 21st, King Johns Castle in association with RTE Lyric FM welcomes guests to a very special event celebrating European Day of Early Music with a live broadcast of Lorcan Murray's Classic Drive from King John’s Castle Visitor Centre. This very special Spring Spraoi will feature live music from Kathleen Loughnane (harp), The Gregory Walkers, medieval violin player Michelle O'Connor along with a range of fascinating characters from the period including medieval knights and jesters, archery, art workshops for the kids and more.
As part of this event we are also delighted to welcome MA Ritual Chant and Song Students of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick to the venue for a unique and special performance!
Visitors can also enjoy reenactments on the day from the Norman period, Desmond Rebellion, Cromwellian and Jacobite Wars.
Come Join us on the 25th and 26th of March from 10am - 5pm to celebrate our reopening for the season. Kids go free this weekend only! Come experience celtic warrior face painting, storytelling,
learn how to hold a sword, weave your own wristband, see how the Celts cooked in a fulacht fia & much more!
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Courtyard Cafe, King Johns Castle
Mothers Day’s day is fast approaching and if you are seeking something for something alternative to do with your Mum while not join us for Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea in our Courtyard Café at King Johns Castle. Overlooking the castle’s stunning courtyard, Mum’s and their family can enjoy a delicious array of sweet and savoury treats, take in a visit through our stunning exhibition centre and wash it all down with a glass of bubbly! Bookings are necessary and can be made by calling 061 360788 or emailing email@example.com.
Mothers Day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Visit Bunratty Castle & Folk Park this Mother’s day and enjoy a free glass of Prosecco or Mimosa cocktail for every mother with every purchase of €10 or more in Mr. O ’Regan’s café. Enjoy reduced entry fee to the castle and grounds including our ever popular fairy village and playground!
Fashion at the Folk Park
Fashion Shows 2pm & 3pm
Join us on Sunday 9th April as we showcase the best in timeless Irish fashion now available at the Shannon Irish Design Store in Bunratty Folk Park. Approaching the store's one year anniversary this event, in association with The Ursula Stokes Agency, will take key pieces from the store's Spring/Summer clothing and jewelry collections and demonstrate to guests how best to create those awe-inspiring catwalk looks that are timeless.
Stocking the finest in Irish and local designer brands including Avoca, Carraig Donn, Muckross Weavers, Aine Knitwear, Patrick Francis, Kate Ramsey, Newbridge Silverware and more this event is one not to be missed.
Fashion Shows take place at 2pm and 3pm in the Corn Barn in the Folk Park and experts will be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and assist you in creating that perfect look.
Shannon Irish Design Store are also delighted to offer guests on the day 20% off purchases in the store.
Mad Hatters Easter Fun and Games at King Johns Castle
Easter will not go unmarked at King Johns Castle either with a colourful Mad Hatters Tea Party and Fancy Dress planned for Easter Sunday 16th April from 12pm to 4pm. A wonderful opportunity to expose your silly side and dress up for Easter. Show off your creative skills in our Easter Bonnet Making competition or participate in a whole range of family fun workshops and games. Read more
10th -21st April:
Shannon Heritage Kids Easter Camp
Shannon Heritage will host a series of Easter Activity Camps from 10th to 21st April 2017 at the iconic King Johns Castle, Limerick City and at the picturesque Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Co Clare.
Easter Fun and Games at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Easter celebrations at Bunratty Castle & Folk Park will kick off on Easter Monday, April 17th from 1.00 pm. to 5.00 p.m. Read more
Easter Family Fun Day at Craggaunowen
Our Easter event at Craggaunowen on Easter Sunday April 16th, is a fun filled day with Puppet Theatre, Magic Shows, Bouncy Castle, storytelling and traditional Irish music marking the start of the summer season at Craggaunowen. Read more
June Bank Holiday Weekend - 3rd, 4th and 5th June
Muggles Magic and Wizardry at King John's Castle
King Johns Castle will be a hive of activity this June Bank Holiday weekend as not one, not two but three unique events take place over the course of the weekend.
Kicking off on Saturday June 3rd visitors are invited to come along and experience a celebration of medieval life at our "A Norman Life" event. Highlights on the day will include shows, talks and demonstrations in living history on fashion, music, clothing as well as weaponry, battle attire and techniques from experts and specialist re- enactors.
Meantime on Sunday June 4th come along and learn all about traditional arts and crafts at our Heritage Demonstrations. Master craftsmen and women will be on hand throughout the day showcasing their skills in bow and arrow making, basket weaving, sugan rope making, calligraphy, stone carving and much more.
However the highlight of the weekend's festivities is undoubtedly our Muggles Magic and Wizardry Event taking place on Bank Holiday Monday June 5th.
Visitors are invited to hop on their broomstick and be enchanted by our wonderful world of wizardry and magic. There will be spells, magic potions, and even a few creatures of the dark.....
