Fun on the Shannon

That Beats Banagher Festival 2018

JULY 21ST & 22ND, 2018

That Beats Banagher festival takes place on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of July. It is an annual festival focused around the river Shannon and the rich history of the town of Banagher. Each year the festival includes events of historical and cultural significance, workshops and demonstrations, and leisure events on the Shannon.

This year activities include a local food and craft market, the reopening of the popular Martello Tower Bookshop, afternoon tea, sporting events, and an eclectic range of workshops and courses including computer coding, children’s and teenagers illustration workshops, willow weaving and CPR training.

Following an evening of live music alongside the river, Saturday evening concludes with a fireworks display. Sunday is packed with events on the Shannon, including Wakeboarding, Zorbing, and open Canadian Canoeing. The big highlight though is the Galway Community circus on Sunday, and if you’re lucky you may glimpse ‘Monsieur Les Pompadu’ around the town. You can’t miss him though, he’s very very very tall.

Come along and enjoy a fun weekend on the Shannon.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

SUN JULY 22nd, 2018 /
1:00PM - 4:00PM

Galway Community Circus Workshop

Come and learn circus skills with open workshops by Galway Community Circus! Our tutors can show you how to juggle with balls, dance with a hula hoop, balance flower sticks and manipulate clubs. You will learn at your own pace alongside our tutors who will also show you some cool tricks!

JULY 21st, 22nd, 2018 /
SUNSET
Fireworks Display
JULY 22ND, 2018 /
1.00PM - 4.00PM
'Monsieur Les Pompadu' - Stilt Walker
ALL WEEKEND
Activities & Workshops

Activities for everyone

21JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

As part of this year's That Beats Banagher Festival the highly acclaimed Martello Tower Pop-up Bookshop and Art Gallery will make a welcome reappearance on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st July, opening hours 11a.m to 5p.m. This fleeting local enterprise will be located opposite the iconic Johnny Hough's Pub on Lower Main Street, Banagher (formerly Noel Hayes' premises) and is organised by Jas. Scully & Sons Co. Ltd. The bookshop will specialise in Irish Art, Literature, Biography and Architecture, World War One, The 1916 Rising and after, and local heritage publications.This year a selection of art works and collectible items will also be on offer. Open Fri - Sun during festival.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while!

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

10:00AM - 11:30AM
Computer Coding for Kids (Scratch) - Computer & Fun Stuff

Learn the basics of computer coding by designing your own cartoon, lots of fun, games and activities. Booking essential. For ages 7 - 12 at Crank House.

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Ceramic 'Drop in' Workshop

Some along and try the craft of ceramic pinch pot making. Participation is free to all. No need to book, at Purple Room, Crank House Courtyard.

10:00AM - 1:00PM
GAA

Series of matches and blitzes at St. Rynagh's GAA Grounds.

11:00AM - 12:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

11.00AM - 4.00PM
Art Exhibition

Drop in and view our populat exhibition by local artists. The exhibition was a huge hit at last years festival and is a must see. For all ages in Crank House.

11.00AM - 4.00PM
Brain Swap 3000 Drawing Workshop

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal! Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the popular novels Fintan's Fifteen and Conor's Caveman for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now! Drop in workshop. Free event for all ages at Crank House. This event is sponsored by Banagher Precast Concrete.

11.00AM - 4.30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.

11.00AM - 5.00PM
Willow Weaving Demonstration

Discover the traditional craft of willow weaving with basket maker Padraig Larkin. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House.

11:30AM - 1:30PM
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2018. Booking essential. For ages 10+.

12.00PM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

12.00PM to 5.00PM
Local Food & Craft Market

Dip in for a taste or pick up a unique gift from our local and artisan market. In Library Square.

12.00AM - 5.00PM
Afternoon Tea at Charlotte's Way

How about a delightful afternoon tea in this 17th. century refurbished Georgian townhouse which counts among its previous residents the Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls husband of renowned author Charlotte Bronte. Booking essential. For all ages. All proceeds go to festival.

3:00PM - 4:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

6.00PM to 8.00PM
Creative Heritage Walk For Banagher Festival

An imaginative walk through some chapters of Banagher Town’s history will be one of the leading heritage events in this year’s That Beats Banagher Festival. This event will be in the form of a gentle amble, less than a mile long, from Johnny Hough’s iconic pub on Lower Main Street to the Martello Tower on the west side of Banagher Bridge. During the walk participants will encounter famous and notable personages from the past as we visit historic locations along the short route. The walk will finish at the Railway Bar in the West End. As some venues are restricted numbers are limited and booking is strongly advised Free event. Start Crank House car park.

