Love Ireland’s great outdoors? The Wander Wild Festival is happening at the end of this month around Killarney, and we can’t wait.
Spring has just about sprung, and it’s time to get outside. This year’s Wander Wild Festival will take place from the 27th to 29th March 2020 and is set to be a weekend full of incredible adventures into Killarney’s great outdoors.
Festival-goers will have the chance to immerse themselves in the breath-taking Irish countryside—from climbing Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohill, to adrenaline-filled kayak tours to Innisfallen Island—and plenty of informative and engaging talks.
Taking place in 25,000 acres of a UNESCO national park, you will be sure to feel inspired to venture out into the great outdoors.
An action-packed programme
The programme is packed with some fantastic events such as live music throughout the weekend, feature-length documentaries focusing on the global climate crises we face today, photography exhibitions, and numerous tours around the surrounding area. With plenty of exhibitions, events, music, food, nature, and culture, there is sure to be something for everyone.
The festival will kick off with a bang as the spectacular opening is set to take place in Killarney’s town centre. An equinox parade is set to take place through the streets to celebrate the death of winter and the birth of spring.
Speakers include storyteller Michael Harding whose memoir, Chest Pain, was published last year. Chest Pains tells the story of Michael’s acute heart attack in 2018 as he recalls the time leading up to and following that life-changing event.
Athlete Shane Finn, who completed 24 marathons in 24 days and cycled and ran across America in 36 days, is also set to speak at the festival.
For the adrenaline junkies, there will also be a number of challenges taking place across the weekend. If you fancy pushing yourself a bit further, you can take part in the Hardman 10k, which is scheduled for the final day of the festival.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets can be purchased from the event website. You can either purchase individual tickets for each of the events if there are only a few you’d like to go to or you can grab yourself an ‘All Access Pass’, which covers all of the festival’s events.
Fitting with the festival’s focus on nature and sustainability, they are promoting the ‘Leave No Trace’ scheme, which is a set of principle and practices from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. The scheme is put in place to help ensure that enjoyment of the outdoors isn’t ruined by human impact on the natural environment.
Festival organiser Pat Chawke said, “The Wander Wild Festival is a really fantastic opportunity for people to get away for a few days, sample this awe-inspiring area and enjoy this spectacle of outdoor-related festival events.”