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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

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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.

Connemara Mussel Festival 2016

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Nothing beats a good food festival and the Connemara Mussel Festival is no exception. The Connemara Mussel Festival 2016 is scheduled to take place from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May. The festival is a true celebration of food, people and culture of North Connemara. Taking place at Tully Cross on the Renvyle Peninsula this year’s event is the 11th in its history. It certainly promises to be packed full of activities to look forward to on the May bank holiday weekend.

The heart of the festival will have events where professional chefs will be demonstrating the cooking of mussels and other fine local foods. There will also be a number of cooking competitions including amateur and celebrity mussel cooking competitions and there will also be student chefs from GMIT.

Some other activities going on over the weekend will include heritage walks, local art exhibition, country market with local producers showcasing crafts and foods, Fly casting lessons, dramatic presentations and storytelling for children and a Seafood Gala Dinner. There will also be a variety of musical treats on offer in the local pubs. Activities for children will also be available to keep them entertained.

We cannot forget the beautiful scenery on display for those in the area. Connemara has a vast collection of beautiful beaches and picturesque mountain views. Also the Wild Atlantic Way route should be experienced as it takes in some breath-taking scenery that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world.

Enjoying the Connemara Mussel Festival

The Connemara Mussel Festival is the perfect excuse to get out and travel to Connemara and take in the beautiful scenery, fine food and the warm welcome form the local residents. Whether it be a family getaway or a weekend for a group of friends Celtic Campervans have the ideal way for you to enjoy the May bank holiday weekend. Simply book your campervan with the booking form on the top left of your screen and look forward to a weekend that you will enjoy immensely with your family or friends. Our campervans give you the unique opportunity of travelling to Connemara taking in the beautiful scenery along the way in a spacious and luxurious campervan. Once you arrive you can simply park up and enjoy the festival without the expense of checking into local accommodation. You will also have the flexibility packing up the campervan and travelling around the Wild Atlantic Way and finally getting back to Tully Cross to take in the festivals night activities. You can get further information from us on our campervans by emailing info@celticcampervans.com. Go on and treat the family to a May bank holiday weekend at the Connemara Mussel Festival.

Cork International Choral Festival

Cork International Choral Festival The Cork International Choral Festival is a wide collection of choirs from across the world. Taking place in Cork city from the 27th of April till the 1st of May, this year’s festival will see world class performances celebrating choral music across the city. The festival was founded back in 1954 making it well established and one of Europe’s leading choral festivals.

The Cork International Choral Festival takes place over 5 days and has a collection of choirs from across the world coming together for a programme of School Concerts, Gala concerts both International and National Competitions as Cork city will be brought to life with world class performances.

Festival events and performances will centre around Cork’s City Hall. The beautiful concert hall in the building is the main venue in Cork city for festivals and concerts. It has six limestone Tuscan pillars and a copper domed clock tower which are a particularly impressive sight at night.

The big event of the Cork International Choral Festival is the hotly contested competition for the prestigious Fleischmann International Trophy. A collection of the finest amateur international choirs takes part every year in the competition which has an extremely high level of standard. The competing choirs also perform in a large selection of additional festival activities over the course of the festival including informal and church performances, and fringe concerts which gives festival goers plenty of opportunities to experience some of the best choir singing in the world.

The National Competitions have over 100 Adult, Youth and School choirs taking part from all over Ireland, which means there may possibly be more than 5,000 singers in Cork city for the 5-day festival taking place over the May bank Holiday weekend. This gives a real opportunity for those who enjoy choral music to travel to Cork and experience some of the best choral music by world class performers.

You can get further information on the festival by visiting www.corkchoral.ie

The fact that the Cork International Choral Festival takes place on the May bank holiday weekend will give you a great opportunity for a short family break or a getaway with a group of friends. At Celtic Campervans we have the perfect campervan for you and the family to hire for 4 days and travel to Cork to take in some of the finest choral music in the world. You can also enjoy Corks national heritage and beautiful landscaping as part of your weekend away. You can enjoy some attractions such as Fota Wildlife Park, Spike Island, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Ballycotton Cliff Walk and the Blarney stone.

So why not book your campervan online now by simply filling out the booking form on the top left of your screen. You can then enjoy The Cork International Choral Festival and all of Corks local attractions in comfort. Our campervans give you the flexibility to stay in the city and also travel to nearby attractions without the need for incurring extra costs suck as taxis or buses.

So book your campervan now and enjoy the Cork International Choral Festival with Celtic Campervans. We would advise you to book early to avoid any disappointment.

Pan Celtic 2016

pan celtic 2016

Pan Celtic 2016 takes place in Carlow town from the 29th March until the 3rd April. The first Pan Celtic festival dates back to 1971 which was held in Killarney. The festival is a true celebration of cultural links between Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, the isle of Man and Cornwall. The festival will bring together a large collection of musicians, singers, choirs and dancers from the Celtic nations that are taking part to share and promote their culture and language.

The program includes music and dance attractions to entertain us, with the best in Celtic music, pipe bands, traditional folk music, harpists and fiddlers and some Celtic rock and pop music which ensures to cover all tastes of music. The Inter Celtic Dance Competition will be held on the Saturday which will demonstrate a beautiful art of Celtic vibrancy. There will also be public displays of dance on offer to really enhance the atmosphere and energy around Carlow town. The Pan Celtic Parade is scheduled to take place on Friday the 1st of April and it surely promises to provide an entertaining and wonderful display from all our Celtic Nations.

There is also a list of fringe events taking place with the Pan Celtic Festival where festival goers can interact with and see, and there promises to be something for all ages. Events such as The Trad Session Trail, Food/Craft Outdoor Market, Storytelling & Art for Children, Storytelling and workshops for adults, Sports programme & Social Dancing will be held across Carlow town so there will surely be something of interest for all the family.

