Samhain 2023 (Saturday 28th October)
Date: Saturday 28th October
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Cost: £10.00 (under 2’s free)
Saturday 28th October:
6.00pm – as Gaeilge / through Irish
6.30pm – Bilingual
7.00pm – Bilingual
7.30pm – as Gaeilge / through Irish
8.00pm – Bilingual
8.30pm – Bilingual
On Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October, Drumnaph Nature Reserve will come alive at night to celebrate the Celtic festival, Samhain. Samhain was celebrated by our Ancestors and it marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of the ‘Dark Half’ of the year. Many cultures around the world hold traditional celebrations with light at this time of year as the dark evenings draw in.
Young and old will be guided through the woods by fire and light to ensure you don’t go astray! We will be offering guided walks both bi-lingually & through Irish on the nights.
All those who venture into the woods will meet some enchanting characters along the way and enjoy storytelling, performers and interactive drama. Remember to wrap up warm and wear appropriate footwear for the journey. Don’t forget to bring your own lantern too.
This year, due to popular demand, we are delighted to be running Samhain over two nights to give you more time options, but we anticipate spaces will fill up fast.
We hope you will not miss this enchanting experience. There is no need to be afraid, the ancient fires of Samhain will protect you and remember, even the smallest light shines brightly in the darkness.
What time does the experience start and finish?
The guided walks will take place between 6pm and 9pm at 30min intervals on both nights (last slot 8.30pm). Each guided walk will take approx. 1hr to complete. We would recommend that you arrive at least 30mins before your time slot allocation
Where does the experience take place?
This year your journey will begin at An Carn where you will be taken by bus to meet your guide for the evening at Drumnaph Nature Reserve. Parking facilitates are available at An Carn and we would recommend that you arrive at least 30mins before your time slot allocation.
Where do I book tickets?
Please book your tickets online at ancarn.org/whats-on/
There will be no tickets available on the gate.
Who is Samhain suitable for?
The experience is suitable for all ages, families, and groups alike. This experience is not suitable for wheelchair users, but all-terrain buggies are accessible.
Is there an Irish language option available?
Yes – there a number of slots available for guided walks in Irish ONLY. All other slots are bilingual.
Will Samhain go ahead in bad weather?
Samhain will still go ahead unless weather conditions are deemed unsafe for our visitors, staff and volunteers, in which that specific date will be cancelled. Please see our cancellation policy below.
What should I wear?
Please be aware that this is an outdoor autumn experience so please dress appropriately.
Are there toilet facilities?
Yes – there are toilets situated at the An Carn/An Coire building where the experience commences. There are also toilets situated near the carpark at Drumnaph Nature Reserve. NB: There are no access to toilets during the walk.
Will there be refreshments available?
Warm drinks and delicious, homemade refreshments will be available before and after your walk at An Croí Coffee House & Bistro (situated at An Carn car park)
Carntogher Community Association reserves the right to cancel any nights of Samhain for any reason deemed necessary for the safety and well-being of our visitors, staff and volunteers including unsafe weather conditions.
In the event of a cancellation of Samhain, attendees will be notified at the earliest convenience by email to the email address used to book the tickets. It is the responsibility of the attendees to check their emails before departing for Samhain to check for any updates and to make sure email addresses are correctly entered when booking tickets.
In the event of a cancellation, attendees will be given a full refund which they will receive within 10 working days maximum of the cancelled date.
Carntogher Community Association accepts no responsibility for a customer’s inability to attend Samhain due to any external factor including but not exclusive to traffic restrictions, illness, weather conditions etc.
Carntogher Community Association reserves the right to change or update event timings and content up to and on the day of the event.