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  • October bank holiday fun
  • Forest rambles
  • Gems of the Lakelands
  • Something different for friends
Start planning an exciting weekend Escape with the gang for an adventure this October bank holiday weekend in Ireland.

You'll be spoiled for choice: hit the high notes at a music festival, see celebrity chefs in Kilkenny, or take a walk on the dark side at a gothic festival in Dublin.

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Take a hike! This autumn discover nature with a walk through some of Ireland's forest parks.

Pack a picnic and follow a trail deep into the woods for a day of fresh air and fun.

To get started, we've gathered some of our top tips for forest walks in Ireland.

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Explore the Lakelands Discover some of the best scenic and historical attractions that Ireland's Lakelands have to offer.

From castles to forests and parks to mines, you'll never be stuck to find an exciting adventure.

Take a look at some of the incredible locations on our list.

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This is what friendship is made of Get out and about this month and test the bonds of your friendships with some exciting challenges.

Learn a new skill or take up cycling - from adventures to festivals, get your gang ready for some fun.

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Sports events and ralliesEnjoy Irish sport at Women's Seven Rugby or another sports event in Ireland.

Festivals in IrelandFrom bluegrass festivals to Dalkey Lobster Fest, there's a festival for you.

Irish fairs and marketsVisit an Irish fair or market. Get started with Irish Game and Country Fair

Find a romantic walkExplore Ireland and get close to nature amongst Ireland's breathtaking scenery.

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Downton Abbey spotsDiscover romantic Ireland in Powerscourt House and Gardens.

Visual arts and architectureExplore cutting edge design from the past, present and future.

Gallery exhibitionsKeep pace with Ireland's arts scene at landmarks like IMMA and the National Gallery.

Irish craftInspire yourself with modern Irish craft trails or visit the National Craft Gallery.

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Fun for grown-ups

Friends hiking togetherMake time for some special people in your life - your friends!

Holiday with your mates along the Wild Atlantic Way or explore the east of Ireland.

Chill out and enjoy plenty of things to do across the country this autumn.

Girls' days out

Ladies day at the racesEnjoy a ladies day out at the famous Curragh Racecourse in Co Kildare.

Go diving in the BurrenGo diving to discover watery worlds in Clare with Burren Outdoor Education Centre.

Find an adventure in IrelandGo zip lining, sailing and climbing with the girls at Carlingford Adventure Centre.

Go glamping with the girlsDiscover the great outdoors in style with a break in a luxury Yurt in North Donegal.

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Escapes for the boys

Go blowkarting with the boysJoin the blowkarting craze and sail in a three wheeled kart in Co Waterford.

Go paragliding in CorkEnjoy some high flying paragliding adventures with the lads in Bantry.

Find an adventure day outHone your survival skills and enhance your mind and body with Lough Allen Adventure.

Enjoy Irish craft brewingLearn about the beautiful crafting of Irish ale at Carlow Brewing Company.

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