Legendary Olde World Fun for All

Sunday 4th August 2024 12noon to 6.00pm

Spectacular and immersive, educational, fun and festive – the Youghal Medieval Festival invites you to step back in time at the majestic St Mary’s College Gardens and St Mary’s Collegiate Church, on Sunday August 4th 2024 – from 12 noon till 6pm. 

From highly-charged battle re-enactments to incredible costumes and the chance to experience primitive medieval village living – the Festival is a colourful and fascinating celebration of the Medieval heritage of Youghal town. There’s something for everyone, including a demonstration of live falconry with beautiful birds of prey, Medieval workshops and plenty to keep the younger members of your family entertained all day. Plus, all events are FREE!

The Festival invites you to step into a tented Medieval village in St Mary’s College Gardens – created by The White Horses Living Society, while 30 of the group’s members will take part in dramatic ‘battle re-enactments’ throughout the afternoon. Colourful and adrenaline-pumping, you’ll be transported back in time.

The event will also welcome The School of Irish Archaeology who will host an exciting series of 30-minute workshops including Viking coin striking and  sessions on bead, pouch and dagger making.

 The kids are in for an epic afternoon as the Festival’s famous ‘Big Dig’ returns – inviting children aged 5 to 12 years to take part in this practical, interactive and fun ‘Viking House’ workshop and excavation. They’ll love unearthing the past as they learn how to recognise and log details of ancient artefacts, tools, bones and utensils. It’s a brilliant way for them to understand Irish heritage, culture and identity while having the best time ever! Kids can also enjoy the Woolly Farm Petting Zoo featuring special guest Jenny the Donkey, and there’ll be face painting and an Art’s Circle in the Kiddie’s Corner.

A delicious spread of fine artisan food stands will keep you fortified while you enjoy a spot of shopping at the unique craft market. Come one, come all!

This event is organised by Living Youghal (part of the Youghal Socio-Economic Development Group) in conjunction with Cork  County Council and sponsored by The Irish Walled Towns NetworkHeritage Council of Ireland.