Things to Do in Dublin and the Surrounding area's in August!

Things to do in August

I have put together a list of things to do with your family in August in Dublin and surrounding areas. I find sometimes when you are looking for things to do you totally forget what is on so this is a handy guide that you can keep coming back to. Some events are a little drive outside Dublin but I have linked all events so you can see where they are and what suits you best. Hope it gives you some ideas of things to do!


Dublin Horse Show

9th – 13th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

RDS – Ballsbridge

The Dublin Horse Show is considered to be one of the top three equestrian shows in the world and the only one of these to be held in a major city. Held on the grounds of the RDS, the Royal Dublin Society, the Show has been running since 1864 and is the oldest show jumping competition in the world. While specialising in show jumping and other equestrian competitions, the Show is as much renowned for the social occasion it provides, which is saying something in Dublin! It is a staple of the summer calendar and one that people from all over Ireland and beyond come for year after year, as it provides social, shopping, fashion and equestrian all in one venue in early August each year.

Tel: 00353 1 668 0866

dublin horse show 9th -13th of August


Family Storytime at Origami Wonderland

11th of August – 11.00 – 12.00

Birr Castle

Home New

Join the whimsical charactors, Swimsy the Goldfish and Flopsy Hop the Rabbit, on their magical adventures through Origami Wonderland. An enchanting book reading with author George Dempsey Flanagan. Suitable for all ages. Free of charge. Event takes place in Birr Castle Galleries.

Free Admission

+353(0)57 912 0336

birr castle 11 august


Family Fun Day

11th of August – 13.00 – 16.00

Barbican Centre

William Street, Drogheda, Co Louth

Family fun day for all the family

Free admission
✔Face painting
✔Movie on big screen
✔Raffle on the day
✔Much much more

family fun day 11th of August


Young Farmers

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Our Young Farmers series is a range of farming workshops for children aged between 8-12 years which are run from 10am to 12pm on Saturdays throughout the year.

Each session will vary and focus on a different animal, perfect for animal lovers and outdoor explorers. Highly trained experienced educators will encourage children to investigate our farm animals and explore their hidden talents. Kids will learn about and create toys and activities that will delight animal and Young Farmers alike. Farming is all about working together, working hard but having fun and satisfaction in a job well done.

We want every child who attends a workshop to leave with a greater understanding of farm life and the animals that live there.
For more workshops visit

Phone – 01 969 6666

Young Farners 12 August


Milos Bears Picnic

12th and 13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Malahide Castle

Milo Bear has made his decision!

Bring your teddy bears out to play for Milo Bear’s picnic on the West Lawn. Pack a picnic and enjoy some memorable family fun time with face painting and a teddy hunt.

Join us on Saturday 12th or Sunday 13th August from 12 Noon to 5pm

Family garden tickets are only €18.50 (2 adults & 2 children) and can be purchased at the Admissions Desk.

+353 (01) 8169538

Milos Bear Picnic 12th August


Inflatable Colour Run- Kildare

13th of August – 12.00 – 17.00

Kildare – Naas Punchestown Racecourse
The Inflatable Colour Run is coming to Punchestown Racecourse this Sunday.
This one of a kind event combines all the best parts of an inflatable event, with an amazing Colour run, and the result is an EPIC, unmissable summer FUN event!
Suitable for all ages and abilities, so whether you want to run, walk, dance or bounce your way along the route- its totally up to you- its all about fun!!! Tickets on sale at this link>

inflatable colour run 13th August

Children’s Summer Art Camp

14th of August – 11.00 – 16.00

National Botanic Gardens of Ireland

Join artist Niamh Synnott for Children’s art week! Children will be encouraged through fun art activities to observe, engage in and be inspired by their surroundings. Kids can try their hand using a variety of mediums and materials such as mono and block prints, batik, plein-air painting, and construction using art straws.

Ages 4-7 years: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Ages 8-12 years: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Cost: €60. Booking essential.

