Experience the best of West Cork’s island life at the summer-long Summer on the Islands Festival 2017!
Spend the summer making vivid memories as you visit eight West Cork islands, meet seven island communities, and immerse yourself in the experience of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Summer on the Islands Festival is a wonderful way to savour the best of island life!
Here are just a few of the Summer on the Islands Festival events to tempt you across the water.
Go on … Get out there!
West Cork Islands 5-a-side Soccer Tournament (May 13th) SHERKIN
Breadmaking with Firehouse Bakery (May 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd) HEIR
Yoga and Dance on Sherkin Island (May 19th-21st) SHERKIN
Colour Theory into Painting Practice [Art] (May 26th-29th) SHERKIN
Heir Island Sailing Weekend (May 27th-29th) HEIR
Yoga and Kayaking Weekend with Lisa Fahy (June 3rd to 5th) HEIR
ISA Sailing Courses for Young People (June 5th-16th) HEIR
Sherkin Island Gathering (June 17th-18th) SHERKIN
Dursey Island Festival (June 17th-18th) DURSEY
Bere Island Nature Weekend (June 17th-18th) BERE
Holistic Therapy and Yoga Weekend with Marjorie Cullen (June 17th-19th) HEIR
ISA Sailing Courses for Young People (June 19th-30th) HEIR
Self-Care Yoga Retreat with Ian Revins (June 30th-July 2nd) HEIR
Long Island 5k Run (July 1st) LONG
Sherkin Island Regatta (July 2nd) SHERKIN
US Navy on Bere Island Centenary Event (July 1st-2nd) BERE
The Elephant in the Room – Art Exhibition (July 7th-13th) SHERKIN
Pop-up Choir (July 9th) HEIR
ISA Sailing Courses for Young People (July 3rd-14th) HEIR
Bere Island Midsummer Run (July 8th) BERE
Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat with Claire Osborne (July 14th-16th) HEIR
Sherkin Island Vocal Workshop [Experienced] (July 16th-21st) SHERKIN
West Cork Literary Festival – Readings on Whiddy Island (July 18th) WHIDDY
ISA Sailing Courses for Young People (July 17th-28th) HEIR
Heritage Bus Tour (July 20th) BERE
Sherkin Island Vocal Workshop [Novices] (July 23-28th) SHERKIN
West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival Performance (July 25th) HEIR
ISA Cara na Mara for 7 to 10 year olds [Sailing] (24th July-4th August) HEIR
Rithigí Linn – Cape Clear 5k Run (August 5th) CAPE CLEAR
West Cork Fit-up Theatre Festival Performance (August 8th) HEIR
Bere Island Festival (August 8th-13th) BERE
Heir Island Regatta & Heir Island 5k Run (August 10th) HEIR
Mass on Heir Island (August 19th) HEIR
Heritage Week on the Islands (August 19th-27th) Events to be announced: BERE, WHIDDY, SHERKIN
Cape Clear Family Fun Day (August 20th) CAPE CLEAR
Coastal Painting with Jo Ashby (August 25th-28th) SHERKIN
Mindfulness and Kayaking Retreat (August 25-27th) HEIR
Bantry Bay Adventure Race (August 26th) WHIDDY
Find the full Summer on the Islands Festival programme on http://westcorkislands.com/calendar
Heritage on the Islands
Away from the mainland, but connected to the currents of world history, our islands have fascinating stories to tell. Visit the heritage centres on Bere Island and Cape Clear to find out about shipwrecks and military history.
Or join the walking trails on Bere, Sherkin and Whiddy Islands to explore their amazing unspoilt landscapes.
Bere Island’s Heritage Event series and bus tours give fascinating insights throughout the summer.
For details, see http://westcorkislands.com/calendar
Culture & Creativity
The West Cork Fit-Up Theatre Festival is bringing an exciting programme of plays to Sherkin, Bere, Heir, and Whiddy islands this summer. They make magical locations for these popular events! Sherkin – the island of the arts – also has a busy programme of art and photography exhibitions planned. Performance, exhibition, and tour details will be added here as they become available.
Runs & Regattas
Summer sees the islands celebrate sailing skills in a series of colourful and entertaining regattas, runs and adventure races. Check out Active Islands for more details!
The Cape Clear Storytelling Festival (2-4 September) is a captivating event for storytellers and story-lovers alike! Over more than 20 years, it has become a must-visit event for anyone with a passion for the spoken word.
Food for Thought
September is also the perfect time for foodies to pay visits to our islands. We hold a series of ‘Taste of West Cork’ events to give you a real flavour of island life: from smoked mussel tastings to farm visits and beach barbecues, there’s something to suit every palate!
Heir Island yoga retreats and Bere Island’s Music and Silence Festival offer time for quiet contemplation and the appreciation of the peace our islands offer.
West Cork’s islands are the jewels of the West Cork coastline. Set in the pristine Atlantic waters that shape Ireland’s south-west peninsulas, their unspoilt landscapes are home to thriving communities with great stories to tell. West Cork’s islanders are waiting to welcome you into a series of events throughout the summer that will celebrate island heritage, and give you the chance to enjoy fabulous local produce, music, and creativity.
There’s something for everyone in our packed Summer on the Islands programme, from island runs and regattas to festivals that celebrate story-telling and Celtic traditions … Throughout the summer, we have a varied and intriguing programme of events on offer. Check out the full programme online at http://westcorkislands.com/calendar
Keep up to date with what’s on
Tel. 086 303 0991 with enquiries, or email us via our contact form!