June Bank Holiday Weekend, 
Phoenix Park, Dublin
2nd JUNE – 6th JUNE 2016
9am – 6pm

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Bloom, Ireland’s Largest Gardening, Food & Family Event

Bord Bia’s Bloom will be taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd June until Monday 6th June. Bloom 2016 will showcase exquisite show gardens, from the very best of Ireland’s landscape gardeners and designers as well as Irish food producers. We encourage visiting tourists to pop by to try the very best food and explore the most artistic gardens Ireland has to offer.

Visitors planning to attend the show can expect a host of other features, including the Floral & Nursery Pavilion, which will house numerous exhibits from some of the top floral artists, the AOIFA Floral Art Stage will offer advice and demonstrations on the techniques required to achieve a perfect floral display at home, a fantastic new Plant Village, the Fashion Stage at Bloom showcasing the best floral inspired fashion trends, live entertainment at the Picnic Area and an Irish Craft Village. The cultural and educational attractions are great for returning visitors and new visitors alike from Ireland, UK, and all over Europe. The Children’s Zone, Budding Bloomers, will have a vibrant mixture of features to keep children entertained and active where they are encouraged to play, learn and grow! Did you know that kids attend Bloom for free! To get a flavour of what Bloom has to offer see the day by day video highlights.


Please note that No Dogs are allowed at Bloom In The Park – with the exception of Guide dogs or Assistance dogs.

Family Fun

There is fun for all the family at Bloom this year, with great exhibitions and events for all ages. So be sure to visit Bloom and don’t miss out on this great weekend of fun!

Fun On The Farm 

At Bloom, children get the chance to have hands-on fun playing with farm toys at Fun on the Farm in the Kids’ Zone!

From loading up trailers, trying out diggers and scooping up with tractors in the sand pit, to maneuvering around a cool life-like model farm display, there’s a whole range of great Bruder, Rolly and Siku farm toys for children of all ages to enjoy.

These scaled models are so realistic, they are just like the real thing complete with all the original detail. Children will have great fun testing the toys out and learning the differences between John Deere, Massey Ferguson and New Holland tractors at this farm-inspired stand. Complete with exclusive offers on Siku and Bruder toys, a great competition to win a family weekend away and free giveaways… it’s all happening at Fun on the Farm!

Childrens Entertainment at Bloom

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 classers. We want children to play, learn and grow at Bloom!

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 or Irish Dancers onstage.

The Food Dudes 

The Food Dudes stand is a firm favourite with Budding Bloomer visitors, featuring the usual mix of interactive activities for children, all with the overall aim of encouraging them to get their five a day. The Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme is a healthy eating initiative developed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home.

Back again is the Little Planters Plot, where children will be able to plant and water flowers in a general planting area. There will also be classes where children decorate their own plant pot and then plant a flower and take it home.

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. Each stage of early childhood will be catered for separately, which creates a safe environment for children to play undisturbed by older children.

Children’s Books Ireland’s 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! The Doodle Doctor will also make his debut, with all sorts of fun drawing projects for children

Also at Budding Bloomers will be  the Carton Man s a huggable, fun cartoon character who appears with his trusty green bin, to remind consumers that packaging can be easily recycled in the home. He’ll be accompanied by a small team ‘Tree’ shaped signs with the words Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. The Carton Man will have little Frisbees to give out to children.

Butterflies, bees and bugs

Butterflies bees and bugs  will give you a few tips on how to make your gardens more friendly to butterflies and bees, and talk about importance of our hedgerows. The area will feature Paddy C. Courtney who is an actor and writer from Dublin. He currently appears as the character Digger in the RTEjr show ‘Dig In Diner.

For more information follow these links:

Butterflies:  http://www.butterflyconservation.ie/wordpress/?page_id=33
Bees: http://ark.ie/downloads/Junior_Pollinator_Plan_for_Web2.pdf
Hedgerows: http://www.heritagecouncil.ie/county-heritage-services/news/view-article/article/new-initiatives-launched-to-safeguard-irelands-unique-hedgerows/?cHash=38e1579939196ea8c09284c8e005e1c0

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