Discover what's on in Bantry and around the Sheep's Head peninsula with our up-to-date events calendar!Search the event calendar below for some great West Cork events. Check out our many festivals, great live music, courses, guided walks and more. Our events guide covers all the guided walks, festivals, craft courses, sailing trips, foodie events and gigs in Bantry and on the Sheep's Head. It's the perfect place to find out what's on in Bantry this weekend or start planning your trip to the Sheep's Head for one of next year's great festivals. Don't forget, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more information on what's on along the Sheep's Head Way over the next few days or in the months ahead!
Enjoy a week of yoga, nature, and culture as you get to know one of the most beautiful parts of the world on your Retreat to Ireland
Daily yoga, nature, and cultural adventures guaranteed to connect you more deeply with yourself, the landscape, and the people of Ireland…on a yoga tour like no other!
The Retreat to Ireland is perfect for you if you:
- Like independent travel
- Are interested in staying in one area and getting to know it
- Enjoy and can participate in moderate physical exertion such as yoga and outdoor adventures (walking, kayaking)
- Have always wanted to go to Ireland – you know that in your bones
…we’ll begin with yoga and meditation in a room with an ocean view and heated floors. We’ll learn how to breathe in the surrounding beauty and breathe out life’s stresses. This contemplative time in the morning will better enable us to be present and energized for our Irish adventures.
…we will head out into the countryside and explore the Irish landscape. Activities may include, but aren’t limited to:
– A private whale and dolphin watching tour in Roaringwater Bay (a special area of conservation)
– Hill-walking with a local expert
– Ancient site exploration
– Friday Market in Bantry town – a unique experience and perfect place to shop for gifts!
– A gentle kayaking adventure off the coast of southwest Cork
And lots more!
We will head to the pubs and local halls for music, dancing, or cultural events. Ireland is home to a very inclusive social scene and the pub atmosphere is familial and full of laughter.
The $2,499 retreat fee includes:
Breakfast, lunch, and all but two dinners
1.5 hour daily yoga classes
All fees for afternoon and evening activitires
Shuttle to and from Cork Airport
Travel help before, during, and on your way home from the trip
It does not include:
Travel Insurance (required)
“I would not have discovered the unique treasures of the Sheep’s Head peninsula or experienced the true spirit of the Irish people without Kat. She has developed relationships with residents of this area who readily welcomed us into their community. Morning yoga provided the opening. We allowed and welcomed the experiences. Thank you, Kat”
-Teresa Kluver, 2013 Retreat Participant
How to Book:
Spend a weekend of fun and entertainment celebrating the rarest hair colour in the world. We invite all people of redhead and non-redhead origins to The Bantry Redfest ‘An Slua Rua’.
Join us June Bank Holiday weekend 2018 and watch ‘Bantry Go Red’. Red hair is the rarest hair colour in the world, and of the world’s population only 0.6% are blessed with red hair, Irish people more so with 10% of the Irish population freckled and flame haired.
This promises to be a fun-filled weekend of activities and events promoting the joy of being redhead! An outdoor cinema, food village, children’s entertainment, céilí, fashion shows, and competitions will feature during the weekend.
Friday – The Kilkenny’s
Sunday – Bagatelle Live
Monday – Derek Ryan Dance
All welcome to a jam packed weekend!
Learn Traditional Skills in a Stone-Carving Workshop on the Sheep’s Head peninsula
Join stone carver Victor Daly on the Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork to learn traditional skills in his stone-carving workshop at Rossncaheragh near Ahakista.
You’ll work with local stone to produce your own piece of stone-carving, here on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
This workshop is aimed at beginners who would like to develop stone-carving skills for use on a range of projects. Victor will introduce you to the use of stone moulds, the use and care of key tools, as well as to some of the key techniques which form the foundation of a stonemason’s craft.
You will put your skills to use on a small project, and you’ll be able to take this home with you.
Stone-carving tools and materials will be provided.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are included.
You will need to bring appropriate clothes, strong footwear, and a packed lunch.
