Family Fun this Heritage Week

National Heritage Week 2017 has plenty of events happening all over the country to bring your kids along to. 

From medieval festivals and outdoor family fun days to nature trails, treasure hunts and workshops. There is so much going on it will be easy to keep your kiddies occupied!

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 19th - Sunday 27th August 2017 so make the most of the last of the school holidays with these family friendly events.

38 Family Friendly Events for National Heritage Week

Historical Characters at Doe Castle

19, 20, 26, 27 August, 12pm - 5:30pm - Doe Castle, Donegal

A guided tour of Doe Castle, in a wonderful location, with a rich and significant history incorporating historical characters from the Castle, in medieval costumes. Children go free under the age of 14.


Long Ago Stories for Children

19 August, 1:30pm - 2:30pm -  Father O'Flynn Park, Cork

Join Passage West Maritime Heritage for a storytelling event of some old classical and well loved Fairy Tales.


Family Flower Trail

19, 27 August, 10am - 5pm - National Museum of Decorative Arts and History Collins Barracks, Dublin

Follow a flower trail to discover some Museum objects in bloom. Create your own paper flower to add to the Museum’s bouquet. Pick up a trail at reception during Museum opening hours all Heritage Week.

Our History in Nature Conservation

19 August, 10am - 4pm - Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Dublin

A mixture of illustrated talks with interactive displays, workshops and walks to pay tribute to the naturalists of the past who contributed to our knowledge and understanding of biodiversity today.  Followed by interactive displays, workshops and walks linked to the themes of the talks. Themes include 'Encouraging Amateur Naturalists', 'A World of Insects', and 'Rocks - Above and Below'. 

Family Discovery Overnight Camp

19 August, 6:30pm - 10am - Turvey Nature Reserve, Dublin

A fun woodland overnight camp. Pitch a tent or build and sleep in your own shelter. Then spend the night discovering wildlife, before sitting around the fire singing songs and toasting marshmallows. Admission is Adult: €10, Child: €5.


Beach Safari

19 August, 12pm - 1:30pm - Grattan Beach, Galway

Fun and educational Beach Safari with Galway Atlataquaria which seeks to educate kids of all ages about the diversity of sea-life on the seashore and where to find it. Please bring small bucket and net and wear wellies and suitable clothing.


Family Friendly Tour

19 August, 3:30pm - 4:30pm - St Patrick's Cathedral Dublin

Family friendly tour of the Cathedral. Suitable for families with children ideally aged 6+ but younger kids welcome too! Free but registration required.


Family Lunchtime Recital

19 August, 1pm - 2pm - Saint Patrick's Cathedral Co. Dublin – Dublin City

Family lunchtime recital is featuring many Disney favourites! Dress up encouraged! Featuring Judith Lyons (soprano) and Martina Smyth (piano). Free of charge but registration required. In the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral


Introducing Ardagh Tree Fairies

20 August, 3pm - 5pm - Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre, Longford

A fun family day out. Ardagh Tree Fairies are appearing for the first time on our 6th Anniversary to help people learn about the natural heritage around them. The fairy characters will teach about our trees, ogham writing, local mythology and lots more.


Printfest: Family Fun Day

20 August, 12pm - 4pm - National Print Museum, Dublin

Discover what life was like for a young apprentice working in the traditional print industry by joining us for an afternoon full of printing activities suitable for all the family.


Family Nature Walk

20, 27 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Glenveagh Castle Courtyard, Donegal

Explore the upper end of the park with the education guides. Borrow a discovery bag for children and take part in hands on activities along the way. Admission Adult: €5 Child Free


Mini-Beast Hunt

20 August, 12pm - 1pm - Doneraile Wildlife Park, Cork

Join Cork Nature Network on a kids mini-beast hunt. Learn all about the tiny creatures all around us, where they live, how to catch and release them safely. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Family Outdoor Nature Trail

21 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm - Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Outdoor nature trail in St Patrick's Park, beside the Cathedral. Meet at the reception of St Patricks. Free event but registration required. Best with ages 4+.


