I have found since I moved home that there are loads of local things going on in the area but I generally hear about them the week after they have happened.    A lot is advertised on Facebook and signs on the road or notice boards but I think a list of them might be useful.  Every time I see something advertised I’ll post it here.  These might be days out for the family or things you want to get a babysitter for and go yourself!  It is not an exhaustive list.  

If you see something that you think a friend or family would like to go to or try out please send it to me and I’ll put it up.

August –

A lot of below events are part of heritage week and booking is required Full list of events on heritage week is here

August 11- 13th Cobh Regatta 

cobh regatta

August 12th – East Cork Marathon Family Fun Day

FREE Family Fun Day

August 12-13th – Food and Mackeral Festival in Youghal

August 12th – Fairy and Pirate Adventure with WonderWorld at Glenview Gardens

August 17th – Rostellan Chocolate Shop hosts The Harvest Event from 6.30 to 9pm. With stalls from Ballinrostig Cheese and the Lobster Man and stalls with wines and Prosecco. There will be music in the Courtyard weather permitting. No ticket required. Over 18s only … Get a babysitter!

August 19th -20th  Youghal Medieval Festival Free Family Day 

August 19th –  Wilton Shopping Centre Free Family Day


August 20th – Vigour Fitness and Well Being Festival Ballincollig

August 19th -11am -4pm Old Cork Waterworks experience – Water Heritage Open Day 11am-  4pm Admission Free – As a special event for Cork Heritage Open Day and National Heritage Week, Old Cork Waterworks will provide guided tours of the impressive Victorian Architecture, and the steam engine and boiler rooms.

August 19th 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Long Ago Stories for Children Father O’Flynn Park, Cork Join Passage West Maritime Heritage for a storytelling event of some old classical and well loved Fairy Tales.

August 19th – Blackrock Castle Observatory Open Day – For Cork Heritage Open Day take a journey back in time to learn about the colourful history of the inner harbour fort & the later expansions that created Blackrock Castle of today.

August 19th & 20th – Allihies Bronze Age Mining Smelting Casting – Internationally acclaimed group Umha Aois will re-create Bronze Age metalwork processes carried out in Ireland 4,000 years ago. The event hosted by the Friends of Allihies Mines group.

August 20th 12pm – 1pm – Mini-Beast Hunt 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.

August 23rd – Wildlife at Croke Park Learn all about the hidden world of Croke Park’s wildlife on these extra special guided tours. This family friendly event includes an all-access stadium tour and workshop with our wildlife expert.

August22nd and 24th Crawford Gallery –Art in the Doing Felt Making – For Breaking Rainbows, artist and shepherd Orla Barry will fill a gallery space with sheep’s fleece. Join us for felt- making fun and learn about traditions and techniques. No prior experience needed. Children under 10 have to be accompanied by an adult. Not suitable for under 6’s. The event is free but places are limited & conditional to prior booking.

August 26th & 27th – Charles Fort Animals at War display –  Discover the role of animals in war throughput history. How they inspired generals, won battles and gave their names to instruments of war.


…… More events to be listed soon!  Watch this space.