Stone Carving Workshop – Times and Dates
9:30am-3:30pm (Saturday & Sunday)
23-24 June 2018 [2 places remaining]
€250 per person
Call 086 051 4116 or use Victor’s contact form to enquire about availability.
Find a Place to Stay
The Sheep’s Head Way is home to a thriving community of artists and craftspeople. Sign up to a Meet the Makers Tour to find out more!
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is the highlight of the summer for many music lovers who make the annual pilgrimage to Bantry.
Over the course of this festival, almost one hundred international musicians perform thirty-six concerts in beautiful Bantry House and St. Brendan’s Church, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry.
2018 marks the 23nd anniversary of the acclaimed festival.
Among the musicians scheduled to perform in 2018 are Mairéad Hickey,Peter Spissky, Luigi Gaggero, Alina Ibragamova, and the Dudok Quartet.
This is the festival where the music lover can hear the finest works in the repertoire as well as world premieres of some exciting new music. Each year audience members from throughout Europe, the United States and the Middle East arrive in this small fishing town in a remote corner of West Cork.
The West Cork Chamber Music Festival is not just a week of extraordinary concerts in a fabulous setting. It is also a summer meeting-point for top young ensembles, where advanced students have the opportunity to immerse themselves without distraction in the world of chamber music.
Morning talks, a violin making exhibition, young musician master classes, and a handful of free events run throughout the week.
It is important to pre-book your tickets, as the festival is known to sell out! Tickets for the West Cork Chamber Music Festival can be booked on the festival website or by calling the West Cork Music office.
Join Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio for a weekend of cooking at the Westlodge Hotel.
Join us Friday 13th & Saturday 14th of July for the inaugural ‘Westlodge West Cork Cookery Weekend’. Artisan producers and suppliers from all over West Cork will be here, with a wide variety of workshops and demonstrations.
This year Kevin Dundon and Catherine Fulvio are our guest chefs!
Friday night we welcome one of Ireland’s best-loved chefs, Kevin Dundon. With a love of locally-sourced, indigenous produce, Kevin considers himself spoilt with the positive bounty of fresh seafood and fantastic fruit and vegetables literally on his doorstep.
Catherine Fulvio joins us Saturday night. Catherine is the proprietor of Ballyknocken House & Cookery School and an award-winning author of five cookbooks with three TV series under her belt.
2 nights B&B + 2 Dinner + tickets to Kevin Dundon & Catherine Fulvio STD €199pps, DLX €219pps
Walkups welcome – €20 per ticket
The West Cork Literary Festival presents an extensive programme of readings, workshops, seminars, panel discussions and children’s events. A literary festival for everyone!
At the heart of the West Cork Literary Festival’s extensive programme is the schedule of five and three day workshops in Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai. These workshops cover such subjects as the novel, travel writing, script writing, poetry, creative writing for beginners, writing for children and much more.
West Cork Literary Festival Events
The main evening events are held in the Maritime Hotel and in recent years have featured Mary Robinson, Ahdaf Soueif, Lord Melvyn Bragg, Sir Michael Parkinson, Michael Palin, Nuruddin Farah, Michael Morpurgo, Michael Holroyd, Annie Proulx, Margaret Drabble, Fay Weldon and many more.
There are free readings in Bantry Library and Bantry Bookshop, afternoon seminars, book launches, panel discussions, coffee and chat events and an opportunity for Munster novelists to enter the JG Farrell Award.
Another great highlight for aspiring writers is the opportunity to schedule a session with West Cork Literary Festival’s Editor in Residence who will go over, discuss, and appraise your work. A unique opportunity!
Pick and choose the events and workshops you’d like to attend using the festival’s website simple booking system: http://www.westcorkmusic.ie/literaryfestival/workshops
Support Irish Community Air Ambulance, MS Ireland West Cork Branch, and the Durrus Men’s Shed in this 3 route Charity Cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way!
The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle (formerly The West Cork Emergency Services & Friends Charity Cycle) will be based in Bantry, West Cork and will be held on Saturday, 14th July 2018.
