Things to do this mid-term with the kids in Roscommon!

Next week brings the first of the school breaks for 2020 and whether you want to entertain National or Secondary School aged children, Roscommon has something to offer you.

Roscommon Art Centre

Broadway Razzle/Dazzle Camp – A 2-day singing, dancing jazz hands, etc. workshop.

Thursday 20th – Friday 21st February

Absolute Legends: Lords of Strut

Friday 21st Feb

For further details visit https://roscommonartscentre.ie/

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Open from Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Café on site

For further details visit https://www.rathcroghan.ie/

Lough Key Activity & Forest Park

  • Boda Borg: 7+ Years of Age. You need a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 5 people per team. Open for February Midterm 17th-21st 10am-5pm & Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm.
  • Zipit: 7+ Years of Age. Recommended to pre-book to enjoy up to 4 hours of fun. Open for February Midterm 20th-21st,10am-5pm.
  • Electric bike hire – open from Thursday to Sunday (20th to 23rd)
  • Café on site

For further details visit https://loughkey.ie/

Arigna Mining Experience

  • Suitable for all ages – children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Café on site.
  • Prices available on their website.

For further details visit https://www.arignaminingexperience.ie/

Strokestown Park & Irish Famine Museum

  • Suitable for all ages – children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Café on site.
  • Prices available on their website.

For further details visit https://www.strokestownpark.ie/

Roscommon Trails

Don’t forget we have a full listing of all the county walks, where you are free to explore nature. Trails

And don’t forget to check out our listing of all our wonderful accommodation and eateries to complement your visit.

Nollaig shona as Ros Comáin

Whether its returning home to spend time with loved ones, or a short break to our beautiful county, Roscommon is a must this Christmas and New Year.

Step into Nature

To help build up an appetite for all that scrumptious food why not grab your coat, hat and walking shoes; bring the family and get out exploring Roscommon’s majestic rural landscape. Our amazing scenery, wildlife, waterways and landscape are yours to uncover.

Check out all you need to know on all of our trails here.

Why not explore the newly created Sculpture Trail in Loughnaneane Park, Roscommon Town (site of Roscommon Castle). The trail reflects the history of Roscommon through sculptures of the great O’Conor family, Cú Chulainn and Queen Medb (Maeve) of Connacht. As well as an amazing Nature Chair where you can sit like a King or Queen amid our historic land.

Or keep warm indoors!

However, if you would rather stay in the warmth of indoors this holiday season, a number of our attractions will be open over the Christmas period for you to enjoy. See their Christmas opening hours below.

And don’t forget a full listing of all our wonderful accommodation and eateries to complement your visit, is available to check out here on our website.

Where ever you are spending this Christmas, we wish you and all your loved ones a very happy, safe and peaceful Christmas.

Nollaig Shona go gach duine

 

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Arigna Mining Experience
Monday, 23rd December – Saturday, 28th December (inclusive) – CLOSED Sunday, 29th December – 10.00am to 5.00pm
Monday, 30th December – 10.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday, 31st December – CLOSED
Wednesday, 1st January – CLOSED
Thursday, 2nd January – 10.00am to 5.00pm

Lough Key Activity and Forest Park
Monday, 23rd December – Thursday, 26th December (inclusive) – CLOSED
Friday, 27th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday, 28th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday, 29th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
Monday, 30th December – 11.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday, 31st December – CLOSED
Wednesday, 1st January 2020 – CLOSED
Thursday, 2nd January 2020 – 11.00am – 5.00pm

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre
Saturday, 21st December – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday, 22nd December – Wednesday, 1st January (inclusive) – CLOSED
Thursday, 2nd January – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Strokestown Park and Irish Famine Museum
Saturday, 21st December – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Sunday, 22nd December – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Monday, 23rd December – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Tuesday, 24th December – Sunday, 29th December (inclusive) – CLOSED
Monday, 30th December – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Tuesday, 31st December – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Wednesday, 1st January – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Thursday, 2nd January – 10.30am – 4.00pm

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like….Christmas in Roscommon!

Streets twinkling with a million fairy lights, a visit to see Santa, Christmas Markets, inviting open fires or that hand enwrapping warm drink after a magical walk along the frosty country trails … County Roscommon awaits you with a warm welcome this Winter Season.

