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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

    • 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

    • 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