What is The Fairytale Festival?

The Fairy-tale Festival is a magical family day outside, on the grounds of Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Kilkenny on Sunday July 23rd.  Gates open at midday and the event runs until 5pm.


Sounds great! What activities will there be?

Lots! 5 bouncy castles, a fairy trail, archery, games, arts & crafts, storytelling, sing-along, pop-up cinema, face painting, a Winter forest,  a treasure hunt and a chance to meet all your favourite fairytale characters. You can also take part in wand making for an additional fee.


Fee? Do I have to pay for things once I’m inside?

Just the wand making classes. We’ll also have food & drink stalls which you can buy from too. Everything else is covered in the cost of admission.


You mentioned food stalls? Is there a picnic area?

Yes. We have a family picnic area where you can sit and enjoy something to eat.


What time does it start and finish?

The Fairytale Festival kicks off at midday and runs until 5pm.


How do I get there?

Shankill Castle is located just off exit 7 of the M9 motorway. Just follow the signs for Paulstown. It’s about 45 minutes from Waterford, an hour from the Red Cow and 20 minutes from Carlow and Kilkenny.


How much is it?

Tickets are €15 per person and €50 for a family of 4. Children 2 and under are free!  Tickets can be bought online or on the day.


So is the family pass for 2 adults and 2 children?

It can be but doesn’t have to be! It can be made up of any combination of adults and kids. Bring granny and the child, or yourself and 3 children.


I won tickets on Beat. How do I collect them?

Your name will be on the guestlist. You should have been contacted by one of the Beat promotions team confirming this.


I bought tickets online. Do I have to print them?

We’d prefer if you did as it speeds things up however we won’t fall out if you don’t 🙂


Is parking free?

Yes! Just go through the arch at the entrance to the Shankill Castle grounds and you will be directed to a parking space.  There is ample free parking available on site.


Are dogs allowed?

No dogs allowed so please leave your little (or large) furry friends at home.


Are there public toilets and baby changing facilities?

Of course! Plus there’ll be a private feeding facility for parents who require it.


Is there disabled access to all areas?

We’ve done our best to make the festival as wheelchair friendly as possible however, as it is taking place on the grounds of a historic castle, there are some things beyond our control. If you or your child has any special requirements, please let us know upon entry and we’ll do what we can to accommodate your needs.


We have someone with us who has trouble walking.

The grounds are pretty expansive but we think we’ve got a good solution to help with this. We will have a golf cart on site which can take you from the car park to the front of the house if required. There’s lots of places to sit down around the festival and staff will always be on hand to help where needed.


Are all areas buggy friendly?

As above, we’ve done what we can within the limitations of a historic castle to make the festival buggy friendly.  The avenue up to the castle is bumpy but accessible by wheels.  The front of the castle has small stones so not feasible for wheels on this surface.


Where is the meeting point if I lose my child?

It’s right beside the Beat DJ at the front of the house. If your child has gone missing, please contact a member of Beat staff in that area immediately. Please make your older children aware that if they are in any difficulty to contact any member of the Beat team.  They will be wearing hi-viz jackets with a Beat logo on them. Each child will be given a wristband on entry and we kindly ask that you write your number on it before entering the festival.


Is there first aid on site?

Yes. The Order Of Malta will be next to the meeting point at the front of the castle.


What if it rains?

You’ll probably join us in hoping that it doesn’t but IF it does, there are activities such as the arts & crafts, storytelling, sing-along and wand making which take place inside.  The fairy trail and other areas are all quite shaded by trees. We’ll also have ponchos for everyone just in case!


Great, I’m looking forward to it!

So are we!! See you there.

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