Easter Events in North Mayo and surrounds – 15-26 April 2019

Indoor and outdoor activities aplenty for children and adults this Easter in North Mayo

Easter events in North Mayo and Easter Camps Ballina Co. Mayo

This Easter there is a great variety of indoor and outdoor Easter Camps and Easter events in North Mayo that will appeal to both children and adults alike. From Gaelic games to horseriding, from surfing to craft workshops and varied activities there are so many indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy at Easter Camps in North Mayo this year.

With holidays, fresh air and outdoor brightness, we are all looking forward to seeing what our Easter Events in North Mayo have to offer – full details are below.

Ballina Stephenites and Kilmoremoy – Young Knites Easter Camp 2019 (15th – 19th April)

Ballina Stephenites GAA Club’s ‘Young Knites’ will run their hugely popular and well established week of fun and activity, led by qualified coaches and childcare personnel.

Dates: Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19
Times:  10am to 2pm daily.
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call or text Éanna on on 086 8616423 after 3.30pm to book your child’s place.

 Iceford Stables – Children’s Easter Pony camps (16th – 19th and 23rd – 25th April)

These popular camps include education on stable management, grooming, horse-riding and of course pony-riding each day. The camps cater for beginner and advanced riders.

Suitable for: Children aged 6+m
Dates: Tuesday, April 16 to Thursday, April 19 AND Tuesday, April 23 to Thursday, April 25 (Children can attend one day or all)
Times:  9am to 2pm daily.
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call +35396 70776
Other info: Hats and boots supplied. Children need to bring a packed lunch

Visit: www.icefordstables.com

Lourdes Fund Table Quiz, Ballina (Thursday, April 18th)

In aid of Order of Malta, Ireland Ballina Unit’s annual Lourdes Trip. Order of Malta Ireland- Ambulance Corps- Ballina are a voluntary organisation providing first aid and ambulance cover to the community.

Venue: The Cot & Cobble, Clare St
Date: Thursday, April 18th
Times: 9pm
Cost: Table of 4: €20

Super Cooper 5k Reunion, Enniscrone (Friday 19th April)

The Super Cooper Fund for Enniscrone woman Jenna Fitzgerald was established in April  2015 to support Jenna and her ongoing living and medical expenses, since incurring a spinal cord injury in 2014. Jenna’s progress to date has been phenomenal despite the severity of her injury, due in no small part to assistance from her local dog, Cooper! To help Jenna achieve greater independence, funds are now being raised for a fully adapted vehicle. The Super Cooper 5k has also raised funds for Service Dogs Europe.

Suitable for: Everyone – run, walk, wheel or jog with your dog (or not!) This year the route is fully accessible, and there will be a petition to sign on the day to ensure that this accessible route can remain in place. 
Date: Good Friday, 19th April from the Diamond Coast Hotel
Times: 4pm
Contact: The Super Cooper 5k

Foraging with Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours (all over Easter)

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Killala Bay with a guided walk and forage. Denis of Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours will take you over the vast strand to the isolated Bartra Island, walking through the crystal clear streams with tiny fish and shrimp darting for cover. Easter is a great time to reconnect with nature, and there is no better place to do so than Killala Bay. Forag for cockles and mussels (recipes supplied) while learning a little about the local environment, history and archaeology. Tours take 3-4 hours and are tide dependent so at different times each day.

Suitable for: All ages, great for families!

Tuesday, April 16, 10am
Wednesday, April 17, 10.30am
Thursday, April 18, 11.15am
Friday, April 19, 11.45am
Saturday, April 20 BOOKED OUT
Sunday, April 21, 1pm
Monday, April 22, 1.45pm

Booking:  Essential.

Contact: dinquinn@hotmail.com or message on Facebook at Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours

Adults: €30 each (min 2 pax required)
Family – 1 adult and up to 3 children: €50 / 2 adults and up to 3 children: €70
Group rates available

Other info: Wellies essential, but can be provided!

