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2017 Events

We have had a wonderful year in terms of the wide selection of festivals and events been held across the country. 2016 is drawing to a close and now it’s time to look forward to a new year to enjoy.
Looking forward to 2017 and the year promises to be even more jam packed than this year with events and music festivals for the whole family to enjoy. We have highlighted for you some of the big attractions coming up in 2017

Don’t forget if you are planning your campervan holiday for next year then book now with us and receive a HUGE 20% hire discount.

So take a look over our selection of the unmissable events in 2017 in Ireland and the UK and get online and book your campervan at www.celticcampervans.com for you and the family or friends.
2017 Events

Winterval 2016

Winterval 2016

Another year has passed and it is almost time to get into that festive spirit again. One of Irelands biggest Christmas festivals will kick into gear from November 24th until the 23rd of December.

Winterval 2016 is a Christmas wonderland for young and old. This will be the festive festivals 5th year to bring the festive cheer to Waterford city. Winterval is fun packed festival for all the family.
Waterford city will come to life with festive cheer and entertainment. There will be log cabins festively decorated across the medieval city with the very best of crafts, goods, toys and decorations on display.

One of the most popular events is the Winterval Illuminates. The Winterval Illuminates which will feature Keith Barry is a free light show with 3D animation and will transform Cathedral Square into a world of festive cheer.

We have listed below the events and attractions that will be taking place over the course of Winterval 2016

Santa’s Grotto at The Medieval Museum
Horse Drawn Sleigh
Winterval Express Train
Waterford on Ice: The Quay
WAMA Santa’s Giant Post Box Collection Show
Waterford Homecrafts
Vintage Ferris Wheel
Winterval Illuminates
Elves Workshop
Penguins at the Palace Winter Wonderland
Story Telling at Reginald’s Tower
Winterval Christmas Market
Hasbro Giving Tree
Christmas Carousel
Rotary Club Tree
Lions Club Carol Concert
Toy Museum features Gaming through the ages
National Reptile Zoo
Late Night Winterval Club
Polish Christmas Craft Market
Movies at The Reg: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Grinch UV Vortex
Waterford Panto Society Presents: Beauty & Beast
Frosty’s Creation Station
The Book Centre: Christmas storytelling, Make and Do
The Magnificent Seven
Christmas Sewing Workshops
Archery Through the Ages

For more information on the Winterval festival or to buy your tickets visit www.winterval.ie

Travelling to Winterval 2016

Winterval 2016 is one to bring back memories to you of your childhood Christmas and create new memories of Christmas for you and your family. To really make your trip to Waterford for the Winterval festival a truly memorable time for your family why not hire a campervan and add that wow factor for the kids. This will surely create memories for them that they will cherish forever. Ideal for all the family our campervans come in 2-4 and 4-6 berth. You can travel to Waterford city for the festival and travel the county and take in some of the amazing local scenery.

You can book your campervan now online with our boking form on the top left of your screen. We would advise you to book early to avoid disappointment. If you need any further information on our campervans, then simply drop us an email to info@celticcampervans.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Guinness Jazz Festival

Guinness Jazz Festival The Guinness Jazz Festival has been on our social calendar since 1978. The festival has become Ireland’s biggest jazz event and has grown every year since its debut. The Guinness Jazz Festival draws hundreds of musicians to Cork city every year to perform for thousands of Jazz loving fans.

The festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend at the end of October from the 28th to the 31st. This year promises to be the biggest yet with around 1,000 talented musicians from over 30 different countries to play at over 80 different venues in Cork city. There will also be a host of FREE fringe events taking place around the city. The weekend surely promises to be one to remember.

There is always a selection of big names as part of the festivals headline acts. This years’ festival will include stars such as Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Brian Deady, Bel XI, Picture This, Booka Brass, Loudon Wainwright III, Jacob Collier and Justin Kauflin to name just a few.

