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Vantastival Festival

Vantastival Festival
We could not pass up the opportunity to highlight an upcoming event that is close to our hearts. The Vantastival festival is coming up in May. The award winning festival is held at Bellurgan Park in Co.Louth on 1st – 3rd May 2015. This year being its sixth year, Vantastival is a celebration of campervan culture and a top class music festival all combined into one.

This year’s festival is a must for all music lovers as one of Ireland’s finest bands, the Delorentos will top the bill at Vantastival this May bank holiday weekend. Vantastival is a unique family-friendly event and brings together music fans and campervanners to enjoy top class music and an amazing friendly atmosphere. As part of Vantastival heritage it will retain its distinctly Irish focus in terms of music and has been nominated for various Irish and European festival awards.

The park is set in a beautiful location surrounded by Coley Mountains. The festival has well over 100 musical acts across 3 timber stages, built from the natural materials of the estate’s 200 acre forest, adding to the natural feel of the festival.

Apart from the music entertainment there is also festival traders, gourmet food stalls, kid’s activities, arts, crafts and many more, which ensures that the Vantastival festival has something for everyone.

Some of the acts on show over the weekend include Delorentos, Goldie Lookin Chain, Jinx Lennon, R.S.A.G. and the King Kong Company to name but a few. Tickets for the event cost €95 for three nights camping and Campervans are welcome to park on site (right next to the arena) at no extra charge. For further information on this wonderful festival simply visit www.vantastival.com

Enjoy the Vantastival Festival is comfort

It is not a requirement to have a campervan to go to the event but for an event like this it would be a shame not to bring one. If you are heading to the Vantastival festival then contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for this unique event. Enjoy the camping experience at Ireland’s top camping festival with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. You can check out our spacious campervans and simply book online with our booking form at the top left of your screen. Enjoy the Vantastival festival with Celtic Campervans.

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival

Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival
The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival takes place this year from Tuesday 28th April until Saturday 2nd May 2015. The festival is one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social scene. The festival is a major attraction each year and has a large host of activities and attractions to offer for all ages.

The unique array of exciting sporting action, top class live entertainment, the best of food and drink, family fun and of course the glamour makes the Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival a unique event not to be missed.

The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is billed as the grand finale of the jump season with top class horses, trainers and jockeys from both sides of the Irish Sea. The Dobbins Food Hall facility will be serving a fine selection of dishes with top quality ingredients and homemade breads.
The entertainment at the Festival is second to none and ensures an electrifying atmosphere to greet all those arriving at the racecourse.

The main stage is the key focus of the entertainment programme with excellent live music, fashion shows, children’s entertainment, best dressed finals and expert betting panels. There is also live street theatre with jugglers, stilt walkers and mime artists to keep you amazed as you stroll around the racecourse and through the many restaurants and bars. The après racing music throughout the pavilions, bars and public areas is always a crowd pleaser.

And for all those shopaholics there is also the Festival Shopping Village with over 50 exhibitors displaying everything from fine art to bespoke hats, handcrafted jewellery to garden accessories, giving you the perfect excuse to enjoy some retail therapy. For further information can be found at www.punchestown.com

Traveling To The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival

So there you have it, The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival has all the ingredients for an exciting and thrilling atmosphere for the young and old. To really get into the festival spirit why not hire a campervan with Celtic Campervans and travel to the festival in the comfort you would only expect to get from home. Not only can you bring your family away to the festival in comfort but you have your accommodation arranged as well as our campervans are ideal for a group of friends to camp up for the festival or treating the family to a change of scenery. So don’t miss out on booking your campervan for the festival as there will be a high demand on our fleet, so book early and ring +353 (0)87 2794927 or simply book online by filling in the booking form on the top left of your screen.

So enjoy The Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival with a campervan from Celtic Campervans.

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival

The RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival takes place from the 30th of April to Friday 8th of May. The festival showcases the very best of Irish amateur drama, many of them reaching the standard of any professional company. Many professional actors and playwrights cut their teeth in Athlone, including John B. Keane who’s play Sive had its debut at the festival. Taking place over nine nights the festival is held in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone.

The festival is the final of a competition which is run from the end of February till early April. The competition is has 30 drama groups competing at 35 local drama festivals all across the country with the top 9 qualifying for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival. On offer to the winners is the prestigious Festival Champions Trophy as well as being in contention for the many acting and technical awards on offer.

The nine qualifying groups who have made it to the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival finals are Ballyduff Drama Group, Takin’ Ballyshannon Drama Society, Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group, Corofin Dramatic Society, Estuary Players, Kilmuckridge Drama Group, Letterkenny Music and Drama Group, Palace Players and Shoestring Theatre Company.