Ballinglen Arts Foundation Children’s Easter Workshop – Ballycastle (Tues 16th – Weds 17th April)

Drawing Creatures and Telling Stories – a creative mixed media art workshop.

Suitable for: Children aged from 5 to 12.
Dates: Tuesday, April 16 to Wednesday, April 17
Times: 10am – 1pm
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Email lornatomas.baf@gmail.com

Cost per child: €8 per day or €12 for both days

RINKA Enniscrone – Enniscrone Children’s Easter Camp (Tues 16th – Thurs 18th April)

At RINKA’s Children’s Easter Camps, you may expect high energy games and activities. There will be athletics, gymnastics, obstacles courses, dance and movements, relays, arts and crafts, food fun and friendship! There will be camps for juniors (3-6 year olds) and seniors (6-10 year olds).

Suitable for: Children aged from 3 to 10.
Dates: Tuesday, April 16 to Thursday, April 18 April
Times:  10am-1pm daily (camp for seniors aged 6 to 10)  /  2pm-4pm daily (camp for juniors aged 3 to 6)
Booking:  Essential. Spaces limited. To book please text  087 402 2199 with child’s name, age & contact number.

Please note: booking is on a first come, first served basis.
Contact: Text 087 402 2199
Cost per child per camp:  €30 (for junior camp)  /  €50 (for senior camp)

Visit: RINKA Enniscrone on Facebook

Easter Camps in Waterpoint, Enniscrone (Thurs 18th to Fri 19th and Weds 24th – Fri 26th April)

Two weeks of Easter camps at Waterpoint, Ennisrcone!

Week 1: Supercamp age 6 and up. Wednesday 17th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of April from 10am-3pm. €50 for 3 days or €18 per day

Week 2: Tinycamp age 3-5 years, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th 10am-1pm. €40 for 3 days or €15 per day (Tiny camp does not include swimming). There will be an egg hunt on the Friday!

Also in Waterpoint:

Inflatable challenge: Wednesday 17th, Friday 19th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April, from 6pm-7pm daily

Funzone + climbing wall: Wednesday 17th, Friday 19th, Wednesday 24th, Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April from 4pm-6pm daily. 

To book: Call 096 36999 to book a place!

Ballina Costume Company – Kids’ Easter Camps (Mon 15th – Thurs 18th and Tues 23rd – Fri 26th April)

The ever-popular Ballina Costume Company Kids Easter Camps return for the holidays with lots of arty crafty fun.

Suitable for: Children aged from 5 to 12.
Dates: Monday, April 15 to Thursday, April 18 (Seán Duffy Centre, Ardnaree) AND Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26 (Jackie Clarke Collection)
Times:  9am to 3pm daily.
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call +35396 72154
Other info: Children are advised to wear old clothes!
Cost per child per week:  €60

Spring SUP Series with Harbour SUP’n’Sail Ballina/Enniscrone (Thursday, April 18th and every Thursday for 12 weeks)

Thursday evening Sup to sessions take place with Harbour Sup’n’Sail from 6pm to 7.30pm at either the Quay Ballina or Enniscrone pier (depending on tide, best conditions and subject to weather). The series runs for 12 weeks and is suitable for all levels of ability. It’s a fun social session where you can tour the waterways, explore, improve your fitness and develop your technique.

Further information: Keep an eye on Harbour Sup’n’Sail Facebook for details or call Mikee on +35386 031 5737.

Cost: Adults €20, U16’s €15

Ballina Singing Sessions in Rouse’s Bar, Ballina (Friday, April 19th)

Come along, sing a song, sing along or just listen! Maybe tell a story or say a poem. All welcome to this regular session in Rouse’s which is always a great night.

The fun starts at 10pm so be sure to be there early to grab a seat, and maybe even a local craft beer or artisan whiskey in the beautiful traditional surroundings of Rouse’s Bar.

