If you are looking for a night out with a bit of a difference, why not head along to Loughrea’s first Medieval Festival. Taking place from Friday, 29th – Sunday, 31st August, the festival is sure to be fun for all the family.
 
The opening ceremony will be marked by a medieval banquet in the Lough Rea Hotel and Spa on the Friday evening, where participants will be taken on a journey back in time. Here guests will partake in an evening of medieval inspired food, wine, merriment and music.
 
Starting the evening off is harpist Aisling Costello along with a drinks reception, this will be followed by entertainment from the Freelance Knights of Redemption, a troupe of medieval re-enactors that have featured in many Hollywood movies, including King Arthur. The troupe will stage a live show on the night with authentic weaponry, armour and period dress.
 
The food will be a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach with a four course sumptuous banquet of traditional medieval fare including a pig on a spit, lamb shanks and payne foundow - a traditional medieval pudding - on offer.
 
The banquet will be followed by music from Galway’s own The Kings of Connaught who perform regularly in leading venues, bringing to the stage their renditions of classic hits by the likes of The Dubliners, The Fureys, Davey Arthur and numerous folk songs of yesteryear.
 
Costume is optional, although there will be a prize for the best dressed so get your thinking caps on. The winners of Loughrea Town’s Best Medieval Shop Front and Best Medieval Photograph will also be announced on the night.
 
Not forgetting the kids, Lough Rea Hotel & Spa will also host a Children’s Puppet Show on Saturday, 30th August from 3pm - 5pm. Perfect for kids under eight, the Little Red Riding Hood themed show is free to attend. This will be followed by a family Barbecue in Lir Bar at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa. With prices starting at €6 for kids' meals, it promises to be a fun-filled day out for all the family.
 
Banquet tickets are available from the hotel reception or you can call 091 880088.

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