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Family Fun Day at Riverview Shopping Centre 2024


Sunday 25th August 1-5pm

History's alive! Come join us for a day of fun and learning for young and old! There will be something for everyone.

You will find us at RIVERVIEW SHOPPING CENTRE. Come along and bring the past to life!

Heritage Crafts and skills - demonstrations and workshops

Heritage Skills Demonstrations:

Basket weaving Pole Lathe Blacksmith Forge Smoking Spinning and Weaving Felting Coin Making Woodturning. Come and witness skills and crafts of yesteryear


Candle Making: 

demonstration and workshop How did they see at night in 1600s? Join Ballyroe Candles and make your very own candle to take home in a safe fun way! Workshops run all day. 


Long Bow Demonstration

Battle Re-enactment

  Combat in a 1600's battlefield! - Rules of Engagement, Weaponry, Clothing, Food. Learn all about it here.

The Big Dig

Join the Irish school of Archaeology and take part in 'The Big Dig' The next step in the evolution of creative and hands-on learning for the younger generation. A replica ‘Viking House’ and excavation site allows children and young adults to explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeology dig. excavation - who knows what ancient treasure you might find!

Workshops - all day - .

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Food and Craft fair, Circus skills, interactive puppet shows, balloon-modelling, face painting, animal roadshow and live music brings a real celebration to Bandon this year.

Why not pick up our self-led walking trail map highlighting historical points around town. Or maybe our booklet on the history of Bandon Walls. The 1600's have never been so close!

The Big Dig by The School of Irish Archaeology

Children's Favourite 'The Big Dig' is back by popular demand! 'The Big Dig' brings the past to life through practical, interactive experiences in a hands-on learning and fun environment. Participants discover the past using simple tools and techniques that are perfectly matched to their natural curiosity and eagerness to roll up the sleeves and explore an excavation site. They learn in a fun manner, to recognise and log details of ancient artefacts, tools, bones and utensils, thus developing an understanding of Irish heritage, culture and identity.

Sessions are free but extremely limited and can be booked via Eventbrite link below. Please ensure you include child's name and age at booking. 
(we will try to accommodate as much as we can space dependent)
Recommended age: 6-12

Time Slots:



Timed Events

1:00 p.m. Performance by Bandon Concert Band

1:30 & 3:45 Battle Reenactment - followed by Children's Battle (suitable age 7-10 year old)

Take up your sword and fight for your town -under the direction of Bran Dubh - let the battle commence!

1:50 Alchemy Arts Circus Magic Show

2:00 - story telling with Rae McKinlay

2:30 & 3:15 Puppet Show

3:45 Performance by Comhaltas

Ongoing but must be booked - The Big Dig - 

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