All performances are open to the public and attract a very big audience each year, so book your tickets in advance! Booking for the festival is available from 9th April at www.deancrowetheatre.com

The town of Athlone will have a host of fringe events going on, including street theatre, art exhibitions, workshops and events for young people. For further information on the festival simply visit www.dramafestival.ie

RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival in Athlone

Athlone is a beautiful place to visit in the West of Ireland. Celtic Campervans have the ideal campervan for you to travel to Athlone and experience what Athlone and the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival have to offer. Athlone has many amenities on offer such as restaurants, artisan shops, private galleries and theatres and bars including Sean’s Bar the oldest pub in Ireland. So give Stephen a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Festival. All our campervans are spacious and luxurious and offer the comfort of home to those on the road travelling around Ireland.

Belfast Film Festival

Belfast Film Festival

Another big event been held next month in Ireland is the Belfast Film Festival. The festival takes place in Belfast from the 16th to 25th of April. The event first took place back in 1995 and has grown from strength to strength ever since. The 10 day festival will host a large selection of premieres including the presence of many well-known stars, and the very best in world cinema. It will showcase some of Northern Irish creativity, independent cinema and emerging filmmakers. The festival showcases a unique a series of innovative screenings of classic and lesser known films, as well as new cinema from local and international talent.

There will be over 100 screenings from various movie genres played in various venues across the city, including Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast Waterfront, Duncairn Centre, Movie House Dublin Road, Culturlann, The Mac, the Sunflower, the Black Box, Strand Arts Centre, and the Festival’s very own Beanbag Cinema.

The Belfast Film Festival promotes film education and practical filmmaking skills and has attracted film industry guests such as Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Jimmy McGovern, Brendan Fraser, Jim Sheridan and many others.

Tickets for the film showings can be booked online or at festival venues from half hour before screening or event time. For further information on tickets, venues and the film festivals programme simply visit www.belfastfilmfestival.org

Travelling To The Belfast Film Festival

Belfast city has a whole host of top tourist attractions so while enjoying the film festival you can also check out Belfast City Hall, Titanic Quarter, Waterfront Hall, the Ulster Museum and of course the Giants Causeway to name just a few. To make your trip and stay a memorable one you should look at booking a campervan with Celtic Campervans for the event. Our Campervans are luxurious and spacious and would make any trip away feel like relaxing at home. So if you want to travel to the Belfast Film Festival and take in some of the surrounding tourist attractions and scenery then call Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com. We will be only too happy to help you in planning your trip to the Belfast Film festival.

CountryFest Music Festival

CountryFest

For all the country music lovers out there we are bringing you the heads up on an event that may be of interest to you, coming up in April.

Countryfest takes place from April 30th to May 4th in the picturesque village of Inniskeen’s Pairc Grattan in Co. Monaghan. The country music festival is now in its 5th year and showcases all the best Irish country music from around the country.

Last year’s festival was a sell out and Countryfest 2015 looks to be even bigger and better. The event will play host to the biggest names of Irish country music including Robert Mizzell, Nathan Carter, Adrian Goslin, Declan Nurney, Lee Matthews, Mike Denver, Johnny Brady and Mickey the Butcher.

Countryfest 2015 will have increased capacity compared to previous years and also there is the addition of the VIP Area which will give festival goers the chance to get up and personal with some of the biggest name sin Irish country music. The festival is a ticket event and ticket prices range from €15 to €25. To view more information on ticket prices on individual gigs simply visit www.countryfest.ie/tickets

If you need any more info on Countryfest 2015 such as ticket prices and event information simply visit www.countryfest.ie

Travelling To CountryFest

Countryfest 2015 gives you then unique opportunity to travel to Co. Monaghan to take in some of the best Irish country music the country has to offer. To really get into the groove of this music event hiring a campervan with Celtic Campervans would be ideal for you and a group of friends or the family. Hiring a campervan for this weekend not only sorts out your travel arrangements but also your accommodation as we have campervans to suit a group of 2 – 4 or 4 – 6. All our campervans have all the mod cons you would expect to get from a modern campervan, allowing you to travel the country with the comforts of being at home. You can view more info on our campervans to reassure you the quality that we have on offer for you to hire. So to really add that unique experience to your countryfest activities contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and start planning your trip to Countryfest 2015.

Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival

Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival

Last week we brought to you some info on the Galway food festival. This week we are sticking with the food theme and bring the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and Kinsale’s All Ireland Chowder Cook off to your attention. Kinsale’s Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival will take place around the town on Saturday 12th April from 1pm to 4pm, as part of the 5th All Ireland Chowder Cook Off weekend.

The town of Kinsale will be transformed into an open air market with music, food stalls, face painting and loads of entertainment for all the family.

chowder_logoThe following day the 5th All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off takes place. Each of the 32 counties will be represented and will compete for the title of “All-Ireland Chowder Champion”. The judges of the competition is you the public. All you need do is purchase your ticket priced just €10 which is your voting card and entitles you to sample all chowders from the individual stalls, before casting your vote for the All-Ireland Chowder Champion 2015. Last year’s event seen a huge number of tourists coming to from all over Ireland, Europe and also America.

