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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.

Cork Folk Festival

Cork Folk Festival Nothing beats the atmosphere of a good old Irish folk festival. The Cork Folk Festival is coming up soon in the social calendar. The festival takes place over 4 days between the 29th September to the 2nd October in Cork city. The annual event has been bringing a collection of folk events since 1979. This year promises to be packed with the best musicians, singers and dancers from Ireland.

The festival now in its 37th year is developing into one of Ireland’s most important and looked forward to folk and traditional music events. There will be a feast of folk events taking place in more than 40 venues across Cork city and county.

The festival will include concerts by international and Irish artists, workshops, lectures, set dancing and children’s events. The Folk Festival typically opens every year with a big themed attraction in Grand Parade with a collection of musicians and dancers entertaining a large crowd of around 10,000 people.

The festival promises to have something for everyone’s taste including bluegrass, set dancing and Cajun music. There will be performances taking place in music venues, concert halls, on the streets and 30 bars across the city. There will be pub trail maps available to let you plan your day’s enjoyment.
This year’s festival will focus in on the song legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising. Also part of the festival events will be a fiddle master class, song competitions and sessions. Some of the headline acts will include Scotsman Dick Gaughan, Mick Flannery, The Unthanks, Buttons & Bows, We Banjo 3 and the Atlantic Arc Orchestra.

The music packed festival will also include trad singer Barry Gleeson, Sean O Se, Ron Kavana, Cork Singers’ & Pipers Clubs, Warwick Folk Festival, Seamus Creagh Tribute Concert, Lee Delta Blues Club and Stíleanna.

For more infotmation visit www.corkfolkfestival.com/

Travelling to the Cork Folk Festival

The Cork Folk Festival is a chance to enjoy traditional music and soak up a truly electric and friendly atmosphere. There is one sure way to enhance your experience of the festival. Why not take the family or a group of the friends and travel to Cork with a campervan from us? Book a campervan now and you will be able to enjoy your trip to Cork and park up your motorhome to take in the atmosphere of the Cork Folk Festival. You can also travel the county and take in some of the beautiful scenery and attractions.
So book online now with our booking form on the top left of your screen and enjoy the Cork Folk Festival with a campervan from Celtic Campervans.

Waterford Harvest Festival 2016

waterford harvest festival Nothing beats a good food festival here in Ireland. Coming up in September is a food festival not to miss. Waterford Harvest Festival will take place from the 9th – 11th of September 2016. The festival showcases the very best in local food and celebrates the food heritage of Waterford.

The harvest festival has been a time to celebrate the crop since all the way back to pagan times. It has been a time for all the family and the wider community to unwind and enjoy the fruits of their labours. Waterford Harvest Festival in its essence is a modern version of this traditional festival.


The streets of Waterford city will come alive for three days with the smells, sights and sounds of all things food. Promising to be a fun filled festival the Waterford Harvest Festival is one not to be missed. There will be street entertainment, food tours, cookery demonstrations, tastings, parties, workshops, restaurant trails and a local farmers market.

The festival will encourage both locals and visitors to try some fine food and experience some tasty treats that may be new to their palate.

Waterford been a coastal county is sure to have a huge selection of local foods with strong agricultural tradition. There will be a selection of small artisan producers along with larger food companies.

You can find further information on the Waterford Harvest Festival at www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie

Enjoying the Waterford Harvest Festival

Waterford city itself is also a major hotspot each year for tourists from around the world. There are many big tourist attractions to take in while enjoying the Harvest Festival. Places such as Reginald’s Tower, Waterford Crystal and Dunmore East are just a few places you must visit.

This gives you the best excuse to hire a campervan for a short break with the family. Why not book a campervan and travel down to the Waterford Harvest Festival and enjoy what the atmosphere of the festival and also enjoy the other landmarks that are located in and around Waterford city?

Simply book your campervan with our booking form located at the top left of your screen. Booking your campervan will only take a couple of minutes. We do advise to book early to avoid disappointment in getting your dates.

So get the family together and travel down to Waterford and experience first-hand the Waterford Harvest Festival

Harvest Time Blues Festival 2016

Harvest Time Blues Festival Nothing beats a good auld Blues festival to put the party goers in us into overdrive. The Harvest Time Blues Festival 2016 will kick into action in Monaghan Town from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th of September. This year will be the 3 day festivals 21st Edition birthday.

The festival has grown in stature and is now considered as one of the best Blues Festivals in all of Europe. The Harvest Time Blues Festival is a major attraction for lovers of blues music from Ireland and the rest of Europe. The festival has a great reputation for some of the best music and ecstatic audiences. If you are looking for an electric atmosphere, then the festival is one for you. Those playing at the festival seem to enjoy themselves every bit as much as the audiences enjoying their music.

