May Events in the Boyne Valley

May events in the Boyne Valley 2023

Date: 26/04/2023

Once again, the Boyne Valley in County Meath and South County Louth is a hub of activity with events happening every weekend in the region throughout May. Why not make a break of it and stay at one of our amazing accommodation providers and sample some of the amazing food from our local bars and restaurants. Here are the top events happening in the Boyne Valley this May.

Navan Choral and Instrumental Festival

Navan Choral Festival
After a three-year break, Navan Choral and Instrumental festival are back and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The festival is being held in various locations around Navan and will bring musicians to the town from all across the world.

The Solstice Arts Centre events

Solstice Arts Centre
As always, The Solstice Arts Centre in Navan has a great selection of events this month. Deirdre O’Kane preforms on the 5th of May, Beyond the Horizon on the 6th of May, Mary Black on the 25th of May and Anne Gildea on the 27th of May. 

The Cottage Market Drogheda

Cottage Market Drogheda
On the 6th of May, the Cottage Market Drogheda will be at Scotch Hall Shopping Centre in Drogheda.  Over 35 stalls will be in attendance and a fabulous selection of food and crafts made locally by talented makers.

The Headfort Arms Hotel

The Headfort Arms Hotel
Enjoy the High Stool Prophets this May in the Headfort Arms Hotel. The band will play on the 5th of May and a great night is promised.


Droichead Arts Centre

Mrs Harris goes to Paris_Film Club at Droichead
Events happening at Droichead Arts Centre this May include “The Midnight Scalping of Peg Carroll”, Cinema club and Film club. Find out more on our website here

City North Hotel

Mack Fleetwood at City North Hotel
Mack Fleetwood takes to the stage at City North Hotel on the 5th of May. Europes No.1 Fleetwood Mac Tribute, tickets are available on the hotel website.

Afternoon Tea at Slane Castle

Slane Castle

Treat yourself and someone you love to an elegant Afternoon Tea at Slane Castle on Saturday May 6th. Reservations available from 12 noon to 2pm. The cost is €45 per person. 

Meath Beo at Slane Castle 

Meath Beo at Slane Castle
A live acoustic Irish music event featuring traditional musicians. This is always a very popular event with top quality performers. It takes place in the Ballroom which is renowned for perfect acoustics.  For further information contact

Living History Weekend at the Irish Military War Museum

Living History Weekend at the Irish Military War Museum
The Irish Military War Museum will host a Living History Weekend on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May from 11am- 4pm (on both days). Bookings are not required and there will be history talks, access to the indoor museum and live enactments on the day. 

Navan Racecourse

Navan Racecourse
Join the team at Navan Racecourse on May 13th for flat racing. From the springtime through the summer Navan hosts a flat season of high-class competitive racing through the year. Quality flat racing with some of Irelands’ best horses, jockeys, and trainers while the social racegoer can enjoy great hospitality.

Painting Courses with Emily McCormack

Emily McCormack Artist
Join Emily in her studio on the 27th of May for a beginners introduction to oil painting. Materials are included and you can book direct on her website. 

French Wine night at Scholars Townhouse Hotel

Scholars Townhouse Hotel
Join guest speaker Owen Murphy from Wines Direct for a wonderful night of French wine and  delectable dishes from the Scholars Townhouse tasting menu. Happening on the 4th of May at 7pm.

Dunderry Fair

Dunderry Fair 2023
All roads lead to Dunderry again on the 14th of May this year for a great day out. Discover skills of times gone by as well as basket making, butter making, hand spinning and so much more! 


The Tumbling Paddies at the Irish Military War Museum

The Tumbling Paddies at the Irish Military War MuseumThe Tumbling Paddies will be the  main act at the first ever Music Marquee event at the Irish Military War Museum in Collon on Sunday 14th May. Supported by Ruby Red, doors open at 4pm. This is an over 18s event and there will be a bar and food on site for the gig.

Boyne Valley Viking Experience

Boyne Valley Viking Experience
After a great success last year, The Boyne Valley Viking Experience is back at Slane Castle on the 20th and 21st of May. It’s a fabulous family day out with  flashing swords, demonstrations, a tented Viking village, and a fleet of replica longships compete with sailors. Get it in the diary now.


Oldbridge Floral and Food Fair

Oldbridge Walled Garden
Following on from the success of last year’s Oldbridge Floral and Food Fair, this year's fair will run over the course of two days. It will take place in the beautiful Walled Garden on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May from 10am to 4pm. So why not save the dates and join in the fun -watch dancing displays on Saturday and listen to hand clapping, toe tapping live music on Sunday., It promises to be a fantastic couple of days for all the family.


Nobber Show and Fair Day

Nobber Show and Fair Day
The pretty town of Nobber is all set for another great fair day on the 21st of May. This is always a great family fun day out with lots of animals, crafts, food and more!

Dogitude Festival

Dogitude Festival
Dogitude Festival returns to Causey Farm on 27th and 28th Macy 2023. With activities, demonstrations, competitions, breed meet-ups, information sessions and even live music at the "Woofstock Stage" there is a jam-packed programme for you and your canine companions to enjoy.

The Kilkennys at the Newgrange Hotel

The Kilkennys
The Kilkennys are coming to Newgrange Hotel May 27th 2023!
The traditional Irish folk and ballad band, The Kilkennys are noted for their dynamic arrangements, energetic performances and charismatic rapport with audiences across the globe. Tickets are available at reception or by calling the hotel direct.


Rockathon at Fairyhouse Racecourse


Fairyhouse Racecourse is the place to be on May 27th to join the fantastic atmosphere at the Rockathon Festival. This family-friendly event is all about celebrating the most legendary rock acts of our time and promises to be a fantastic day out. Kids under 12 go free and there will be a food court, camping and fully-licensed bar as well as free parking on the day. Book your ticket directly via the 

Open day at Beewise Nature Trail

Beewise Nature Trail
Bee Wise Nature Trail has Open Days throughout the year where individuals and families can visit without having to be part of a larger group. Visit Paddy and his team on May 28th. Have a wander through the nature trail, see the bee’s in their hives and so much more!

Remember to plan your trip in advance and secure tickets for all the amazing events happening in the Boyne Valley this May- we can’t wait to welcome you!
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