Not only does Kinsale have the Taste The Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival and the All Ireland Chowder Cook off but the town is also a very popular holiday resort for Irish and overseas tourists. The town as a host of leisure activities to keep the whole family entertained, include yachting, sea angling, art galleries and golf. The town is well known and respected for its high quality restaurants and locally sourced sea food.

So if some fine food sampling and taking a trip across our beautiful scenic country is of interest to you then make sure you travel in comfort with Celtic Campervans. We have a large fleet of 2008 model 2-4 and 4-6 berth campervans that are both luxurious and spacious at the same time. Our campervan rates are the best in Ireland and gives you the chance to enjoy the campervan lifestyle at affordable prices.

So don’t miss out on enjoying what Kinsale has to offer on the 18th to 19th of April. From the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival to the All-Ireland Chowder Cook off, Kinsale will be an experience for all the family. So call Stephen now on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com and book your campervan for the Taste the Wild Atlantic Way Street Food Festival.

Galway Food Festival

Galway Food Festival

Another one of Irelands top food festivals takes place very soon in Co. Galway. The 4th annual Galway food festival takes place on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th of April 2015. The festival will be 5 days of quality food and a whole host of free events for all the family. The main goal of the festival is to celebrate Galway as one of Irelands top food destinations.
In 2014, over 70,000 people visited Galway to experience what the food festival had on offer. Events including open-air markets, food trails, demonstrations, tastings, talks, tours and workshops with the participation of over 100 restaurants, food outlets and food producers from across the city and county.

The 2015 event will include an extended food village on the banks of the Corrib, open-air markets, restaurant trails, foraging trips, food talks, cookery demonstrations, tastings, wine and beer workshops, food tours to local artisan producers, a meet the producers forum, lots of local produce on offer, kids’ activities and family fun days. The 2015 Festival will also aim to grow Galway’s presence as a Food Capital of the Wild Atlantic Way through the extended involvement of food producers, suppliers and outlets located along the Western Seaboard in the festival’s markets and events programme.

The food festival programme should be available from March the 10th but if you need any further information simply visit www.galwayfoodfestival.com

Enjoying The Galway Food Festival

campervan-hireNot only does Galway have the food festival on offer for the bank holiday weekend but it’s scenic surroundings and beautiful landscapes is a must see for all ages. And there is no better way to enjoy this beautiful part of the country than hiring a campervan for the weekend and planning a family trip together. You can travel along the Wild Atlantic Way, taking in all the beautiful scenery and wildlife while making your way to the Galway Food Festival.

You can take a look at our campervans to hire and see for yourself the quality of campervan we have on offer at very affordable prices. Whether it’s a 4 berth or a 6 berth you need then give Stephen a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or email info@celticcampervans.com if you have any queries that we can help you with. Alternatively simply book your campervan through the booking form on the top left of your screen and enjoy the Galway Food Festival in comfort.

Dingle International Film Festival

Dingle International Film Festival

If your family is divided into two camps on how to spend a weekend away in March, you and your partner want to take in some scenic views and beautiful landscapes while the kids want to sit back with a large popcorn and coke and relax in front of the large screen in the cinema, then we may have the solution for you. The Dingle International Film Festival takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th of March.

The Dingle International Film Festival is now in its ninth year and plays host to a wonderful selection of art films in both English and Irish, film screenings, workshops and seminars. This year’s line-up of stars is set to include celebrities like Cillian Murphy, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Gillen, Sarah Miles, Maureen O Hara, and Sir Alan Parker to name but a few.
The film festival is a very popular event, which is personal, has style and elegance and exhibits films in unique locations, including the Phoenix Cinema, one of Ireland’s last independent family run cinemas, which was built in 1937.

dingleSo not only do you have one of the country’s best film festivals to enjoy but the festival is also located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, an Irish Language community with a wonderful tradition of Film, Music and Literature, Dingle has been cited as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by the National Geographic and was voted among the top 100 destinations in the world by Trip Advisor. The Dingle Peninsula is great for walking, hiking and cycling and is also well known for its fine list of restaurants that offer excellent locally sourced seafood.

You can find further information on the Dingle International Film Festival such as the festivals programme or if you need to book tickets for any of the festival screenings, workshops and events by visiting www.dinglefilmfestival.com

Travelling To The Dingle International Film Festival

So if your family is indecisive on where to have that weekend away then The Dingle International Film Festival is the place to go. To really make it an unforgettable family getaway why not hire a campervan for your weekend away. You cover your transport and accommodation for the weekend all in one. You can take a look at our campervans to make your choice on what suits your family and budget. To book your campervan simply contact Stephen on +353 (0)87 2794927, email info@celticcampervans.com or simply fill out the booking form on the top left of the screen, to book your campervan for the Dingle International Film Festival.

