If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids this June Bank Holiday weekend, the Inistioge Summer Festival will have lots of great activities that kids and adults can enjoy. Located between Thomastown and New Ross, the beautiful village can be found in the heart of the Nore Valley. There will pony rides, circus performers, dog shows, vintage cars, a busking corner and lots more happening at the festival.
On Saturday June 2nd at 5pm the festival will kick off with a special family 3k run. There will be prizes for the fastest buggy, egg and spoon race, and funniest hat. Then on Sunday, the GAA pitch will be transformed into a massive playground. There will be a programme full of events including traditional games from 1pm – 5.30pm. There will also be fire juggling, stilt walking and live music, ensuring the day will be buzzing with life. Kids can enjoy the bouncy castle which will be provided with free supervision and there will be free circus workshops, body zones, face painting and lots more. And for all you dog lovers, there will be a Dog Show where you can check out lots of cute pooches strutting their stuff.
After all the fun and games, you will need some food and drink to recharge your batteries. There will be a summer BBQ, a marquee serving teas, coffees and locally produced homemade treats along with gourmet food and dessert stalls for anyone who has a sweet tooth. You can enjoy organic local produce at the craft and farmers market where you can also pick up some handmade crafts, gifts and children’s toys.
On Sunday, Fourpenny Rock and Hatchery Folk will be giving a free open air concert in the Millennium Garden .
Entrance to the festival is free for children and €5 for adults. All funds raised will go towards offsetting the cost of the Cois Abhann Centre, a joint effort by the Inistioge Community Council and the Rower Inistioge GAA club. The Inistioge Summer Festival is supported by the Kilkenny Leader Partnership and is a member of the Kilkenny Community Festival Network, supporting rural tourism in Kilkenny.