Free family-friendly events around sustainability to take centre stage at Galway festival 2 weeks ago

Free family-friendly events around sustainability to take centre stage at Galway festival

In Galway this weekend?

If you fancy a free day out for the family, head to Kinvara where a community organisation is putting the focus on sustainability at a popular maritime festival.

Sailing enthusiasts will converge on the coastal village for the 40th Cruinniú na mBád from today until Sunday.

One must-visit attraction at the festival will be the Cuan Beo marquee.

Run by local activists, the group works to promote sustainability and environmental protection around the Galway Bay area..

Cuan Beo has a full programme of free, family-friendly events running across the weekend.

"They include a Live Interactive Rockpool Aquarium, cookery demos from local chefs, talks on dolphins, oysters and traditional boat building – I know...very eclectic!" said Cuan Beo's Noreen Cassidy.

The weekend's events kick off with '40 Years of Cruinniú na mBád'; a talk from festival chairman Michael Brogan tonight at 7pm on the Cuan Beo main stage.

Highlights from Saturday's lineup include cooking demonstrations by Trish Timmons and Marianne Krause and a talk from filmmakers Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth about the importance of film in environmental activism.

Sunday will see more cooking demos, a talk from Cóilín Hanlon on boatbuilding and a talk on dolphins and whales around Ireland, among other events.

The Cuan Beo marquee is located right at the water's edge so visitors will be able to enjoy all the activity on the bay all weekend.

Find out more on the official Cuan Beo website here.