Cavan and Meath offer a range of festivals and events annually to ensure your trip is full of excitement, fun and unforgettable moments. Some of the event highlights close by to the Lakeside Manor Hotel are below.
Virginia Pumpkin Festival
The Virginia Pumpkin Festival is an annual event attracting thousands of people to the town of Virginia in County Cavan. The festival takes place every October bank holiday weekend at Halloween time. The festival itself began in 2007 and has grown to a fully fledged jam packaged weekend of fun, entertainment and events in this picturesque country town. For an idea on what is expected please see the last event guide below.
The Virginia Show
The Virginia Show attracts over 15,000 people to Cavan every year, there is an all-encompassing range of events to suits all tastes, near 300 trade stands, live entertainment, artisan food stands, cookery demonstration by Neven Maguire, fashion shows, sheep shearing demonstrations, dog agility competitions and children’s entertainment, it is the definitive lifestyle event. Virginia Show promotes all that is good in rural Ireland; it has expanded from its agricultural base to hold an interest for all the family and is long been renowned as an event with visitors from all over Ireland and the UK traveling to Cavan every August.
Sailing Regattas take place at Lough Ramor hosted by the Ramor Watersports. Regattas generally run 3 times over the year for more information on the regattas please check out the Ramor Watersports Club website.
Newgrange Winter Solstice
The Winter Solstice sun illuminates the passage and chamber at Newgrange annually and is a much sought after event. Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is a opening called a roof-box. On mornings around the winter solstice a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated.
Access to the chamber on the Solstice mornings is decided by a lottery that takes place at the end of September each year. All are welcome to gather outside the entrance to the Newgrange mound on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive, sunrise is at 8.58am. Access via the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre or directly to the actual Newgrange monument.
Mullagh Fair Day
Mullagh Town County Cavan proudly presents its annual fair day fill with interesting stalls and great crack. Step back in time in the picturesque Cavan village with a variety of different farm animals to see, a carnival experience ,food and clothing stalls to name but a few things to keep you entertained. With the longest beard and longest hair competition drawing a crowd also street performers bring a festival feel to the occasion. It’s a day not to be missed in this quaint Cavan Village. Only 10 minutes from the Lakeside Manor Hotel.
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