Big House festival

IRELAND’S only palace - Castletown House, Celbridge will open its doors for the public to explore its every corner and realm as it hosts the inaugural Big House festival.

IRELAND’S only palace - Castletown House, Celbridge will open its doors for the public to explore its every corner and realm as it hosts the inaugural Big House festival.

This is a cultural carnival of musical adventures, theatrical treats and hidden gems. Taking place over the August bank holiday weekend from August 3 to 5, the full programme schedule will feature an abundance of local Kildare talent with over 50 events happening each day of the festival from the worlds of music, theatre, visual arts and dance to entertain and engage the 2,000 daily visitors expected to attend.

Billed as the antidote to the standard summer music festival, the Big House festival has something for everyone from ages one to one hundred throughout its dramatic ballroom, farmyard, stables, ancient woodlands and lush meadows.

Some Big House highlights include Jerry Fish’s Carnivale Show, award-winning comedy dance troupe Ponydance presenting Anybody Waiting?, The Ark’s Ukelele Ceili workshop for children, award-winning hit Farm from Willfred Theatre Company, a film programme presented by the Irish Film Institute, Theatre Lovett featuring Louis Lovett, and Choice Music Prize winner Julie Feeney in a special event in the Long Gallery of Castletown,

Tickets and full programme details are available at www.BigHouse.ie. Early bird tickets sold out within 10 days of going on sale. Full day tickets are now available from only €22.50 with great family value tickets on sale for just €45.

In order to make the inaugural festival a success and an exceptional experience for all, the Big House festival is currently looking for vibrant volunteers with expertise and passion to get involved behind the scenes. Volunteering with the festival presents a great opportunity to be part of a diverse and exciting festival team. People can visit www.bighouse.ie/volunteer for more information.