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 events happening up and down the country.

We’ve hand-picked our favourite festivals taking place this weekend, so there’s no excuse not to join in.

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Cork Harbour Festival

Kick off the June Bank Holiday in a nautical fashion in Cork. The People’s Republic plays host to the annual Cork Harbour Festival, a free event which runs from the 3rd to the 11th of June and aims to proudly celebrate Cork’s maritime history and culture.

Whether you’re looking to keep the kids entertained or enjoy the great outdoors the yearly festival offers both in abundance. Why not go crab fishing in Cobh, take part in a ghostly trail or enjoy a breezy kayak around the harbour? Either way, we’re sure you’ll enjoy all the fun activities Cork has to offer.

Birds of Prey, Falconry and Archery at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

One of the South West’s best kept secrets, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park has long been a favourite with families and is one of the best places to head when the kids are off school or when the sun starts to glimmer behind the clouds.

On the 5th of June, Bunratty Folk Park plays host to its regular birds of prey, falconry, and archery event. Watch as wonderful birds of prey, including hawks, owls, falcons or eagles, soar through the sky and land on your gloved forearm.

As well as that, unleash your inner Olympian and learn how to shoot a bow and arrow with precision and always hit the bullseye. A family ticket to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is a steal at €30 and admits two adults and six children.

Aillwee Caves

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

Using your Tesco Clubcard you can exchange €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. 

K-Fest Music and the Arts

In its fourth year, K-Fest is Killorglin’s premier music and arts festival. The festival was set up to promote culture in all its forms and to help nurture a love of the arts among the younger generations.

This June, around 350 visual artists will descend on Killorglin, where pop-up galleries will be housed in vacant retail premises, abandoned buildings and even domestic homes – an inventive way of re-using empty premises and regenerating the town centre.

For little ones, there’s plenty of kids’ events happening around the town, but one we’re particularly excited about is the Bubble Making Workshop.

Bloom

The annual Bloom Festival returns to Dublin’s Phoenix Park this June with an even more vibrant and entertaining horticulture festival. Green thumbed gardeners across the country will 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.

Dublin Port Riverfest

If watching ThunderCat speed boats race up and down the River Liffey is how you’d like to spend your bank holiday weekend than Dublin Port Riverfest is the event for you.

Dublin’s quays and docklands will be one of the most vibrant places in the city this coming bank holiday with an array of tall ships and cruise ships on show. Spectators also have the chance to take sailing lessons, kayak trips or even try their hand at stand-up paddle boarding sessions.

After all that adrenaline-filled fun, you’ll probably have worked up an appetite, luckily the Irish Village Markets will be delivering an array of hot and cold food options.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary

Celebrating two hundred years of history, Dún Laoghaire Harbour has witnessed mass emigration, the landing of army ships and of course, the now traditional Christmas swim. This June bank holiday, why not bring the family along and celebrate the harbour’s history.

The event will boast contemporary art exhibitions, history talks and walking tours and is completely free for both locals or tourists to enjoy.

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 recently underwent an extensive redevelopment 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 €25.45 for two adults and two children. 

Cong Food Village Festival

The perfect setting for a food festival, Cong in Co. Mayo will celebrate the regions legions of food suppliers and artisan producers with the Cong Food Village Festival. Visitors to the festival can enjoy some delicious treats and home-made produce in the farmers’ market, watch a live cooking demonstration or simply attend informative talks on nutrition.

After you’ve had your fill at the festival why not stop by the nearby Ashford Castle and stroll through the majestic grounds?

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. Using your Clubcard, you can redeem €4 worth of vouchers for one adult entry token to Dublin Zoo.