Coffee Morning for Enniscrone Community Playground (Saturday, April 20th)

Enniscrone Community Playground is hosting a fundraising coffee morning Easter Saturday in Gilroys Bar to raise funds towards the new Enniscrone Community Playground! This will be a wonderful facility for children to enjoy for years to come. Please support the cause and enjoy some coffee and cake. There will also be a raffle on the day with some fantastic prizes, face painting for the kids and maybe even a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny himself!

Venue: Gilroy’s Bar, Enniscrone
Time: 10am – 12pm

Bonniconlon Foroige 5k Run/Walk

Bonniconlon foroige presents a 5k run/walk at 12pm on Easter Saturday, starting from Bonniconlon Community Centre. Registration opens at 10.30am.

Cost: Adults: €10, students: €5, children: free.

The Jackie Clarke Collection – Mad Hatter’s Easter Fun Day (Saturday, April 20th)

Suitable for: Children aged from 4 to 12.
Date: Saturday, 20 April
Times:  2pm to 4pm
Contact: Call +353 96 73508
Cost: FREE

It’s back by popular demand – Easter Saturday afternoon at the Jackie Clarke Collection. Face painting, Easter egg painting with the Ballina Girl Guides Unit, Cake Bake Sale from 1.30pm with Newtownwhite Educate Together, The Big Blue Bus and Churches Together with arts and crafts, Easter themed treasure hunt of Ballina, music and so much more! This event is free of charge. for further information contact the collection on 096 73508 or email aforbes@mayococo.ie. Prize for the best Easter Bonnet or Top Hat on the day. In association with the Ballina Girl Guides.#

Don’t forget the Happy Hoppy Easter Hunt – a childrens’ fun treasure hunt searching for clues all around the streets of Ballina – it starts from the Jackie Clarke Collection from 2pm!

Visit: www.clarkecollection.ie   —  The Jackie Clarke Collection on Facebook

Foxford Easter Parade and Family Day (Saturday, April 20th)

At Foxford’s innovative Easter Parade, meet the Easter Bunny, enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, face-painting, Adult Egg and Spoon races, live music, floats and much more …

Suitable for: All age groups
Date: Saturday, 20 April
Time: 2pm
Cost: Free
Contact:  Foxford Easter Parade on Facebook

Guided Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail Walk (Saturday, April 20th)

One of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park’s Easter events. Soak in the sunshine, listen to the birds and follow Leave No Trace principles to keep the National Park clean for all to enjoy.

Suitable for: All ages
Dates: Saturday, April 20th
Times: 2pm
Booking:  Advisable
Contact: Call +35398 49888 or email ballycroyvisitorcentre@chg.gov.ie
Other info: Bring suitable clothing and footwear, and carry water!
Cost: Free

Easter Egg Hunt, Kilglass House & Woodland (Saturday, April 20th)

Reconnect with Nature is delighted to announce the second annual fundrasing Easter Egg Hunt for Kilglass National School. Last year was a huge success with over 200 children gathering for the event. They enjoyed a ramble through the woodlands, a potter about the walled garden and a great treasure hunt to earn their egg on departure. This year will see the same approach, with a nature themed treasure hunt, hoping to inspire some learning whilst hunting for the clues to receive the all important chocolate egg! Fancy dress encouraged.

Suitable for: All ages
Date: Saturday, April 20th
Time: 12.30pm – 14.30pm
Booking:  Ticket only
Tickets: Available for purchase at Halmac Hardware, Enniscrone. Limited numbers available. Call (096) 36889
Cost: €5 per child. One egg per child guaranteed.

Easter Egg Hunt, Dromore West Community Centre (Saturday, April 20th)

St. Farnan’s LGFA Club will host an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sat 20th April in Dromore West community centre from 3pm til 5pm. There will be face painting, music, a colouring competition and lots of chocolate!  All welcome!

Suitable for: All ages
Date: Saturday, April 20th
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Cost: €3 per child. Family of 4:  €10.

