Fantastic weekend of family fun ahead at the Cloughjordan Festival

A stellar line–up of quality entertainment and activities for all the family is in store this weekend, at the Cloughjordan Festival. The festival kicks off today (Wednesday 27 June) and will run until Sunday 1 July. With a mixture of music, food, sports, arts & crafts and huge array of free events, there is something to be enjoyed by all. Some of the highlights over the weekend will include:
Family Creativity Tent
Saturday 30 June 11.00am-5.00pm. €2 per activity. The Meadow.
Try your hand at mask-making, flag-painting, paper flower making, felt brooch making and a variety of paper and wool crafts. Participants will have one or more pieces of craftwork to take away with them and will be invited to display the craft work they have made in an exhibition area on the Meadow for the day. Children under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Orienteering in the Ecovillage
Saturday 30 June 11.00am-1.00pm. Free. The ecovillage.
Use a map and your wits to get you around! We will be using the great network of paths in the ecovillage to introduce orienteering to all. There are 3 different courses of different levels of difficulty, so there is something for everyone. Special courses will be available for pre-schoolers, people with buggies and adventurous wheelchair users. Route is marked on the map. Suitable for all ages.
Drumming for Young Kids and Parents
Friday 29 Jun 11am-noon. €3 per child. Parents are free. Parochial Hall.
Saturday 30 Jun noon-1pm. €3. Parents are free. The Meadow.
This is an exciting opportunity for very young children to learn about rhythm using djembe drums, bells, shakers, and other percussion in musical games.
Drumming for Kids 8-12 Years, Saturday 30 Jun 1.15pm-2.15pm. €3.
Drumming for Adults, Saturday 30 Jun 2.30pm-4.00pm. €5.
The Meadow, Cloughjordan
Learn about the bass, tone and slap sound of the djembe drum, body percussion, and rhythm and polyrhythm’s for groups. Workshops are taught by professional music teachers Paddy O’Meara, Emma Smith, and Michelle Richardson-Hennessy. Instruments are provided or you are welcome to bring your own drum. No registration required, just turn up on the day.
Open Day at Cloughjordan Woodfired Bakery
Saturday 30 June 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Cloughjordan Woodfired Bakery, Ecovillage. Free.
Visit Cloughjordan Woodfired Bakery to see sourdough pizzas being baked in the wood-fired oven, which is fuelled by wood from Knockanacree, and gobble up a free slice; sample the delicious range of artisan breads and even purchase a loaf; gaze at the live 12-year old sourdough starters that are used to produce the range of sourdough breads; and converse with Joe the baker about working with a woodfired oven.
Cloughjordan Busking Competition
Saturday 30 June 12.00pm-5.00pm. Cloughjordan village.
The Cloughjordan Busking Competition is open to all musicians and singers. Entrants will be judged on skill level, originality, visual impact, and performance ability. Winners will perform at Music on Main Street at 7.30pm. Acts under 18 years of age are welcome to enter but must have parental permission. Pick up an entry form or enter online Entry fee is €7 over 18/€5 under 18
Music on Main Street
Saturday 30 June 7.30pm-10.00pm. Main Street. Free
A free evening of music, food and fun for all the family featuring a host of local musicians and guests, plus the winners of the Cloughjordan Festival Busking Competition.
Other events taking place over Saturday will include an Antiques Market, The Tipperary Green Business Showcase featuring Duncan Stewart, Cloughjordan Street Market and plenty of cookery demonstrations, music and arts and crafts workshops, street games and a treasure hunt. Food will be available throughout the day from local shops and food outlets with barbecue throughout the afternoon from the Cloughjordan Community Farm and Clive Clarke will be providing Pig on a Spit, in the evening.
Sunday sees the annual barbecue in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital which takes place in the beautiful Meadow from 5.00pm onwards, and will also feature a Kung Fu Demonstration from Chinese Kick-boxing Champion and Kung Fu teacher Patrick O’Connor, Jigs and Reels by the Cloughjordan class of The Sasha Morrissey Dancing School,  a Circus Show by Cloughjordan Circus Club and finishes with  Beat on the Street with Dave O’Gorman, where the crowd can dance the evening away with chart hits and classics to please the whole family.
A more detailed version on all activities and events taking place over the 5 days can be found on or check out the Cloughjordan Festival page on Facebook.

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