Bank Holidays in Ireland: What to do in Waterford

Waterford is the perfect destination for the next Bank Holiday with loads of things to do with kids and family.

Long weekends are perfect to explore and get to know Waterford city and its surroundings. Enjoy a long weekend full of fun with your children, friends or family.

Here are a few things to do in Waterford with kids, friends or partners:

May Bank Holiday

May Bank Holiday can be a great opportunity for a family getaway in Waterford. There are many activities to enjoy with your family and friends. Some of them include:

  • The Waterford Greenway runs from Waterford City to Dungarvan, 46 car-free kilometres to explore. You can walk, run or cycle the greenway. There are several bike hire companies in the area with a wide range of services on offer, so no need to worry about that when heading away on your short break
  • Tramore is a 20 minutes drive away from Waterford and is the centre of surfing around the area. Perfect for beginners and intermediates alike. There are many surf shops and schools in the area. Bunmahon surf school, located on the copper coast in Bunmahon Co. Waterford, also runs surf lessons for groups and private lessons, kids surfing camps, board and wetsuit hire
Waterford Greenway © Failte Ireland

If the weather doesn’t permit outside activities, your family can still have a lot of fun at the Activate centre, where climbing, bowling, laser tag and so much more is available.

June Bank Holiday

With the good weather, June is the perfect month to discover Waterford. 147km of rugged coastline that includes 49 picturesque beaches. Tramore, Lawlor’s Beach, Dunmore East or Bunmahon just to name a few.

Come to Waterford and discover the South East Coastal Drive. A fabulous drive with sandy beaches and scenic walks, stunning coves and lovely villages along the way.

Dunmore East © Failte Ireland

August Bank Holiday

The ‘All Together Now’ festival brings music, spoken word, comedy, theatre, debate, art, workshops, wellness, and everything in between to Waterford City during the August Bank Holiday weekend. And all within the walls of the beautiful Curraghmore Estate. It is a children friendly event and a great family day out.

The Spraoi Festival is the biggest festival of the year in Waterford City. From the beginning, a feature of Spraoi (meaning ‘fun’) has been the large number of events which are free, there is no entrance charge for the vast majority of events. Almost all of the action takes place on the streets and if you are visiting Waterford during Spraoi you won’t have to go looking for it – it’ll find you, it’s everywhere. It certainly lives up to it’s billing as a festival of street theatre.

Spraoi Festival in Waterford © Failte Ireland

Christmas and New Years´ Day

Christmas at Waterford City is a unique experience. One of the must things to do with kids in Waterford is to visit Winterval. It is one of Ireland’s biggest Christmas festivals. All ages are welcome to Santa’s Grotto. Take the Winterval Express or enjoy the Waterford Eye. With a jam-packed schedule of fun for all the family, there are free events and ticketed events for all to enjoy. The festival is nicely spread out through Waterford’s centre, which makes for a great way to see the city transformed with lights on every corner.

Every year, Lafcadio Hearn Gardens holds The Enchanted Garden Winter Light Festival, that will delight all visitors with beautifully light decorations.

Waterford is also a great shopping destination. From shopping centers to independent shops, you’ll find everything you’re looking for Christmas shopping.

Come and visit Waterford City during any of the Bank Holiday weekends. Stay at Treacys Hotel Waterford City and book direct for the best price guaranteed.

Waterford Winterval © Failte Ireland

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