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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.

DayTripper Waterford 2016

DayTripper Waterford 2016 This week we will take a look at a relatively new music festival coming up in July in the South East. DayTripper will take place in the Regional Sports Centre from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of July. The festival is a 3-day music event with top quality music entertainment for everyone’s tastes.

The music festival will be held on a purpose built site at the RSC in Waterford city. The festival will have two live stages of music for all ages and tastes and will feature 5 hours of nonstop world class live music from 6pm to 11pm each day of the festival. This year will be the festivals 4th year in bringing world class acts to Waterford for 3 days of great music and an atmosphere to be experienced.

The past 3 years has seen big names such as UB40, The Darkness, Maverick Sabre, David Gray, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs, Imelda May, Paloma Faith and The Coronas. This year’s festival will play host to some bug names in the music industry from all over the world and also including some local and national favourites. Bands such as Leftfield, Ocean Colour Scene, King Kong Company, Mark Kavanagh, Republik, The Disconauts, Mr C, Stereo MCs, Bushwacka, Neville Staple Band, Aslan, Smash Hits, Get Down Edits, Mad Ferritt, Discopunks, Paul Young, Big Country, Rebel Rebel, Unusual Suspects, Spring Break and Fade To Grey will take to the stage at this year’s DayTripper festival.

This relatively new festival will surely be a permanent fixture on Irelands music scene for years to come. With great music and full bar and food facilities available on site will make this a festival not to be missed. Tickets to this year’s DayTripper festival will cost just €42.50 per day (plus service charge of €2.50), which is real value for money.

Not only will do you have the festivals atmosphere to enjoy but also the beautiful city of Waterford is a major tourist hotspot. Waterford is the country’s oldest city and has many heritage landmarks and attractions to enjoy such as Reginald’s Tower, The Clock Tower, The Granary, Christ Church Cathedral and the world famous Waterford Crystal. A weekend in Waterford promises not to disappoint.

And how better to enjoy the whole weekend than hiring a campervan and bringing the family or a group of friends together and enjoying some top quality music, food and some local scenery. A campervan is ideal if you don’t fancy paying for local accommodation which can be in high demand over the weekend which will make prices soar. So if you fancy travelling to the DayTripper festival in style and luxury with a campervan from us then book online now with our booking form on the top left of your screen. Do book early for the DayTripper festival to avoid disappointment.

Vantastival 2016

vantastival 2016 We are spoilt at this time of the year with Bank Holiday weekends and the next one up is the June Bank Holiday. Taking place that weekend is the Vantastival festival 2016. The festival takes place on the 3rd and 4th of June. The first Vantastival festival took place back in May 2010 and it has grown ever since. The festival brings together music enthusiasts and lovers of the campervan lifestyle.
The Vantastival festival 2016 changes its location this year where in previous years it was held in Bellurgan Park in Dundalk and this year will see its first year in the beautiful grounds of Beaulieu House in Drogheda, Co. Louth.

There is a large selection of live musical acts that will perform over the bank holiday weekend and the campervan experience should give an electric atmosphere over the weekend. There will also be a selection of attractions to make the festival a must for all the family with arts & crafts, gourmet food stalls, festival traders and kids activities. Some of the kid’s activities include Music workshops, Soccer skills, Arts and crafts, Circus skills, Bubble shows, Kids’ yoga, Face painting, Textile workshops, Games, Interactive music shows, Kids’ discos, Bouncy castles, Storytelling and much much more!

For more information on the Vantastival festival visit www.vantastival.com

Need a campervan for Vantastival?

The event is the perfect event to bring your campervan to. It is not a requirement to have a campervan as there is a dedicated tent campsite available to those looking to pitch up their tent for the weekend. If you would like to experience the Vantastival festival and the campervan lifestyle but have not got access to a campervan, then visit www.celticcampervans.com and you can book a campervan with us for the weekend. Our campervans are extremely spacious and are adequately equipped making them ideal for a family getaway. We have 2-4 berth and 4-6 berth campervans so they are ideal for you and the family or a group of friends. You can comfortably bring the family on a weekend getaway, one of which your family will remember forever as one of their most favourite experiences.

So this is your perfect reason to hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans and travel to Drogheda and live the campervan experience with fellow campers at the Vantastival festival 2016. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Killarney Beer Festival 2016

killarney beer festival

We have another festival coming up in May that will bring us back south to Killarney and that is the Killarney Beer Festival which takes place between the 27th-29th of May, in association with Beoir Ireland.

Killarney will see the very best of Irish Craft Brewers arrive with kegs upon kegs of Craft Beer & Cider and not to mention a collection of some of the best of Irish Whiskey and Gin.

The weekend will host a series of beer tasting, competitions, awards, master classes, a food village and some live entertainment to boost the weekends atmosphere. There is surely something for everyone to get their taste buds in gear. There will be workshops that will include beer and cheese pairing, beer and food pairing and all day brewing demonstrations.

Beoir Ireland will be hosting their distinctive awards programme which includes over 8 categories comprising of Dark Ale, Pale Ale, Porter & Stout, Sour Beer & Wheat Beer. The awards will be open to all Irish breweries. The awards will be judged upon by independent Beer consumers lead by Reuben Gray of Beoir, EBCU & CAMRA members as well as a collection of international judges. A Beoir Champion Beer of Ireland will be crowned at the festival.

Festival goers will have the option of browsing through stalls, taste some fine craft beers, get some hints and tips at a masterclass or two and enjoy the overall atmosphere with the help of some live music. There should be lots on offer to enjoy or sample. You will have to purchase tokens on the day of the festival to exchange for a drink and food.

