Family News and Events

Family News and Events
Having fun bursting bubbles

Bubble Rush is a fun run with a difference – lots of coloured bubbles! Attendees start in a sea of foam and then take on four different coloured bubble stations, where foam canons create a four foot bubble bath.

Run, walk, toddle or dance your way around the family-friendly course. Don’t worry if you’re not a runner – the event isn’t timed; so there’s no race or time limit.

The course is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs, and there’s no minimum or maximum age limit. Super Early Bird Tickets are on sale now which can save up to 40% on a ticket.


Adult: €22

Child: €9

Family of four (two adults and two children): €50

Family of five (two adults + three children): €55.

An official Bubble Rush t-shirt is included in the price of the ticket.

The event takes place from 10am-1pm on August 11 at Malahide Castle and Gardens in Dublin.


Foodie festival fun for families

A Co. Down festival is expected to have delicacies for every palette and is sure to be a hit with all foodies.

The Annual Comber Earlies Food Festival takes place in Comber, on June 29 from 10 am-4 pm.

This year celebrity chef James Tanner who has appeared on many TV programmes and is followed by food lovers across the UK, will be making an appearance. Join James at the Festival Kitchen for his hints and tips as he cooks up a treat in demos throughout the day.

There is plenty more fun to be found celebrating the Comber Earlies potato, local produce and artisan producers which all the family can enjoy. The festival includes:

  • Artisan food market
  • Potato themed children’s crafts
  • Vintage Tractor Display
  • Jump, Jiggle and Jive interactive children’s dancing (12 noon onwards)
  • Ark Farm Animal Roadshow
  • Hay bale picnic area
  • And, music by the Cleland Memorial Band, the Lily of the Valley Accordion Band and the Comber Silver Band


Chickenpox vaccine fights shingles

US health organisations recommend children receive the varicella vaccine at one year old to protect them against chickenpox, but the vaccine appears to have another benefit: it cuts the risk of shingles, a painful and potentially debilitating rash caused by the reactivated chickenpox virus, by more than half in children over two years old, according to a new study.

Approximately 38 per 100,000 children vaccinated against chickenpox in the US develop shingles per year, compared with 170 per 100,000 unvaccinated children, researchers found in a study published in the respected journal Pediatrics. Furthermore, shingles infection rates were lower in children who received both recommended doses of the chickenpox vaccine compared with those who only got the first dose.