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Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

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Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

24th November – 23rd December 2018

24th Nov- Santa will arrive at 5.p.m. followed by the switching on of the Christmas Lights at 5.45.p;.m.

Christmas markets will run each weekend during the same period

For more information go to

Dun Laaoghaire Christmas Festival 2018

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Castle Christmas Tours with Santa At Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

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Castle Christmas Tours with Santa

At Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th & Sat 22nd December
From 11.00am

Great Fun Family Day Out! No Queueing!

These unique Christmas Castle tours with Santa are specially devised for the children who are expecting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. (Adults can join in the fun with the children).
The children will engage with Jingle who sings Christmas riddles while preparing the food for Santa and the reindeers. Jingle leads the children to the battlements to chant to the North Star that guides the reindeers around the world.
Twinkle, the Christmas Elf, joins in the show. Twinkle tells all the famous Christmas stories in a new and exciting way and helps when Santa’s suit gets shrunk by the elves who are now all sleeping in the Garderobe. The big worry for Twinkle is whether the children can make the suit big enough to fit Santa again.
The highlight, needless to say, is the appearance of the celebrity himself- Santa Claus!
Santa’s ‘Ho Ho Ho’ has gone very faint. The children will help him to get it back. He has two long lists: nice and naughty. Only those who behave very well can be on his nice list. The children can help Santa waken the sleeping elves and help him with his 10 question quiz.
It’s all about activity and participation with this specially devised unique Dalkey Castle Christmas Tour with Santa! Book in advance No queuing necessary.

Tour times 11.00, 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00.

Prices Children €9.50 (include age appropriate Goody Bag for children).
Adults with children: €7.50 (Children must be accompanied by an adult).

Booking: Book online HERE

Credit Card by Tel 01 285 8366. (Closed on Tuesdays).
At Reception every day except Tuesday.
Castle Christmas Tours is supported by DLRCo.Co.

Dalkey Castle Santa

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Halloween 2018 Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre (Seasonal Tours)

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Halloween 2018
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre (Seasonal Tours)
We dare you to come and be spooked at the award-winning Dalkey Castle this Halloween.
We have lots of fun spooky things for young people to do.
You can….

o Learn the secrets of a real Viking warrior, who captures slaves and imprisons them on Dalkey Island.
o Pay the Viking taxes, or ‘pay through the nose’
o Make your own Viking coins to go into the Halloween Barm Brack. Later search for the Enchanted Ring.
o Pick your steps around a haunted graveyard and meet a real ghost, the ancient protector of Dalkey Castle
o Carry the Jack o’ Lantern that the devil gave to a damned soul.
o Stand in The Murder Room of the Castle, and watch what terrible things descend through The Murder Hole
o Dare to sit upon the Barber Surgeon’s table and experience the cruel weapons of medieval times.
o Bring to life ‘The Zombie Child’ – a magic puppet who comes to life at this time of year and dance The Witches Dance

Halloween Tours: Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Monday 29th October
Times: 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00,
On Wednesday 31st October at 11.00, 12.00.
(Closed Tuesday 30th October)

Admission €7.50. (Children u 16 must be accompanied by an adult).
Bookings open here now if you dare!!!!Ghostly Presence DCDalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

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Summer wouldn’t be summer without the “bear” necessities of life. On Sunday July 8th 2018 Teddy Bears Picnic is back in Blackrock with all the necessities for your bear to have a great afternoon out.

Teddy Bears Picnic from 1pm to 5pm will be a celebration of all things Teddy with lots of fun, games and surprises all over the park. Everybody, young and old is invited to bring their bears and blankets to the picnic in Blackrock Park.

We want to see all kinds of Teddy Bears at the event old, new, dressed up, dressed down, short and tall.

If your Teddy needs special care and attention, we’ll have free bear care and checkups with minor repairs available at our very own clinic to give ailing Teddy Bears a new lease of life.

There will be a DJ, face painting, bouncy castles and inflatable games for all ages, entertainment on the Lake Stage and of course, picnic facilities for your goodies galore.

Teddy Bears Picnic is a free event, so bring your Teddy Bear and a picnic to make the most of this special afternoon.

Remember there is limited parking in the area around Blackrock Park so please cycle, walk or use public transport to get to the event.

