Big top circus, magicians and Spiderman at Barretstown’s Big Picnic – Sun, July 16

by Rose Barrett
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Get set for the annual Big Picnic taking place in the magnificent grounds of Barretstown Castle on Sunday, July 16. Located just down the road in Co Kildare, visitors will be supporting the life-changing work at Barretstown which provides therapeutic programmes to children affected by cancer and other serious illnesses.

The ‘Big Picnic‘ 2023 promises to be bigger and better than ever. There is a fantastic line-up of activities for all to enjoy from spectacular acts at Fossett’s Circus to mind-blowing magicians, trapeze artists, face-painting, music, dance and much more! 

A pop-up Teddy Bear Hospital will also be on-site to nurse sick teddies back to health.

All visitors need to do is pack the sunblock and a picnic basket and blanket and get set for a superb family day out for both young and old alike.

Founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, Barretstown provides essential therapeutic programmes – fun breaks for children battling serious illness – with full 24/7 medical care at the 500-acre campus. A wonderful break, mentally and physical, for children who spend a lot of time in the sterile environment of hospital and medical centres.

To date, Barretstown has supported over 85,000 children and their families, many of them from Dublin and Leinster, affected by serious illness through the delivery of its research informed, medically endorsed therapeutic programmes.

The Big Picnic is an important event for the children’s health charity who are inviting people to gather in Barretstown, soak up the atmosphere, savour the fun and excitement and raise vital funds for the charity to continue their life-changing work.

For all those who cannot attend the Barretstown Big Picnic, the option is there to host your own event and lend your support to a superb cause.

The Barretstown Big Picnic on Sunday, July 16 from 11am-4.30pm.


Images courtesy of Barretstown

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