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Eight family friendly things to do in Sligo this summer

By James Foley

The school year is almost over, the weather is good at the moment but who knows, in the weeks to come, but you need to keep the children entertained over the long holidays.

We got in touch with some people in Sligo to find out what was happening across the county this summer. We think you will agree there’s lots going on:


1)      Sligo Cairde Festival July 9th – 15th

Cairde Sligo Arts Festival a week of Music, dance theatre, children’s events, visual art, street art and spectacle, Park Fest and more...

Sligo will transform into a kaleidoscope of exciting and colourful cultural fun and entertainment.


2)     Sligo Food Trail

What makes Sligo such a fantastic foodie destination is the culture that goes hand in hand with your food experience! Food Trail members take pride in giving you fresh, local, healthy, and (where possible) organic food that nourishes your body while the scenery nurtures your soul.

Artisan foods–such as cheeses, chutneys and honey–are plentiful at farmers’ markets and festivals, so you can enjoy a picnic with your loved ones while immersing yourself in the countryside.

3)     Faerie Festival -  Gillighans World – July & August

Indulge your inner child and your actual children with a visit to Gillighan’s World for the Faerie festival in July and August. As Guardian of this faerie park for the last 18 years, it has become apparent that visitors are looking for the opportunity “to relax and do nothing”. Join us for some light entertainment, fun and pleasure, for all age groups. There’s plenty of opportunity for interaction and joyful experiences, offering something for everyone in a peaceful and relaxing setting.

4)    Sligo Gardens – All Summer – Various Locations around Sligo Town

Secret Gardens Sligo are a group of gardens open to the public for charity on selected dates throughout the summer. Some of the gardens offer light refreshments and are also open on additional days by appointment.

The gardens vary in size and design and all have been selected for unique attributes. Some are in wonderful settings and others in more challenging locations.

5)   Eagles Flying Sligo – All Summer – Ballymote

Nestled in the green hills of south Sligo, Ireland's largest sanctuary for raptors and owls, the Irish Raptor Research Centre / Eagles Flying is situated on more than 27 hectares of mature parklands near Ballymote. Currently it is the home of more than 100 eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and vultures. Altogether there are more than 450 birds and animals, encompassing nearly 100 different species, in the centre.

For the ones who prefer it more cuddly, there is also a large supervised Petting-Zoo.

6     Happy Days Play Centre – All Summer - Cleveragh Business Park Sligo

Happy Days in Sligo is an ideal location for a rainy day for all the family within a safe environment and an exciting venue for a kids birthday party, communion, confirmation or any occasion you choose.

A new addition to the play centre is the computerised laser guns for teams or individuals. Fantastic fun for all ages from 6 years to teens!

7)    Kids Pizza Making Lessons – Bistro Bianconi, Sligo Town

Great fun for the kids! Give them the chance to make their own pizza dough, roll it, throw it, top it with their favourite ingredients, cook it in our wood burning oven and best of all, EAT IT!

Expert pizza chefs have great fun when children come in to learn the tricks of our trade and create great memories. In 2015, a family from Naples visited Bistro Bianconi. Their two young children gave our chefs a run for their money! At age 6 and 9, it was fantastic to see children with such a love for food and cooking. They inspired us and reminded us of the reason why we have such passion for pizzas!

If you're the indecisive type, why not try this Family Activity Quiz to help you decide on where you should go with the kids.

8)     Sligo Kayak Tours

Get out on the water with Sligo Kayak Tours. Whenever possible we keep our groups small in an attempt to minimise environmental impact on the fragile ecosystems that we visit, and to build a stronger personal connection to these places.

Paddling in a small group ensures clients get an authentic wildlife experience on our tours. It also helps to minimise noise and stress placed on all those living in the natural environment.

Let us know in the comments which events you are hoping to make it to. If you are looking for more ideas why not try the Family Activity Quiz for a personalised suggestion!