Teddy Bears Picnic is organised by dlr Events and is an initiative by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has a huge variety of events planned for 2018.

Teddy Bears Picnic

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Dalkey Bloomsday Festival 15th & 16th June 2018 at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

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Dalkey Bloomsday Festival 15th & 16th June 2018
At Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

A Joycean Evening: A feast of Joycean Extracts linked by music & song, on 15th June at 20.00 hours.
Admission €15 (includes refreshments).
Dalkey Schoolroom Scene’ from Nestor Episode of ‘Ulysses’ at 15.30 on June 16th followed by Guided Joycean Walk. Admission €12.50.

A Joycean Evening: Begin your Joycean celebrations on the eve of Bloomsday in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on June 15th at 20.00 hours. A team of actors will perform enlightening extracts from ‘Ulysses’, ‘Dubliners,’ A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ and more. Tenor Simon Morgan and Soprano Lisa Lambe will be accompanied by Josh Johnston in songs that James Joyce sang or which feature in his work. Refreshments will be served. Admission €15.

Dalkey Schoolroom scene: The Nestor Episode from ‘Ulysses’ will be brought to life before your eyes in a memorable dramatisation featuring Mr Deasy, (Headmaster) and Stephen Dedalus (James Joyce). There are surprising Dalkey connections with Joyce which will be uncovered in the guided Joycean Walk, led by an expert Joycean Guide immediately afterwards. Must be pre-booked. Admission €12.50.

Booking online at

At Reception in Dalkey Castle every day except Tuesday.
Phone booking available by credit card.

Contact: Margaret Dunne

Dalkey Castle: Tel 01 285 8366
Supported by DLRCoCo Festival/ Event Funding.

Quotes: Arminta Wallace Irish Times in 2011 “If an authentically Joycean shiver down the spine was what you were after, however, the place to be was Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre where

Mr Deasy Stephen & Joyce 2018 …”Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

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Mad Hatters Tea Party –Sunday 1st April 2018

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Mad Hatters Tea Party

On Easter Sunday 1st April, from 1 pm to 5 pm in Deerpark, all is not quite what it seems as a white rabbit, a mad Hatter and a little girl called Alice host a most unusual tea party Mad Hatters Tea Party in Dublin complete with lots of kids activities, a tea cup ride, giant chess, croquet, a hat walk, balloons, an Easter egg Hunt and a host of surprises on picnic tables under a tree!

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is one of the most famous scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate Easter and the full bloom of spring, DLR Events invite young and old to put on their maddest hat and come to the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Characters in costume from that famous scene in Alice in Wonderland such as the White Rabbit, Alice, and the Mad Hatter himself will be there to greet ‘guests’ to their very special tea party on long wooden tables with pretty red and white check table cloths under a tree! Take a ride in a teacup or be a pawn in a giant chess game, have a game of croquet or hear the story of Alice in Wonderland from a special storyteller and with ‘Make & Do’ for the little ones.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, hosted by DLR Events, is an initiative by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and will feature make and do for the younger children to make a mad hat. Guests will be encouraged to dress up as one of the Alice in Wonderland characters, and wear the maddest hat possible.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to show off hats and costumes on the purpose built “Hat walk” – strut your stuff to the sounds of the DLR Events DJ!

Bring a picnic or buy some tea and cakes from the tuck shop and dine at the picnic tables.

This year the Mad Hatters Tea Party falls on Easter Sunday so a highlight will be the new Easter Trail. All you’ve got to do is solve the clues spread across Deerpark to win one of the hundreds of Easter treats that our Easter Bunny specially delivered.

The Mad Hatters Tea Party is a celebration for all the family of all things Easter so join us this Easter Sunday!

Mad Hatters Tea Party Event Information

Venue:- Deerpark, Mount Merrion, Dublin

Date:- Sunday 1st April

Time:- 13.00 – 17.00

Admission :- Free Family Event

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has a huge variety of events planned and, as always, the weekly Co Co Markets in Dalkey, the PeoplesPark and MarlayPark are a feast of the senses and a shoppers delight. The hugely popular Teddy Bears Picnic will be back in BlackrockPark in July. We can also look forward to Outdoor Movies, the Kingstown special to celebrate the old steam trains, Dads Day Off and a whole host of events for the rest of the year.mad hatter poster_2

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