Family Nature Walk Boyle

21 August, 12pm - 1pm - Roscommon County Council Pleasure Grounds, Roscommon

Meet at the front steps of King House, Boyle and take a nature walk with Michael Bell from Natur Learn. Explore the Pleasure Grounds, Boyle and see what bugs, creepy crawlies and wildlife you can find living in the park and along the Boyle river.


Rock Pooling for Families

21 August, 3pm - 4:30pm - Portrane Co. Dublin – Fingal

This is a family fun event discovering life within the pools of water during low tide. Armed with nets and trays, leaders will help families explore the watery world.


Nature Base Camp

Everyday 21 - 25 August, 10am - 2pm - Season Park Organic Farm Allotments, Wicklow

This is a fun biodiversity planting, nature, a horticultural camp for children and families. Parents are welcome to attend. The children must be booked in advance for capacity - ages 6-12. Grace Garde is a member of Heritage in Schools Wicklow panel. Admission Child: €50 Family: €100


Build Your Own Mini Bug Hotel

21 August, 2:30pm - 3:30pm National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, Dublin

Our gardens are filled with beneficial insects which help protect and pollinate our flowers. This children's drop-by workshop makes use of natural materials to create homes for creepy crawling guests.


Pond Dipping for Families

22 August, 10am - 11:30am -  Turvey Nature Reserve Co. Dublin – Fingal

A family fun event is discovering the life of creatures in the fresh water. Armed with nets and trays, we plan to look for the likes of water scorpions, water boatman as well as frog and newt tadpoles.


Nature Treasure Hunt

22 August, 1pm - 4pm - Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, Mayo

Join the guides at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre for a fun-filled, nature themed Treasure Hunt for all the family. Learn about flora and fauna of the park as you hunt for clues. This event is suitable for all ages.


Bee Loud Glade

22 August, 11am - 12:30pm - The Hunt Museum, Limerick City

Join us at the Hunt Museum for the family friendly 'Bee Loud Glade' workshop. Learn about the important work bees do and how they help the environment. Then create your very own bee to take home!

Sea the Stars
23, 26 August, 12pm - 1pm - EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin 1

“Danger, disguises, blowing up beaches and a lovely recipe for hot chocolate! Journey alongside the brave Irish emigrants who changed the way we see nature, and made amazing scientific discoveries!”  This event is for families, but aimed specifically at 7 to 12 year olds. Admission Adult/Child/Concession: €5.00


Kids Archaeological Dig

24 August, 11am - 12:30pm - Abbeyleix Heritage House Heritage house, Laois

The award winning annual kids archaeological dig returns. Experience the thrill of making a discovery on an archaeological excavation and learn about the lives of people from ages past. Admission Child: €5.00


From Baskets to Beasts.

24 August, 11am - 4pm - Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Street, Mayo

The event will move into their walled heritage garden to deliver workshops, talks and children’s events all based around flora and fauna growing in the garden. Talks and demonstrations will be given on the live willow, flowers and herbs along with interesting displays on the creatures and wildlife that lurk quietly beneath the scrubs.


Nature Art & Games for Children

24 August, 10am - 12pm 24 August, 2pm - 4pm - Ellen Hutchins Festival, Glengarriff, Cork

Ellen Hutchins Festival event: children's arts-based outdoor activities e.g., creating flower impressions on cloth, making wood flower identification discs & a scavenger hunt. Suitable: 5 to 12-year-olds


Garden Walk for Children

25 August, 11am - 12pm - Kilkenny Castle Rose Garden, Kilkenny

Explore the Flora & Fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park on a guided nature walk with Head Gardener Pat Shortis.


Storytelling in Nature

26 August, 2pm - 3pm - Caroline Costigan Season Park Woods, Wicklow

Sit and listen to children's nature stories in the tranquil setting of Season Park Woods. Suitable for 3-10-year-olds and their minders. Bring a picnic and go for a stroll afterwards.


