Thats Beats Banagher – The Festival 2016 Banagher celebrates Brontë 200.

Banagher will celebrate its second That Beats Banagher Festival in April and May 2016. A special event remembering and celebrating Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary is planned for the evening of the 21st April. A miscellany in St Paul’s Church will aptly recall and reflect on both Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Bell Nicholls and their time spent in Banagher.

Following on from that will be a weekend packed with festivities, water activities, workshops, family fun and much more.

To celebrate this Festival we will host a series of events, workshops and demonstrations on 21st April and from 13th to 15th May 2016.  There will be more added to the schedule so please check back at a later date too!

You can book directly here by clicking on “To Book” beside each workshop description.


Friday 13th May
 St Rynagh’s School, Banagher  Banagher Active Retirement Club Victorian Afternoon Tea (organised by Banagher active Retirement & Banagher ladies group) Friday  13th May 2.00pm to 4.30pm 
Crank House, Banagher Historical and Literary Exhibition (Crank House)  Friday  13th May 9am to 5pm 
Crank House, Banagher Graphic Comic Workshop with Alan Nolan  Friday  13th May 11.00am to 12.30am  To Book
Banagher Library  “Bronte” themed readings   Friday  13th May 5.30 to 6.30pm
Banagher Square  Live Music in the square.

An outdoor evening staged event showcasing local musicians and singers.(no booking required)

  Friday  13th May 7.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday 14th May
 Location  Event Date & Time
St Rynagh’s GAA Club, Banagher  Series of blitzes and matches  Sat 14th May 10.00am to 1.00pm 
Crank House, Banagher Book Making Workshop with Author Dolores Keaveney   Sat 14th May 10.00am to 1.00pm   To Book
Banagher Square Local Food & Craft Market  Sat 14th May 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Banagher Square Boat Building Demonstrations Sat 14th May 2pm – 5.00pm
St Rynagh’s GAA Club, Banagher  Crossbar Challenge   Sat 14th May 2.00pm to 3.00pm To Book
Crank House, Banagher Book Making Workshop with Author Dolores Keaveney Sat 14th May 2.00pm to 4.00pm  To Book
River Shannon, Banagher  Kayaking (River Shannon)   Sat 14th May 2.00pm to 5.00pm More info
Crank House, Banagher “Drop in” Craft workshops  Sat 14th May 12.00pm to 6.00pm
River Shannon, Banagher  Irish Coast Guard Event and Display – Flyby with Helicopter   Sat 14th May 2.30pm
Shannon Bank Park, Banagher Live Music & Fireworks (Shannon Bank Park)  Sat 14th May 8.00pm
Sunday 15th May
Crank House, Banagher “Drop in ” craft sessions with Banagher Craft Group Sunday 15th May 12.30am to 2.30pm
Charlotte’s Way, Banagher “Tea with Charlotte” – Creative Writing Workshop with Eileen Casey Sunday 15th May11.30am to 1.30pm To Book
River Shannon, Banagher Wakeboarding Sunday 15th May 12.30am to 4.30pm
River Shannon Display and open to public of Sionn Mhara (Banagher Long Boat). Moored all weekend Sunday 15th May 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Crank House, Banagher Johnnie Briggs talk entitled:  The Story of the Bronte Family Sunday 15th May 6pm