The festival will comprise of 10 of the best blues bands playing in 5 different pubs across Monaghan town. There will be a total of 30 gigs on offer over the 3 days, completely free.

The Market House will host the Acoustic Room for a very personal performance by 5 international blues performers. Capacity here is limited to 100 making it a very intimate setting. Tickets for here at €12 on the Friday night and €15 on both Saturday and Sunday all day.

The Late Night Marquee will also host 7 international US Blues Bands across 3 nights of electrifying blues music and an atmosphere to rival any main stream concert. With music from 10pm till 3am it really promises to entertain all music lovers. Tickets are €20 for each of the 3 nights or €50 for all three. The venue will have full bar facilities and seating available.

There will be something for any festival goer that enjoys good music and an amazing atmosphere.

You can find further information at www.harvestblues.ie

Campervan Rental for the Harvest Time Blues Festival

To really add that extra bit of fun to the Harvest Time Blues Festival hiring a campervan for you and the family or a group of friends is a must. The experience of travelling to the festival and camping overnight will definitely add that country feel.

All our campervans are fully equipped with all the necessary mod cons for a comfortable break. We have 2-4 and 4-6 berths available which is ideal for the family or a group of friends. Simply book online with our booking form on the top left of your screen. Do book early to avoid disappointment.

So pack your bags, book your campervan and travel to The Harvest Time Blues Festival in Monaghan town to experience the very best of Blues music in a cosy and friendly atmosphere.

Irish Craft Beer Festival 2016

Irish Craft Beer Festival 2016

One of our favourite excuses for enjoying some fine food and some excellent craft beers is coming up soon in September. Irelands biggest craft beer festival will take over the RDS from September 8th until the 10th.

This year will see the festival return for its 6th year. The festival brings together our most favourite pastimes, enjoying good food, drink and the best of live music. The festival showcases some of Irelands finest craft beers, whiskey distilling and cider making. The Irish Craft Beer Festival has a jam packed programme on offer for us to enjoy including some of the best craft beer and food in Ireland, Meet The Brewer sessions, the very best in live music and panel discussions. It surely promises to have an electric atmosphere and one you can relax and enjoy your weekend.

The craft beer industry is growing year after year and is booming at present with 50% of the existing 37 breweries and cider makers been established since 2009. Some big name sin the craft beer industry will all be showcasing their finest beers at the festival including O’Hara’s (Carlow Brewing Company), Carrig Brewing and Killarney Brewing Company.

The live entertainment will include a Silent Disco, Djs daily, Barbershop and Live GAA Hurling Saturday. Some of the food stands will include Dave’s Wood Fired Pizza, Jane Russels Handmade Sausages, The Dublin Cookie Co & Jack Codys Beer & Bites.

Tickets for the festival cost €10 on the Thursday and Friday and €15 on the Saturday.

You can get further information on the Craft Beer Festival at www.irishcraftbeerfestival.ie.

Enjoy the Irish Craft Beer Festival

The Irish Craft Beer Festival 2016 truly promises to be one of great food, drink and entertainment. To add that little extra special element to the weekend you and a group of friends should hire a campervan and travel up to the RDS and experience the festival first hand. Hiring a campervan will surely give that added bit of excitement and atmosphere to your weekend. We have 2-4 and 4-6 berths available to hire. Not only do you have your travel arrangements sorted for you and your mates but also your accommodation making it very affordable, leaving you to enjoy the festival even more.

So go on and book a campervan with Celtic campervans and enjoy the Irish Craft Beer Festival 2016 this September in the RDs in Dublin. Booking is quite simple, simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen. Do book early to avoid any disappointment.

City Spectacular 2016

City Spectacular Nothing beats a good street festival for all the family. This month we will see the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular take place in Cork on the 8th – 10th of July. The festival comprises of free events which are hosted in Fitzgerald Park in Cork. Last year saw the festival celebrate its 10th birthday and this year promises to be even more spectacular. There will be a host of street performers from all over the world to provide some thrilling family entertainment.

City Spectacular Performances

This year’s line-up of some of the world’s best street performers will include contortionists, fire eaters, musicians, artists and singers, sword swollers and acrobats face painting, balloon modelling, and our own favourite puppet Bosco will be spotted throughout the festival. Some of the main street performers will include superstar Erik “The Lizardman” Sprague, who has 700 hours of tattooing, and Bruce Springsteen’s most favourite street performer contortionist Alakazam. The event will also have family picnics, concerts, food events and outdoor screenings plus tours of street art and a midsummer night dinner. This year’s City Spectacular promises to have something for all the family.

Also one big attraction not to be missed by the kids is Titan the Robot, who will amaze and stun crowds at the Laya Healthcare’s Greatest Place on Earth and has also performed alongside Will Smith and Rihanna.