It’s the perfect place to visit and make memories with loved ones, that will last a lifetime.

A visit to see Santa

There’s nothing more magical at this time of year than the little eyes of a child lighting up with excitement, when they meet Santa Claus… and we have a range of locations to choose from to meet this amazing man.

Strokestown Park Victorian Christmas Experience

Your visit to the Victorian Christmas Experience begins at Santa’s Stables and continues as you are brought by the Elves through the magical tunnel into the secret underground rooms of Strokestown House. Here you will find the Elves as they prepare for Christmas.   The highlight of the Victorian Christmas Experience is meeting Santa Claus by the fire as you receive a Christmas gift.

Pre-booking essential. Available Sat 7th, Sun 8th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th, Sat 21st and Sun 22nd December. To book visit www.strokestownpark-christmas.rezgo.com

Arigna Santa Experience

A visit to Santa in Arigna is a unique, exciting fun-filled day out for all the family. Visit Santa from 11am-5pm on Sat 7th, Sun 8th, Sat 14th, Sun 15th and Sat 21st and from 12pm-5pm Sun 22nd December. To Book visit www.arignaminingexperience.ie/santa/

Athleague Village Magical Christmas Experience!

Join the Village Elf Hunt and Santa at the Suck on the 7th & 8th December in the Suck Valley Visitor Centre, Carol singing by Candlelight on the 8th December in the Peoples Park (weather permitting) in support of Pieta House, School Craft Fair on 12th December in the Suck Valley Visitor Centre, and see the Village Festive Windows competing throughout December!!

Christmas Markets

Or why not savour the atmosphere of a Christmas Market with tempting aromas in the air, seasonal music, cute gifts and tasty food, you will soon be the festive spirit!

Strokestown Christmas Market

The Strokestown Christmas market will run over three consecutive weekends in November and December and each weekend will be packed with fun, activities and entertainment for all ages. The Grand Switch On will take place on Friday 29th November.

King House Christmas Craft Fair

The annual King House Christmas Craft fair takes place both inside and outside King House showcasing some of Roscommon’s finest Artists, Artisans and Crafts People. The Fair will take place on Friday 6th December 5pm-9pm and Saturday 7th December 10am-5pm For more information please phone 071 966 3033 or email patricia@unabhan.ie

Ballintubber Christmas Festival

The Ballintubber Christmas Festival kicks off on Sunday 1st December at 6pm. Turning on of Hospice Christmas Tree in Church grounds, Carols, turning on of Village Christmas Lights, Blessing of Crib, arrival of Santa by Sleigh. Hot chocolate, teas, coffee and Christmas bites will be served in Kenny’s where there will also be a mini pop up Christmas Shop.

Or watch the Christmas lights come to life, as we switch them on….

Elphin
29th November 7pm

Boyle
30th November 4pm

Ballintubber
Sunday 1st December at 6pm

Castlerea
8th December

Ballaghadereen
Sunday 1st December

Christmas is a time for giving and caring

…and this is the 3rd year that Dorothy Shannon and her amazing team in King House Tea Rooms are giving up their Christmas Day to offer Christmas Dinner for those who maybe alone.

So if you or somebody you know wants to join them for an afternoon of chat and craic and a good hearty Christmas dinner give them a call on 087 6430326.

 

Halloween in Roscommon

Cast spells with witches, visit the home of Halloween and lots more this October in County Roscommon!

Each year Glendeer Pet Farm is completely transformed by the staff. You can cast spells with their scary witch, toast marshmallows over an open fire, enter the eerie maze but be warned, it’s as your own risk!

Follow Pumpkin Passage through the Forbidden Forest and see lots more skeletons, ghosts and ghouls! Glendeer Pet Farm will be open from Sat 26th Oct – 3rd Nov 2019 for their fun, spooktastical Halloween Event which is suitable for all ages.

Admission: €9 per adult & €9 per child (under 18 months are free). Visit Glendeer Pet Farm for details.

The Haunted Halloween Tour will take place at Rathcroghan Visitor Centre. With the cave of Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat) being the home of Halloween, and reputed as Ireland’s Gate to Hell, what better way to spend Halloween, the ancient festival of Samhain, than by a special dusk guided visit down into the bowels of the earth, to prove yourself on this most unholy of nights!

