Events in the Neighbourhood

We felt it was time to share some of the amazing things that happen in, and around, our neighbourhood. We’ve taken a guideline of within half-an-hour’s drive as ‘the neighbourhood’. You are surely going to find something that will pique your interest, and maybe even tempt you to come and spend a weekend in the country. Some of these events/courses book out really fast, so if you are interested early booking is advised (links provided where possible).

I am sure there will be more to add, so do drop by again to see if there is something that attracts you.

Saturday, 7th March: Engineers’ Week celebration for the family: Birr Castle

Tuesday, 21st April: Sourdough Baking for Chefs & Cooks : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School

Saturday, 26th April: Free-range Pig Rearing : Oldfarm

Tuesday, 28th April: Sourdough Course, Level 1 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 2nd May: Sourdough Course, Level 1 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 9th May: Introduction to making Real Bread at Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Tuesday, 12th May: Sourdough Course, Level 1 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Tuesday, 19th May: Introduction to making Real Bread at Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 22nd May: Introduction to free-range pig rearing. We will share the knowledge built up over many years of keeping outdoor pigs.

Saturday, 6th June: Portumna Forest Marathon We have had many guests come stay with us to partake in this event. We believe it is suited to various levels and lengths.

Saturday, 13th June: Sourdough Course, Level 1 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 20th June: Sourdough Course, Level 2 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Tuesday, 23rd June: Sourdough Course, Level 1 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 12th July: Lorrha Medieval Conference details to follow.

Friday, 31st July – 8th August: Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival.

Sunday, 9th August: Slieve Aughty Challenge : Portumna Cycling Club

Saturday, 29th August: Sourdough Course, Level 2 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

Saturday, 5th September: Introduction to free-range pig rearing here at Oldfarm.

Saturday, 12th September: Sourdough Course, Level 3 : Riot Rye Bakehouse & Bread School.

17th – 20th September: Shorelines Arts Festival in Portumna

19th – 25th September: 50th Anniversary of the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships in Birr.

Recurring Events:

Birr Theatre runs an amazingly diverse range of events. Over the years we have attended many plays and music gigs. The best was probably Jerry Fish and the MudBug Club.

If antiques or vintage are your thing, check out Purcell Auctioneers. They hold monthly specialist auctions with weekend viewings and auctions are on Wednesday evenings and on-line so you can bid from the comfort of your home!

Or if you prefer more activity, there are lots of walks through and around the Slieve Blooms.

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