Sunrise Children's Festival at Brigit's Garden
Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th July 2018
Brigit's Garden will host the 3rd annual 'Sunrise Children's Festival' in July 2018, a unique weekend festival with free camping on Saturday night, dedicated solely to children and their families.
'Sunrise' is a celebration of music, creativity, nature and all things magical in the beautiful Celtic gardens and surrounding woodlands. The 2018 Summer festival will take place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July. Both Day Tickets and Weekend Tickets (with free camping on Saturday night) are available for purchase.
'Sunrise Children's Festival' has a full two-day programme of Live Music & Theatre, Comedy, Circus, Puppet shows, Story-telling, Yoga, Interactive Science, Fire Spectacular and more, in four main tented areas as below. There will also be lots of delicious artisan food, café and bar.
This year's festival will be bigger and better than ever with an enhanced fire show and bonfire as well as upgraded camping facilities. Read more details in our camping facilities section, below.
Come and enjoy a unique opportunity to dance, celebrate, sing, create, and camp with your kids and all the family!
** Please Note: Sunrise 2018 is 3 weeks earlier than previous years. Book early! **
|Events & Activities in the Four Main Stretch Tents|
|Mainstage||Live Music, Comedy, Entertainment, Fire Spectacular & more|
|Big Bubbles Tent||Dragon Pirate Ship, Giant Wooden Games, Puppet Shows, Story-telling & more|
|8-12 yr olds||Archery Tag, Workshops, Science & Environmental Fun|
|Down-to-Earth Crafts||Willow Sculpture, Fairy-making, Wooden Swords, Wishing Tree & more|
|Artisan Food Village - The Garden Café & Biddy's Wine Bar - Roundhouse Cinema & much more!|
Sunrise Children's Festival 2017 Line-Up... 2018 Coming Soon
2018 is Looking to be Even Bigger & Better!
Thoughts on last year's Sunrise
"What a fantastic and magical weekend, we loved every second of it!!! The setting was beautiful, all events and activities were thoughtfully arranged and everyone was catered for. We have 5 kids from 0-11 and all of them got so much out of the weekend. The perfect mixture of excitement and fun and also plenty calming and relaxing. The staff were wonderful and so helpful. It is hands down the best festival we have been to!! Well done and we will most definitely be back next year... and the year after...and the year after that..." Laura Whalen
Food & Drink Facilities
There will be lots of delicious food options available throughout the Festival:
|Garden Café||5.00 - 9.00pm||8.00am - 8.00pm||8.00am - 4.30pm|
|Biddy's Wine Bar||til 11pm||1 pm - 4 pm|
|Barbeque||12.00 - 6.00pm||12.00 - 4.00pm|
|Food Stalls||12.00 - 8.00pm||12.00 - 4.00pm|
The Garden Café will serve:
- Breakfast from 8am - a buffet bar with cereals, yummy hot breakfasts, croissants, yogurt and more
- Lunch & Dinner - a delicious range of hot food, salads, kids’ meals & home baking, with vegetarian options
- Drinks - a selection of teas, coffees, wine, craft beers and minerals
- At the BBQ – sizzling sausages, chicken burgers and more with all the trimmings
The Food Stalls will be serving a variety of delicious offerings from Asian street food and baked potato, to pizza and chips to delicious artisan ice-cream.
Families will have access to picnic tables and to indoor seating in the Visitor Centre and Marquee.
Camping is FREE for all weekend ticket holders who wish to pitch a tent and camp underneath the starts after an amazing fire spectacular and bonfire on Saturday night. For Saturday night campers the camping grounds and car parks open at 8.30 a.m. on Saturday 7th July and will close on Sunday 8th July at 6p.m.
There is an option to set up camp on Friday evening at a small additional cost (€25). Select this add-on while booking and access the campsite from 4pm on Friday.
Campsites will be close to the car park and a short distance away from the Festival site. There will also be a dedicated wheelchair-accessible camping area close to the Visitor Centre.
- all camping areas guaranteed clean and mown
- lighting to guide families to and from the Festival grounds site
- plentiful access to sinks with cold running water
- access to sinks with hot water in Brigit’s Garden’s Visitor Centre and adjacent toilet block (on Festival site not camping areas)
- ample clean portaloos with nappy-change facilities and frequent cleaning schedule
- overnight security staff
The camping grounds are accessible by foot only so people are advised to pack lightly. There will be a limited number of wheelbarrows to help transfer your camping gear. Please bring a trolley if you have one. People should bring their own tents and camping equipment, though we are looking into the possibility of introducing Glamping this year. Watch this space!
Unfortunately BBQs are not allowed on the festival grounds.
Campervans, Caravans and Trailer Tents
There are limited spaces for campervans, caravans and trailers on the Festival grounds. People are welcome to drive their own campervan etc to the festival but they must purchase a parking ticket for €30 in advance of arrival to secure their place.
The facilities for campervans are the same as camping- please see above. Campervans etc will park in a different area to the pitched tents. We regret that we are not in a position to provide electricity points for campervans/caravans or trailer tents.
For those of you who are looking for accommodation options close by please see below.
Festival Dates & Times
Saturday 7th July: 10.00 am to 9.30 pm
Sunday 8th July: 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Free camping on Saturday night is included for all weekend ticket holders and families are free to arrive from 8.30am to set up their tents. For those who have purchased the optional Friday night camping ticket, the campsite will open at 4pm on Friday 6th July. There will be hot food and snacks available in the Garden Café from 5pm.
The festival kicks off at 10am on Saturday morning and runs until 9.30pm. Sunday is the same, with an early start of 10am but we will be wrapping up the show at approximately 4.30pm.
Thoughts on last year's Sunrise
"Had a blast, great weekend...so much for the kids to do. Def be back next year" Siobhan Mc Inerney
Accommodation Close by
(for Friday and/or Saturday night)
In Roscahill Co. Galway- 5 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Rockfield House B&B, www.connemara-galway.net 091 555586
In Oughterard, Co. Galway: 10 mins drive from Brigit's Garden
Camillaun Lodge, www.camillaun.com 091 552678
The Boat Inn, www.theboatinn.ie 091 552196 (family rooms from €78)
Ross Lake House Hotel, www.rosslakehotel.com, 091 550109
The Connemara Lake Hotel, www.theconnemaralakehotel.com 091 866016
Oughterard Hostel, www.oughterardhostel.com 091 552388
There is plenty of other accommodation listed at www.discoverireland.ie Follow links for accommodation and search for Moycullen or Oughterard.
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Slán go fóill :)*
Driving along the N59 from Galway city you will pass through a small town called Moycullen. Follow the festival traffic signs.
A few kilometres after this you will reach the small village of Roscahill. You will then see a brown heritage signpost on the left hand side of the road with Brigit's Garden name on it pointing to Turn Right. Take this right and the entrance to Brigit's Garden is on the left approximately 2km from this turn (after the community centre and church on the left hand-side).
For those using GPS or Google Maps, they may direct you turn right at Connemara Motors but it is more efficient if you continue onwards with the festival traffic signs.
GPS Coordinates for Brigit's Garden:N: 53.38558 W: 9.2131
Please pay attention to the signs for the overnight carpark and day carpark during this event.