The tour begins in modern day Tulsk and from there you will work your way back in time, finishing at the cave Uaimh na gCat (Oweynagat), the origin place of Halloween, and home to the mighty Morrigan and many more malicious, mystical monsters.

Here you can face your fears and any demons that reside within. This is a truly atmospheric Halloween tour, you won’t want to miss!

The ‘Haunted Halloween Tour’ will take place on Tuesday 29th October.

As an extra offering this year Rathcroghan are offering ‘Origins of Samhain’ tour’. A daily tour to Oweynagat (the Cave of the Cats), the birthplace of Samhain and the home of Halloween.  This special seasonal tour will run from 29th Oct to 1st Nov 2019 inclusive, departing Rathcroghan Visitor Centre at 3pm.

For more details or to book a place on the tours visit Rathcroghan Visitor Centre

Lough Key have a week full of spooktacular for their Lough Spooky Halloween Fest!

The week long Halloween Fest will run from Saturday 26th October right through to Sunday 3rd November and events will include Time Travelling Adventure, Pumpikin Carving, Captivating Performances, Science Labs, Puppet Shows, Balloon Animals, Disco, Boda Booooo, Magic Show, fancy dress and more!

 

Lough Key Spooky Halloween Fest Programme

Saturday 26/10/2019

4pm-6pm Boda Boooo €19 per person

Booking essential, suitable from 7 yrs up, min of 3 pax. per team

Sunday 27th October 2019

10.30am- 12pm Pumpkin carving & flower arranging workshop €15 per child

Booking essential, suitable from ages 5 yrs to 12 yrs

1pm-3pm Captivating performances with ‘Loose Gripp Films’ FREE

1.30pm -3.30pm Face painting- FREE

4-5pm Time Travel through the Lough Key Experience with professional perfomers

from ‘Loose Gripp Films’

A dramatic, spectacular and interactive adventure bringing the past to life!

€15 per person, booking essential, suitable for adults and children from 6 yrs up

Monday 28th October 2019

10.30am- 12pm Science Lab with ‘Planet Science Kidz’- €16 per child

Rocket launch, candy DNA test, slime lab and spooky tricks

Booking essential, suitable for ages 5 yrs to 12 yrs

1.30pm -3.30pm Entertainment with ‘Genie Makers’ (FREE)

1.30-3.30pm Face painting (FREE)

3.30pm DAS Academy Fun Dance Class (FREE)

4pm-6pm Boda Boooo €19 per person

Booking essential, suitable from 7 yrs up, min of 3 pax. per team

Tuesday 29th October 2019

10.30am- 12pm Science Lab with ‘Planet Science Kidz’- €16 per child

Rocket launch, candy DNA test, slime lab and spooky tricks

Booking essential, suitable for ages 5 yrs to 12 yrs

Wednesday 30th October 2019

11.30am Halloween Movie in the Moylurg room, popcorn with Cecil the squirrel.

(FREE)

Thursday 31st October 2019

10.30am-12pm Mask making Craft Class €15/Child

Create a scary mask to celebrate Halloween and be ready for Ghost night.

Booking essential, suitable for ages 5 yrs to 12 yrs

Friday 1st November 2019

10.30am- 12pm Science Lab with ‘Planet Science Kidz’- €16 per child

Rocket launch, candy DNA test, slime lab and spooky tricks.

 

Visit Lough Key  for more details.

We hope you have a spooktacular time in Roscommon this Halloween. Don’t forget to download our Roscommon Walks Booklet and get offline and explore County Roscommon’s countryside.

If you can’t make it for Halloween, Strokestown Park House, Arigna Mining Experience, Rathcroghan and Lough Key Forest Park are open all year round.

Please do share your photos on our social media using our hashtag #loveroscommon

You will find us here:

https://www.facebook.com/roscommon.ie/ https://twitter.com/roscommonie https://www.instagram.com/roscommon.ie/

Roscommon Heritage Bucket List – 30 fun things to see and do this Autumn!