All the entertainment at the festival is completely free. The street performers, who have dedicated their lives to perfecting their amazing shows, would greatly appreciate any contribution from their audience at the end of each show.

Travelling to City Spectacular

With over 60% of the people attending the festival it really has a friendly and exciting atmosphere. To add that extra special experience for the kids why not hire a campervan and travel down to Cork. You will be able to enjoy the scenery on the drive down and take in the whole atmosphere of the street festival. Not only will you be eliminating your accommodation costs but more importantly you will be creating those memories that your family will never forget. Our 2-4 or 4-6 berth campervans are ideal for any family getaway, providing all the mod cons that you would need for a comfortable and enjoyable break.

Book your campervan for the Laya Healthcare City Spectacular with the boking form on the top left of your screen and enjoy a feast of fun, food and entertainment with the family. Do book early to avoid any disappointment.

Folkfest Killarney 2016

Folkfest Killarney

It wouldn’t be the Summer months in Ireland without Folkfest Killarney. The festival hosts some of Irelands best musicians over 3 days in the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. This year sees a cracking line up with headliners including Christy Moore, Damien Dempsey and The Waterboys.

This year Folkfest Killarney will take place over 3 days from the 8th to the 10th of July. The legend that is Christy Moore will headline on the Saturday night and it sees him returning to where it all began when he recorded the popular ‘Ride On’ album in Killarney in July 1986.

The opening night will see Damien Dempsey headlining the Friday night and the Waterboys will be centre stage on the Sunday night to round off the weekend of classic Irish music. Other acts which are part of the weekends line up include Séamie O’Dowd and Jimmy Higgins, Máirtín O’Connor, We Banjo 3, Cathal Hayden, Mick McGoldrick, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Little Green Cars, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Colm MacAn Iomaire and many more. The festival promises to be bursting with exceptional home grown and international music talent.

Enjoy Folkfest Killarney

Apart from the attraction of the Folkfest Killarney festival the town itself is a major tourist attraction in Co. Kerry. Killarney is a major tourist attraction each year and has a huge selection of heritage, history, activities and some of the best hospitality on offer in the world. The town get many tourists visiting its abundance of local attractions including Muckross House, Killarney National Park, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey and Torc Mountain.

This truly gives you the great opportunity to soak up some of the best Irish music on offer and also enjoy some of Irelands most beautiful scenery. How better to enjoy to truly experience the whole weekend than by travelling and staying in Killarney with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. With a spacious and luxurious campervan, you can travel to Killarney and enjoy some the whole festival atmosphere in the town while during the day you can travel the surrounding areas and take in some of Irelands finest scenery.

So don’t sit back and wait, book your campervan now and enjoy Folkfest Killarney and create those unforgettable memories with the family or group of friends.

Castlepalooza 2016

Castlepalooza

One of Irelands most intimate music and arts festival is coming up next month in Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Castlepalooza is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and will take place at Charleville Castle between the 1st and 3rd of July. The Festival which first took place in 2006 has grown over the last 10 years and has been nominated for the ‘Best Small Festival’ in the European Festival Awards 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Castlepalooza not only is a music festival but it also gives tickets holders a chance enjoy the experience of Charleville Castle which is a 17th century castle located in Ireland’s oldest primordial oak woods. You will get the opportunity to explore the beautiful medieval castle and walk through its restored rooms. Those attending the festival will have exclusive daily access throughout the castle and its courtyard where there will be art and film exhibitions; workshops, a cocktail bar, comedy club and burlesque shows.

This year’s festival line-up will include Villagers, Polica, Caribou, Jurassic 5, Cat Power, Field Music, Daphni, Steve Davis, The Albatross. The Saturday and Sunday nights will see the Laughter Lab burst into action with one of Ireland’s greatest and entertaining comedians Tommy Tiernan will headline on Saturday night and TV satirists Apres Match will headline on the Sunday night. To complete the comedian line up the Laughter lab will include PJ Gallagher, Karl Spain, Al Porter, Edwin Sammon, Fred Cooke, Alison Spittle, Joanne Colm O’Regan, Andrea Farrell, Davey Reilly, McNally, Gearoid Farrelly, Chris Kent and Eleanor Tiernan to name just a few.

Tickets are limited to just 1500 which give a very friendly atmosphere to the Castlepalooza music and arts festival. To add that added extra detail to your weekend at the festival why not hire a campervan for the whole weekend. The festival has parking for campervans available in the main car park area with access to toilets, water & a waste tank. The cost of the campervan facilities is €50 per campervan. This really allows you to soak up the whole atmosphere of the festival. You can book a campervan with us for your Castlepalooza weekend with us by filling out the booking form on the top left of your screen. Our campervans are 2-4 and 4-6 berth which are ideal for you and a group of friends to relax and enjoy some music, art and comedic shows in comfort. Do book early to avoid disappointment.