With just two weeks to go until Bestival returns to the Isle of Wight for its spectacular 10th anniversary festival (5 – 8 September), Red Funnel has announced the introduction of additional ferry sailings on its routes from Southampton to the Isle of Wight, the gateway to Bestival.
One of Ireland’s quirkiest Gatherings is in County Wexford next month. The Gathering of Lighthouse Keepers at Hook Head (13-15 September) is for all those interested in lighthouses (pharologists).
Say “Irish music” and flame-haired dancers or Guinness-drinking fiddlers come to mind, but there’s a thriving festival circuit with three events well worth pitching up to in August, says Irish Ferries.
The Curragh is the home of Irish horse racing, including the famous Irish Derby, which will attract thousands to County Kildare over the three day weekend at the end of June.
The global phenomenon that is Riverdance returns to Dublin in July as part of Ireland’s The Gathering celebrations, for a weekend of special performances and events.
Garden lovers have more than RHS Chelsea to look forward to this year. Ireland’s premier garden show bloom will be staged in Dublin’s Phoenix Park Thursday 30 May to Monday 3 June inclusive.
With many people taking their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations overseas, Peter Rodger - IAM Chief Examiner, offers advice on taking your vehicle on the ferry.
Waterford: the oldest city in Ireland and the first (in 1903) to declare St Patrick’s Day a general holiday. This year, with 17 March falling on Sunday, there’s also a public holiday on 18 March: a great excuse for a long weekend in one of the prettiest corners of Ireland.
Irish Ferries Holidays has a self-drive Dublin break from just £183 per person (saving £42 per person) for any three nights’ bed and breakfast, before 23 December, at the Sandymount Hotel, a perfect base from which to visit the city’s Christmas Markets.
Irish Ferries has opened up its reservations system a month earlier than usual, accepting bookings for travel from 1 February and for the rest of 2013.
Those worried about the high price of flights and holidays can take advantage of exclusive, discounted ferry fares to France during National Ferry Fortnight, from 17-31 March and early booking offers from self-catering accommodation specialist Pierre & Vacances.
Enjoy the Isle of Wight Cycling Festival 17 - 25 September 2011 and ‘Cycle the Wight’ with Red Funnel
The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival returns to the Island between 17 and 25 September 2011. Attracting thousands of cyclists every year, the festival consists of over 60 rides designed to perfectly take in the stunning rolling countryside of the Isle of Wight.
Irish Ferries Holidays’ new summer deal promotes the warmest of Irish welcomes at 1,400 individual B&Bs for just £66 per person per night – including ferry travel.
A new year-round ferry service will launch in October, making island hopping between Dominica, St. Lucia, Guadeloupe and Martinique easier than ever before.
For a memorable May weekend getaway, visit the Irish Lakelands where you’ll find plenty of events and attractions to entertain, with easy access for UK visitors by plane or ferry to Dublin, just a short drive away.
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