TOURISM sites across Wexford are throwing open their doors to children for free on Wexford Day which will take place across the county on Sunday, June 24. The tourism initiative is encouraging everyone in Wexford and beyond to get out and explore the tourism sites and attractions with all kids (under 18) going free of charge.
A legnthy list of tourism sites have organised fun free activities for all the family to enjoy on Wexford day.
Free to enter for children wearing the county colours of purple and gold on the day are The Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle, Courtown Waterworld, Cranford Mill, Dunbrody Famine ship, Enniscorthy Castle, Hook Lighthouse, The Irish National Heritage Park, The National 1798 Centre, Waterfront Swimming Pool and Wexford Swimming pool.
At the New Ross Kennedy Memorial Swimming Pool it is free admission to all and at The Ros Tapestry free entry for children and half price for adults is on offer. At Ballyhack Castle some of the local fishermen will be at the castle on Wexford Day telling stories, mending nets and explaining what they do, talking about the life of a fisherman and singing sea shanties. At the 12th Century Dunbrody Abbey a farmers market featuring specially for the day sees local produce, such as flowers, shrubs, vegetables, jams/jellies, various preserves, home made bread, and more on offer. At one of Wexford greatest treasures Duncannon Fort are offering guided tours on the hour from 9.45am to 4.45pm including a visit to the Maritime and Military Museum. At Ferns Castle Gaelic Irish and Anglo-Norman history will be to the fore. There will lectures on both topics, the Gaelic Irish territory and ecclesiastical location and associated buildings of Ferns and their importantance in the medieval period. Similarly for the Anglo-Norman period.
Hook Lighthouse is offering a free family fun day to celebrate Mid-Summer on Wexford Day. This will include, Kids go Free on guided tours all day with free kids games on the lawn all day from 12 noon to 5pm, barbeque and music.
At Tintern Abbey’s local crafts and produce will be to the fore. A Wexford themed menu featuring Wexford cheese, strawberries, cream, garlic butter made from the wild garlic at Tintern and Bannow Bay oysters are all on offer. Workshops and demonstrations of how to churn milk, butter paddles and an early milking machine will feature. A display of Art, crafts, basketmaking and Bevel furniture will be showcased.
At the JFK Aboretum guided walks titled ‘Trees & Wexford Placenames’ will take place at 12pm and 3pm.
Visit Wexford tourism have also launched a photography competition to celebrate the day, entrants are asked to email photographs of their favourite places across Wexford to email@example.com the winner will be announced on June 30 and will win a holiday in Wexford.
A full list of all of the free events and activities is avaliable on www.visitwexford.ie