General Public Events

Prebooking required for all events with Eleanor Reade ereade@wit.ie 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Festival for Outdoor Science is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.

VenueActivityPresenterDateTimesGroups
Waterford Institute of Technology Botanical Drawing and Macro Photography of Flowers: As part of Fascination of Plants Day, learn the principles of botanical drawing and photography of flowers from experienced artists and photographers. Artists materials and flowers will be provided but photographers should bring their own camera equipment. Lynn Stringer & Cara Daly (WIT) Saturday 18th 11:00-14:00 Families/General
Tramore Strand and Sand Dunes Eco Plant Tour: Get to know the plants on your own doorstep! Team up with experienced and knowledgeable local ecological tour guides from the Copper Coast Geopark and WIT who will show you the wonder and diversity of our native plants. Glen Power, Alan Walshe & Cara Daly (WIT) Saturday 18th 15:00-17:00 Families/General
Tramore Strand Seashore Art Activity: Explore beautiful Tramore strand and use natural materials to craft seaside art with artist and scientists Rachel Smith. Rachel Smith Saturday 18th 14:00 Families
Anne Valley, Dunhill Anne Valley Opening Walk: This walk originates in Dunhill and follows the course of the Anne River which flows through a scenic valley and meanders past many beautiful ponds to reach Dunhill Castle. Mike Walsh Sunday 19th 13:00 Families/General
T-Bay Surf, Eco Centre & Café Explore and Discover: Explore the natural beauty and mysteries of Tramore Bay, Dunes and Backstrand environments with natural heritage specialist and field ecologist, Grace O' Sullivan Grace O' Sullivan Sunday 19th 15:00-17:00 Families
JFK Arboretum, New Ross Animated Film: The Man Who Planted Trees. This Academy Award winning animation is a collection of nine short films exploring humanity's relationship with trees and the environment. JFK Arboretum Sunday 19th 11:00 Families
JFK Arboretum, New Ross Guided Walk: A guided walk of the botanical wonders of the arboretum for family groups. JFK Arboretum Sunday 19th 15:00 Families
Kilfarrasy Strand Sea Gardener: Sunset beach walk and a look at edible seaweeds with Irish Wildlife Trust member Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden- a guide to seaweed cookery and foraging. Marie Power Monday 20th 19:00 General
Kilfarrasy Strand Rocky Sea Shore: A guided tour of the diverse and fascinating rocky sea shore at Kilfarrasy beach. The sea life of the copper coast will be explored and their habitats investigated. Grace O' Sullivan (Copper Coast Geopark) Tuesday 21st 19:00-20:30 General
Copper Coast Geopark Centre, Bonmahon Our Dynamic Earth: A talk for the general public on the science of earthquakes, where and why they happen as well as a demonstration of a working seismometer. Tina Keating (Copper Coast Geopark) Wednesday 22nd 19:00-20:30 General
JFK Arboretum Nature Trail: An exciting and informative Nature Trail taking in the beauty and nature of JFK Arboretum. JFK Arboretum Wednesday 22nd 15:00 General
Faithlegg Woods, Waterford (Old Moorings Bar, Cheekpoint) Mammals Walk: This walk offers a fascinating insight into the lives of local mammals marking International Biodiversity Day. The walk concludes shortly after sunset when participants will get the chance to see and hear bats hunting for insects over woodland canopy. Andrew Harrington (WIT) Wednesday 22nd 20:00-22:00

General (under 16s must be supervised)

Directions to venue:

From Waterford City Centre (the Quay), following the signs for Dunmore East at the Tower Hotel, take the Dunmore Road and continue as far as Waterford Regional Hospital in Ardkeen, passing the outer ring road. From here continue south along the Dunmore Road (R683), passing the Woodlands Hotel and exiting the city. Approximately 1km after the Woodlands Hotel, take the left turn off the Dunmore Road, following the signs for Passage East (R683). About 1km further, take the right turn following the sign for Cheekpoint, passing under the viaduct.

Continue on this road for about 5km, passing Faithlegg Church, Faithlegg House Hotel, and Faithlegg National School. On reaching Cheekpoint village, continue down the hill until you reach the quay on the Strand Road. The old Moorings Bar is about 300m from the quay along the Strand Road

Central Library, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan Illustrated Talk on the Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore and History by Glynn Anderson, Author and Guide with the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Glynn Anderson and Waterford County Council Thursday 23rd 19:30-21:00 General
Fenor Bog (car-park) A tour of Fenor Bog: This tour takes in the important wildlife in this ecological hotspot. Alan Walshe (Copper Coast Geopark) Thursday 23rd 19:00 General
JFK Arboretum, New Ross Animated Film: The Man Who Planted Trees. This Academy Award Winning animation is a collection of nine short films exploring humanity's relationship with trees. JFK Arboretum Saturday 25th 11:00 Families
JFK Arboretum, New Ross Guided Walk: A guided walk of the botany and wildlife of the arboretum for family groups. JFK Arboretum Sunday 26th 15:00 Families/General
Annestown Beach Giant Mosaic: Help design and build a fun mosaic on Annestown Beach using natural materials. Sinead Driver & Tina Keating (Copper Coast Geoapark) Sunday 26th 12:30-15:00


All events approximately 1 hour unless otherwise indicated

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