Sponsored by Carry Out Off Licence this year’s festival promises to be one not to miss. If you require further information on the Killarney Beer Festival, simply visit http://inec.ie/festival/killarney-beerfest/

Enjoy the Killarney Beer Festival

The perfect getaway the festival promises to be. It would be the ideal excuse for you and a group of friends to hire a campervan and travel down to Killarney and enjoy the local scenery, local hospitality and enjoy some of the finest Craft Beers on offer in Ireland. Simply book one of our campervans with our booking form on the top left of your screen and simply spread the cost with your friends and enjoy a fantastic weekend away with no accommodation or travel expenses. Our spacious campervans are perfect for you to relax and enjoy a quick weekend break.

So why not get a group of friends together, hire a campervan and travel down to Killarney to relax and enjoy the Killarney Beer Festival.

The Dublin Dance Festival 2016

Dublin Dance Festival 2016

The Dublin Dance Festival 2016 will take place from the 17th – 28th of May and is the country’s leading dance event on the Irish cultural calendar. The festival which is established since 2002 bring a collection of talented dance artists and choreographers from all over the world to put on a beautiful and vibrant show of contemporary dance for audiences in Dublin.

Over the course of the 11 days of the Dublin Dance Festival, festival goers will see 15 companies at 13 venues across Dublin and as part of the programme there will be 3 world premieres, 1 European premiere and 8 Irish premieres. The festival will include a beautiful contemporary ballet which will be hosted at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, a dynamic urban-fusion piece by Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi and a new major dance theatre piece by Olivier Award-winning Choreographer Crystal Pite, to highlight just a few.

The Dublin Dance Festival aim is to bring together beautiful dance from all over the world and to allow audiences to discover and enjoy these inspirational artists. The festival will have a wide selection of dance feasts on offer including Windstyle Performance with Aragorn Boulanger, Betroffenheit Kidd Pivot & Electric Company Theatre, Eric Beauchesne Master Class and Shostakovich, Rasa Alonzo King LINES Ballet.

You can find further information on the Dublin Dance Festival by visiting www.dublindancefestival.ie where you can find more information on different shows, masterclasses, exhibitions and workshops with their times and locations.

This festival of dance is a must for anyone who enjoys spectacular exhibitions of some of the best dance artists in the world. Not only will you enjoy the experience of the Dublin Dance Festival but you will also be able to take in Dublin’s heritage attractions and must see landmarks. What better way to enjoy Dublin than to hire a campervan for your stay which will allow you to travel across Dublin and take in its tourist attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin Zoo, The National Aquatic Centre, The Book of Kells, The National Gallery of Ireland, The National Botanic Gardens and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to name just a few. A campervan from Celtic Campervans will give you the flexibility to both enjoy the dance festival and also take in Dublin’s attractions. There will be no need for paying out for expensive accommodation or transport cost as your campervan covers all. Both spacious and luxurious our campervans are ideal for any family getaway. Simply book now with our booking form on the top left of your screen.

So if you are looking to enjoy some spectacular dance exhibitions and also take in some attraction across Dublin why not hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans and travel to Dublin to enjoy The Dublin Dance Festival

Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival 2016

Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival We have yet another food festival coming up in Kinsale in County Cork. The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival will take place on Saturday 23rd of April. Kinsale is the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way and its streets and quays will host the popular annual open air street market with food stalls, family entertainment and live music.

There will be delicious samples of fine food to enjoy on the streets of Kinsale from the members of the Kinsale Good Food Circle, an association of local restaurants, who will also be joined by local restaurants and shops. The food can be enjoyed at the food festival or taken home. The food festival will operate a ‘pay as you eat’ system where all the food samples will cost under €5.

There will be a selection of free street entertainment around the town of Kinsale so there is sure to be something for all the family.

The following day, Sunday 24th April, will see the 6th annual All Ireland Chowder Cook Off. The is the highlight of the two-day festival and will take place from 2 – 4pm. The competition will have over thirty chefs from all over the country who will compete against each other for the title of All Ireland Chowder Champion. The winner will be voted by member of the public. To cast your vote, you simply pay a fee of €15 for a voting card and allows them to sample each of the chowder entries. The prize awaiting this year’s All-Ireland Chowder Champion will be a beautiful trophy, and will be a guest chef next summer in Newport, Rhode Island, which is Kinsale’s twin town.

You can get further information on The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival at http://www.kinsale.ie/event/taste-the-wild-atlantic-way-street-food-festival-2/2016-04-23/

Kinsale is a beautiful part of Ireland with friendly people beautiful scenery that has to be experienced in person. The Wild Atlantic Way is a world famous route that begins in Kinsale and travels as far north as Malin Head in Co. Donegal. The driving route conveniently puts all the wide selection of attractions of Ireland’s west coast. The route is adequately sign posted and is relatively easy to navigate and has almost 160 areas where those travelling the route can park up and take in some of the natural beauty and landmarks that the west of Ireland has to offer.

So why not hire a campervan from Celtic Campervans and travel over to Kinsale for a bit of fine food tasting at The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and then pack up your campervan and travel the Wild Atlantic way and experience the best scenery that Ireland has to offer. This is truly an experience not to miss. Whether you are planning a family holiday or a getaway with a few friends travelling the West of Ireland in a spacious and comfortable campervan is a holiday that you will never forget. Forget finding a B&B or a hotel. Simply pack up your campervan and go.

So go on and book your campervan with our booking form on the top left of your screen and enjoy some fine food at The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and take in beautiful scenery along the Wild Atlantic Way.