Connacht Battle for the Paddle, Enniscrone, Ballina & Killala (Saturday 20th and Sunday April 21st)

The Connacht Battle for the Paddle is Irelands premier all-discipline SUP (Stand Up Paddling) event. The event incorporates Distance Racing, Technical Sprint (racing around a course in the surf) and a SUP Surfing contest. The event is run and sponsored by Harbour SUP and Sail, with the kind support of Billabong Ireland and Typhoon International for the last 4 years. Competitors are mainly home grown, but  UK and European competitors jointoo. The Irish Sup Surf Classic is taking place the weekend before at Aughris /Tra Bhuí so we are hoping that the majority of traveling competitors will compete in both events.

The event runs on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, and the time schedule is normally released about 4 days before to allow HSS to run each discipline in the optimum conditions. Times below are subject to change! 

The Distance runs on the River Moy, from the first bridge in town to the Quay with a finish loop in front of Crockets. (7pm,  St Muredach’s Cathedral Ballina)

The Technical Sprint runs from Enniscrone Pier into the beach and surf, and finishes at the Pier. It’s a 3 lap race. (Saturday 20th at 3.00pm Enniscrone Pier)

The SUP Surf Event runs on Enniscrone Beach. The competitors base and judging is near the Old Bathhouse or on the main beach depending on tide and wave conditions. (Sunday 21st 8.00am until finished)

BBQ and refreshments both days for competitors. Excellent local food and drink providers for spectators.

Live music

Hogan’s Bar, Ballina (Saturday 20th) 

The fabulous Amanda Ryan takes the floor in Hogan’s, Ballina’s favourite whiskey cocktail bar with a great mix of classic accoustic covers. Get there early, as it’s sure to be a busy night on O’Rahilly St!

Visit @hogansballina on Instagram for updates.

Rouse’s Bar – Trad Session

The world-famous Trad Session takes place every Saturday night in Rouse’s Bar – be sure to add this to your weekend plans!

Ballina Salmon Festival Easter Bunny Train, Belleek Woods, Ballina (Sunday April 21st)

All aboard the annual Easter Bunny Train in Belleek Woods on Easter Sunday, April 21! Take a trip through Ballina’s magical forest park on the festival train from 2 – 6pm. There’ll be fun and goodies, and you might even spot the Easter Bunny!

A trip on the train costs €3 per person, and all proceeds go towards this year’s Ballina Salmon Festival.

Easter Lunch in Mount Falcon followed by Monster Egg Hunt and Falconry Display (Sunday April 21st)

Come and join us for an Easter Sunday Lunch on Sunday 21st April 2019 from 1pm for a 3 course dinner menu for €39 per adult & €17 per child. Followed by Monster Egg Hunt and Falconry Display.

If you would like to book a table please call 096-74472 or email info@mountfalcon.com

Click here for sample Easter Lunch Menu 

Suitable for: Families
Date: Sunday,  April 21
Time:  From 1pm
Booking:  Essential. Call +35396 74472
Cost: Three course dinner menu for €39 per adult and €17 per child

Crossmolina Nephin Festival Duck Race (Sunday, 21st April)

This is the 13th year of this fun event, which starts at 12.30pm on Easter Sunday., Buy your duck for € (or three for €5) and join in the fun! Lines available in local outlets. Fantastic prizes including Easter eggs!

Suitable for: All ages
Date: Sunday, 21 April
Times: 12.30pm
Contact: Crossmolina Festival on Facebook
Cost: €2 per duck or €5 for 3

Enniscoe House Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt – Crossmolina (Sunday, April 21st )

This annual event in aid of Barnardos is hosted by the North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe, Crossmolina.

Suitable for: Children aged from 3 to 12 (young children must be accompanied by an adult)
Date: Sunday, 21 April
Times: There will be three separate hunts : 2pm , 3pm  & 4pm
Contact: Call   096 31809 for advanced booking, places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Cost: €5 per child

Please bring a basket for children’s eggs as they will not be provided.

