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7 family events to check out this weekend - from music festivals to cupcake-making

Looking for something different this weekend? Here’s what’s happening across the country.

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Groove Festival: Missing summers spent at music festivals? Groove at Kilruddery House, County Wicklow is entirely family-focused with family zones and a focus on wellbeing, while still featuring headliners like UB40 and Primal Scream.

Suits: All ages. Time: 11:00am – 10:30pm. Tickets: €59.50 per day or €99.50 for weekend. Teen tickets available, under-12s free. Buy tickets here.


Musical Picnic with The ECO Band: The National Concert Hall is hosting an interactive family picnic this Saturday. Eat lunch and meet some of the NCH’s musicians before heading into the John Field Room a lunchtime concert of familiar tunes with a jazz twist.

Suits: 3 +. Time: Activities from 12.15pm, concert at 1pm. Tickets: €10 – 12, Family €37. Lunch included an additional €5. More info here.

Tiny Tunes: An Early Tears Cabaret: This Saturday, The Mill Theatre in Dundrum is hosting a 40-minute show created with pre-schoolers in mind. With props, toys and fun to beat the band, this is a brilliant way to introduce your kids to musical theatre.

Suits: 2-5 year olds. Time: 11am and 12.30pm. Tickets: €12. Buy tickets here.

The Big Grill: Taking place throughout the weekend, The Big Grill in Herbert Park is a solid weekend option for foodies and families alike. Amongst a huge amount of craft beer and grilled meat will be designated kids’ areas, open all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Suits: 6+. Time: 12pm. Tickets: Adult €18; under-12s free. More info here.

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Youghal Medieval Festival: Now in its eleventh year, residents of Youghal will spend two days recreating the town’s medieval heritage. Expect wool spinning, coin striking, medieval food demos, medieval hair styling and of course, battle re-enactments.

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Suits: All ages. Time: 12pm. Tickets: Free. Find out more here.

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Terryglass Arts Festival: This fantastic arts festival is extremely kid-focused with all kinds of workshops taking place across the weekend. There’s cupcake decorating, plant life workshops, coppercraft, robotics and even nail art. It’s a good idea to book the workshops online before the weekend kicks off to ensure that your child gets a place.

Suits: 3+. Time: All weekend. Tickets: From free. Find out more here.

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