There is around 40,000 music fans expected to descend onto Cork city for Jazz festival. The city of Cork will surely come alive over the bank holiday weekend. Events will be taking place around the city in theatres, pubs, concert halls, clubs and on the streets of Cork. The stretch of the festival is so vast that it will be almost impossible to get in every event.

The Guinness Jazz Festival promises to have something for everyone. Even if you are not a big Jazz fan you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself over the weekend.

You can get the full details and line up of the Guinness Jazz Festival at http://www.guinnessjazzfestival.com/

Travelling to the Guinness Jazz Festival

The Guinness Jazz Festival is the perfect excuse for you and the family to take a short 4-day campervan family break. Why not travel to Cork and take in the electric atmosphere that the Guinness Jazz festival has to offer. Also take in Corks local attractions including Blarney Castle & Fota Wildlife Park. You can travel the county of Cork in comfort without the need for any extra cost incurred for taxis or bus fares. Then simply park up and spend the night camping with the family to create those memories your kids will cherish forever.

So book your campervan now with our booking form located at the top left of your screen. Booking will only take 5 minutes. Booking early is essential to make sure you get the dates you require.
So go on and treat the family with a 4-day campervan holiday to experience the Guinness Jazz Festival 2016.

Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2016

Vodafone Comedy CarnivalThe Vodafone Comedy Carnival is one of the big events in our social calendar. The festival returns to Galway in October for 7 days of fun and laughter. The carnival has grown every year since its beginning back in 2005. The Vodafone Comedy Carnival takes place from Tuesday October 25th to Monday October 31st. The festivals visitors can look forward to over sixty shows within the programme over the 7 days. The comedy festival attracts big international names in the comedy scene to Galway each year to perform on stage.

The Vodafone Comedy Carnival will attract comedy fans from all over Ireland and the UK to see some of the world’s best comedians perform some of their best shows. The carnival aims to put on a top programme of some of the best of our homegrown talent and international comedians. The festival will feature stand-up comedy, sketches, solo shows and improv in multiple venues across Galway city over October.

The carnival will feature well known and up and coming talent in venues across Galway city. Some of the comedians to showcase their talent at this year’s carnival will include Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, PJ Gallagher, Andrew Maxwell, Sam Simmons, Paul Currie, Aisling Bea, Tom Stade, Sofie Hagen, Joe DeRosa, Joe Lycett, David McSavage, Glenn Wool and Jonathan Pie. This is just a short list with many more acts scheduled over the 7 days.

In addition, for more information on The Vodafone Comedy Carnival Galway visit www.vodafonecomedycarnival.com

Travelling & Staying at the Vodafone Comedy Carnival

Celtic Campervans will make travelling and staying at the comedy carnival one to remember. The festival is the ideal time to get the group of friends together and travel to Galway to enjoy some laughs and entertainment. Our campervans are ideally suited for you and your friends to travel in comfort and as a means of accommodation for the week of the festival. There will be no better way to experience the carnival leading up to the bank holiday weekend.

Rather than book a hotel room why not book a campervan. We have 2-4 and 4-6 berth campervans available to hire. Well equipped with all the mod cons necessary our campervans are perfect for your short getaway for you and the friends. You can simply book your campervan with our booking form on the top left of your screen. Booking is easy and will take less than 2 minutes to have your travel and accommodation arranged for the carnival.

Book your campervan now and enjoy the comedic acts that the Vodafone Comedy Carnival 2016 has to offer. Finally, book early to avoid any disappointment in getting your required dates.

Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

Wexford Spiegeltent Festival The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival is almost upon us. The festival is relatively new with its first appearance on our social scene back in 2012. The event takes place this year between Friday 14th of October until Monday the 31st on Wexford Quay.

The Wexford Spiegeltent Festival is built around the beautiful 1920’s Spiegeltent. The festival will have a unique atmosphere with the beautiful surroundings of the Spiegeltent and the very best in popular entertainment. The Wexford Quay will be transformed into a playground for the public with a host of events for everyone.

The festival will run for 17 days with a selection of music, opera, theatre, comedy, film, classical music, burlesque and shows for the kids. Its has grown to be one of Ireland’s biggest and most successful multi genre festivals.

