10 Great Midweek Events for Heritage Week

There’s plenty happening Monday to Friday during Heritage Week.

Here are 10 things to do this week whether you want to do something fun after work or you're enjoying the last week of the school holidays.

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve Tours

Monday 21 – Friday 25 August, 3pm - 3:30pm

Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, Co. Wexford

Come to a guided tour any weekday at 3pm. Learn the history of the North Slob and the conservation work of the reserve. Watch for birds and other wildlife from the hides and observation tower. Binoculars, telescope and bird guidebook are provided.

Admission Free


The Lough Nafooey Volcano

Monday 21 August, 6:30pm - 9pm

Walk starting from Finny Church (near Clonbur) Co. Mayo,

Join Geological Survey Ireland for a short evening walk to read the rock record of volcanic eruptions and environmental change around Lough Nafooey 480 to 440 million years ago.

Admission Free


Explore Dublin's Phoenix Park

Tuesday 22 August, 6pm - 7pm

Beside the Magazine Fort, near the Islandbridge Gate, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Explore Dublin's Phoenix Park on an orienteering course organised by 3ROC. Two courses of about 3 km and 6 km, suitable for beginners and active people of all ages. Start anytime between 6 pm and 7 pm.  You'll get a specially drawn map and have to find a series of checkpoints (called "Controls") in the Park. We'll have electronic chip timing and instant results.

Admission: Adult: €6 Child: €3 Concession: €3 Family: €15


Film Screening 'Fis na Fuiseoige'

Tuesday 22 August, 7:30pm - 9pm

Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City

A film screening of the award-winning documentary film 'Fis na Fuiseoige' (The Lark's View), directed by Aodh Ó Coileáin. Explore the connection between people and place, as expressed in Irish-language poetry and local lore. Q & A session with the director after the screening.


Admission Free


Wednesday 23rd August is Wild Child Day and is dedicated to wild children everywhere.  Ditch the iPad and get muddy at family events taking place across Ireland.


Wild Child Day with Clones Library

Wednesday 23 August, 10:30am - 12:30pm

Clones Library and Barry McGuigan Park, Co. Monaghan

A fun filled day of activities as we explore our local surroundings. We'll be going on bear hunts, enjoying picnics and exploring the local parks as we become nature detectives.


Admission Free


Forest Fun on Wild Child Day

Wednesday 23 August, 11:30am - 1pm

Wood for the Trees Forest School, Keelogs, Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Join us for a morning of forest fun on Wild Child Day. This is a morning packed with exploration & adventure where children connect with nature, let their creativity flow & have fun in the forest.  Suitable for children from 4 to 12 years.


Admission Free



Thursday 24 August, 11am - 12pm

Voxpro, Manhon Crescent, Cork City

Come and experience firsthand how and why a Cork tech company is embracing horticulture in the workplace.  The garden, geodome and outdoor pizza oven at Voxpro main campus is certainly quirky!

Admission Free


Banter: How do you see Nature?

Thursday 24 August, 6pm - 8:30pm

National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

How do you see nature? A Banter discussion about how nature influences our life and work with poet Mark Roper, Birdwatch Ireland’s Niall Hatch, educator Grace Garde and actor Philip Judge.  All proceeds to the Irish Peatland Conservation Council.


Admission: Adult: €10 Concession: €5


Walk the Old Line

Friday 25 August, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Templeport Hall, Templeport, Co. Cavan

Walk along the old Templeport Railway Line with a local historian and horticulturist. Listen to stories of the old railway line and be introduced to plants that are safe to forage and eat in the local hedgerows.

Admission Free


Dusk Nature Walk

Friday 25 August, 8pm - 10pm

Church of Ireland, Lower Main Street, Bruff, Co. Limerick

Action involving wildlife goes on under our noses but much of it is unnoticed because it happens at night. Experience the sights, sounds, smells and excitement of a walk and talk after dusk with Bruff Tidy Towns. You can watch natural history programmes on TV, but there is something infinitely more life-enriching about being out on an autumn night with all your senses tingling.

Admission Free


There’s lots more happening midweek for Heritage Week. See what’s on near you.

And remember Heritage Week runs until Sunday 27 August so there’s plenty happening over the weekend too!