Visitwww.northmayogenealogy.com  —  The North Mayo Heritage Centre on Facebook

Easter  at National Museum of Country Life, Turlough (21st April)

Easter Egg Mania – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Lots of Easter Eggs will be hidden around the grounds of Turlough House. Can you find the secret hiding places and take home some eggs of your own?

Booking essential – phone 094 9031751 or email educationtph@museum.ie.

Easter Cookies 1pm – 4pm (€5 per child)

Enjoy Easter-themed cookie decorating, hot chocolate, face-painting and colouring in Brambles Café.

Kiddies Easter Egg Hint, Brabazon Woods, Swinford (Sunday, April 21st)

In association with Swinford 250, there will be 250 and more eggs up for grabs in this fantastic event, which is kindly sponsored by Swinford Tidy Towns.

Suitable for: Families
Date: Sunday, 21 April
Time: 2pm

Guided Hike – The Bothy Loop, Letterkeen (Sunday, April 21st)

Another of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park’s Easter events. Soak in the sunshine, listen to the birds and follow Leave No Trace principles to keep the National Park clean for all to enjoy. Make sure you’re wrapped up well and have hiking boots and rain gear at the ready, as the trail is quite wet. This hike is not suitable for small children or buggies.

Suitable for: 10+
Date: Sunday, April 21
Time: 2pm
Booking: Essential
Contact: Call +35398 49888 or email ballycroyvisitorcentre@chg.gov.ie
Other info: See above
Cost: Free

Live music in Hogan’s Bar, Ballina (Sunday, April 21st)

Round off a jam-packed Easter Sunday in Hogan’s with two-piece Amplitude. Enjoy the tunes with Laura and Barry while enjoying a signature cocktail from the Hogan’s menu!

Visit @hogansballina on Instagram for updates.

Kilfian Vintage Club Road Run (Monday, April 22nd)

The Kilfian Vintage Club Road Run takes place on Easter Monday, 22nd April departing from McHale’s Pub, Kilfian at 1pm.This year’s event takes place in memory of Gertie Pryal and Michael Hoban with proceeds going to Mayo Roscommon Hospice and Croí.

Refreshments and entertainment afterwards.

Pedal Pushers Cycle – Crossmolina (Monday, April 22nd)

Date: Monday, 22 April
Time:  10am

The Pedal Pushers cycle organised by Lisheen Cooneal cycling club will take place departing from Crossmolina on Easter Monday, 22nd April at 10am. Registration beforehand in The Thatch, Crossmolina. Refreshments afterwards. Cycle will be from 10k up to 50k max. Something for all abilities.

Self-guided Spring Wildlife Search at Wild Nephin Ballycroy Visitor Centre (Monday, April 22nd)

Suitable for: All ages
Date: Monday, April 22
Time: All day
Contact: Call +35398 49888 or email ballycroyvisitorcentre@chg.gov.ie
Cost: Free

Car Treasure Hunt, Easkey (Monday, April 22nd)

LEAP Project Easkey will host a car treasure hunt -on Easter Monday – just collect your question sheets at The Castle Inn, Easkey and off you go! Great family fun.

Suitable for: All ages
Date: Monday, April 22nd
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Contact: LEAP Project Easkey on Facebook
Cost: €20 per car/team

Coffee Morning at Moy Valley CSP Over 55s Club, Ballina (Tuesday, April 23rd)

All welcome to join the Coffee Morning in the Over 55’s Club on Cathedral Road, Ballina on Tuesday 23rd April from 11am to 1pm.

Music and dancing with Padraic Moran . Raffle and Refreshments on day.

Cover charge of €5 per person. All welcome!

Children’s Easter Camps at Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club, Ballina (Tuesday, April 23rd – Friday, April 26th)

Make new friends at the Twin Trees Hotel & Leisure Club‘s Kids Easter Camp.  Have lots of fun with Indoor Soccer, Swimming, Kids Games and lots more….