Some of this years highlights wil include Mick Flanery, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jack L, Paul Young, Tommy Tiernan, Something Happens, The 4 of Us, Christy Moore, Little green cars, The Saw Doctors and The Riptide Movement.

For further information on the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival simply visit http://wexfordspiegeltent.com

Travelling to the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

Are you looking to bring the family for a short 4-day break? Or are you looking for a weekend to catch up with some close friends? Why not get the family together or your closest friends and hire a campervan for the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival? Our campervans are ideal for a short 4-day break. They are equipped with all the mod cons you would need for a comfortable break.

Finally, with that in mind your next step is to book your campervan. Simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen and in 5 minutes you will have your campervan holiday all set up. You should really book early to avoid any disappointment in getting the dates you wish.

Great Irish Beer Festival 2016

Great Irish Beer Festival The Great Irish Beer Festival returns again this year. The festival will run from Thursday the 22nd of September 22 until Saturday the 24th of September 24. The three-day festival is a celebration of Irish beer. Taking place in Cork City Hall the festival will see some twenty breweries showcase the best in Irish brewing.

The festival will have all the ingredients for an entertaining event with a selection of music, demonstrations and lectures as part of its schedule. The Great Irish Beer Festival will celebrate the healthy tradition and deep heritage of Irish brewing. The variance of modern Irish brewing will be on display over the course of the festival.

With the best in Irish breweries and some fine culinary dishes from the full kitchen in the City hall the festival promises to be one for every food and drink lover. There will also be some live music to entertain including Frank & Walters, Slow Motion Heros, Crow Black Chicken, Hope Is Noise and MKAI. Also part of the line-up will include Waterford festival favourites King Kong Company.

A large selection of Irelands well known craft brewers will attend the festival. The Franciscan Well, Rising Sons, Stonewell cider, Eight Degrees, 9 White Deer, Mountain Man brewing, Galway Bay, Cottonball and Blacks of Kinsale will all be attending the festival and presenting their craft beers for tasting.

The Great Irish Beer Festival will be open to festival goers from 5 – 10pm on Thursday and 2 – 10pm on Friday and Saturday. It is an over 18 event and ID may be required by ticketholders. Tickets prices will range between €11 and €15 for day tickets, and €22 to €25 for the full weekend pass. To purchase beer at the festival will be carried out by exchanging cash for €3 tokens. Each token will be able to be used to purchase one half pint of any of the attending brewery’s beers.

For further information on The Great Irish Beer Festival simply visit www.greatirishbeerfestival.ie.

Travel to the Great Irish Beer Festival

The Great Irish Beer Festival gives you the perfect excuse to get the friends together and travel to Cork.  Experience some excellent craft beers, food and music at the Great Irish Beer Festival. To add that extra element to the whole experience book a campervan for the weekend. Get the friends together and enjoy a comfortable journey to Cork city. Not only will you be able to travel with the friends but you will also have your accommodation for you and your mates sorted.

You can book a campervan by filling out our booking form on the top left of your screen. Get the friends together and travel down to Cork for the Great Irish Beer Festival with Celtic Campervans. Finally, we would advise to book early to avoid any disappointment.

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival 2016

Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival is coming up over the month of September. The festival is a month long event taking place in Co. Clare from the 2nd of September until the 2nd of October. It is one of Irelands oldest festivals which is now over 150 years old. The festival has a large attendance every year with nearly 60,000 people visiting the festival from all over the world. The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival is Europe’s largest Matchmaking Festival with matchmakers on hand to assist you to find that very special person.

The best known matchmaker is third generation matchmaker Willie Daly. It is claimed that Willie has got thousands of couples up to the altar. After the farm harvests in September, young farmers from all over the country would make their way to Lisdoonvarna for the matchmaking event of the year.

