Banish those dreaded back to school blues and revel in the wonder of the great outdoors while exploring the natural wild beauty and diversity of the Comeraghs through family-focused walks and talks, traditional music, live theatre, storytelling and so much more at this yearâ€™s Comeraghs Wild Festival from September 17-20.
A specially-commissioned drama by Kilmacthomas-based Martina Collender on Friday, September 18, tells the story of â€˜Crotty the Robberâ€™, the 18th Century highwayman, who hid himself away in the Comeraghs.
This yearâ€™s theatrical piece will be staged 385 metres above sea level at the atmospheric Coumshingaun Lake, starting out from the Rathgormack Hiking Centre at 6.30pm. The hike to the venue may not suit those with buggies or with small children. Tickets are â‚¬20 and pre-booking is required. Hardy adventurers can stay overnight in tents for an all-in â‚¬50.
Older children and brave adults will get their adrenaline pumping from early on Saturday morning while canyoning down the stunning Mahon Falls with Ardmore Adventures. The canyoning adventure runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Booking is essential and is open now through the Ardmore Adventures website. The entire experience costs â‚¬100.
For those whoâ€™d rather stay on the flat, thereâ€™s a free family walk in Crough Wood on Saturday 19th from 11am but pre-booking is essential. What better way to round off the afternoon than with a free storytelling event with one of Irelandâ€™s finest storytellers, Niall de Burca, from 3pm at Mahon Falls!
An intimate evening concert with Mary Black in the majestic courtyard at stunning Curraghmore House on the Saturday night promises to be an enchanting evening for families with older children and teens. Tickets cost â‚¬27.50 and are still available from a host of local outlets and online through the festival website. A limited number of VIP tickets are also on sale.
New events for the 2015 festival include a â€˜Muddy Bootsâ€™ walk on the Sunday morning which leaves Coumshingaun Lake Loop at 10am. Walks can be tailored to meet your individual requests and tickets cost just â‚¬15.
A Treasure Hunt leaves the Sundial Table in Stradbally on the Sunday afternoon at 2pm. Entry is just â‚¬5 per person. Thereâ€™s a free Eco Fairy Tales event in the Public Park in Kilmacthomas from 2.30pm. The entire family is also welcome to come along and enjoy the Circle Dance Workshop in Kilrossanty Hall on Sunday at 2pm.
The Workshop is a celebration of nature through the medium of Circle Dance. Circle Dancing offers an experience that affects the mind, body and spirit and has been used for centuries to celebrate nature, unity and community â€“ all essential elements of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.