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
The month of March is full of exciting events and one of these is the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival was established in 2003 and is one of Ireland’s most highly anticipated film festivals of the year. The festival takes place in Dublin city between the 19th and 29th March.

The film festival will take place all over Dublin city in a number of different cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. A total of over 120 films, from all over the world and including some Irish made films, will be on screen for the Irish public to view. The majority of the films to be shown at this year’s film festival are Irish premieres and for a number of these films it represents the only public screening that they will receive in Ireland.

The festival allows members of the public to engage and interact with filmmakers through the medium of public interviews, question and answer sessions and panel discussions. At the heart of the Dublin International Film Festival is the celebration of Irish films and showcasing a large range of film category from archival, documentary and the very latest feature films from upcoming film directors.
Previous film festivals has seen a whole host of big name movie stars gracing the festivals red carpet, including Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Daniel Day Lewis, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and many more. Not only did audiences get to see some of the top movie stars from around the world but also got to meet some of the world’s top directors, producers and screenwriters including Mike Leigh, Jeremy Thomas, Quentin Tarantino, John Sayles, Martin Mc Donagh and many more.

As part of the festival programme the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Previous winners if this prestigious award includes Gabriel Byrne and Daniel Day Lewis. This year’s festival will have the legendary actress Julie Andrews attending two events on the closing day of the Festival. Miss Andrews will take part in a public interview at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and will then close the Festival with the gala screening of the Academy Award winning film The Sound of Music in the Savoy Cinema.

If you need more info on the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival you can visit http://www.jdiff.com.

Travelling To the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

If you enjoy the atmosphere of movie premieres and getting to see and meet a range of movie stars and directors then the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival is for you. The festival is an excellent opportunity for you and your family or for a group of movie and cinema enthusiasts to plan a short break in Dublin city with a campervan from Celtic Campervans. Our campervans are equipped with all the mod cons you would need and expect from a luxurious campervan. You can travel throughout Dublin and soak up all the atmosphere of one of Europe’s exciting cities. So go ahead and book that campervan with us by using our booking form on the top left of your screen. But do book early to avoid disappointment on availability.

St. Patrick’s Festival

St. Patrick's Festival

To continue our look ahead to upcoming events in the Irish calendar what would March be without one of our biggest festivals of the year, the St. Patrick’s Festival. St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on a Tuesday which may get some party goers thinking about excuses for their boss for work on a Monday morning, to make their weekend a four day weekend. In Dublin city the St Patrick’s Festival gets under way on Saturday 14th of March and concludes on Patricks Day the 17th of March. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish.

The first St. Patrick’s Festival back in 1996 was held over one day, and night, and now it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. The festival draws thousand to Dublin city each year from all parts of Ireland and from across the globe. There are a vast range of events taking place throughout the festival including Sport, Family, Music, Comedy and film events. To mark the event there are number of buildings across the city and even across the world that will go green in celebrating our national holiday. Buildings such as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, Heuston Station, Ulster Bank, George’s Quay will all put on the green cape and will give Dublin’s many visitors some spectacular views to mark the occasion.

Some of the events taking place include The Irish Boat Races which takes place on the river Liffey, a 2km rowing course, starting at 3:30pm on O’Connell Bridge between rivals UCD and Trinity College. Been the St. Patrick’s festival there is also the Irish Beer and Whiskey Festival which is in its fourth year now. The festival is a celebration of beer, cider, whiskey, food and entertainment! This festival is an indoor event making it the perfect event to enjoy no matter what the weather is outside. The event includes stalls and an electric atmosphere including live music. The event takes place on each of the days of the festival. On Saturday there will be a comedy standoff between the 10 best Irish stand-up comedians. The Laughter Lounge will host this comedic final which guarantees a lot of laughter and promises to have an electric atmosphere that will be hard to beat. These are only a small snippet of what’s on offer over the four day St. Patrick’s Day festival in Dublin. For more info on simply visit www.stpatricksfestival.ie

Travellig To St. Patrick’s Festival

To enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival give Celtic Campervans a call to book your campervan for this weekend of fun and cheer that nowhere else in the world can match. If you are planning a weekend away with the mates or a weekend with the family then give us a call as we have a campervan to suit your exact needs, with campervans ranging from 2-4 berths and 4-6 berths at very competitive prices. So give us a call on +353 (0)87 2794927 or simply fill out the booking form on the top left of your screen. Booking is quite easy and should only take two minutes of your time. So go ahead and book your campervan with Celtic Campervans and enjoy the St. Patrick’s Festival in style.