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An August Full of Adventure Awaits
An August full of adventure awaits across the Shannon Heritage visitor attractions this month. From horseback archery to traditional Irish crafts, learning of the lifestyles of the Norman people to live jamming sessions with Bunratty Folk Park’s resident musicians there is something for all to enjoy this August.
Kicking off this week, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park are delighted to welcome visitors who are in the region from near and far for the nearby Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann celebrations to partake in the attraction’s very own “Fun with the Fleadh” event running daily until August 20th. Visitors are invited to join with the park’s fantastic musicians and animators and participate in the fun of a live seisun and dance daily 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!
As the weekend rolls in why not “roll up, roll up” and join in the Carnival fun and games that await at Bunratty Folk Park this Saturday August 19th and Sunday August 20th from 12-5pm. A nod to the olden days, enjoy a host of traditional carnival games and activities from coconut shy and hoopla to whack a rat, and giant board-games ! 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!! There will be facepainting, candy floss, princess storytelling and train rides to keep little ones entertained on what promises to be a magical afternoon for young and old alike.
From carnival to crafts, on Sunday 20th why not take a “spin” to the wonderful woodland setting of Cragggaunowen for an afternoon of traditional crafts including Spinning and Textile Making. Spinners from all over the country and expected to descend on this quaint County Clare landmark to showcase their skill and craft. Spinners are invited to bring your own wheel, spindle or craft of choice and try spinning, felting, nettle cord or simply share their own skills with visitors. Beginners are welcome on the day to try their hand at this ancient craft.
Sunday August 27th sees a newspine-tingling event for King Johns Castle – “Scythian - Celtic -Hun Horseback Archery”. Presented by Zoltan Gere, an expert in the ancient martial art of Archery and Horseback archery, visitors on the day can 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. Zoltan is an accomplished student of the world famous Kassai, the number one Horseback Archer in the world. All in the unique and iconic surrounds of King Johns Castle this is one event not to be missed!
The Shannon Heritage August schedule of events wraps up on Sunday August 27th with a fascinating insight in to the life of a Norman Knight, his lifestyle customs and traditions at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park’s “A Norman Life” Event taking from 12-5pm. On the day re-enactors will display weaponry, battle techniques and demonstrations and dress . Visitors will also have the opportunity to interact with some of nature’s top predators , experience the thrill of being up close to some of the world’s most majestic birds of prey and learn about the skill of archery all in the charming setting of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.
For information or to book tickets for any of the aforementioned events visit shannonheritage.com or call their central reservations office on 061 360788