Come along dressed as your favorite Hatter Potter character and enjoy lots of themed games, activities and entertainment in this enchanting and spellbinding setting.
Take in "The Tales of Beedle the Bard” in the castle chapel or test your Hatter Potter Knowledge in our fan quiz taking place in the siege shelter
Indeed if you consider yourself a budding magician make your way towards the armoury for our Magic & Wizardy show performed by the castle's very own wizard.
All events run from to 4pm and tickets can be purchased online via the Shannon Heritage website on by calling our reservations office on 061 360788
11th of June
Birds of Prey and a Day in the Life of Bunratty Folk Park Farmer
Be transported back in time and learn about the traditions of country living at Bunratty Folk Park with our resident farmer as he does his rounds.
Accompany the farmer as he feeds the animals and gives some information about each animal, their breed, their traits, their feed, etc. See the washing and grooming of the Connemara pony and all about the art of building a corn stack in the Haggard
Also on the day experience the magic of flying most of the most amazing birds including eagles, hawks and owls, freely to the glove and observe them in flightmeet our expert.
Try your hand at archery and let our expert instructors show you how to hold the bow and arrow and fire with precision like a true Olympian
17th of June
Mid Summer Festival at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
There will be a hive of activity all around Bunratty Castle and Folk Park on Saturday June 17th as our Midsummer Festival makes a welcome return!
A fun filled family day is planned with lots of games and activities to keep little ones entertained including fairy and pirate door workshops*, activity trails, princess storytelling, animal trails, face painting as well as lots of extra treats to make the afternoon a memorable one. Explore our Magical fairy village, make your own fairy or pirate door to bring home and meet a host of wonderful characters throughout the park.
These is a ticketed events so pre booking is essentail via our BOOK NOW page. Limited spaces avaialble for workshops so book now to avoid dissapointed
*WORKSHOPS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED IN ADVANCE DIRECTLY WITH OUR RESERVATIONS OFFICE ON 061 360788 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org - SPACES ARE LIMITED
18th of June
Carnival at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
Roll up, Roll up, Roll up ..come and join the Carnival at Bunratty Folk Park on Sunday June 18th from 11am to 5pm. Located on the lawns of idyllic Bunratty House experience a host of traditional carnival games and novelities including Coconut shy, Hoopla, Rifle range, Whack a Rat, Giant buzzer, Test of strength, Smash a can, a range of Giant games and more. Marvel at a kaleidoscope of colour with raised stalls and stripped awnings. Each booth is manned by a colourful barker just waiting to cheer you on!!
A fantastic way to spend an afternoon with the family, bring back some nostalgic memories and of course create new ones all in this wonderful woodland setting!
Birds of Prey, Archery and Falconry at King Johns Castle
Join us on Sunday 2nd July from 12-5pm and enjoy the out-doors at King John’s Castle while hearing from experts about a range of wonderful birds of prey including hawks, owls, falcons or eagles. Experience the magic of flying one of these awe –inspiring birds freely to the glove and observe them in flight. Try your hand at archery led by our experienced instructors; learn how to hold the bow and arrow and fire with the precision of a true Olympian.
Archery Activity Day at Craggaunowen
Archery has been practised for over a 1000years and today it is a popular sport of skill, precision and technique .
Come join us in Craggaunowen on Sunday July 2nd. Learn how to hold a sword and shoot an arrow . Learn the art of Archery . Large display of bows and arrows Demonstrators on bow making throughout the day. Other attractions include Experience what it was like living in a Castle. Meet Caomhan the Celt, Food demonstrations in the Ringfort. Celtic face painting and much more.
Great day out for all the family. Sunday July 2nd 11am -5pm
15th and 16th July
1798 Rebellion Re- enactment & Living History at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
In 1798 Irish Men and Women with the help of their French allies rose against English rule for over 4 months, leaving between 20,000 and 50,000 dead. This Rebellion involved the soldiers of the United Irishmen, France and Great Britain. Through a mix of Living History and Re-enactments*, discover the reasons behind the Rebellion, the battles fought and the aftermath. Event highlights are 1798 Rebellion in Ireland and an eviction scene. There will also be a harrowing arrest scene highlighting the unjust rental laws which dominated Irish history for a long period. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of the 1798 Rebellion and an eviction scene of the period with visiting Re-enactors from around Ireland in association with Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. This will be an interactive, educational and entertaining experience. *Living History, talks and tours of the soldiers camps will take place on Saturday July 14th – the battle re-enactments will take place on Sunday 15th with two battles using musket fire.
Castle Door Workshops and Lulu’s World at King Johns Castle
A wonderful opportunity to create your very own King Johns Castle souvenir medallion or castle door for your garden or bedroom in a fun interactive workshop.
