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Festivals in West Cork

    Festivals in West Cork

    • Bantry Market Bantry Market

      Every Friday in the Square, 9:30 AM – 1 PM 

      Organic fruit & veg, food, baking, cheese, fish, meats, olives, eggs, honey, preserves, plants, local crafts, pet supplies, bric-a-brac & collectibles. One of the larger West Cork markets, Bantry Market occupies the central town square and spills out into the adjoining roads and car parks. The regular Friday market gets even bigger on the first Friday of each month (the traditional Fair Day) when it’s not unusual to see donkeys tethered to lampposts and cages full of ducks and hens for sale.

    • Bantry Walking Festival Bantry Walking Festival

      Join in from Friday 2 June to Sunday 4 June 2017 
      for a weekend of hiking, exploring, sightseeing and fun at the Bantry Walking Festival!

      Bantry Walking Festival was first held in 2013. The festival was conceived when members of local walking groups joined the Bantry Development and Tourism Association, a local group concerned with the advancement of the Bantry area. The walkers proposed the festival in an effort to boost the profile of Bantry as a Walking Destination and to showcase the numerous breathtaking walks that the area has to offer.

      Since then the festival profile has grown and an ever increasing number of volunteers sign up every year to assist. All those that work to organise and guide the festival do so on a voluntary basis, with any profit put back into the BDTA to fund this and other festivals held throughout the year in the area. It is these volunteers that set and map the walks, work tirelessly behind the scenes and the farmers that allow the walks to cross their lands, that make this festival possible year after year.

      In 2016 they again expanded the festival with a launch on Friday 3 June in Bantry Community Tourist Office and a guided historical walk of the town free for all to attend.

      Family-friendly “D” walks were also a great new addition to the festival last year with Saturday’s walk following the Drimoleague Heritage Trails while Sunday saw families taking part in a ramble through the scenic Mealagh Valley.

      Over the weekend in 2016 they had 198 walkers take part in 227 individual walks, a record for the festival showing that it is growing year on year! They hope to make 2017 the best festival yet!

      Things to Remember

      • All walkers must book in advance to take part in our events, there will be no booking on the actual days of the walks.
      • Experienced guides will accompany all walks.
      • Walk leaders will refuse to allow individuals to take part in walks if they have insufficient experience, unsuitable clothing or footwear – boots only, no trainers.
      • Those participating in the Walking Festival do so at their own risk.
      • The organisers maintain the right to change routes where deemed necessary.
      • All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
      • Strictly no dogs allowed.
      • Walkers are requested to bring adequate clothing, food and drinks for the duration of the walk.
      • The decision and authority of the leaders is final and at all times must be adhered to by participants.


    • West Cork Chamber Music Festival West Cork Chamber Music Festival

      June 30th - July 8th

      This week long festival includes Classical Music Concerts, Masterclasses and Discussions in various locations around Bantry. The Maritime Hotel will host a number of events throughout the festival but it is recommended to book early as many concerts sold out months in advance for the 2016 festival.

      For full programme please see

    • West Cork Literary Festival West Cork Literary Festival

      July 14th - 21st

      WCLF are delighted to announce the programme of workshops for the 2017 West Cork Literary Festival. Lara Marlowe, John Spillane, Vona Groarke, Jan Carson and Dean Backopoulos are among those coming to Bantry to tutor workshops in journalism, songwriting, poetry, short story, novel writing and other subjects.

      Also included in the Festival will be Children's workshops, Meet The Writers, Editors in Residence and much more.

      For full programme or to book online please see

    • Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle

      8th July 2017

      Support Irish Community Air Ambulance, MS Ireland West Cork Branch, and the Durrus Men’s Shed in this 3 route Charity Cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way!

      The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle (formerly The West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle) will be based in Bantry, West Cork and will be held on Saturday the 8th July 2017.

      See the stunning scenery of West Cork by cycling the Wild Atlantic Way around the Mizen and Sheeps Head Peninsulas. There are three routes: 130k, 100k and a new 65k route, all starting and finishing in Bantry.

      The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is held to raise funds for local charities; with the help of our many Sponsors we ensure that practically every cent raised goes to the charities. The Cycle is organised by the West Cork Emergency Services & Friends, primarily made up of members of An Garda Síochána, Cork County Fire Service, HSE Ambulance Service, West Cork Civil Defence, The Red Cross and The Irish Coastguard.

      Now in its 14th year, this cycle has already raised over €425,000 for local West Cork Charities.

      Event Details

      Registration/ sign–on will be at Bantry Fire Station on Friday evening 7th July from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and on Saturday morning 8th July from 7.30am to 8.30am. The Cycle will start at 9.00am; participants can start before this time but the Support Vehicles will not be available until the official starting time.

      There will be Water-stops and Food-stops en route and there will be a post-Cycle party in Bantry afterwards led by a BBQ in the Fire Station. A repair/ breakdown van will be available on the day but you are encouraged to have your bike serviced beforehand.

    • Bantry Art Exhibition Bantry Art Exhibition

      29th July to 10th August

      Visual art pieces produced by artists mainly based in West Cork & exhibited in various venues in Bantry town 

    • Bantry BBQ Festival Bantry BBQ Festival

      4th to 7th August

      Organised by Bantry Development & Tourism Association
      Hosted by local restaurants & public houses promoting good food & atmosphere in the long summer evenings, Eugene Cronin memorial walk on last day 
    • Masters of Tradition Masters of Tradition

      August 23rd - 27th 

      A festival celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form.

      The 2017 programme will be announced in Spring 2017, for updates please see

    • Ellen Hutchins Festival Ellen Hutchins Festival

      19th to 27th August

      Celebration of life of Ireland’s first female botanist with walks, talks, workshops all with a botanical theme

    • Chief O'Neill Traditional Music Festival Chief O'Neill Traditional Music Festival

      10-11 September

      Each year we celebrate the musical legacy of Chief O’Neill in Bantry with a traditional music festival to highlight his achievements as a collector of traditional Irish music.

      Join us this autumn to enjoy O’Neill’s amazing legacy as we bring the best contemporary musicians to West Cork for packed programme of concerts, workshops, sessions and fun here in Bantry.

      For more info see