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Festivals & Events in West Cork

    Festivals & Events in West Cork

    • Bay Run Bay Run

      Registration is now open for the annual Bantry Bay Run Half Marathon and 10km that takes place on 20th May 2018 from Glengarriff to Bantry. Don’t let the scenery stop you...

      Over 645 entrants raised just over €11,000 for the Bantry Hospice, ARC Cancer Support House and other local charities when they partook in The Bay Run last May. Following the success of 2017 and based on the excellent feedback received, the organisers are proud to launch the 2018 Bay Run. The 2018 Bay Run will take place on Sunday,20 May 18 so as not to compete with other events and a scenic Bay View route will remain in place with the same routes as 2017 for both the Half Marathon and the 10km, allowing participants to beat their own course personal best.

      Register now for 2018 at http://bayrun.ie/register/

    • West Cork Chamber Music Festival West Cork Chamber Music Festival

      June 39th - July 8th 2018

      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 2018 festival.

      For full programme please see westcorkmusic.ie

    • West Cork Literary Festival West Cork Literary Festival

      July 13th - 20th 2018

      WCLF will be shortly announcing it's full 2018 programme of events.

      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 westcorkmusic.ie

    • Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle

      14th July 2018

      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 14th July 2018.

      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.

      For more details visit: https://www.wildatlanticmizencycle.com/

    • Masters of Tradition Masters of Tradition

      August 22nd - 26th  2018

      A festival celebrating Traditional Music in its purest form.

      The 2018 programme will be announced in Spring 2018, for updates please see westcorkmusic.ie

    • 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

      Watch this space for the announcement of 2018 dates!

      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.