Suitable for: Children aged from 4 to 12.
Dates: Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26
Times:  10.30am to 2.30pm daily.
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call +35396 21033
Cost per child: €11 per day or €40 per week

Visit: www.twintreeshotel.ie

Children’s Easter Camp at Centre Stage Vocal Academy, Ballina (Tuesday, April 23rd – Friday, April 26th)

Easter Camp for three year-olds to five year-olds. Singing, dancing, music, games and arts and crafts.

Suitable for: Children aged from 3 to 5.
Dates: Tuesday, April 23 to Friday, April 26
Times:  10am to 11am daily.
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call +35387 641 8073
Cost per child: €35 for non members and €30 for members

Féile na bPáistí, Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet (23rd – 25th April) 

Easter camp for children, lán le spraoi agust siamsaíochta.

Suitable for: Children aged from 4 to 12.
Dates: Tuesday, April 23 to Thursday, April 25
Booking:  Essential.
Contact: Call +35397 81079 or email angela@arasinisgluaire.ie
Cost per child: €40 (€70 beirt ón gclann céanna, €90 triúr ón gclann céanna)

Horse and Donkey Day, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough (Wednesday, April 24th)

The much-loved horse and donkey day returns, offering a wonderful family day out. See the equipment which was traditionally used with horses and donkeys as they went to work in Ireland of old.

Suitable for: Families
Dates: Wednesday, April 24
Times: 11am to 4pm
Contact: Call +35394 9031751

 Dark Sky Ranger Experience with Terra Firma Ireland (Wednesday, April 24th)

The Mayo Dark Skies project aims to preserve and protect the natural night skies from light pollution for present and future generations. One of its mission statements is “let us raise children who can name more stars in the sky than stars on the screen”.

As a diurnal species we have evolved with a day/night circadian rhythm with natural night time vision. However many of us are no longer exposed to darkness and the night now conjures feelings of fear and anticipation. Artificial light at night has almost converted our nighttime into day and our view of the natural night sky is often lost to the glow of light pollution. Consequently our generation and future generations, have lost the ability to connect with natural night skies as our ancestors would have.

Join Terra Firma Ireland for a very special Dark Sky Ranger Experience at the enchanting Raheen Woods, Castlebar on Wednesday 24th April at 8.30pm.

Experience nocturnal wildlife, storytelling, learn about night-time navigation, night-sky heritage and do some stargazing (if weather permits).

This family event is FREE but booking is essential as numbers are limited. In collaboration with GMIT, Healthy Ireland and CYPSC.

Click here to book tickets.

Spring SUP Series with Harbour SUP’n’Sail Ballina/Enniscrone (Thursday, April 18th and every Thursday for 11 weeks)

Thursday evening Sup to sessions take place with Harbour Sup’n’Sail from 6pm to 7.30pm at either the Quay Ballina or Enniscrone pier (depending on tide, best conditions and subject to weather). The series runs for 12 weeks and is suitable for all levels of ability. It’s a fun social session where you can tour the waterways, explore, improve your fitness and develop your technique.

Further information: Keep an eye on Harbour Sup’n’Sail Facebook for details or call Mikee on +35386 031 5737.

Cost: Adults €20, U16’s €15

Evening Nature Walk & Dusk Chorus (Saturday, April 27th)

The North Mayo Heritage Centre along with Birdwatch Ireland’s Mayo branch will host an evening nature walk at Enniscoe, Crossmolina on Saturday, April 27, at 8pm.

The event will start with a walk in the woodlands to hear the dusk chorus, followed by a chance to see bats leave their roost. All are welcome – the walk is along a woodland path which can be a little uneven at times and suitable footwear is advised. The event is free of charge but there will be a small charge for tea or coffee afterwards.

The North Mayo Heritage Centre is located 3.5km south of Crossmolina on the R315 and attendees are asked to use the second marked entrance.

For more information, contact Ruth on 087 6432340.

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