The festival will take place over the weekends of September in venues throughout Lisdoonvarna. Events including Irish dancing and music, speed dating, horse racing and then there is the Mr. Lisdoonvarna and Queen of the Burren competitions which is to find the most eligible lady & gentleman of the year.

The Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival is without doubt a fun event with plenty of craic to be hade. There is no age barrier for those attending with attendees age ranging from 18 to 80. The festival has a friendly atmosphere and is great fun for singletons and also for couples out to enjoy a bit of craic.

The festival will also host the The Outing Lisdoonvarna LGBT Matchmaking and Music Festival. This will be its 4th year and promises to be bigger with more entertainment than previous years. This is the LGBT music festival to be at and takes place between the 7th, 8th & 9th of October.

For further information on the festival simply visit www.matchmakerireland.com and www.theouting.ie.

Travel to the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival

Not only do you have the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival to look forward to but also you can take in some of Ireland’s amazing scenery including the world famous Cliffs of Moher. To add that extra added bonus to your experience why not book a campervan with us and travel to Lisdoonvarna. Take in all the sights and sounds of Co. Clare and the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaker Festival in comfort and style. Our campervans are equipped with all the mod cons one would expect for a comfortable getaway break.
Simply book your campervan with our booking form on the top left of your screen. Do book early to avoid any disappointment.

Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Kinsale Gourmet Festival Coming up in October in Kinsale is the annual Kinsale Gourmet Festival. This will be the 40th running of the event and will take place between October 7th – 9th 2016. The festival is a must for all food and fun lovers. The fact it is taking place in the beautiful coastal town of Kinsale is an added benefit for anyone looking to enjoy some scenic views.

On the Friday night there will be a reception held at the Trident Hotel at 6.30pm. Here you will have members of the Kinsale Good Food Circle greeting festival goers with champagne and canapes from their very own kitchens.

Following this is ‘A Taste of West Cork’ 5 Course Dining Experience in one of the restaurants of the Good Food Circle Members. The choice of restaurant is entirely up to you. You simply pick your preferred restaurant at the time of booking. Tickets for this cost €60. This is then followed by ‘A Taste of West Cork’ 5 Course Dinner in a Good Food Circle Member Restaurant of your choice.

The following day will see the Mad Hatters Taste of Kinsale been the main event. It will start at the Actons Hotel Kinsale at 11.30am. You will then be escorted by Alice, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and Dormouseon around the restaurants of the Kinsale’s Good Food Circle members. This will be accompanied by fine wines, beers and water from the festival sponsors.

40 years of the of Kinsale Gourmet Festival will be celebrated in Black Tie style on the Sunday. The Fruits de Mer Seafood Spectacular will take place at Actons Hotel at 1.00 pm. There will be a big selection of quality food and wine with some live entertainment. You will certainly be able to relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

For more information on tickets and the events themselves simply visit www.kinsalerestaurants.com/kinsale-restaurant-events/

Not only do you get to enjoy some fine food and wine in the Kinsale Gourmet Festival but you also get the chance to take in some of the towns amazing scenery. Situated at the mouth of the River Bandon the coastal town is a popular holiday destination for international and Irish tourists. With some of the best scenery in the West of Ireland Kinsale will take your breath away.

Travelling to the Kinsale Gourmet Festival

Travelling to Kinsale with a campervan from us will be the ideal short family break. You can book one of our campervans for a family getaway to the south of Cork. How better to enjoy the Kinsale Gourmet Festival and some beautiful scenery.

Simply book online with our booking form on the top left of your screen. Alternatively, drop us an email to info@celticcampervans.com. Do book early to avoid any disappointment and enjoy the Kinsale Gourmet Festival in style and comfort.

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Galway Oyster Festival 2016

Galway Oyster Festival The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is back again this year in the city of Galway. The festival takes place on the last weekend of September from the 23rd until the 25th at the Spanish Arch Marquee. The Oyster Festival is the world’s longest running festival of its kind and one of the most internationally known events in the Irish social calendar. The festival is a huge attraction for food lovers and also the lovers of a good fun weekend.

