8 things to do this June bank holiday weekend despite the weather

By Anna O'Donoghue

According to Met Eireann, anyone hoping for sunshine on the Bank Holiday weekend will be disappointed as they’ve predicted plenty of rain.

We know, we know, we should be used to it by now but as this time last year was the beginning of our heatwave, we couldn’t help but hold some hope of blue skies.

Luckily for us, there are loads of events happening around the country this weekend that are not weather dependent.

1. Cork Harbour Festival

This week-long celebration of Ireland’s unique maritime heritage boasts events including the Ocean To City – An Ras Mor race which is the largest of its kind in Ireland and attracts competitors from all over Europe and as far as the US.

Sure you’re going to be wet anyway - you might as well join in.

2. Kilkenny Cat Laughs

Kilkenny Cat Laughs is Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage and thankfully is taking place indoors.

Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain, Alison Spittle and Jason Byrne are all set to take to the stage to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary.

3. Get cultured

Find your local museum, theatre or gallery and find out what’s on or finally take a trip into that building you’ve always passed and said “I must go in there someday”.

You might even discover your new favourite band, actor or hobby.

Though if it ends up being awful, at least it will be dry and we promise you, you’ll feel that little bit more cultured.

4. Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

It’s back and better than ever.

2FM DJ Jenny Greene, vocalist Gemma Sugrue and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra bring you the most incredible mix of 90s dance classics like you’ve never heard them before.

If you haven't witnessed it, where have you been?

They are hitting the stage at Dolans, Limerick on Saturday.

Tickets are €48, see dolans.ie.

5. Have a Netflix / Duvet Day

Take the time to catch up on all those Netflix shows you keep hearing about.

Orange is the new Black, Daredevil, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt etc …

Step 1: Put on the kettle

Step 2: Log into your Netflix/ Download the month free trial.

Step 3: Build a blanket fort

Step 4: Exhibit A

6. Cool Planet Experience

The Cool Planet Experience is a fun, interactive climate action experience – the first of its kind in the world.

Located in Powerscourt House & Gardens, immerse yourself in the story of Ireland’s changing climate and the science behind it.

The little ones in your life can also enjoy an exiting rocket-making workshop for just €10.

The hour-long sessions, which will be split into younger and older groups, will take place at 11 am and 1 pm from Saturday to Monday.

6. Bloom

Ireland’s answer to the Chelsea Flower Show, Bord Bia’s annual extravaganza of gardening and food in the Phoenix Park, Dublin has become a firm favourite amongst gardeners and foodies over the last 12 years.

The show gardens aim to impress and inspire but we’d recommend finding yourself a good spot in one of the food stalls during those showers.

7. Act like the kids

You could,

A) Think of the fun stuff your parents took you to when you were driving them nuts sulking inside the house - Roller skating, rock climbing, bowling, swimming etc.


B) Think of all the fun stuff your parents used make you do when you were driving them nuts sulking inside the house - Painting, crafts, board games or see number 1.

8. If all else fails …

Direct yourself here and thank us later.

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