Summer in Cork

I know I was hoping for the heatwave but my God! I can’t cope with the heat! I was born Irish for a reason and that reason being I only look half decent when it’s cold. Although the sun is glorious and I’m partial to a pretty summer dress, my hair and make up really aren’t lovers of the sun. We’re talking un-tameable frizz and shiny melting make up… Lovely.


In saying all that I do love a lovely sunny day and I’m dreaming of flowey skirts and dresses that I could be wearing instead of the jeans I’ve on which are currently suffocating my legs. But hey! That’s what I get for not doing the tradish ‘Tan Thursday’!


There’s nothing I love more than having something to do on the off chance the sun decides to take a visit to our little Island. Now I know you might be thinking, ‘Jennifer, seriously like. Having something to do? What are you on about?’ But when you really think about it WHAT is there to do?! Go for a drive, but go where? Go to a park, but what one? Go to the beach, but where?! They’re probably the most obvious ideas for a sunny day but what else is there to do? Gone are the college days where ‘day drinking’ and ‘going out’ was something to do! So what’s left for us cool kids to do? What’s on during the summer?


Well you need search no more! Behold! My guide of what to do in Cork this summer! FYI this is my first summer in Cork and it’s shaping up to be a good one.



Summer Jam – Fitzgerald’s Park, Mardyke Walk

This is Summer Jam’s 3rd annual music event. Starting around 1pm on 29th May, the day is filled with local Cork musical acts with the last taking to the stage at 5.40pm. For all those yummy mummy’s it’s a family friendly day out and for all those students on a budget it’s a FREE event!! Love that word… Free. Music to my ears. (Not excusing that pun because it’s genius.)

Hot tip: Get there for 4pm. Bubba Shakespeare and the Urban Hippies take to the stage at 4.15pm. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this!



Picnic in the Park – Fitzgerald’s Park, Mardyke Walk

Same place, different event. This FREE afternoon of arts entertainment and activities takes place on 19th June, starting at 12pm. Expect high-energy acrobatics, circus, dance and music, and drop-in workshops. It’s not called Picnic in the Park for no reason so pack that picnic and blanket or just the blanket and try some delicious food on site from local food markets! Did I mention this was FREE? Yes? Okay cool.



Féasta – Festival Markets – Emmet Place

I flippin’ love markets! Absolutely love them! All the quirky little bits and the baked goods, hello! This market in Emmet Place is open from 11am – 5pm from 17th June until 26th June. Want something to do on a Sunday? Go for a stroll through this market right here! You’re welcome.



Live at the Marquee

Back again, it’s Live at the Marquee’s 11th year running! 17 concerts to choose from, starting on the 7th June and running until 13th July. Acts include The Dropkick Murphys, Pixies, Little Mix, Olly Murs, Foals and so much more! Check out ticketmaster for well tickets obvs – Ticket info!



Castlepalooza – Charleville Castle

10th year anniversary for this music festival so expect a good’un! Taking place from 1st – 3rd July, here’s hoping this weather holds up! Loads and loads of acts playing throughout the weekend but for me it’s Villagers – Sunday. Need I say more?

Tickets €134 for the weekend including camping. Check out Aiken Promotions for more.



Indiependence – Mitchelstown

Relive your youth at this music festival taking place from 29th – 31st July! Bell X1, The Kooks and The Blizzards all play over the weekend which means I get to pretend like I’m 18 again while dealing with my quarter life crises! 25th birthday (not) how are you?

Tickets only €119, sorted.

More info here: Indiependence Festival


Last but most certainly not least…!


Fota Wildlife Park – Carrigtwohill

Before you point out the obvious, I know it’s open all year round but walking around with a 99 in hand looking at the elephants is my kind of perfect bliss!

Opens from 10am with last entry to the park at 4.30pm. Tickets start at €15.50 for adults and €11 for students. It’s a great day out altogether!


So if you’re equally as indecisive as me and can never give an answer to the dreaded question; “what’ll we do?”, well now you have an answer.

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