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Heritage Week August 2012…..Events in Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Wildlife Walk To Brackley Lake

Date & Times: 26 August : 17:00 – 19:00

Admission: No Charge

Event Description: Wildlife Walk to Brackley Lake, Bawnboy. Wonderful wildlife walk led by Heather Bothwell of Blue Damsel Discovery. Departing from Bear Essentials and taking in Brackley Lough. High visibility jackets and stout footwear recommended.

Event Organiser/Organisation: Cavan County Council Heritage Office
Venue: Bear Essentials
Bear Essentials, Corlough

Access Details

Suitable for Children: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Partial
Car parking Available: Yes

Event Category: Wildlife


Organiser Name: Anne-Marie Ward

Contact Address: Cavan County Council Farnh

Farm Harness: The Craft Of The Harness Maker

Date & Times:25/26 August : 11:00 – 18:00

Admission: Free

Event Description: This exhibition highlights the design & making of farm harnesses with hand-stitching demonstrations. This privately run museum offers an insight into one of mans oldest crafts with exhibits from Egypt, Morocco, S. America, Switzerland & Vienna. Exhibits include horse drawn farm machinery. To visit the exhibition on other dates, please contact the museum.

Event Organiser/Organisation: Museum Of The Master Saddler
Venue: Museum of the Master Saddler
Corlough, Co. Cavan.

Access Details

Suitable for Children: Yes
Wheelchair Access: Partial
Car parking Available: Yes

Any Other Details:

Event Category: Traditional Skills


Organiser Name: Rob Steinke

Contact Address: Museum of the Master Saddler, Corlough, Co. Cavan.

Email: Rob@MuseumOfTheMasterSaddler.com

Telephone: 086 3946467

Visit http://www.heritageweek.ie/index.php/whats-on/event-search for more information

B&B Teddy Bear Experience in Beautiful West Cavan

B&B Teddy Bear Experience

Create marvellous family memories by enjoying an afternoon at the charming Silver Bear Centre when Mammy, Daddy and all the family create their own individual teddy bear from start to finish including designing their own Teddy Bear outfits for their own precious creations to bring home with them. This unique family experience is in one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets – West Cavan. The unspoiled landscape has something for everyone, whether it’s rest, relaxation or a family activity for all to enjoy. Come spend time at Lake Avenue House B&B and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Irish country side while you create your own Teddy Bear!

Rates are per person sharing and include a full breakfast and afternoon at The Sliver Bear Centre

1 Night B&B

Family of 5 €220 (2 adults + 3 children 12 years of age or younger)

Family of 4 €190 (2 adults + 2 children 12 years of age or younger)

Family of 3 €170 (2 adults + 1 children 12 years of age or younger)

2 Nights B&B

Family of 5 €310 (2 adults + 3 children 12 years of age or younger)

Family of 4 €270 (2 adults + 2 children 12 years of age or younger)

Family of 3 €240 (2 adults + 1 children 12 years of age or younger

For more information contact Lake Avenue House

First Ever All-Ireland Mushroom Festival at Killegar House, Carrigallen, Co. Leitrim-25th September, 2011

 All-Ireland Mushroom Festival at Killegar House

25 September, 2011.

Have you ever walked through fields and woodlands during Autumn and wondered which of the mushrooms you see growing would be safe to eat and which are best avoided? Here is your chance to find out! You can be part of the first ever, All-Ireland Mushroom Festival to be held in the grounds of the enchanting Killegar House, Carrigallen, CountyLeitrim, on 25 September, 2011.

Specialists from the Irish Mycologists’ Society and the Northern Ireland Fungus Group (NIFG) will lead small groups on guided forays throughout the day. Experts will share their knowledge not only of mushrooms but of the woodlands, local flora, the birdlife and wildlife that is found in the area.  Monaghan Mushrooms, Ireland’s largest producer, will have a display of mushrooms at different stages of cultivation.

Bear Essential’s travelling Teddy Bear hospital will be on hand to tend ailing teddies. Curators Rob and Moira Steinke from the Museum of the Master Saddler, the only museum in the world dedicated to the ancient craft of saddlery and harness making, will exhibit traditional hand-stitching, harness-making techniques and their two miniature Shetland ponies,

Heather Bothwell will set up a moth trap (moths and weather permitting) and Aidan Brady, of the Cavan Bee Keepers Association, will bring his glass observation bee-hive to demonstrate and discuss bee-keeping. Vivienne Mayne of Jera Baskets will demonstrate how to weave baskets. Vivienne will give three workshops for children throughout the day.

Various lectures throughout the day include: The Wonderful World of Mushrooms, The Edible Assassin, Fairy forts, A Mushroom a Day Keeps the Doctor Away??, Nature’s Way 

Gates open 09.30 – Close 18.00.  Ticket prices: Entry Fee €15 per person, €5 students/OAPs/unwaged. Family tickets €35 (two adults and two children). Guided forays (places strictly limited) are an additional cost of €15 per person, €5 students/OAPs/unwaged. Family tickets €35.

For further details contact check www.Killegar.net or email KillegarMushroomFestival@googlemail.com.

You can book your ticket and your place on a guided foray in advance by email.

Advance ticket purchase will soon be available on-line. Check website for details.