Teddy Bear's Picnic

26 August, 2pm - 4pm - Wicklow County Council Library Service Bray Library, Wicklow

A lovely afternoon for teddies and their owners in the library garden. Children can check their teddy into the teddy spa and enjoy some of the activities on the day including crafts and storytelling.


Story Time For Heritage Week

26 August, 11am - 12:30pm - Bundoran Community LibraryCo. Donegal

Nature themed stories and arts and crafts session for children in Bundoran Library to celebrate Heritage Week 2017.


St John’s Fun and Open Day

26 August, 1pm - 5:30pm St John the Evangelist Church and Hall, Coolock, Dublin

See this 258 year old church with its Viking millstone, join the guided tours, and enjoy the games and stalls on this Open Day. In addition, there will be a Bouncy Castle and games for the children, and some stalls and teas for the adults.


Children’s Heritage Building Workshop

26 August, 2pm - 3:30pm - Inspirational Homes The Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Have fun with the heritage building materials mud and straw and use it to make creative structures.This is a great chance for children to get their hands dirty in a planned and constructive way. A children's workshop for 8-12-year-olds taking place at The Dock Arts Centre. Admission €6.


Printing with Nature

26 August, 2:30pm - 4:30pm - National Print Museum, Co. Dublin – Dublin City

Join us for this free family drop in the workshop and create your own series of unique prints by experimenting with printing with found objects in nature such as leaves and flowers.


Genius 1.0: It’s In Your Nature

27 August, 3:30 pm - 5pm - Irish Family History Centre Unit 12, CHQ Building, Dublin

We will explore our own nature - our family history - with a fun arts and crafts workshop. The children will create a family crest and family tree and get some goodies on the day. (Age 7-10 Years)


Discover Your Catchment

27 August, 2pm - 5pm - Dunleer Market House, Louth

Enjoy an afternoon of arts and science at this interactive exhibit to learn about your catchment and the creatures that live in your catchment. Hosted by the Our Community, Our Water Project. As a special event for Water Heritage Day, discover why clean, healthy rivers and streams are so important for everyone in a catchment, including the bugs. Enjoy an afternoon of arts and science at this interactive exhibit to learn about your catchment and the creatures that live in your catchment. This family-friendly exhibit is hosted by the Our Community, Our Water Project with support from LAWCO.


Find the Treasure at Trim Castle

27 August, 2pm - 4pm - Trim Castle, Meath

Where did Hugh De Lacy hide the King's Treasure? It is somewhere in the Castle grounds. Follow the clues to find it. Come dressed as a Knight or as a King, Queen or Princess. Trim Castle is an outdoor site so Kings, Queens, Knights and Princesses should dress for the weather.


Children's Heritage Trail

27 August, 11:30am - 12:30pm, 3:30pm - 4:30pm,  Annex of St Lachtain's Church of Ireland, Kilkenny

Guided Walk and Launch of Children's Freshford Heritage Trail. The children will lead visitors on the heritage trail which they developed in the three previous workshops which they attended.


Go Biking with a Viking

27 August, 12pm - 4pm – Waterford Greenway , Waterford

Go Biking with a Viking and explore the Viking history of Waterford along the Woodstown section of the Waterford Greenway. Departing Bilberry in Waterford at 12noon to Woodstown Viking Village. Family heritage day at Woodstown on the Waterford Greenway.


Girley Bog Safari

27 August, 2pm - 5pm - Irish Peatland Conservation Council Causey Farm, Meath

A guided safari through the different habitats on Girley Bog NHA. The diversity of plants and animals will be observed and identified along the way. Girley Bog's cutover habitats will be showcased from the National Loop Walk that surrounds the site.


Check out what’s happening for Wild child Day August 23rd, were we are celebrating wild children everywhere for National Heritage Week.

This is just a sample of the family fun events happening during Heritage Week.  Search what’s on near you here.