Castlecomer Discovery Park present free, family-fun at Yulefest Kilkenny

Discovery Park Marquee_Biodiversity Scavenger Hunt

Castlecomer Discovery Park presents two fun and educational activities at Yulefest Kilkenny. Located on the Mayor’s Walk at the Parade the Discovery Park Marquee will be open at weekends and throughout Christmas Week.

Cian Gill Ecologist_Discovery Park

‘Fossil Fun; Creatures of the Past’ is a family-friendly accessible palaeontology session for the public, making the most of our wonderful fossil and geology collections. Suitable for fossil fans of all ages, visitors will be able to handle real fossils and learn about the history of prehistoric life right here in Kilkenny. Younger kids will enjoy a messy fossil-hunting activity. Uncover the important fossil finds discovered at Castlecomer in the 19th Century, and how they brought forward crucial evidence for Darwin’s then-new theory of evolution. This is a free, drop-in event.

Every afternoon at the same venue you can take part in the Urban Ecology Scavenger Hunt. ‘Urban Ecology’ will equip young naturalists with a fun scavenger hunt to locate urban wildlife around the City and Castle Parklands. Suitable for children aged 6-12, though interested adults might enjoy helping out! Learn about the equipment an ecologist might use, fill in your checklist as you explore the city, and bring it back completed to receive a small prize (while stocks last!). The Education team will be on hand to answer any biodiversity question. This is a free, drop-in event.

Find the Castlecomer Discovery Park Marquee on the Mayor’s Walk right next to the Yulefest Christmas Market on the Parade in Kilkenny City

Fossil Fun dates and times:

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December: 10am – 12.30pm

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December: 10am – 12.30pm

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th: 10am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd December: 10am – 12.30pm

Discovery Park Marquee Opening Times:

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday 20th – Friday 23rd December: 10am – 5pm

Yulefest ‘Christmas in Kilkenny’ brings the festive spirit to Ireland’s Marble City from Friday 25th November to Friday 23rd December! Kilkenny’s Medieval City and County will transform into a Christmas Wonderland of festive cheer for all the family. After the success of last year’s festival, this year Yulefest has grown – with a larger Christmas Market on The Parade and an extended Christmas week programme.

Yulefest Kilkenny runs for five weeks and welcomes visitors to Kilkenny with a packed programme of Christmas activities including live music on the Yulefest Bandstand; the Kilkenny Christmas Market; annual Medieval Mile Run; fireworks display and plenty more! New for Yulefest Kilkenny 2022 is an extended Christmas week programme beginning on Tuesday 20th December. The Kilkenny Christmas Market will be open throughout the week, along with live music on the Yulefest Bandstand and some very special treats that you won’t want to miss.

Yulefest Kilkenny is programmed, produced and marketed by Kilkenny County Council


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