National Heritage Week 2011, 20th-28th of August

National Heritage Week 2011, 20th-28th of August 

National Heritage Week 2011, 20th-28th of August lots to do and see around Bawnboy, County Cavan

  • Beautiful Bogs – Location: Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre, Tirnawannagh, Bawnboy, County Cavan
    Date:27 August
  • Guided Tour of Bawnboy Workhouse – Location:Bawnboy Workhouse, Bawnboy, , Cavan
    Date:24 August
  • Birdwatch Ireland heritage Week Event – Location: Templeport Lake, Bawnboy, County Cavan                                         Date : Sun 28th contact 087 6699681
  • Lughnasa Barn Dance – Location:Ballyhugh House Cultural Centre, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan., Cavan              Date:24 August
  • Burren Heritage Walk – Location:Burren Forest, Blacklion, , Cavan
    Date:28 August



Woodford River Walk, Ballyconnell, County Cavan

Woodford River Walk, Ballyconnell, County Cavan

Distance: 5km
Grade: Easy
Terrain: Forest path
Approximate Time: 1 hour 20 mins

View Map

Start at the Shopping Centre/Petrol station car park at the bridge in Ballyconnell and cross the road to a small amenity park. Walk along the canal for 200m passing a footbridge. Continue on the path along the river. Eventually you emerge into the open countryside with the river on your left and open field on your right.

Continue walking along the bank. After approximately 45 minutes you will approach Annagh Woods. Enter the woods following the path. After 300m keep right at the fork in the path. Follow the path until emerging from the forest. Follow the path for 200m. Take a right turn onto a small downhill path to your right. At the bottom of hill, upon meeting the canal, turn left for home.

Facilities: Picnic tables; Café in Realta Shopping Centre (outside tables overlooking Woodford River)
Nearby Attractions : Slieve Russell Championship Golf Course; Ciúin Spa at the Slieve Russell Hotel; Ballyhugh Arts & Cultural Centre, Ballyconnell; ODD Outdoor Activity Gamespark, Brackley Lake; Bear Essentials Visitor Centre, Bawnboy.

For more Walks in County Cavan please visit Cavan Tourism

Bear Essentials, Magical Irish Tree Day, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Bear Essentials Workshop & Showroom, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan

Magical Irish Tree Day in partnership with Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark

Date: Sunday 22nd May – part of Biodiversity Week

Time: 2- 5pm

Admission Free.

Enjoy a nature walk, arts and crafts, games and refreshments.

Strictly limited, pre booking essential



National Heritage Week 21st – 29th August 2010

National Heritage Week  is almost upon us and it promises to be a week of wonderful fun and activity, with a range of very unique events  to get involved in this year. The interest and creativity of so many people is on display in this years programme of events. With 1100 events taking place around the country there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday the 21st of August is Wild Child Day when  many of the activities will encourage families and children to get outdoors and interact with the natural world and think about science.

Cavan  is well represented with a host of events and activities taking place over the week, events closest to  Bawnboy are:

Cavan Wild Child Day

 28 August : 14:00 – 17:00, Bear Essentials, Silver Bear Centre, Discover bugs, bees, birds, butterflies & the beauty of our natural heritage. Make your own nature crafts and have your face painted!!

Granny’s Bunch Of Thyme,

28 August : 14:00 – 18:00, Ballyhugh Arts & Cultural Centre, Ballyhugh,Cavan.049 9526044Traditional Skills Natural Health and Living – rediscover grandmothers remedies drawing on the precious secrets of her green guide to health. A green guide to health handed down by our distant ancestors.

Saddles Through The Ages: A Photographic Display, 

23 August : 11:00 – 18:00 ,24 August : 11:00 – 18:00 , Museum of The Master Saddler, Corlough, Co. Cavan – Photographic display of how riding saddles have developed throughout time. Includes a tour of the museum and a workshop demonstration. The display is open at the stated times. To visit on other dates, please phone as this is a private museum.

Heritage Day at Bear Essentials, August 2010

Heritage Week 2010 Event Wild Child Day on 28th of August 2-5pm

Join the Heritage Office of Cavan County Council along with Blue Damsel Discovery for a special event at Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre in Bawnboy, County Cavan

Experience a free Family Event with outside & inside activities as well as art & crafts. Refreshments served.
Please wear suitable clothing for outdoors.

Booking is essential.

Contact Anke at mob: 0877610537 or

Email: info@bearessentials.ie

Upcoming events at Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre

Bear Essentials, Bawnboy, County Cavan
12th – 15th of July Summer School for children age 6 – 16 in Mohair Bear Making
Please click here for more information
19th – 22nd of July Crafts & Cookery Summer School for children age 6 – 16
Please click here for more information

16th of July Mohair Teddy Bear Craft Course for adults and Mum & daughter/son
Please click here for more information
28th of August Heritage Family Event at 2pm  – Free for everyone – more information soon.

Please note that our German Language School had to be postponed to a later date in Autumn.

Spring/Summer Events at Bear Essentials 2010

Bear Essentials & Silver Bear Centre
Bawnboy, Co.Cavan
One Day Easter Workshop for children age 6 – 16
from 10am – 4pm on 1st of April
Sewing, cooking, baking, decorating and celebrating Easter.
 Craft & Cookery Summer School 12th – 15th of July 10am – 1pm
The aim of our craft summer school is to experience new skills especially skills in crafts like toy making, wood work, jewellery making, simple clothe design and also cooking & baking. Age 6 – 16

German Summer School for beginners,
including speech and German language,
German food and Culture age 6 – 16
19th – 22nd of July 10am – 1pm
Family or group activity in Teddy Bear Making
age 3 – 99.
Bear Essentials offers this workshop all year round in the unique Silver Bear Centre, surrounded by gardens, picnic area and play ground.
48 hour booking in advance is essential.
 Mob: 0877610537
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