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The Best Family Friendly Things to do in Cork this June

June might be our favourite month to be in Cork! With so many family friendly festivals and events in can be hard to choose.  Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered!!  Here’s our list of ThisIrishFamily’s favourite things to do in Cork this June!!!

Cork Summershow, Curaheen Showgrounds

The Cork Summershow become a tradition for our family when we lived in Ballincollig. The event is well worth a visit even if you’re further afield. Over 200 years old, the Cork Sumershow has had plenty of time to perfect family summer fun!! For one weekend in June the Showgrounds at Curaheen are transformed into an agricultural fair complete with animals, stalls and traders, music & food, rides for the kids and much more!!! I might love it because it is the closest thing to a county fair back home….I also love that it is run with precision from parking to the lay out of the whole show. There is plenty of parking but also a  shuttle from Ballincollig so it is easy to make it by bus. Best of all….kids under 12 are FREE!

If you haven’t been to the Cork Summer Show it is an absolute must for your summer bucket list! For full details on schedule and line up visit the Cork Summer Show website. 

Cork City Marathon

www.corkcitymarathon.comWhether you’re an athlete or not you can’t beat the buzz around Cork City on marathon day! The kids love to head down to the race
course to cheer on the athletes who have trained for the race. In recent years the marathon has put runner’s names on their bibs which allows us to cheer for individual runners on a more personal level. Whether your near the finish line or on the outskirts of the city if you’re not running in the marathon pop down to the racecourse and give a boost to all those participating in the Cork City Marathon!

Cork Harbour Festival & Ocean to City- An Rás Mór

The Cork Harbour Festival is jam-packed with family friendly activities around the harbour. From free tours, open days to historical sites and family fun days there is plenty to do during the week-long festival. The flagship event of the Cork Harbour Festival the Ocean to City Race . The Ocean to City race is Cork’s own long-distance rowing race that attracts hundreds of participants each year. There are a range of boat types each year and spectators can play Spot the Boat from land. The race finishes in Lapp’s Quay in the city with free family friendly entertainment and food stalls.

Hillfest, Watergrasshillmouse roulette

Each June Bank Holiday weekend the community of Watergrasshill in North Cork puts on a village fair like no other. The 4 day Hillfest has a programme that includes a variety of activities the whole family will love.  From warring pubs (tug-o-war), mouse roulette, family fun days,orienteering, soccer tournaments, music
festival and perhaps the highlight of the festival popular PIG RACES!! The main road in Watergrasshill will be closed and lined with bales of hay and crowds to watch the pig races. With local punters putting odds on each race. Hillfest has that small town festival feel with good, wholesome family fun. All proceeds go to local community organisations- we love that!

Cork MidsummerFestival

It isn’t June in Cork without the Midsummer Festival. Since 2008 the Cork Midsummer Festival has brought 10 days of arts to the city each year. The festival grows from strength to strength with events to suit just about everyone! A ThisIrishFamily festival favourite is most definitely the Picnic in the Park at Fitzgerald’s Park. The picnic brings a day of free arts and entertainment to Cork’s finest park.

With all that our June will be jam-packed for sure but there is much much more! Don’t forget to check out Live at the Marquee, Festival Cork’s DessertFest and Shandon Street Festival.

June really is a great month to be in Cork so get out there!

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  • Reply Noelle May 25, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I love the Midsummer Festival 🙂

    • Reply Denise May 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      So much to do every year!!!!!! I’d love to do some of the Spike Island things if we can find a sitter

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