Get some physical fun on the lawn with Sinead Brassil and Derek Cluskey who return this year to lead the Traditional Games in vintage costume and armed with a high-pitched whistle. Children and adults can enjoy the three-legged, egg and spoon, sack, and piggy back races, and then move to the avenue to dare to walk the tightrope, and where some circus skills can be acquired.
Michael Gerard spins the disks on Duck Green throughout the afternoon, which transforms into the Quadrangle when the best of the North East Brass come to perform, firstly with Drogheda Brass Band, followed by the Lourdes Brass Band.
Meanwhile, across the lawn, Fanzini Recording Company presents a new limited edition long player Circus Jukebox, the greatest circus hits this side of a 45. Inspired by the glory days of vinyl and dance floors, they present a bespoke stage, a human sized jukebox, where the audience choose who plays and who stays. With live performers in place of golden oldies, the audience take their pick from some of Irelands greatest circus stars, including, Con Horgan of Fanzini, Guillaume Cousson, aka the deadly Ninja Riuchi, Henrik Gard, aka Hightide Henry, Kim Mc Cafferty, aka Coconut Circus and Michaela Heyer, aka Funky Fi– Mistress of the Chinese Pole.
Seek out the new woodland stage at Beaulieu where acts include the precise and delicate voice of Sue Rynhart, and her band, Dan Bodwell (double bass) and Joe O’Callaghan (guitars), and whose music draws on classical and jazz traditions; Nix Moon, a five piece band who dabble with different genres, adding complex rhythms, a range of harmonies and genuine lyrics, drawing influence from aspects of jazz, folk, reggae, disco, progressive rock and traditional music from countries such as Ireland and Turkey; the splendorous Swinehounds; the smooth sounds; soul, reggae, jazz, dub and funk grooves of the nine piece Belfast group, Scream Blue Murmur. Over in the walled garden, be transfixed by children’s storytelling with Dreams Under the Roof by Magikloko Theatre Company.
The delectations of Beaulieu House can be discovered through special tours given by the owner, Cara Konig, historian Noel Bailey, and garden designer and plant expert MarkMcKeever.
* *These Talks and Tours are an additional €2, cannot be pre-booked, and are available on a first come-first served basis on the day. Come early to avoid disappointment.Time: 1.00pm-5.00pm (access for ticket from12noon)
Date: 1 May
Tickets: Advance booking is advised, only a limited number of car tickets at the gate. A Car Ticket includes entry for all car passengers and access to the Parking area, and a Pedestrian Ticket gives you access to the Free Shuttle Bus.
Ticket Prices: Car Ticket €12 Pedestrian Ticket (adult or child) €2
Reduced Price for Advance Bookers: €8 (Car Ticket) and €1.50 (Pedestrian Ticket)
Group Bookings: Tickets must be advanced booked, please contact the Box Office
Accessible Parking: Tickets must be booked in advanced, parking area signposted, use the R166.
Shuttle Bus: Pick up and drop off from Highlanes Gallery, Laurence St. to Beaulieu from 12.00noon.
Quadrangle Refreshments: There will be a range of refreshments available to purchase including ice-cream, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cold drinks and snacks. Limited picnic seating in and outdoors.
What to bring: Expect four seasons in one day. ‘Soak’ up the atmosphere and awesome views of the Boyne; bring a blanket, an umbrella, sun cream and some picnic prowess…