With all the beautiful autumn colours, It’s such a wonderful time of the year to explore County Roscommon. Don’t let Autumn slip away without trying some, or all of our Roscommon Heritage Bucket List. From blackberry picking, to star gazing, we have put together some fun things for you to do over the next few weeks.

Why not make it a family event, go exploring at the weekend and see what you can find with the kids. Or bring the Bucket List to school or your office and get everyone involved. You can choose a few activities off the list and do them during your lunch break leaving technology behind, while learning about our local heritage.

We would love to see how you engage with our bucket list. Share your finds with us on our social media by tagging our page and using the hashtag #roscommonheritage.

 

You will find lots of maps and links here on our website, but feel free to message us on our social media if you need assistance with anything on the Bucket list. Follow our pages for prompts over the next couple of weeks and share on your social media pages also.

You will find us here:

https://www.facebook.com/roscommon.ie/

 

https://twitter.com/roscommonie

 

https://www.instagram.com/roscommon.ie/

 

What are you waiting for! Print off the bucket list, grab a pen and let’s go exploring our local heritage.

Download the Roscommon Heritage Autumn Bucket List

Top 10 things to do this summer in Roscommon

Whether you want to relax and unwind or enjoy a day out with the family, Roscommon has it all. From walking trails, historic houses, floating inflatable islands and heritage sites, there’s something for everyone and for every budget.

1. Bay Sports (€)

Hodson Bay is home to Bay Sports, a fun-filled water park on Lough Ree with Europe’s largest floating water park featuring jungle towers, trampolines, slides, and obstacle courses. There’s also Stand Up Paddling (SUP) Boards, pedal boats, and even a BBQ / picnic area for you to relax and help create the perfect day out for ALL the family (even your dog!) Find out more at https://baysports.ie/

 

2. Strokestown Park House (FREE to walk gardens € for tour)

There’s always something to do at Strokestown Park! A range of cultural events for all ages and interests take place throughout the season including garden, craft, seasonal and family events, evening concerts and seminars.

The House is built on the site of the 16th century castle, home of The O Conor Roe Gaelic Chieftains. It features a Georgian Palladian Mansion with its original furnishings and fabrics, the National Famine Museum & Archive and Historic Gardens & Woodlands. Take a walk in the gardens, look out for the fairies, take a tour of the house, relax in the coffee shop and bring home a momento from the grift shop. Find out more at http://www.strokestownpark.ie/

3. Roscommon Castle (FREE)

Roscommon Castle is a 13th-century Norman castle situated in walking distance of Roscommon town. After being won and lost by siege multiple times over the course of four centuries, it was burned down one final time in 1690. It is a ruin today, but still stands and is perfect for exploring, with lots and nooks and crannys. If you would like more information, or a guided tour, pop into Roscommon Tourist Office where they will be happy to help.

4. Loughnaneane Park (FREE)

Loughnaneane Park is a beautiful 14 acre green space in the middle of Roscommon town. The Park includes a crannog known locally as the Hill o’ Bones, a wildflower meadow, bird walk, lake feature, mounds, children’s playground, outdoor gym and car park.

5. Arigna Mining (€)

The Arigna Mining Experience is a great day out for both young and old, providing a unique insight into what coal mining life was like. All tours of the mine are guided by ex-miners, who give visitors an insight into a typical miners working day.

Find out more at https://www.arignaminingexperience.ie/

6. Rathcroghan (€)

Rathcroghan Visitor Centre has interpretive rooms, where you can see how the Iron Age and Medieval Irish dressed, what they ate, where they lived, and what they believed in. You can go on a tour of the unique monuments from the mysterious ritual centre of Rathcroghan Mound, to the infamous Oweynagat, (Uaimh na gCat – the Cave of the Cats) entrance to the Irish Otherworld. There’s also a café and gift shop on site. Find out more at https://www.rathcroghan.ie/

7. Lough Key Forest & Activity Park (€)

This is a one stop shop for all the family! Based just outside Boyle in Co. Roscommon it is set in the grounds of the old King-Harman Estate on the shores of Lough Key. There’s so much to see and do including, walking and cycling trails, segways, Zipit high wire forest adventure park, Boda Borg, a challenging Swedish Adventure House for adults and children alike and so much more.

