Heritage Week

Heritage Week in Glengarriff 2022

Join the experts on land and on water to explore and discover more about the beauty of our natural heritage.

The Ellen Hutchins Festival returns with Heritage Week events that explore the natural heritage and stories, as well as the land and seascapes, of the Glengarriff area.


Seaweed Seats & Snacks Workshop

14th August 3pm – 5:30pm

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Meeting point: The Garden of Re-Imagination, Glengarriff

Over a relaxing afternoon, craft your own upcycled seat while enjoying a variety of freshly made seaweed-themed snacks & drinks!  Learn how to transform ghost fishing nets & line brought back from the sea into a really comfortable all-weather seat for your garden, decorated in a stylised seaweed pattern of your choosing.

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Event Type

  • Workshop, suitable for 12 years & above.
  • No previous experience required.


Arbutus and other trees (Walk)

15 August, 10:30am – 12:30pm

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Meeting point: Main Car Park, Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

Following on from Sunday night’s talk on the possible origins of the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) in Ireland, Micheline Sheehy-Skeffington and Nick Scott, will lead a walk in Glengarriff Nature Reserve. See Strawberry Tree growing wild wild in the woods and hear about how the landscape was colonised with various species of tree, from the last ice-age to the modern day.

This is a free event but requires advance booking

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No dogs permitted at this event.


Wildlife in the woods with the local Rangers [Children’s Event]

17th August, 10am – 12pm

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Meeting point: Picnic area by the main Glengarriff Nature Reserve car park.

Cost: €20 per person €3 for wet suit hire.

Join the local National Parks & Wildlife Service Rangers to find out more about the wildlife in the woods, from the smallest bugs to biggest mammals. After a short introductory talk, we will explore the woods!

More information available here!

Free, but advance booking required!

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Exploration of the marine ecology of Adrigole Harbour by kayak

Water Heritage Day

21 August, 2pm – 4pm

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Meeting point: West Cork Sailing and Powerboat Centre, Adrigole Pier

Cost: €20 per person €3 for wet suit hire.

Marine biologist Niall MacAllister of Wild Atlantic Wildlife will lead a kayak trip around Adrigole Harbour and talk about the importance of the local marine environment. Learn about seals, seaweed, and other sea life as part of our local Heritage Week celebrations.

Participants can choose from taking a single kayak, a double for 2, or a canoe for 2 -3 people. The event is suitable for families.

Niall and Gail of Wild Atlantic Wildlife have generously agreed to donate all proceeds from this event to the Ellen Hutchins Festival.

More information available here!

Advance booking required.

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Coastal Wildflowers along the O’Sullivan Mile

21st August, 10am – 12:30pm

From Trafrask to Faha

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Meeting point: Trafrask Pier, Adrigole, Co. Cork 

Clare Heardman, Conservation Ranger for Beara, will lead a 3km walk looking at the wonderful variety of coastal plants along the shores of Bantry Bay. Starting and finishing at Trafrask, this gentle walk will explore the special plants that can survive in a salt-splashed environment.

Free, but advance booking required

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National Heritage Week, an initiative by the Heritage Council, celebrates all things heritage. It brings together communities, families, organisations, cultural institutions, academics and enthusiasts, to build awareness about the value of heritage and support its conservation.

National Heritage Week runs from Saturday 13th August to Sunday 21st August

The event is finished.


Aug 13 - 21 2022

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