Autumn in Wexford

Autumn has well and truly arrived! Nature’s vibrant shades of green have slowly transformed to a palette of gold and orange, and a distinct chill is beginning to linger in the air. Though the warmth of summer has faded, Wexford’s events aren’t slowing down. Wexford is packed full of events and activities throughout autumn!


Wexford Opera Festival

This October, Wexford Festival Opera will return for its 68th year opening 22nd October and running for 13 consecutive days, until 3rd November. Audiences can enjoy main stage operas, experience a taste of Wexford with the ShortWork programme or take in concert performances and lots more, including the first Baroque opera to be performed at WFO in over 30 years, Dorilla in Tempe by Antonio Vivaldi.  Visit:


Viking Fire Festival

The Irish National Heritage Park will host the Viking Fire Festival on September 28-29. The festival will have two locations for events, the Wexford Quayside and the Irish National Heritage Park with the River Slaney route running between the two. The Quayside will be transformed into a real-life Viking village as a host of re-enactions take place over the course of the weekend. Visit:


Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

The 2019 Festival runs for 21 days and nights and the eclectic programme of events features contemporary music, comedy, theatre, film, classical music, burlesque and more. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Paradiso Spiegeltent, the Festival has a unique and enticing atmosphere, blending the Olde Worlde feel of the Spiegeltents with the best in popular entertainment. The 2019 Festival runs from Friday 12th October to Sunday 28th October. Visit:


Wexford Trails

Wexford Walking Festival runs from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September and will play host to a variety of organised walks. Kicking off on Friday evening with Cullentra; Saturday morning sees a visit to the north of the county with a walk at Coolmelagh and Sunday morning will bring walkers on the Carrickbyrne trail, near Newbawn.

On Sunday 22nd September Kilmokea Heritage Gardens is having a Notable Works afternoon in its beautiful gardens. All fees for the day will go towards the upcoming Christmas concert.
The gardens are certainly any green fingered fancy and promise a calm and beautiful afternoon. The wall garden is a place of peace and reflection with rose gardens, pools and herbaceous planting. Love seats are placed around every corner, there is a maze and Ireland’s first Fairy Garden. For information visit:


‘Taste the Island’ Events


1.Johnstown Castle Festival of Honey

Sat 28th September – Sun 29th September

See our native Irish superstars ‘bee’vering away in demonstration hives with local beekeepers, taste delicious honey and the food it sweetens in the café. You’ll discover why the native bees that have thrived for centuries in Johnstown Castle.


2.Sunset Experience at Hook Lighthouse

On Saturday 2nd November, arrive at the Watchtower at 3.30pm where you will be greeted by a welcome tea/coffee. Take a tour of the oldest operational lighthouse in the world and watch the sunset from the balcony of the tower. After sunset, retire back to the Watch room for some canapés and delicious cocktails made and served to you by the lighthouse in-house chefs.


3.Sea & Soil Tour

Experience all the beauty that the soil and sea gives us with this magnificent day trip to some of Wexford most popular and unique visitor attractions on Sunday 27th October. Departing from Enniscorthy by bus, the journey takes you to a 3rd generation owned flour mill, the beautiful Colclough Walled Garden, Ballycross Apple Farm and Ballyhack Smokehouse, where you will learn the art of smoking fish!



4.Dark Shadow Supper Club

On your arrival at Loftus Hall, you will be treated to a Gin Cocktail to steady the nerves before you are led on an extra special after-hours three floor tour of Ireland’s most haunted house. Taking you far beyond the rooms normally available to see on the day tours.  All rounded off by a delicious supper in one of the grand halls. Date: Sunday 18th October.


For Information on all Taste the Island events in Wexford; check out: Wexford Food Events