Find out more https://loughkey.ie/

8. Derryglad Museum (€)

Derryglad Folk Museum houses a unique and fascinating collection of over 6000 items telling the history, heritage and folk culture. There’s everything from cereal boxes, to sewing machines to horse-drawn machinery restored to original working order. The collection also deals with farm and folk life in Ireland from the 18th century to the recent past. It’s like walking back in time! Find out more http://www.derrygladfolkmuseum.com/

9. Elphin Windmill (Tour €)

The Elphin Windmill is a fully restored, working, 18th century windmill, the oldest type in the country . The mill was originally used for grinding corn and other grains and now houses a visitor centre where the workings of the windmill are interpreted and demonstrated. Also on site is an agricultural museum housing a threshing machine, a winnower and other machinery associated with the harvesting of grain. Definitely worth a visit! Find out more http://elphinwindmill.blogspot.com/

10. Douglas Hyde Centre (Free)

Portahard Church and Interpretative Centre Church of Ireland was restored in 1988 by Roscommon County Council and an Interpretative Centre telling the life-story of Dr. Douglas Hyde (1860-1949) was installed. Dr. Hyde’s contribution to modern Ireland is highlighted in the exhibition by the use of informative charts, maps and photographs. Through audio-visual material you can capture the spirit of his dream and celebrate the achievements of one life dedicated to one vision.

Also on display is the original letter nominating him as first President of Ireland, signed by members of the two main political parties in Dáil Éireann – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – along with many other items of historical interest.

The grounds of the building include Garden an Chraoibhín. The trees and shrubs in the Garden have been selected with reference to old Irish folklore, each plant illustrates part of an ancient “Calendar Alphabet System”.

Find out more http://www.roscommoncoco.ie/en/Services/Tourism/Recreation/Douglas_Hyde_Centre/Opening_Times/

If you are out and about and sharing photos on social media use our hashtags #loveroscommon #roscommonwalks

 

 

Five family-friendly walks that are worth getting off the sofa for

Trying to get the kids out walking and away from technology? We’ve rounded up some fun, family friendly walks for you to enjoy. From peat bogs to wildflower meadows, native woodlands to turloughs, lakes & marshes Roscommon is the perfect place to escape into the wild.

1. Cloonlarge Bog Walk

Looking for a walk to keep the kids engaged? This is the one for you. The looped bog road walk through Kilteevan country roads, is suitable for buggies and classed as “easy”.

There are numerous information boards along the walkway identifying locals butterflies, birds and trees, which are great fun for children to engage with and learn about their local environment. Not to mention the fun wood carvings popping up along the route.

See the map and more details here

2. Kilronan Castle Walk

This walk takes you through Kilronan Forest on a pathway from the Castle down to the shore of Lough Meelagh. You will walk through woodlands and along the shoreline of the lake. Keep an eye out for the Fairy house!

Why not visit Kilronan Castle after your walk for afternoon tea?

See the map and more details here

3. Lough Key Forest Park

Lough Key Forest Park is comprised of 250 hectares of amazing natural beauty, combining woodlands and water. There’s so much to see and do as a family whilst on the walks including crossing the Fairy Bridge, making a wish on the Wishing Chair and exploring the Ice House and Bog Garden.

There are 4 walks available, all of which are buggy accessible and suitable for dogs on leads. It’s the perfect spot for a family fun day out.

See the map and more details here

4. Mote Park Trails

Located just outside Roscommon town Mote Park trails are perfect for an afternoon stroll in the countryside. There are four different walks to choose from , all of which are buggy accessible through forest road and pathways. If you are lucky you might even see the resident red squirrel. Depending on the time of year you will be greeted with a carpet of bluebells, wild garlic, butterflies and birdsong.

See the map and more details here

5. Derryvunny Walks

This is a perfect walk to start with as it’s less than 1km. The multi access trail which is suitable for buggies, leads you through Corrigeenroe Marsh and brings you to a viewing point with spectacular views overlooking Lough Key. Why not bring a picnic, sit back and enjoy the view.

See the map and more details here

Interested in more walks in Roscommon?

We have 18 walks featured in our Roscommon Walks Book for you to explore and enjoy. Each walk is numbered in the book and displays an easy to read map and details on length, duration, difficulty etc.