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Festivals & Events

There are lots of events happening in the Tullamore and County Offaly throughout the year to keep all ages entertained.

Some of the popular annual events include The Tullamore Show, The National Ploughing Festival, Slieve Bloom Walking Festival, The Birr Vintage Arts Festival, Castle Palooza and much more! 

The Great National Central Hotel Tullamore is the ideal choice for accommodation when attending any of the wonderful events in the area.

See a list of upcoming events below.

JCB Dancing Diggers Show 2017
JCB Dancing Diggers Show 2017
Construction and Quarry Machinery Show at Molloy’s Quarry, Tinnycross, Tullamore, 10 mins from hotel 21-22 April 2017
BARE in the Woods 2017
BARE in the Woods 2017
Boutique music and arts festival. Lots of live entertainment. 9-11 June 2017
Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival
Scripts Ireland’s Playwriting Festival
Event dedicated to new Irish plays on Thursday 13th to Sunday 16th July 2017 across Birr town, just 35 minutes from hotel.
Castlepalooza 2017
Castlepalooza 2017
Music and arts festival. Location: Charleville Castle (10 minutes from hotel) 4-6 Aug 2017
Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2017
Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival 2017
Features opening parade, equestrian, craft market, children’s events, music&more. At Birr (30 mins from hotel) 4-11 August 2017
Irish Game and Country Fair
Irish Game and Country Fair
On Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2017, at 10:00am to 6:00pm each day, in Birr Castle, Birr. 35 minutes from hotel.
National Ploughing Championships 2017
National Ploughing Championships 2017
Europe’s largest outdoor exhibition and agricultural trade show. 19-21 Sept 2017. At Screggan, just 10 minutes from our hotel.
Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival 2017
Slieve Bloom Storytelling Festival 2017
Tales, legends, poetry, music and song. Lots of fun for everyone. 2017 TBC
Offline Film Festival 2017
Offline Film Festival 2017
Film challenge game, watching great features and shorts plus workshops. Birr 30 mins from hotel. 11-15 Oct 2017
Hullabaloo! Offaly Children’s Art Festival 2017
Hullabaloo! Offaly Children’s Art Festival 2017
Biggest midlands festival of theatre and arts for children. Lots of fun. Based in Birr, Clara and Edenderry. 2017 details tbc
Queen of the Land Festival 2017
Queen of the Land Festival 2017
The WR Shaw is a Macra na Feirme run festival celebrating the talents and achievements nationally and abroad. 2017 details tbc
The Midlands Science Festival 2017
The Midlands Science Festival 2017
In Tullamore, 7-days programme around 90 events. Celebrating science, maths, engineering, technology. Suitable for all. 2017 Dates TBC