Upcoming and Special Events

Special Events Listing

Pop up cultural events

Every month we have events that take a closer look at some of the elements that form the larger story of human settlement and culture on our island from the arrival of the first settlers to the Norman invasion in 1169. These events will give you a chance to experience our story through a different lens and discover the extraordinary tapestry that our ancestors have left for us.

See below for event dates and details

September 14th & 15th 2019

Steel Bangers Festival

Experience heat and iron as the forges of fire at The Irish National Heritage Park are fired up for the inaugural Steel Bangers Festival on September 14th and 15th. Our resident Blacksmith will bring his crew of metal workers and steel artists to the Medieval Lodge in the heart of the Park and they will stoke the forges and tell the story of iron and steel and the pivotal role it played in the evolution of our settlement on these shores. The Blacksmith played a key role in village and urban life, they made and repaired everyday items from buckets to knives and agricultural tools. In times of warfare, the Blacksmith was the one who prepared weapons and shields that the fate of the village depended on. Come and see how the Blacksmiths work and discover the secrets of the anvil and hammer as they ring out under the shelter of the Medieval Lodge. On Saturday, there will be a bronzesmith demonstrating how bronze is worked and shaped. On Sunday, a traditional tinsmith will be showing the delicate and fine skill of working tin by hand and hammer.

Admission Tickets

September 14th & 15th 2019

Steel Bangers Festival

Experience heat and iron as the forges of fire at The Irish National Heritage Park are fired up for the inaugural Steel Bangers Festival on September 14th and 15th. Our resident Blacksmith will bring his crew of metal workers and steel artists to the Medieval Lodge in the heart of the Park and they will stoke the forges and tell the story of iron and steel and the pivotal role it played in the evolution of our settlement on these shores. The Blacksmith played a key role in village and urban life, they made and repaired everyday items from buckets to knives and agricultural tools. In times of warfare, the Blacksmith was the one who prepared weapons and shields that the fate of the village depended on. Come and see how the Blacksmiths work and discover the secrets of the anvil and hammer as they ring out under the shelter of the Medieval Lodge. On Saturday, there will be a bronzesmith demonstrating how bronze is worked and shaped. On Sunday, a traditional tinsmith will be showing the delicate and fine skill of working tin by hand and hammer.

Admission Tickets

September 28th 2019

Viking Fire Festival

The first annual Viking Fire Festival will take place in Wexford town on September 28th 2019. The historical Wexford town will be transformed back to Viking times as the Wexford Quayside will host an immersive experience akin to life some 900 years ago. Wexford town will hark back to its roots as the quayside is transformed into a real-life Viking Village. The ancient settlement will be populated throughout the weekend with a host of re-enactors who will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, fire events, a Viking market, coin striking, a big dig, Viking music and even the chance to participate in some slave trading! This event is free of charge. The Saturday evening will culminate with a Viking parade on the Wexford Quayside with a fire show by renowned group Inferno. They will fuse fire with circus and movement arts to create a spectacular fire show.

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September 28th 2019

Viking Fire Festival

The first annual Viking Fire Festival will take place in Wexford town on September 28th 2019. The historical Wexford town will be transformed back to Viking times as the Wexford Quayside will host an immersive experience akin to life some 900 years ago. Wexford town will hark back to its roots as the quayside is transformed into a real-life Viking Village. The ancient settlement will be populated throughout the weekend with a host of re-enactors who will offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy storytelling, fire events, a Viking market, coin striking, a big dig, Viking music and even the chance to participate in some slave trading! This event is free of charge. The Saturday evening will culminate with a Viking parade on the Wexford Quayside with a fire show by renowned group Inferno. They will fuse fire with circus and movement arts to create a spectacular fire show.