Things to do this weekend around Ireland | November 3rd - 5th 2017

A selection of things to do this weekend around Ireland.

Funderland Belfast

Funderland in Belfast has been part of Halloween for years and this year is no different as families and friends flock to the Titanic Quarter to enjoy some of the best thrill rides and attractions. They are open every day over the break from 2 pm - 10 pm.

Wexford Fringe

The Fringe festival concludes this weekend with events including opera, theatre, music and a performance of This Little Piggy in the Wexford Arts Centre.

Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

A magical night-time spectacular event, featuring giant colourful lanterns and illuminated animal sculptures inspired by wildlife, opens this weekend at Dublin Zoo.

It promises to get you into a festive mood with Chinese performers and craft market with foods and warm drinks.

Halloween Events at The Ark

The Ark in Temple Bar has organised an array of activities and events to keep everyone entertained over mid-term. This weekend kids can take part in a spooky music workshop while the little ones look up in wonder at marvel at the aerial performers in Strange Feathers. 

Scary Fairy Fun

The Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre in Longford has arranged with the local fairies to share their knowledge of trees, customs, ogham and legends with any children and adults who would like to learn more.

A Night at the Museum

Fancy spending a night at the museum? This weekend is a rare opportunity to experience the Ulster Museum at night and come face to face with dinosaurs, Vikings and an Egyptian mummy! 

Disney On Ice

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they take audiences on a fun-filled tour around the world. Journey to the most memorable Disney destinations with all of your favourite characters and get swept away by classic tales that your kids will love.


Now with seventeen locations throughout Ireland and the UK, the run in aid of the Movember Foundation is a great way to raise awareness and money while having great fun with family and friends. The event in the Phoenix Park now includes a 1.5km mini MoRun so more kids and families can enjoy everything that MoRunning is about.

Spooktastic Halloween 

Glendeer Pet Farm is open all weekend where you will get to cast spells with Willow the witch, toast marshmallows on an open fire and while also petting and feeding the animals.

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006. 

The Dublin Book Festival 2017 will take place from 2 – 9 November, with Smock Alley Theatre as the festival hub. Other venues include National Botanic Gardens, The Gutter Bookshop, Irish Writers Centre, Fighting Words, National Library of Ireland and RDS Library.

Museum Open Day

The Dead Zoo is 160 years old!

To celebrate the anniversary, the Museum of Natural History is opening to the public this Saturday. Drop-in and meet a range of scientists from the Museum and from organisations that add and research the Museum's collections and contribute to science in Ireland.

Discover more about how some specimens came to be given to the Museum and how the collections are used today. On the day meet and greet scientists such as zoologists, geologists, and palaeontologists that work with our collections, as well as artists and even a taxidermist! 

Spirit of Meath

The festival concludes this weekend with free Halloween themed face painting and arts & crafts for kids of all ages in Tayto Park. And beware The Carnival is back in town! Can you walk amongst the misfits of the circus? They will stop at nothing to put a smile on your face… or a scream!

The Hunt Museum

Take part in our two day Autumn themed camp at the Hunt museum in Limerick! Filled with activities, painting, model making, and a range of arts & crafts. Suitable for kids ages 6+.

Cinderella featuring Bosco

Enjoy the classic tale of Cinderella with added Bosco at this puppet show in the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire.

Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt

Explore the magnificent Saint Patrick's Cathedral through our fun family-friendly scavenger hunt. Take on the challenge of finding all the items on their Scavenger Hunt list and learn some fascinating stories in the process.

Parents/guardians must remain present.

Halloween @ Cork City Gaol - Cork

Cork City Gaol should be a definite on your list of things to do with the kids this mid-term break. Arrive in your fancy dress and enjoy the Black Cat Treasure Hunt, face painting, balloon making and storytelling all in the historic surrounds of Cork City Gaol.

Nightmare Realm

The Nightmare Realm, Ireland’s most terrifying Halloween scare house returns this October in Dublin & Cork. It's double the size with triple the terror (3 haunts for the price of 1), zombie shooting and an apocalypse entertainment area.

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