See the stunning scenery of West Cork by cycling the Wild Atlantic Way around the Mizen and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas. There are three routes: 130k, 100k and a 65k route, all starting and finishing in Bantry.
The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is held to raise funds for local charities. Thanks to the help of our many sponsors, we ensure that practically every cent raised goes to the charities. The cycle is organised by the West Cork Emergency Services and Friends, primarily made up of members of An Garda Síochána, Cork County Fire Service, HSE Ambulance Service, West Cork Civil Defence, The Red Cross and The Irish Coastguard.
Now in its 15th year, this cycle has already raised over €425,000 for local West Cork charities.
Registration/ sign–on will be at Bantry Fire Station on Friday evening 13th July from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and on Saturday morning 14th July from 7.30am to 8.30am. The cycle will start at 9.00am; participants can start before this time but the Support Vehicles will not be available until the official starting time.
There will be water stops and food stops en route and there will be a post-cycle party in Bantry afterwards led by a BBQ in the Fire Station. A repair/ breakdown van will be available on the day but you are encouraged to have your bike serviced beforehand.
Get a taste of West Cork on the West Cork islands!
Take the short trip from Bantry town to the unique location of Whiddy Island – sheltered by the beautiful mountains of the Beara peninsula to the north and the Sheep’s Head peninsula to the south – makes this island a haven for wildlife and many species of birds.
We are doing a guided walk on Whiddy this Saturday. The ferry will leave Bantry at 11.30am. The price is €10 which includes ferry and guided walk.
The walk takes about 2.5 hours and is over mixed terrain so good shoes are required.
Why not take the opportunity to learn about the island’s history and take in some of the beautiful sights of Whiddy Island and maybe some refreshments in The Bank House afterwards.
What better way to spend a Bank holiday Saturday!
The ferry departs from Bantry’s main pier, between Bantry House and the Maritime Hotel.
Tickets cost €10, including ferry.
To book, contact Tim on 086 862 6734.
Masters of Tradition is a five-day traditional music festival held each August in the West Cork town of Bantry
Masters of Tradition Festival features a series of performances, covering the full spectrum of Irish traditional music. The performances take place in Bantry House, one of Ireland’s most exquisite historic mansions, and in one of Bantry’s other special venues, St Brendan’s Church.
The event provides a platform where subtle and sometimes obscure elements of Irish traditional music can be heard. By seeking the heart of the music we find a universal voice that has widespread appeal reaching across many cultural and musical barriers.
The festival is headlined by its Artistic Director, Martin Hayes, the fiddler from East Clare, whose distinctive touch and extravagant virtuosity has brought the tradition to new levels. His famous trance-evoking sets with Dennis Cahill have mesmerised audiences all over the world and will do again this summer!
Check out the full programme at http://westcorkmusic.ie/mastersoftradition/programme
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Bantry will be making a splash this August with the third Bantry Bay Adventure Race on August 25th!
The event will begin with a 5k run on Whiddy Island. Participants will then kayak a 1.5km route across Bantry Bay towards the Abbey pier where they’ll jump on their bikes for the final leg of the Adventure Race, cycling down a 22.8km stretch of the Sheep’s Head peninsula on the Goat’s Path before returning to Bantry for a well-earned celebration.
Places are limited to 200. Individual participants will be joined by teams of three at the event, and the team element gives people the chance to participate even if they’re not quite ready to tackle all three disciplines this year.
‘We’re delighted to be welcoming people to Whiddy Island and introducing them to the fantastic land and sea trails they can enjoy here’, says Tim O’Leary of the Whiddy Island Development Association. There are very popular runs on across the West Cork islands throughout the summer, and the Adventure Race gives people a way to make the most of the fantastic environment we have here for adventure sports.’
‘The development of Bantry Blueway has begun to draw attention to the potential for water sports around Whiddy, and the Adventure Race will give participants and onlookers a great chance to see the Blueway and the Sheep’s Head cycle route being used to their full potential.’
The Adventure Race is raising funds for Bantry Inshore Rescue Association, the Cancer Connect service which helps bring people to hospital appointments in city hospitals, and the Whiddy Island Development Association.