Shannon Heritage to launch a 'fairy wonderland' at Bunratty

Shannon Heritage to launch a 'fairy wonderland' at Bunratty

Ten year old Eabha McEllin from Shannon gets a sneak preview of the new Fairy Village in Bunratty Picture: Sean Curtin

A MID-SUMMER festival at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park will be twinkling with magic next weekend as a new fairy village opens to the public.

Shannon Heritage is gearing up to unwrap a new impish wonderland next weekend, hosting the festival to celebrate the official opening of the Fairy Village.

Little ones will have magic weaved all around them as the fairy wonderland, which is located in an idyllic location in a woodland section of the park adjacent to a duck pond, is to be unveiled on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19.

Look out for a whole range of magical items for children to explore, including a willow tunnel, a willow t-pee and fairy doors behind which the mysterious pixies live, with a variety of tiny fairy houses also on view.

Shannon Heritage has also introduced a whole host of appropriately sized new animals, including Dexter cattle, Kunekune pigs and Pigmy goats from West Africa, while this weekend will also boast activity trails, bow making demonstrations, archery, storytelling and puppet shows.

“We should have a very special weekend here. All our guests are important to us but none more so than our youngest ones,” said Ivan Tuohy, recently appointed general manager of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. 

“We already have a lot of features here for them but we wanted to add another bit of magic and the Fairy Village will be a great piece of fun for them, as will our new animal arrivals,” he added.

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