Telephone No: + 353 1 804 0300

Email address

Summer camp 14th August


Magic Show at Ardgillan Castle

16th of August – 12.00 – 13.00

Ardgillan Castle – Magician Jamie Skelton

Ardgillan Magic Show with Magician Jamie Skelton

Wednesday 16th August at 12pm
Duration approximately 1 hour.

”Jamie Skelton is a full time professional kids magician in Dublin. He performs all over the country, mainly in Dublin and it’s surrounding areas. Jamie has held a residency at Tayto Park, performing over 1000 shows there, so you know that you are booking a bonafide magician!
With over 10 years experience, Jamie is one of the most sought after kids magicians in Dublin, with over 90% of his shows booked through word of mouth…he’s that good!”

Check out his website for clips and more information

€10 per person
Booking required/Limited Numbers
Please read the terms & conditions before purchasing.

Terms & Conditions:
Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase.
Tickets are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and have no cash value.
Please be prepared for all weather conditions.
Suitable for children ages 4 – 12 years.
Parents are welcome to attend the show, but would need to purchase a ticket.
For more information contact the team at the castle.


Phone: 01 8492212



The Big Grill 2017

17th  – 20th  of August – 12.00 – 21.00

Herbert Park – Ballsbridge Dublin 4

The Big Grill BBQ,Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
50plus Food Stalls & Producers

25plus Pitmasters & Restaurants

Eating Competitions

Demos & Talks

Djs & Live Music

Live Fire Cooking

Kids Area

And much more

the big grill 17th August


Sunnydaze Children’s Festival

19th –  20th  of August – 12.00 – 17.30

Rathbeggan Lakes – Dunshaughlin

Sunnydaze Children’s Festival at Rathbeggan Lakes
• Saturday 19th August to Sunday 20th August 2017
• Boutique Weekend Family Festival with free Overnight Camping on Saturday for weekend ticket holders
• Live Entertainment, Interactive Cool Games for Kids of All Ages and Abilities, Crannóg Nature Crafts, Artisan Food
• Access to Rathbeggan Lakes Family Activities

An incredible fully programmed 2 day weekend children’s festival with overnight camping on Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th August at the superb child centred venue of Rathbeggan Lakes, Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath- just 10mins from the M50.

For full details please visit our website:

With 3 covered Stages:
– Mainstage with live music and entertainment, Kidisco, comedy and theatre.
– Big Bubbles with giant wooden games, puppet shows, magicians, giant angry birds, hammocks for parents and children alike, and a kids cinema.
– Crannóg Crafts with workshops arts and crafts, talks, Phoenix earthcare, reduce, reuse and upcycle.

Boutique food stalls, fun, family and much, much, more….

Festival Times:
Saturday: All day, 10am – 21.30PM *
Sunday: All day, 10AM to 5.30PM*
Overnight camping on Saturday night for weekend ticket holders only. Camping grounds will be open from Saturday morning t Sunday evening.
* exact times to be confirmed

Tickets are on sale now, access the ticket sales page from our Facebook Page and also our Website, there will be a limited number of tickets available and will be on a first come first serve basis, hope to see you there!.*Sunnydaze Team*

Tickets prices also inlcude a number of tokens that you can use for extra activites available at wonderful facility of Rathbeggan Lakes:
for more details:
Swan Paddle Boats (5 tokens per boat)
Bungee Bounce (4 tokens)
Water Rollers (4 tokens)
Mini Jeeps (4 tokens)
Bouncy Fun Zone (5 tokens)
High Kings Tower
Climbing (5 tokens)
Abseilling (7 tokens)
Zip-Line (7 tokens)

One Token = €1 and they can be purchased individually or in bags of twenty.
Extra tokens available at Rathbeggan Lakes 1token = €1
All day wristband t include a variety of activities also available at Rathbeggan Lakes- please visit their site for more details-

This fully programmed 2 day weekend event promises immense fun for all families with children of all abilities and ages! It will sell out so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Hope to see you all there!!

