Action-packed free line-up confirmed for Carlow as Bealtaine Living Earth Festival launched

Will you be going to anything?

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


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Altamount Gardens

Schools, family groups, gardening enthusiasts and lovers of nature and the great outdoors across Carlow will revel in the extended programme of events which make up this year’s Bealtaine Living Earth Festival.

It runs from May 18 to 26 across the South East.

The massive, free schedule includes over 50 events for adults, schools and all the family and celebrates biodiversity in the region, Calmast’s Dr Cordula Weiss said.

Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Engagement Centre, is proud to have even more events right across the region this year as the Festival grows in popularity outside of its traditional Waterford base, she said.

"This is a fantastic festival with something for absolutely everyone. We’re delighted to have free events at Altamont Gardens and Oak Park.

"While events are free, pre-booking is required for some and as places are limited, we want people to log on to Facebook now have a look at the entire programme on," Dr Weiss advised.

In Carlow, free events include Breath-taking Biodiversity with Paul Cutler, Head Gardener at Altamont Gardens on May 18 from 10.30am to noon. 

Everyone is welcome to join Mr Cutler on a guided walk and discover the wonderful nature and biodiversity of the enchanting Altamont Gardens.

On May 21, Oak Park is the stunning setting for Dusk Chorus – The Songs of Nightfall. From 7pm to 9pm, participants are invited to listen to the wonderful songs of birds at nightfall at Oak Park.

Eric Dempsey, bird expert and author from Birds Ireland will lead the group. Again, it is a free event but places are limited and booking is required to avoid disappointment.  

For more on all of the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival events throughout the South East, log on to