June – Bloom In The Park

"Bloom Garden Festival"

Bloom In The Park

Bloom In The Park has become a national favourite and one of the most anticipated and spectacular gardening, food and family event on the Irish calendar.

There will be something for everyone at Bloom In The Park with wonderful gardens, floral displays, farmers market, entertainment stages, family fun zone and so much more. Bloom is a wonderful outdoor spectacle with so much to do and see. You will spend hours walking around taking in the beautiful surroundings.

Bloom In The Park will feature more than 30 superb show gardens from Ireland’s top horticultural talent. The show gardens will be complemented by a spectacular floral pavilion featuring the best of Irish plants and flowers. There will be a garden forum with Ireland’s top celebrity gardeners on hand to provide expert advice on planting and general gardening queries.

The show will again feature a cookery demonstration stage with some of Ireland’s leading chefs, an Irish artisan food market for visitors to sample and buy some of the best Irish food and drink produce, a children’s play area and an outdoor entertainment stage. Bloom will also feature a demonstration area hosted by the Crafts Council of Ireland offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy live demonstrations by Irish crafts people at work.

Budding Bloomers – Fun Children’s Area

Bloom aims to provide fun and entertainment for the entire family with it’s many attractions which will delight people both young and old. As well as the expanding Budding Bloomers area children can also enjoy the playground found right in the heart of the Bloom site right beside the show gardens and visitor’s centre.

Bloom has always been popular with children, and this year will be no exception! ‘Budding Bloomers’, as the children’s area is called, has a vibrant mixture of features to keep children entertained and active, from toddlers to fifth classes. Children play, learn and grow at Bloom!

  • Picnic Area

The very nature of the Bloom site, situated in the heart of the Phoenix Park, makes it the ideal location for leisurely family picnics or simply time spent sitting around catching up with family and friends. The main Bloom Picnic Area, found beside the Visitors Centre, offers visitors a wide open space to sit back and enjoy the buzzing Bloom atmosphere.

  • Play Ground

Bloom aims to provide fun and entertainment for the entire family with it’s many attractions which will delight people both young and old. As well as our expanding Budding Bloomers area children can also enjoy the playground found right in the heart of the Bloom site right beside the show gardens and visitor’s centre.

  • Scientific Sue

Have you ever wondered why bubbles float? Why bubbles are round? What the secret ingredient in bouncing bubbles is? To answer these questions and many more come and join Scientific Sue in her Bubble laboratory.

Volunteers will be required to help her investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases. Diet cola and mentos, bath bombs and foam breathing monsters are just a few of the engaging demonstrations undertaken! A focus on forces and of course bubbles makes this show both educational and entertaining.

  • Billy Bubbles

The area will have a dedicated Children’s Stage which will feature Irish Dancing, top magician Billy Bubbles, with his laugh out loud show full of magic on at regular intervals, and don’t miss Scientific Sue as she takes you on a zany journey of scientific discovery. Find out how we use exploding vegetables to power our cars, see magical colour changes, vats of slime, and disappearing water demonstrations. You won’t have to wait longer than 45 minutes to see either Billy Bubbles or Scientific Sue onstage.

  • Clap Handies

ClapHandies are back again and will provide a “Baby and Toddler chill zone” for babies to four years of age. ClapHandies provides unique parenting programmes and engaging “education through play” programmes for young families, running over 60 classes each week throughout Dublin. They will be offering storytime and songtime rotating every 30 minutes, toddler crafts, a baby sensory zone which will be ideal for the younger baby to take a break and stretch their legs, and toddler ball play

  • Little Gardeners Planting Plot

A new feature to Budding Bloomers this year, come and plant some seeds in our new planting plots with TV personality Paddy Courtney – a fun & interactive activity for all Little Gardeners!

  • O’Egg Fun on the Farm

O’Egg Fun on the Farm is a family fun event aimed at entertaining, exciting and educating kids and parents. At O’Egg Fun on the Farm, children get the chance to have a hands on fun playing experience. What can you expect?  Loading up trailers, testing out the diggers and tractors to our fun O’Egg & Spoon races and interactive O’Egg games. There’s is a whole range of great activities & toys for children of all ages to enjoy. Don’t forget to stick around to see our amazing O’Egg cooking demonstrations!  You will have an EGGcellent time, we promise!

  • Fun on the Farm

The  Bloom Farmyard provides visitors with an opportunity to view some of Ireland’s main animal herds with a dairy cow, a beef heifer, calves, sheep, lambs, pigs and chickens all on display.

Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to talk to Irish farmers in this fun yet educational space.

It’s all happening on the Farm!

