10 Things to Do This June Bank Holiday That Won’t Break the Bank

This June Bank Holiday, make sure you explore some of the great things to do, happening up and down the country.

We’ve hand-picked our favourite festivals, events and attractions to enjoy this weekend, so there’s no excuse not to join in.

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Aillwee Caves

Ireland’s premier show caves, the Aillwee Caves in Co. Clare always offer a great day out for all the family to enjoy. Discovered in 1941, the caves have since become one of the country’s top tourist attractions, with crowds of tourist flocking to the Burren region every year.

Using your Tesco Clubcard Vouchers you can Boost €2.50 in Clubcard vouchers for €10 in Days Out tokens. These tokens will cover the full or partial cost of your ticket and are a great way to save money on fun-filled family days out. (available to Boost until 9th July 2019)

Aqua Dome

The Aqua Dome in Tralee has lots of fun activities for the kids, making it an ideal way to spend the bank holiday weekend.  Check out the kids wave pools, chill out in the lazy rivers or grapple with the raging rapids. There’s also plenty of gushers and geysers, exciting slides and relaxing spa pools for the little ones to discover.  The Aqua Dome is not just for kids. It’s truly for the whole family to enjoy, young & old, swimmers and non-swimmers. Adults can chill out in the Adult Only Vitality Spa and let their worries fade away in the saunas, steam rooms, and cool plunge pool. Open all through the summer. Every €2.50 in Clubcard Vouchers gives you €10 savings.

Vantastival

Vantastival is a small boutique festival than happens each year in Drogheda. This year the fun kicks off on Friday the 31st May, running until Sunday the 2nd June.  The festival is family friendly and campervans can park for free! This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary so it’s sure to be a special weekend all round. A few of the acts that you can hope to see include We Cut Corners, Afro Celt Sound System, Sharon Shannon and Lisa O’Neill.

 

Bloom in the Park 2019

Bloom, brought to Dublin by Bord Bia, is a glorious garden event held each year in the Phoenix Park. This year it takes place from the 30th May to the 3rd June. A family friendly event, there’s plenty to entertain the little ones from Physics Busking,  to Grow It Yourself Workshops to the Bloom Playground. Green thumbed gardeners across the country will also undoubtedly be making their way to the capital to see the beautifully presented show-gardens.

If you’re a foodie at heart, there’ll also be live cooking demonstrations from Ireland’s favourite chefs, as well as stalls selling a variety of delicious artisan produce. Whether you’re there for the gardens or foodie treats, we’re sure you’ll enjoy a lovely day out.

 

Cork Harbour Festival

This maritime festival runs from the 1st June to the 9th June and is ideal if you are taking the family on a short break to Cork this year. Some nice family friendly activities include a visit to the Kid’s Model Boat Exhibition, Spike Island Tours, the Cork city to Cobh Harbour Tour or join in the fun as spectators at the Ocean to City Race – An Rás Mór. There’s also Family Orienteering with Bishopstown Orienteering Club.

Robo Riots Dublin 2019

Happening May 31st to June 3rd, Robo Riots brings famous robots from TVs Robot Wars to the National Show Centre in Swords. Older kids and adults alike can watch a full-length heavyweight combat robot tournament, the first of its kind in Ireland! Check out celebrity robots like R2-D2, a Dalek, a minecraft creeper and AL-1X – Robot Riots’ very own z-list celebrity robot.

 

This IS Rocket Science Stomp-Rocket Workshop

Don’t miss this super fun event for kids at Cool Planet Experience, Wicklow, taking place from Saturday June 1st through to Monday June 3rd. Suitable for children aged 6-12, they will have lots of fun making stomp-rockets that can shoot up to 50m high! Kids will learn all about the link between climate and energy too, making this an educational and fun event for all. The cost is €10 per child and Adults go free with complimentary tea and coffee!

Dublin Zoo

For Irish adults, Dublin Zoo is undoubtedly the source of many happy memories, so this June bank holiday why not inspire another generation and enjoy a day out at the zoo with the family.

Your little ones can visit and see their favourite animals like monkeys, lions and elephants and even pay a visit to the Reptile House, where they can be mesmerised by the giant python and Nile crocodile. You can redeem €4 of Clubcard vouchers for one adult entry token to Dublin Zoo or €3 in vouchers for a concession ticket.

Bantry House

Bantry House is an impressive stately home based in Cork, overlooking Bantry Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Home to an impressive collection of private art and beautifully manicured gardens, it’s an ideal way to spend a relaxed morning or afternoon with the kids.  Guided Tours of the house and gardens take place daily at 11am and 2pm. Redeeming €2.50 in Clubcard Vouchers gives you €10.00 in Days Out Tokens to spend on a tour of this wonderful historic house. (available to Boost until 9th July 2019)

 

King John’s Castle

Relive life in medieval Limerick by visiting the city’s impressive fortified castle. Located in the centre of the city, King John’s Castle underwent an extensive redevelopment in recent times and now boasts a state-of-the-art interactive museum and renovated castle walls.

Kids can enjoy the castle’s 3D exhibition in the visitors’ centre and re-imagine what life was like for a Norman solider during the 13th century. Children will love the amazing computer generated animations and projections, which will see them travel back in time. Family tickets for King John’s Castle are €40.50 for two adults and two children or receive discounts with Shannon Heritages’ annual membership.