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5 outdoor events for families this weekend - from park running to wakeboarding

Head out and enjoy the summer weather with the kids in tow.

Image: Facebook/Parkrun Ireland


Junior Park Run: Every Saturday around the country, you’ll find a 2km junior parkrun for kids. It runs alongside the official adults’ parkrun and is a brilliant opportunity for the whole family to get out and exercise.

Time: varies. Costs: Free but you must register on the website to compete. Suits: The whole family. Find out more here.

National Biodiversity Week: The annual nature-focused festival winds up this weekend, with fifty free events happening nationwide, all with a view to connecting families with nature. From bat walks to beekeeping, you’re bound to find something near you.

Suits: The whole family. Time: All weekend. Costs: Free. Find out more here.


Battle For The Bay: Dollymount Beach is transforming into a weekend long playground for kitesurfers, wakeboarders, volleyball players and other professionals as they battle for the title of best in class. Head along and watch the action.

Suits: The whole family. Time: All weekend. Cost: Free. Find out more here.

Tentacles on show at last year's Battle For The Bay. Source: Facebook/Battle For The Bay

Irish Sign Language Tour of the Botanic Gardens: Learn all about the fascinating plant life in the Botanic Gardens through the medium of ISL (Irish Sign Language) this Saturday.

Suits: Anyone deaf, hard of hearing or with an interest in ISL. Time: 3.30pm. Cost: Free. Find out more here.


Mini Beast Hunt: Cork Nature Network is running a workshop in Beaumont Quarry & Caves this Saturday to teach littlies all about the mini-beasts that live there. They’ll find and examine these tiny animals and learn why they are so important.

Suits: The whole family. Time: 2pm. Costs: €5 each. Find out more here.

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