  • Book Clinic

The Book Clinic will have their own area for providing guidance about books to children and their families. Experts in the area of children’s books are presented as Book Doctors (complete with lab coats, prescription pads and an official stamp) and, based on an informal chatwith children or parents who need guidance, are tasked with recommending excellent books, with books on hand for an instant filling of the prescription!

  • Birdwatch Ireland

Birdwatch Ireland will once again be running popular bird- and wildlife – themed family activities at it’s marquee in the conservation zone. A whole host of free games and fun, child friendly conservation activities will be taking place, and experts will be on hand to answer your questions and tell you more about Ireland’s remarkable birdlife

Other Features At Bloom

RTE at Bloom

Fashon Stage

Chefs Food Stage

Live Music

Banter at Boom

Plant Village

Floral Marquee

Food Village

  • Organic School Garden
  • Organic Farming and Food Promotional Feature
  • Quality Kitchen at Bloom
  • Artisan Food Market
  • Artisan Catering
  • Meat & Fish Market
  • ‘Best in Season’ Fresh Produce Market
  • The Love Irish Food Marquee
  • The Bloom Farmyard

Crafts Council of Ireland

The Irish Craft Village has been a vibrant element of Bloom since moving to its outdoor location. Situated at the heart of the show, the Irish Craft Village offers visitors a chance to see an exciting selection of work from some of Ireland’s most creative designers and makers.

Craft demonstrations take place throughout the event, giving visitors a chance to experience the magic of seeing a skilled crafts person transform raw materials into a finished object before their eyes.

The Crafts Council of Ireland’s selected Retail Area at Bloom In The Park offers visitors the chance to shop and browse through a superb selection of crafted design products from Ireland’s leading Craft Artisans. Situated within the Grand Pavillion adjacent to the cafe, 30 Craft stands will showcase a wonderful array of craft. With such an exciting range of quality crafted design pieces there is sure to be something to suit all tastes and budgets. One not to be missed.

Admission To Bloom

Children Go Free. Children up to 16 go free and up to 3 children may attend with each paying adult.

Weekday tickets are valid for either Thursday or Friday and weekend tickets are valid for either Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

Booking Online:– You can save by booking in advance online here through our booking link directly to the Bloom ticket sales

Bloom In The Park Dates And Times

Bloom runs June Bank Holiday Weekend in the Phoenix Park in Dublin, Ireland.

"Bloom In The Park Garden Festival"

How To Get To Bloom In The Park

Bloom is situated on the grounds of the Visitor Centre in the Phoenix Park which is located off Chesterfield Avenue, the main road running from Parkgate Street to the Castleknock Gate.

  • From Parkgate Street Bloom is located off Chesterfield Avenue to the right of the Phoenix Monument, after Áras an Uachtaráin.
  • From Castleknock Gate Bloom is located before the Phoenix Monument, on the left hand side.

If travelling by foot

Chesterfield Avenue is the Pedestrian Entrance to Bloom. Please note that it takes approx. 20 minutes to walk from either Parkgate Street or Castleknock Gate to the Bloom event.

If travelling by car

Parking is available for visitors at a rate of €5. There are 2 car parks servicing Bloom visitors; Red Car Park A & Green Car Park B. Please follow the directional signage throughout the park.

  • For City Centre Traffic please use Red Car Park A
  • For M50 & North City Traffic please use Green Car Park B

If travelling by public transport

For the most convenient access to the Bloom event please avail of our courtesy shuttle bus running from Heuston Station to Bloom and back throughout the day.
The Red Line Luas runs from Connelly Station and Lower Abbey Street in the city centre directly to Heuston Station.
The No. 10 Bus from O’Connell Street will leave you to the North Circular Road Gate – Please note however that it is approximately 30 minutes walk from the NCR Gate to the Bloom event.

Please note that the Ashtown Gate will be closed for the duration of the Bloom event.

Parking At Bloom

Parking is available for visitors at a rate of €5. There are 2 car parks servicing Bloom visitors the Red Car Park A and the Green Car Park B. Please follow the directional signage throughout the park.

  • Red Car Park A

Serving City Centre Traffic from the Main Gate (Parkgate Street) and the NCR Gate. From the Main Gate (Parkgate Street) continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and take the first right off the roundabout. Continue to the end and take a right onto the Back Road and continue straight. Take a left onto Odd Lamp Road. Red Car Park A is located off this road. Do not continue up Chesterfield Avenue to the Phoenix Monument as this is a pedestrian entrance only.

  • Green Car Park B

Serving North City & M50 Traffic from the Castleknock Gate and White’s Gate. From the Castleknock Gate continue on to Chesterfield Avenue and take the first left off the roundabout (Mounjoy Cross). Continue along the back road till you reach the Ashtown Castle Gate. Green Car Park B is located here. Do not continue up Chesterfield Avenue to the Phoenix Monument as this is a pedestrian entrance only.

 

 
 

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