The eagerly anticipated Love Lannagh Festival takes place in Castlebar this Saturday.
Run successfully since 2014 by the Love Castlebar crew, the boutique family festival takes place from 12 noon to 6pm at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar.
Founded as a Teddy Bear’s Picnic in 2014, the event has went from strength to strength and organisers are confident this year will see the biggest and best Love Lannagh Festival yet.
“It’s a little festival with big ideas and a huge heart, this festival is built by the whole community of acts, artists, traders, crew, volunteers and great friends,” said Helen O’Hara of Love Castlebar.
She credits the ‘remarkable support’ they’ve received this year with a crowd funding campaign - the Love Lannagh Festival Magic Fund - which has helped the festival to grow.
“We were completely blown away by the support, we expected that it would take a couple of months to raise the money, we hit the target after ten days, we believe in magic!” she said.
There is something for everyone at the eclectic festival. Nestled in the tree clearings with views overlooking Lough Lannagh, two intimate stages will showcase Mayo’s musical talent. ‘The Grassy Stage’ is headlined by Katie Cassidy, fresh off her victory in the national Le Crunch Apple of My Eye Song Contest. Artists include Dublin based Identity Thief, Niall Ó Riagáin, The Rolling Wave, Niamh and Dave and young guns LEAN.
At ‘The Cranny Stage’ can lose yourself in a story telling session or maybe find yourself in a drum circle. Music here is hosted by Aidan and Friends and they’re inviting everybody to get involved.
The action gets underway at noon and people are invited to ease themselves into the fun with Noga Yoga at noon and then drop in to the Silent Disco Tent for a quick boogie to work up an appetite. Foodies are looked after with Dúla Woodfired Pizza, gourmet burgers and crepes among the treats on offer.
Festival goers can bike, kayak, canoe or even dragon boat their way around the lake without getting wet. Land lovers are looked after too with more than 20 garden and adventure games spread across the festival.
When you are worn out having fun, kick back with a 99 at the urban beach while the little festival goers have their faces painted, have a rummage in Ireland’s biggest dress up box or learn to walk a tight rope.
MORE For more details see lovecastlebar.com.