8.30PM
Live Music by local band ‘Just Chilling’

Come on down to the Shannon bank and relax, listen to music, bring a picnic, whatever!

9.30PM (Sunset)
Fireworks Display

The big highlight of our festival every year is the fireworks display across the Shannon. After an evening of food and music on the Shannon back the Fireworks will light up the sky just after sunset. Not to be missed.

21JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

As part of this year's That Beats Banagher Festival the highly acclaimed Martello Tower Pop-up Bookshop and Art Gallery will make a welcome reappearance on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st July, opening hours 11a.m to 5p.m. This fleeting local enterprise will be located opposite the iconic Johnny Hough's Pub on Lower Main Street, Banagher (formerly Noel Hayes' premises) and is organised by Jas. Scully & Sons Co. Ltd. The bookshop will specialise in Irish Art, Literature, Biography and Architecture, World War One, The 1916 Rising and after, and local heritage publications.This year a selection of art works and collectible items will also be on offer. Open Fri - Sun during festival.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while!

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

10:00AM - 11:30AM
Computer Coding for Kids (Scratch) - Computer & Fun Stuff

Learn the basics of computer coding by designing your own cartoon, lots of fun, games and activities. Booking essential. For ages 7 - 12 at Crank House.

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Ceramic 'Drop in' Workshop

Some along and try the craft of ceramic pinch pot making. Participation is free to all. No need to book, at Purple Room, Crank House Courtyard.

10:00AM - 1:00PM
GAA

Series of matches and blitzes at St. Rynagh's GAA Grounds.

11:00AM - 12:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

11.00AM - 4.00PM
Art Exhibition

Drop in and view our populat exhibition by local artists. The exhibition was a huge hit at last years festival and is a must see. For all ages in Crank House.

11.00AM - 4.00PM
Brain Swap 3000 Drawing Workshop

Dippy about dogs? Nutty for narwhales? Crackers for koalas? Join Summer Stars illustrator Alan Nolan for a fun Brain Swap 3000 workshop where you can draw yourself as your very favourite animal! Alan Nolan is the author and illustrator of the popular novels Fintan's Fifteen and Conor's Caveman for the O’Brien Press. His latest book, Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week, about a girl who gets brain-swapped with a dog, is out now! Drop in workshop. Free event for all ages at Crank House. This event is sponsored by Banagher Precast Concrete.

11.00AM - 4.30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.

11.00AM - 5.00PM
Willow Weaving Demonstration

Discover the traditional craft of willow weaving with basket maker Padraig Larkin. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House.

11:30AM - 1:30PM
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2018. Booking essential. For ages 10+.

12.00PM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

12.00PM to 5.00PM
Local Food & Craft Market

Dip in for a taste or pick up a unique gift from our local and artisan market. In Library Square.

12.00AM - 5.00PM
Afternoon Tea at Charlotte's Way

How about a delightful afternoon tea in this 17th. century refurbished Georgian townhouse which counts among its previous residents the Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls husband of renowned author Charlotte Bronte. Booking essential. For all ages. All proceeds go to festival.

3:00PM - 4:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

6.00PM to 8.00PM
Creative Heritage Walk For Banagher Festival

An imaginative walk through some chapters of Banagher Town’s history will be one of the leading heritage events in this year’s That Beats Banagher Festival. This event will be in the form of a gentle amble, less than a mile long, from Johnny Hough’s iconic pub on Lower Main Street to the Martello Tower on the west side of Banagher Bridge. During the walk participants will encounter famous and notable personages from the past as we visit historic locations along the short route. The walk will finish at the Railway Bar in the West End. As some venues are restricted numbers are limited and booking is strongly advised Free event. Start Crank House car park.

8.30PM
Live Music by local band ‘Just Chilling’

Come on down to the Shannon bank and relax, listen to music, bring a picnic, whatever!

9.30PM (Sunset)
Fireworks Display

The big highlight of our festival every year is the fireworks display across the Shannon. After an evening of food and music on the Shannon back the Fireworks will light up the sky just after sunset. Not to be missed.