Let our expert artist show you who to create the most wonderful of objects all in the unique and historic surrounds of King Johns Castle. *Ticketed event for Workshops- limited spaces available.
Also on the day enjoy facepainting, archery and our fun quiz with our colourful castle characters and a special appearance by Lulu, a street artist.
Enter Lulu’s crazy world of make believe, where magic happens right in front of you! This lady will sweep you off your feet and drag you into her imagination. Against a background of madness, scenes unfold, pouring from her pen onto paper, turning the 2D world of sketching into a 3D experience for the child in all of us. Who needs words when you've got a blank canvas, and a marker to fill it - the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon
Outside the Box Live Theatre, King Johns Castle
New for the first time at King John’s Castle see the incredible duo that make up Outside the Box…with no Box !!
From the people who brought you Lords of Strut which recently made it to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent witness the hilarious and wildly talented skills of these performers who have travelled the globe with their hugely popular performances. With two alternate shows,” Lulu’s World” and “Just a Guy”, enjoy a mix of Juggling, Circus Skills, as well as well as contemporary street art and theatre with audience participation this promises to be an event not to be missed.
Lughnasa Festival at Craggaunowen
Sun August 6th & Mon August 7th
11am to 5pm.
‘Lughnasa’, is a festival in honour of the Celtic God Lugh of the Tuatha de Danann, God of arts and crafts, and it marks the start of the harvest season. Lughnasa is a petition to the divine for a successful harvest marking the first day of autumn, and thus the start of the harvest season. Join with us on this wonderful day of celebration for a unique programme of events.
Talks & Demonstrations :
11:00. The Irish Chariot Project at the Ring Fort with Dave O’Reilly
12:00 Material Culture in Gaelic & Tudor Ireland at the Tower house with Will O’Shea
13:00 Ireland & the Viking Wars at the Green with Dave Swift
14:00 The Irish Chariot Project at the Ring Fort with Dave O’Reilly
15:00 Material Culture in Gaelic & Tudor Ireland at the Towerhouse with Will O’Shea
16:00 Ireland & the Viking Wars at the Green with Dave Swift
13th - 20th of August
Fun at the Fleadh at Bunratty Folk Park
Enjoy “Fun with the Fleadh at Bunratty Folk Park” from Sunday August 13th to Sunday August 20st. Visitors from the Fleadh are welcome to join in the Fleadh celebrations with our animators at Bunratty Folk Park. Have your photo taken with our fantastic musicians and animators and join in the fun of a live seisun and a dance every day at 2.30p.m. Celebrate our wonderful Irish traditions in this great cultural landmark. Listen to the sounds of the harp, accordion, fiddle, tin whistle, bodhran and banjo. Learn about our Irish dancing tradition and you might even learn a step or two! Great fun for all the family.
Bunratty Folk Park Carnival
19th and 20th August – 12-5pm
Roll up, Roll up, Roll up ..come and join the Carnival at Bunratty Folk Park. Hall of mirrors, coconut shy, Hoopla, Rifle range, Whack a Rat, Giant buzzer, test of strength, smash a can are just a few of the fantastic games on offer. Marvel at a kaleidoscope of colour with raised stalls and stripped awnings. Each booth is manned by a colourful barker just waiting to cheer you on!! Explore of fabulous fairy village, playground, facepainting, candy floss and lots more in the magical surrounds of this charming woodland setting. A day out for young and old alike.
Spinning and Textile Day, Craggaunowen
20th August – 1pm -5pm
Join us at Cragggaunowen for our Spinning and Textile Day. Spinners are invited to bring your own wheel, spindle or craft of choice and try spinning, Felting, Nettle Cord or come and share your skill with us. Beginners welcome to come and have a go on one of our wheels.
27th of August
A Norman Life , Birds of Prey and Falconry - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Experience a fascinating insight in to the Norman Knight, his lifestyle customs and traditions. Knights will display weaponry, battle techniques and demonstrations and dress . Interact with some of nature’s top predators and learn about the skill of archery all in the unique setting of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park. Imagine the thrill of being up close to some of the world’s most majestic birds of prey….All of the birds will be tethered and will be in the control of experienced handlers at all times
27th of August
Scythian - Celtic -Hun Horseback Archery at King John's Castle
Enjoy astounding demonstrations of centuries old horseback and ground archery. Experience an array of throwing and fencing with ancient weapons including sabre, hammar axe, pickaxe, lance and reflex bow. Presented by Zoltan Gere an expert in the ancient martial art of Archery, and Horseback archery. Zoltan is an accomplished student of the world famous Kassai, the number one Horseback Archer in the world.
Traditional Harvest Day at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park
A highlight of the day is the vintage threshing machine in the haggard at the Folk Park. You can watch the crew of farmers at work, demonstrating the art of threshing, as they separate the grain from the sheaves. This is a highlight of the year at Bunratty Folk Park and a favourite with all the family. Read more