Fun family things to do this August in Wexford.

Well July certainly was an interesting and busy month in Enniscorthy and there was lots happening in the town. A fantastic run of ‘Buddy’, the Buddy Holly story has just concluded at The Presentation Centre and by all accounts it was a terrific display by amateur actors and performers, although from what I saw there was nothing amateur about the production. The spirit of the 50’s shone through. The proceeds from the show were all donated to Pieta House, a wonderful charity that works hard to fight against suicide, a huge well done to all involved.

The Enniscorthy Rockin Food Festival has also just finished for what must be said was one of the best years yet. A blast of colour and ceremony illuminated the town and it was great to see & be a part of.

As usual Summer time in the Sunny South East is always busy and this month of August is no exception. On Sunday the 13th of August the annual Pattern takes place in St Mary’s cemetery at 3pm. A day for remembering lost loved ones and visiting their resting place. The Pattern is a great social occasion that has largely died out around the rest of the country but still holds strong in County Wexford and especially here in Enniscorthy. Family and friends, many of whom may not have seen each other since last year’s Pattern will gather to remember and connect.

With the kids off school now, many people take their holidays to spend quality family time during the month of August & there is lots of activities fun family day events happening to keep everyone occupied this month.

Want to try some days out that are a little different but very interesting this Summer?

There are some great events organised by the Wexford Wildfowl Reserve, based at Ardcavan Lane, North West Slob, Wexford. Most weekdays from 3pm there is a guided tour of the reserve where you can learn about the history of the North Slob from its reclamation from the sea in 1847 up to it becoming a Wildfowl sanctuary in 1969 and about all the conservation work it performs. Visitors will be provided with binoculars and telescopes to spot the rare birds that live and visit the reserve during their migration patterns.  Check out a list of dates here.

Each Tuesday during summer time the Reserve also have a pond-dipping and bug discovery experience from 10am to 12pm. See what little creatures live in the ponds and fields and see what a jungle it is for smaller animals.  All equipment is provided such as nets, trays, pooters, jars and identification charts. On Sunday August 20th and 27th there is a Bug and Butterfly Discovery between 2pm and 4pm, again equipment is supplied and supervising guides will aid in the catching and identifying of the butterflies and other creatures, all of which are released of course.

If planning a visit to the Reserve our recommendation is to bring wellies and is Summer in Ireland after all. All the information you need is here.

All of these events are informative, interactive and fun for all the family but best of all they are completely free!

Staying with the nature theme, the Forest School at Kilmokea Gardens takes place again this year on Tuesday 8th of August at 11am. The woods, space, water, and huge array of plants that surround Kilmokea provide a perfect backdrop for outdoor fun. The kids will engage in discovery, team work, games, and learning new skills in the great outdoors such as den building, fire lighting, bush craft, and make arts & crafts using nature’s resources. Cost is €15 and more info can be found here.

On Sat 12th and Sun 13th August, Wells House hosts The Little Festival at The Big House. With circus acts, face painting, puppet making, children’s comedy, Shakespeare in the Woods as well as walks, falconry, a farm, and other activities there is lots of fun to be had. Admission is €10

Finally, the third annual Kilmore Village Spud Fest, which takes place from August 11th to 14th. A fun packed weekend that begins with the children’s parade and disco on the Friday night. There is a Party in the Pairc on the Saturday where for only €5 people can enjoy live music and family events with a BBQ and bar all culminating in the first ever ‘Mr Spud’ competition. On Sunday the family fun day promises all the revelry and excitement of a traditional field day; races, face painting, tea rooms, local produce/artwork/photography on sale, duck racking, horse shoe throwing, pony rides, BBQ, steam engines and of course the Tug of War. Then on Monday the festival closes with an evening party for seniors and active required. This is a really family oriented festival and is always great fun and looks like being bigger and better than ever this year, see more details here.

Of course, we also have our own summer event here in The Bailey as we host our Summer BBQ here every Thursday evening from 6pm to 8.30pm which have been running throughout the Summer up until the 31st Aug. If BBQ is not your thing, don’t forget we serve food all day every day from full Irish breakfasts to start the day to great daily lunch chef specials for €10 & a mouthwatering evening menu till late. Pop in to on your way to or from all these great events on around Wexford this month.

The Bailey Bar BBQ