22JULY

All Day
Martello Tower Bookshop

As part of this year's That Beats Banagher Festival the highly acclaimed Martello Tower Pop-up Bookshop and Art Gallery will make a welcome reappearance on Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st July, opening hours 11a.m to 5p.m. This fleeting local enterprise will be located opposite the iconic Johnny Hough's Pub on Lower Main Street, Banagher (formerly Noel Hayes' premises) and is organised by Jas. Scully & Sons Co. Ltd. The bookshop will specialise in Irish Art, Literature, Biography and Architecture, World War One, The 1916 Rising and after, and local heritage publications.This year a selection of art works and collectible items will also be on offer. Open Fri - Sun during festival.

All Day
Zorbing

Come on down to the Marina and get into a big plastic ball and roll around for a while! Booking not required. Free event.

All Day
Banagher and District CFR group

Demonstrations of how to give CPR and use a defibrillator and the chance for the public to try out their skills. Booking not required. Free event for all ages at various locations.

10.00AM - 12.00PM
Banagher United Soccer Club

Family Fun Day. Kiddies Coaching. Booking not required. Free event.

10:00AM - 12:00PM
Ceramic 'Drop in' Workshop

Come along and try the craft of ceramic pinch pot making. Participation is free to all. No need to book, at Purple Room, Crank House Courtyard.

10.30AM – 12.00PM
Pitch & Putt workshops

How about learning some new techniques or honing old ones in a fun atmosphere at our pitch and putt workshops with a qualified instructor.Booking essential. €5.00 For ages 8 - 15.

11:00AM - 12:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

11.00AM - 4.30PM
Mark Wilson - Copper Smith

Coppersmith Demonstration with drop in workshops for kids Booking not required. Free event for all ages at Crank House & Marina.

11.00AM - 12.30PM
Batik classes

by Carole Quinlan - for adults & children. Booking essential. €10.00 For ages 10+.

11.00AM - 3.00PM
Foraging field trip

Foraging field trip with Wild Food Mary -Wild Food Forager & Educator Connecting people to their places and heritage through exploration, observation and use of wild plants. Booking essential. Adult €10.00. Child €5.00. Start at Shannon Bank Park.

11.30AM – 1:00PM
Pitch & Putt workshops

Qualified instructor.Booking essential. €5.00 For ages 8 - 15.

11:30AM - 1:30PM
Stand up Paddle boarding

A fantastic opportunity to have a taster of SUP – Stand Up Paddle boarding on the River Shannon during ‘That Beats Banagher’ Festival 2018. Booking essential. €10.00 For ages 10+.

12.00AM - 5.00PM
Afternoon Tea at Charlotte's Way

How about a delightful afternoon tea in this 17th. century refurbished Georgian townhouse which counts among its previous residents the Reverend Arthur Bell Nicholls husband of renowned author Charlotte Bronte. Not essential but book a place below if you wish. For all ages. All proceeds go to festival.

12:00AM Onwards
Wakeboarding

Half-hour slots (choose on booking form - only 10 available) €10.00 per session. Booking essential. For all ages at Banagher Marina

12.00PM - 5:00PM
Face painting

Makeup as it should be. Get a bit of the old 'slap'on and run around looking like your favorite animal, superhero, or cartoon character! Free for all ages.

1:00PM - 4:00PM
'Monsieur Les Pompadu' Stilt Walker

Réatla Presents Stilt Walker - 'Monsieur Les Pompadu' is a French tourist from another era. He's a bit posh and a bit lost! Colorful, bright and very high up, he'll engage everyone from tall to small in his hilarious frenchy style. Booking not required. Free for all ages.

1:00PM - 4:00PM
Galway Community Circus

Come and learn circus skills with open workshops by Galway Community Circus! Our tutors can show you how to juggle with balls, dance with a hula hoop, balance flower sticks and manipulate clubs. You will learn at your own pace alongside our tutors who will also show you some cool tricks! Booking not required. Free event for all ages on the Shannon Bank.

2.00PM - 3.30PM
Batik classes

by Carole Quinlan - for adults & children. Booking essential. €10.00 For ages 10+.

2.00PM - 4.30PM
Introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing

Shannon Adventure Canoeing are holding an introduction to Open Canadian Canoeing. All participants must be able to swim. There will be two 1-hour sessions to choose from (book below).Booking essential. For all ages.

3:00PM - 4:30PM
Ancestral Voices Heritage Walks

Keep an eye out for Bryn from Ancestral Voices on the grass beside the playground at the marina as he will be taking small groups on interesting heritage walks around Banagher all weekend.

COUNTDOWN TO THAT BEATS BANAGHER 2018

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