Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2018 will take place from 19 - 27 May.

See Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2018 programme here


Bealtaine Living Earth Beach Mosaic from Eoin Gill on Vimeo.

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2017 will run from 20th - 28th May


Coming Public Events -


Explore the Shore - a closer look at rocky shore biodiversity

13:00-14:30 GENERAL PUBLIC

Presenter: Marie Power, The Sea Gardener, Irish Wildlife Trust

Location: Copper Coast Strand – meet at Mother McHugh’s, Fenor

Parking at Church Carpark, Fenor village –coming from Tramore, follow the Coast Road for about 6km, then take care turning right on the bend into carpark.

Marie Power, author of The Sea Garden, will guide an exploration of the flora and fauna of the rocky shore, including identifying edible seaweeds.

Wear waterproof, slip-proof footwear and weather-appropriate clothing. Suitable for all interested and families with children of 4 years or older.




Nature’s Calendar


Presenter: JFK Guides, JFK Arboretum, OPW

Location: JFK Arboretum – meet at flagpoles outside JFK visitor centre

Come along to this guided tour and discover the wonders of nature's calendar, exploring a year in the life of a tree.


See more here at www.heritageireland.ie

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here


Rockpool Expedition

Time:  14:00 – 17:00 (max)

Location: Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre, The Red Cottage, Tramore

Discover Neptune’s underwater animal kingdom for yourselves.  The Oceanics guide will show you the many living animals that inhabit the rockpools on Tramore Beach as you view our holding tank at the Surf School.  Receive an introduction to rockpooling - including species identification, safety and the free use of nets and containers.




The Centenary Tour – History and Horticulture



Presenter: JFK Guides, JFK Arboretum, OPW

Location: JFK Arboretum – meet at flagpoles outside JFK visitor centre

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the birth of President John F. Kennedy, enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of the JFK Arboretum and the commemorative trees planted by the Kennedy Family since the opening of the Arboretum.

Directions: The JF Kennedy park and Arboretum is about 12 km by road south of New Ross. From the N25 (as it sweeps around New Ross) take the R733 south. JFK Arboretum is signposted.

You can see the map here



Mosaic on the Beach

13:30-16:00 Families

Presenter: Tina Keating, Geologist/Gemologist

Location: Annestown Beach

Create a giant Mosaic on Annestown Beach with geologist Tina Keating using all the natural materials found on the beach (different colour rock types, seaweed, shells and more).  A great way to learn about the geological history of the area, the various rock types found on the beach, the importance of keeping the beach clean and biodiversity through a fun artistic creation.



See public events here




See Picture Gallery for 2016



View the Primary Schools Programme Here & Secondary Schools Programme Here

View events for the General Public and Families Here



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United Nations - Decade of Biodiversity


Bealtaine Living Earth Festival runs this year from the 20 - 28h May 2017. This is the 13th year of Ireland's biggest biodiversity and natural heritage festival. The Bealtaine Festival Celebrating our Living Earth is a cooperative partnership of organisations (public bodies and NGOs) concerned with the stewardship of the natural environment in the Southeast of Ireland. This festival celebrates our natural heritage and environment and highlights the relationship between sustainability, biodiversity and natural resources.

The festival is a unique partnership between visitor centres, environmental organisations and interested individuals in the south-east and around the country. Our partners include Waterford City and County Council, Science Foundation Ireland, Office of Public Works,  Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre, Irish Wildlife Trust. Garter Lane Arts Centre, Lismore Heritage Centre, Grow It Yourself International, Native Woodland Trust, and many other civic and voluntary organisations dotted throughout the region as well as research groups from within Waterford Institute of Technology such as Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE). A comprehensive list of partners can be seen below.

The festival incorporates a very important international day. May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme of this year’s day is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism and many of the events show how biodiversity management benefits us all in many ways.

Bealtaine Living Earth Festival derives its name from the ancient Celtic festival of Beltaine when our ancient ancestors were by great necessity bound to the seasons and moods of the Earth and in May celebrated the rebirth of life.  This festival introduces people to the wonders of our planet at the start of the summer so they can continue to enjoy and explore throughout the summer.

All events are FREE but booking is essential for all Schools Events and some General Public Events. Please take a look at our programme of events to see which events need to be booked due to limited capacity. Full directions and other event information are available from the side-bar. Booking is through Eleanor Reade, WIT School of Science, 051 302037 or ereade@wit.ie.

The festival is coordinated by CALMAST, the leading centre for the promotion of science, maths, engineering and technology in Ireland. CALMAST acts as the STEM Hub for the Southeast of Ireland and attracts over 15,000 visitors annually to science related events in the region. CALMAST organises four regional festivals annually- The Robert Boyle Summer School, Robert Boyle Science Week, Waterford Engineering Week, Bealtaine Living Earth Festival. They are also the national coordinators for Maths Week Ireland, which has its twelfth year this year. In 2016 Maths Week Ireland had over 300,000 participating in maths activities.

The festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI Discover Programme) and Waterford Councils Festivals