The Galway Oyster Festival has established itself over the years as one of the biggest oyster festivals in the world. It has grown in size since its first event way back in 1954.

Unsurprisingly seafood is the main focus of the event. There will be a whole host of different attractions or events taking place over the three days including the World Oyster Opening Championship, seafood trails, foodie talks, tasting events and oyster hotspots. There will be a number of tasting events taking place in some of the local restaurants. Also to indulge your festival going spirit will be a Mardi Gras type of Gala event through the streets of Galway city, live music, and a Best Dressed Lady competition and to top off the festival will see the Gala Ball will be the grand finale. You can sample some food delights at the intimate food village in the festival Marquee.

Over the 3 days the World Oyster Opening Championship will take place. To compete in the competition, you must race against the clock and open 30 oysters and present the cleanly opened shells in an attractive arrangement with whole undamaged oysters. This is where the judges will look for the winner.

For more information on the festival visit www.galwayoysterfestival.com

Enjoy the Galway Oyster Festival

The festival promises to be one for any festival goer with fine seafood and live music and entertainment. Been held in Galway you are always guaranteed an electric and friendly atmosphere. You will also get to take in some of Galway’s heritage and local attractions. What a great opportunity to book a campervan for a 4-day break and travel west for the Galway Oyster Festival? It give syou the opportunity to take in some of the beautiful scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way. With our campervans you can bring the family or a group of friends and experience the fine food in comfort and luxury. You can travel the west coast and take in some breath-taking views while there and return in the evening as the festival atmosphere heats up.

If you are looking for a short break idea, then book a campervan for the last week in September now. Experience the atmosphere and fine food of the Galway Oyster Festival with Celtic Campervans. We would advise to book early to avoid disappointment.

Dingle Food Festival 2016

dingle food festival 2016 You do not need many reasons to go and visit Dingle in Co. Kerry. Dingle is a beautiful coastal village with many tourist attractions to go and visit. One of the towns big festivals of the year is the Dingle Food Festival. Taking place between the 30th of September until the 2nd of October the event promises to be a weekend of fine food and music.

The festival is organised on a non-profit basis. Most events will be free with only a few having a small cover charge to cover costs. Any profits made by the festival are donated to charity. Action Breast Cancer, Hope Guatemala and Kerry Hospice are this years charities.

Dingle has been building its reputation in food circles and has some great restaurants and food shops across the town. The use of some of the best Irish ingredients used by local and national chefs in cookery demonstrations will be the focus of the festival.

The food festival will include food workshops, cookery demonstrations, art trails and whiskey and wine tasting and also a host of entertainment for children including Bouncy Castles, Juggling, Face Painting ad a Punch & Judy show. The winners of the annual Blas na hÉireann (Taste of Ireland) National Irish Food Awards will also be announced. There will be a food and wine market taking place throughout the weekend to allow you to stock up on some fine treats to bring home.

One of the big highlights of the Dingle Food Festival is the Taste Trail. The trail takes place on the Friday and Saturday night. This is where you stroll the streets of Dingle to sample some local cuisine in over 80 locations. You can purchase a book of Taste Trail tickets for €22 which will allow you to sample the fine foods on the trail in different locations such as pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries.

The festival promises to have an electric atmosphere with a wide selection of entertainment planned including opening and closing parties and live street music.

For further information, visit www.dinglefood.com

Travelling to the Dingle Food Festival

10,000 visitors are expected to visit Dingle on the weekend of the festival from all over the world. Do not miss this festival as it promises to be one not to be missed. Why not book a campervan and travel down to Dingle for the weekend with the family? You can bring the kids and enjoy some fine foods, good craic and enjoy some beautiful local scenery. Hire a campervan for a short 4 day break which is ideal for the Dingle Food Festival.

So free up the family’s weekend at the end of September and book a campervan with Celtic Campervans. Travel down to beautiful Dingle to take in the foods, drinks and atmosphere of the Dingle Food Festival. Most of all, do book early to avoid any disappointment.