21 Fun Free Family Events for Heritage Week

With the summer holidays in full swing, the countdown to National Heritage Week begins! 

There are some fantastic free events for families throughout the week; wildlife tours, pottery workshops, adventure days and much much more. 

Here’s a taster of just some of the free fun family events happening across the country during National Heritage Week 2018. 

Heritage Challenge for Children

18 – 25 August, 9:30am - 1:00pm, 9:30am - 5:30pm, 9:30am - 8:00pm, 9:30am - 5:30pm, 9:30am - 5:30pm, 9:30am - 1:00pm - Offaly County Library, Birr, Co. Offaly

Search the library to find pictures of sites, monuments and icons to complete the Quest! You only have 1 hour to complete the Quest to gain your Questor's Certificate, wristband and a treat!

Heritage Hi-Jinks & Family Fun

18 - 26 August, 11:00am – 5:00pm - Maynooth Castle, Co. Kildare

Join us for special tours, trails, quizzes and other family friendly art activities throughout the week! Call us for details or check our Facebook page!

Family & Adult Events

18 August, 11:30am - 5:15pm, 23 August, 7:30pm - 8:30pm, 22 August, 7:30pm - 8:30pm, 25 August, 11:30am - 5:00pm - Office of Public Works - Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, Co. Longford

The site will be hosting a number of Family/Adult events etc talks, walks, literary. Booking essential for some events. Places will be limited. contact site for details inc date and times.

Disney Concert for Families

18, 25 August, 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Join Judith Lyons for a special family performance of some Disney classics in the atmospheric setting of Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Dress up definitely encouraged! Free but registration required.

Teddy Bear Walk

18 August, 2:30pm - 4:30pm - Deerpark Forest, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Teddy Bear Picnic for children of all ages in Deerpark Forest Park, led by Anke from Bear Essentials, Bawnboy.

Medieval Family Day

18 August, 12:00pm – 4:00pm - Blackfriary Archaeology Site, Griffin Park, TrimCo. Meath

Join us at the Blackfriary Archaeology Site for a Medieval Family Fun Day! Tours of the archaeology excavation and 'mock dig' for kids. Your opportunity to ask the excavators about their findings.

Story Scavenger Hunt

19 August, 11:00am – 4:00pm - Coole Park Visitor Centre, Co. Galway

Pick up your Map Pack from Coole Park visitor centre from 11am-4pm and follow the clues as you make your way around the trails to discover the Story of Coole.

Family Nature Walk

19 August, 11:00am – 1:00pm - Garryhinch Woods, Co. Laois

A family nature walk & talk in Garryhinch Woods between Portarlington and Mountmellick. Led by the volunteers of the Badger Club of the Irish Wildlife Trust (Laois/Offaly). All welcome.

Medieval Family Day

19 August, 11:00am – 3:00pm - Donegal Castle, Co. Donegal 

Join us for medieval fancy dress and hear stories of times gone by from some great storytellers.

Printfest: Family Fun Day

19 August, 12:00pm – 4:00pm - National Print Museum, Dublin City

Join us for an afternoon full of printing activities. There are sure to be lots of interesting stories shared by the Museum’s volunteer active retired printers and compositors on the day.

Heritage Craft for Children

20 August, 2:00pm – 3:30pm - Carrigallen Library, Main Street, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim

Heritage Children's Craft Workshop: Make and decorate your own Castle with Local Artist Julie Smith. All materials will be provided and the Event is Free to children aged between 6 and 10 years.

Children’s Workshop

21 August, 12:00pm – 1:00pm - JFK Memorial Park and Arboretum, Co. Wexford

Plant pot painting and planting. Limited numbers – Booking essential. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable clothing advised.

Colouring Competition

21 August, 10:00am – 5:30pm - Waterford City & County Library Service, Lisduggan, Co. Waterford

Colouring competition aimed at children aged 8 years & under. Participants are asked to colour pictures that represent cultural traditions, historical events or historic buildings.

Children’s Nature Art

22 August, 10:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm - Bantry House Gardens, Co. Cork  

Ellen Hutchins Festival event: Creative nature activities for children such as creating flower impressions on cloth, making wooden identification discs & scavenger hunt.

Become a Nature Detective

22 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm - Dunlavin & District, Market Square Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

Join us as we go on our Bug Hunt to discover what wonderful creatures are hiding under rocks or logs. Be a real nature detective for a day and see what you can discover in Dunlavin!

Family Nature Walk

23 August, 12:00pm – 1:00pm - Roscommon County Council, King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon

Meet at the front steps of King House, Boyle and take a family nature walk through the Pleasure Grounds beside King House, with Michael Bell from Nature Learn. This is an outdoor event, please wear suitable clothes and footwear. Children must be supervised by an adult.

Motor Racing Workshop

23 August, 11:00am – 12:00pm - South Dublin County Council Libraries, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Relive the by-gone days of the Tallaght Motor Races by making your own balloon powered car!

Bug Hotels for Children

24 August, 11:30am – 1:00pm - Graiguenamanagh Library, Co. Kilkenny

A workshop on Insect Hotels for families with Lineke Smith.

The Big Dig & Poster Exhibition

25 August, 11:00am – 4:30pm - McCormack Square, Branch Library Athlone, Co. Westmeath

The Big Dig in McCormack Square offers children the chance to have a go at being an archaeologist and the library will host an exhibition of Children's posters celebrating European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Bandon Walled Town Family Fun Day

26 August, 12:00pm – 5:00pm - Bandon Walled Town Festival, Bandon Town Hall and Historic Shambles, Co. Cork

Bandon Walled Town Family Fun Day 2018 watch history come to life in the historic Shambles area of Bandon. Our family fun day will bring history to life with battle re-enactments, falconry displays and historical Irish wolfhound will be there too. Get arty with children's pottery workshops, art workshops and face painting. Come and see our fabulous hay bale maze which will build on the day.

Heritage Week will take place from 18-26 August 2018 and has over 2,000 events being planned across Ireland, see what's on near you.