Six great experiences across North Mayo to kickstart your May Bank Holiday weekend - Visit North Mayo

The May Bank Holiday weekend is the unofficial start of summer and if you’ve been wondering what to do across your three glorious days off wonder no more – we’ve trawled the listings and found a range of fun things to do from festivals to sporting events and hikes to workshops, there is something for everyone to enjoy in North Mayo. Check out some of the highlights below in no particular order:

1. Get ready for an arts-filled May Bank Holiday weekend in Ballina!

On Friday, May 3rd, Ballina Punx & The NCF present a late-night punk concert at Ballina Arts Centre featuring Some Remain and Nichts for just €5. Then, on Saturday, May 4th, Mick Flannery takes the stage at 8 pm, showcasing his timeless voice and mastery of music for €30. Finally, wrap up the weekend on Sunday, May 5th, with Declan Nerney live in concert alongside special guests John McNicholl and John Hogan at 8 pm, tickets priced at €25. Don’t miss these unforgettable performances at Ballina Arts Centre!

Visit: Ballina Arts Centre for more information and to purchase tickets.

Ballina Arts Centre in the heart of Ballina town 📸 by Ballina Arts Centre

2. Swing into action at the Ballina Golf Club Classic

The Ballina Golf Club Classic returns this May Bank Holiday weekend on Friday, May 3rd, and Saturday, May 4th. With fantastic prizes up for grabs, it promises to be a fun-filled two days for golfers of all skill levels. Hurry and book your team in for a memorable experience. Spaces are filling up fast! For more information and to book your team in, contact Ballina Golf Club on 096-21050 or pop into the golf club if you are in the area! Some spots already taken so get in quick!!

Ballina Golf Club
Ballina Golf Club Classic takes please the 3rd & 4th May 📸 Ballina Golf Club

3. Embark on an Epic Journey and Climb Nephin with Tonnta Adventure!

What better way to celebrate Mayo Day than conquering Ireland’s highest free-standing mountain, Nephin? Join Tonnta Adventure on May 4th for a special hike to the summit of Nephin at 806m. Enjoy breathtaking views, coffee, snacks, and plenty of craic along the way. Moderate fitness levels required.

Prepare for an incredible journey! This is a moderate level hike with good level of fitness needed due to height gain. The Nephin climb spans around 8km, lasting roughly 4 to 4.5 hours. Priced at just €35 per person, this amazing adventure awaits you. Secure your spot today by booking here through the Tonnta Adventure website. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable morning of exploration!

4. Celebrate Mayo Day in Style: Festivities in Belmullet!

Experience the pinnacle of the weekend with a celebration like no other at Mayo Day in Belmullet! This year, marking its tenth anniversary as the heart of Home to Mayo 2024 and the highlight of Belmullet 200 festivities, Mayo Day pays homage to the vibrant spirit of County Mayo worldwide. Hosted by Mayo County Council and Mayo.ie, this event on Saturday, May 4th, promises a cornucopia of delights, from live music to artisan crafts, the Mayo Day Food Village, Irish language activities at the library, and a joyous family fun day at Áras Inis Gluaire.

Best of all, all activities are completely free of charge. For the full Mayo Day programme of events, visit https://www.mayo.ie/mayo-day-2024 OR download full brochure here: Mayo Day 2024 Brochure.

As the day unfolds, immerse yourself in the enchanting evening performance “Aisling an Iarthar – A Mirage in the West,” a captivating public arts spectacle celebrating Belmullet 200, brought to life by Luxe Landscape Theatre at 9 pm in Belmullet Town. Don’t miss this extraordinary fusion of history and art! Click here for more about Aisling an Iarthar – A Mirage in the West’.

5. Step Right Up: Sunday Circus Camp at the Castle!

Roll up, roll up to Belleek Castle Ireland for a day of circus fun! Join the Sunday Circus Camp on May 5th and learn to juggle, hula hoop, spin plates, and more with real circus artistes. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, it’s the perfect family-friendly activity. Book your session in advance as places limited. To secure your spot and unleash your inner circus performer email: [email protected] or text: 086 2432107

6. West of Ireland Women’s Mini Marathon Hits Ballina!

Lace up your running shoes for the Mayo.ie Western People West of Ireland Women’s Mini-Marathon in Ballina on Sunday, May 5th. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just starting out, this event is open to girls and women of all ages and abilities. Run, jog, or walk your way through the scenic route and be part of the West of Ireland’s biggest women’s only sporting event. Stay updated on exciting updates by following their social media and website. Ballina will be a hive of activity on the day.

Soak up the atmosphere, and register for this fabulous event here!


Those listed are just a glimpse of the vibrant events in the region. If we were to list them all, this blog post would never end. Visit our WhatsOn section to see some other happening and keep an eye on our social media accounts. Venture out and discover it firsthand. Whether you’re exploring enjoying a sea safari, visiting museums, strolling through shops, savouring a quiet pint, or catching the GAA showdown between Mayo and Galway on Sunday at 4 pm on one of the numerous big screens, there’s something for all tastes!

See you in North Mayo this Bank Holiday weekend.

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