(01) 824 0197


Introduction to Bee Keeping

11th of August – 10.00 – 12.00

Airfield Estate

Are you interested in keeping bees and having your own honey, but don’t know where to start?

Join local beekeeper Brian O’Toole from Leinster Honey for an introduction to the fascinating world of bees.

As part of the workshop we will have a live bee colonly on display so you will be able to see upclose inside the colony!

Phone – 01 969 6666



Groove Festival 2017

19th –  20th  of August – 11.00 – 18.00

Killruddery House and Gardens

Groove loves families!

Groove Festival 2017 will offer even more for little kids and big kids alike. From our new family zone, bigger and better outdoor activities, extended opening hours, to our range of family friendly dining options, Groove Festival is the perfect hassle free summer’s day out for the whole family.

Don’t forget, kids 12 and under now go FREE to Groove Festival! Book your tickets online today and be sure to add your little ones, they won’t want to miss this (max two free child tickets per adult, see full terms & conditions here).

Get ready for some serious festival fun!

Tickets available via:

Under 12s go free*

Groove Festival 19th August


Summer Art Camp

21th –  25th  of August

Giddy Studios, Dundrum Town Centre

Giddy Studios Creative Summer Art Camp takes place in our Studio in Dundrum Town Centre for 8 weeks of Summer. It’s the most flexible camp around where you can sign up for single days at €30 per day. Regular rate for a 5 day week is €129 however sign up to our database to get emails about Early Bird Offers
Things to Know //
Age: 5 to 11
Suited to Boys & Girls
Wear pre loved clothes due to the fabulous amount of glue & glitter used.
Crafts include: Pottery Painting (glazed on 1st day of camp week) + Pottery painted with acrylic paint on all other days; along with a multitude of lots of other paper & foam clay based crafts ?

Call 012960303 to book & prepay.
Email with any questions.

giddy studios


IFI Family Festival 2017

25th –  27th  of August

Irish Film Institute (IFI) – 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2,

Round off your family summer with some of our great festival films! In our animal-packed programme, we have talking cats, teaching frogs, racing buffaloes and loyal dogs. There are fierce wolves and very big elephants too. Our film adventures come from around the world, so we’ve some special guests to help with subtitles if you need them, and a chance for you to read and swap stories too!

Individual tickets for all films cost €5, including the opening night event. A family ticket (feature films and shorts programmes) is €15.00 for 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children. Workshops cost €15 – €20 each. Films can be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477 or via the IFI website. Workshops can only be booked via the IFI Box Office on 01-6793477.

(01) 679 3477

Irish Film Festival


Super Milk Wild Air Run – Inflatable 5k

26th  of August  – 10.00 – 16.00

Malahide Castle and Gardens

Super Milk Wild Air Run returns to MALAHIDE CASTLE, DUBLIN.
26th August
30% off full price tickets for the first 300 tickets!
New 4 lane, 60m long slide! 3 new inflatables!
Tickets are ON SALE now @
The Super Milk Wild Air Run is an experience with a difference. All ages (7+) and fitness levels can enjoy Ireland’s first inflatable obstacle course.

Join the 20,000+ people that got involved and had EXTREME FUN in Summer 2016. The Wild Air Run craze is sweeping the nation!

Guarenteed to sell out so get your tickets today to make sure you don’t miss OUT!

supermilk run


 Under The Sea Event

26th  of August  – 13.00 – 14.00

The Square Tallaght


How would you like to learn more about our sea creature friends? Well on Saturday 26th of August on our Centre Mall (Level 2) we will have waves and waves of fun with so many fun and fishy activities! Fun for all the family!

We will have arts and crafts, free face painting and even an educational talk with the expert Kealan from Seahorse Aquariums!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Free Admission

(01) 452 5944

underthesea 26th August

Hope you like the suggestions!

Have a great August

Eimear x


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