Here’s what’s on this weekend, from family festivals to forest bathing

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Make the most out of the last weekend of June by heading to a family festival, or try something new like forest bathing or bottomless yoga

Kaleidoscope Festival

It’s the last weekend of June, which is usually around the time when we remark how quickly the summer is going. That being said, this weekend is jam-packed with lots of summer events and outings. From festivals to nature walks and bottomless yoga, here’s how you can make the most out of the final June weekend. 


 

Kaleidoscope kids

Russborough House in Blessington, County Wicklow, is welcoming the return of Kaleidoscope, a three-day family festival fusing music, arts, comedy and wellness into one weekend. The festival kicks off today, with a range of acts taking to the 12 stages over the weekend. You can expect to see musician and entertainer Jerry Fish bring his Electric Slideshow to the stage, alongside hosting on-stage guests like The Frank & Walters and San Patricio Mariachi Band. 

As well as live entertainment, there will also be adventure sport, cinema screenings, the world’s largest bouncy castle, science shows, circus workshops, a food festival and a wellness programme. One-day tickets are €33.30 per person (adults and children). You can also purchase weekend camping tickets for a family of four for €256. For bigger families, camping tickets are €88 for adults and €44 for children. Tickets can be purchased here, and for a full line-up of events see here.

 

The hidden hinterlands

Now in its 10th year, the Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts returns to the historic town of Kells, County Meath this weekend. The festival will host panel discussions with some of Ireland’s finest names in the arts and literature world. From authors Val McDermid and Catherine Prafiska, to journalists and writers Fintan O’Toole, Rosita Boland, Declan O’Rourke and Miriam O’Callaghan, the festival promises to “illuminate words and ideas”. Tickets are €8 per panel discussion/talk, and can be booked here.

 

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Forest bathing

Climate Love Ireland is teaming up with Wicklow Forest Bathing for a nature hike in the Avonmore valley of Rathdrum, County Wicklow this Saturday June 25th. The 8km hike will kick off at 10am and take roughly three hours. You can expect the hike – which is rated easy to moderate – to take you through the forest trails of Avonmore Way and Avonmore river, with local guide Cathelijne de Wit leading the way through the woodlands. The hike will focus on taking occasional rest periods for nature connection exercises, known as forest bathing. You can book your tickets here by offering a donation to Climate Love Ireland.

Bottomless yoga

The popular outdoor beer garden, Gaia Cork, is joining forces this Saturday with yoga and wellness coach Ruth Galvin for the perfect self-care mix: an hour of yoga followed by the option to enjoy some bottomless bubbles. You can opt for just the yoga class for €15, or you can hang by the beer garden afterwards for an hour – or two – and enjoy some prosecco. Tickets are €30 including one hour of bottomless bubbles, or €40 for two hours. The class kicks off at 12.30pm and you can book tickets here.