For further information on Pan Celtic 2016 simply visit www.panceltic

To add the extra bit of fun to the Pan Celtic Festival why not enjoy some time off with the family and hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans. We boast a large fleet of spacious and luxurious campervans in our Dublin depot. We have the ideal campervan for your family getaway. Fully equipped with all the mod cons you would need to make any journey or break away as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We have 2-4 & 4-6 berth campervans which make them ideal for that family getaway. Booking is simple and can be done very quickly. Simply fill out the booking form located at the top left of your screen. If you have any queries you can drop us an email to info@celticcampervans.com.

So if you are looking for some Celtic culture to enjoy take a trip down to Carlow to enjoy the Pan Celtic 2016 with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. Do book early to avoid any disappointment.

The Galway Food Festival 2016

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There is nothing like a good food festival to get our mouths watering. The Galway Food Festival 2016 promises to do just that. The festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend from Thursday 24th to Monday 28th March. It promises to be 5 days of the best of high quality food with loads events for all the family. The festival builds itself by focusing on promoting artisan, seasonal and local produce.

More than 70,000 food lovers attended last year’s Festival that had over 100 food outlets and producers from across the city and county showcasing their best food produce.

As this is the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising the festival will celebrate 100 years of top quality Irish food. The festival plans to showcase a different theme from each decade over the last 100 years and will demonstrate some of the old traditions used over the last 10 decades in Irish food.

The 2016 event plans to be a big spectacle and will include an extended food village on the banks of the Corrib, restaurant trails, open-air markets, food tours to local artisan producers, tastings, cookery demonstrations, foraging trips, beer and wine workshops, food talks, a meet the producer’s forum, a wide selection of local food produce, plenty of kid’s activities and family fun days to entertain all. There will be over 75 local restaurants, food producers & food outlets that will participate over the course of the 5 days with most events been free to attend, which is good news for us all.

Galway has grown massively as a city over the last 100 years and is now home to a large number of different nationalities. The Galway Food Festival will host a range of culinary events right across the city. These will focus and explore the evolving traditions, products and dishes over the last 10 decades. There should be a large range of different food events on offer due to the multicultural population of Galway.

For further information on the festival visit www.galwayfoodfestival.com

Galway is the ideal city for you to travel too as you can enjoy the best of fine food and local produce and also take in the magnificent local scenery and heritage. Local attractions such as the Galway city Museum, Eyre Square, Galway International Arts festival & Dunguaire Castle to name just a few. To enjoy what Galway has on offer over the Easter weekend you should hire a campervan with Celtic campervans and enjoy travelling to Galway and take in the scenery as you travel to enjoy some of the finest food on offer at the festival. The real benefit of hiring a campervan for this weekend is the fact that you can have a flexible weekend where you can enjoy some fine food and then take a relaxing drive along the Wild Atlantic Way.

So drop us an email to info@celticcampervans.com or book your campervan online by filling out the booking form on the top left of your screen and you can enjoy the Galway Food Festival with the family or a group of friends. You wil create memories that you will cherish forever.

St.Patricks day Festival 2016

St.Patricks day festival 2016It’s under a month away now to one of the biggest celebrations on the Irish calendar and indeed across the world. St.Patricks day is coming up on the 17th of March and this means the St.Patricks day Festival will be in full swing once again this year. What makes this year’s festival even more special is that it is the events 21st birthday. It was established back in 1995 by the Irish government to develop a major annual international festival around our national holiday.

The St.Patricks Day festival is a 4-day event which will kick off this year on St.Patricks day, the 17th of March and wraps up on the 20th of March. The feast day of St.Patrick is celebrated with fireworks, parades, and general family fun not only in Dublin city, but all over the country and in major cities across the world.

This year will again see a wide selection of family events taking place all over Dublin city. Events such as The City at Play: Funfairs, St. Patrick’s Festival Parade, Irish Craft Beer & Whiskey Village, In the Footsteps of St. Patrick-Walking Tour, George’s Dock: Funfair, Dublin Bay Prawn Festival and Greening the City which will see local landmarks taking on a shade of green for the weekend.

One of events that should bring a big audience is The Laughter Lounge Presents Best of Irish on St.Patricks Day at 7pm. The comedy show brings 6 of Irelands greatest comedians together to compete to find Irelands funniest comedian. There is sure to be some laughs and jokes to enjoy.

For further information simply visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Enjoying St.Patricks Day 2016

The St.Patricks weekend give a very good reason and opportunity to get out and enjoy Ireland and its heritage. What better way to do so than hiring a campervan and travelling across Ireland over the weekend and getting in all the sites, events and activities that really bring out the everything beautiful about Ireland. Enjoy the St.Patricks day festival in Dublin without having to fork out on very expensive accommodation rates. With a campervan from Celtic Campervans you can enjoy travelling around the county in not only luxury and comfort but also relax knowing you do not have to check into B&B’s or hotels as you can simply park up your campervan and relax.

Booking is quite easy, simply fill out he boking form on the top left of your screen. Do book early to avoid disappointment. So go on and treat the family or get together with the friends and hire a campervan with Celtic campervans and enjoy what the St.Patricks Festival has on offer.

2016 Events

2015 is almost at an end now and what a year it was with a large selection of festivals and events that have created memories for us that we will never forget.

Looking forward to 2016 and we have even more reasons to pack our bags for a few days and head off on a family trip or a getaway with a few friends and enjoy a campervan holiday. We have put together some of the highlights of the upcoming 2016 social calendar and we hope to see all you happy campers booking your campervans with us.

So take a look over our selection of the unmissable events in 2016 and get online and book your campervan at www.celticcampervans.com for you and the family or friends. Have a Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you in 2016.

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