Something for the weekend...

1. Dowtcha Boy
The 2016 Cork Puppetry Festival will see more than 100 puppets and 20 acclaimed Irish and international puppeteers perform special puppet shows for children and adults this week.

The festival will kick off tomorrow with a Puppet Picnic in Fitzgerald Park, where the Dowtcha Puppet team will teach picnic-goers how to make animal masks and costumes, while giant puppets will roam the park. 

The events will run all week in venues that include the Granary Theatre, Crawford College of Art and Design, and the Triskel Arts Centre

www.corkpuppetryfestival.com 

2. Garden Theatre

Chapterhouse Theatre Company will bring The Railway Children to life at Fota House, Arboretum & Gardens tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost €20 for adults and €14 per child or a family ticket of two adults and two children costs €58. 

Booking on www.fotahouse.com or 021-4815543. Gates open at 5.30pm and you are advised to bring a rug or low-backed seating.

3. King Puck

The annual Puck Fair takes place from Wednesday to Friday as the town of Killorglin in Co Kerry plays host to Ireland’s original and oldest ‘Gathering Festival’.

The mountain goat will be crowned King of Puck Fair on Wednesday, while Thursday is Fair Day, which also includes a number of free workshops, from dance to circus skills.

www.puckfair.ie 

4. Get Crafty

Cork Craft Month will run until September 4 and will showcase creative talents and skills of professional crafters. 

Now in its seventh year, the diverse range of crafts on show during the month-long celebration include: Ceramics, woodwork, furniture-making, book- binding, textiles, jewellery, metalwork, and glasswork.

For a full schedule of events throughout Cork Craft Month see:

www.corkcraftanddesign.com 

5. Sand Fun

The 30th annual Duncannon Sand Sculpting Festival in Co Wexford starts Friday with a weekend of fireworks, beach games, live music, and a family beach party.

Professional sand-sculptors will be creating giant sand-sculpted masterpieces, while amateurs are also encouraged to have a go.

www.visitwexford.ie 


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