Beat’s Fairytale Festival
Beat 102-103 has teamed up with Kilkenny County Council this year to present its second one day fun-filled family festival in the South East.
Following on from its hugely successful event last year, the Fairytale Festival will be returning to Shankill Castle, Paulstown, County Kilkenny on Sunday July 23rd from Midday to 5pm.
This magical festival includes a fairy trail, treasure hunt, storytelling from Glinda the Good Witch, sing-a-long with Cinderella, bouncy castles, an outdoor games area with an enclosed arts and crafts section& so much more. Children will also have the opportunity to be ‘knighted’ or bestowed a ‘Princess’ title by a Knight & the Queen of Hearts.
They’ll also get to meet some of their favourite Fairytale friends like Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, and Snow White.
A variety of South East based Food stalls will also be on site including, for the first time this year, exhibitors from A Taste of Kilkenny.
Chief Executive of Beat 102-103 Gabrielle Cummins says she’s “delighted that Kilkenny County Council has come on board this year as this special event’s exclusive sponsor; it’s an ideal fit as the Fairytale Festival showcases one of the county’s hidden gems; Shankill Castle. I encourage families from all five counties of the South East to come along and get involved in what is a truly magical, fun day outside for all the family.” Shankill Castle is spread across over 100 acres of beautiful farmland. “Even if it’s raining, the children can bring their wellies and we’ll provide ponchos so everyone can get into the spirit of the surroundings!” added the Beat Boss.
Newly elected Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council David Fitzgerald says “Childhood is the foundation that we’re all built on and it’s important that we provide a focus for children within our community. Kilkenny County Council is delighted to have come on board this year for the Beat 102-103 Fairytale Festival and certainly from the reaction of the public and from the elected members point of view, everybody’s very happy to be associated with this event and we look forward to a really successful festival on July 23rd” said Mr Fitzgerald.
A welcome addition to this year’s festival is the involvement of multi award winning Cartoon Saloon. This Kilkenny based Irish animation studio has been twice academy award nominated for its animated feature films.
The Fairytale Festival’s Event Planner Siobhan Flynn is really excited about this new offering “children of the South East will be able to get up close and personal with these globally recognised animators as they will present their creative animation workshop “Shapeshifters” at the festival & I think we’re as excited as the children about experiencing this creative team at work!”, concluded Siobhan.
Shankill Castle is situated on a romantic setting near the ruins of an old church surrounded by mystical, ancient trees and manicured gardens boasting red tulips and pear trees.
While the house itself is not part of the Fairytale Festival, it will be open on the day for guided tours by the owners, The Cope Family who will also provide wand making classes, by appointment only and spaces are limited.