The Point to Point and Country Fair at Dowth is now firmly established as a “must attend” date in the calendar, on the Sunday of the October Bank Holiday weekend.
This celebration of great racing, food and family fun sees thousands gather at the Old Racecourse, Dowth which is part of the Brú na Bóinne, Unesco World Heritage Site. Guaranteed to be as much fun as you can have with your wellies on!
The Dowth Point to Point offers 6 races all over 3 miles and fences. What is Point-to-Pointing? If you’ve never been to a Point-to-Point before, you’re in for a great days entertainment. A Point-to-Point is racing over fences for mainly younger horses, ridden by amateur jockeys. It is governed by the Turf Club and each fixture is run by a registered hunt club – in this case a joint effort by the Meath Hunt & Tara Harriers.
An epicurean delight; the Artisan Food Market will showcase delicious local produce. There will be over 30 artisan producers where you can taste and purchase delicious award-winning artisan foods, craft beers, cider, whiskey and gin from local distilleries.
Eat on the Day
Enjoy food-on-the-hoof al fresco or seated in public marque with a wide variety of food vendors and barista coffee bars onsite. Indulge your tastebuds with choice of oriental cuisine, gourmet burgers, wood-fired pizzas, chicken from the Wing Bar, savoury quiches, succulent hog roasts or artisan sandwiches before indulging in sweet treats and barista prepared coffees.
Bar & Baristas
Our bars serving everything from Champagne, craft beers, hot Slane whiskeys and cocktails & all your usual favourites along-side fresh barista coffee bars to keep your caffeine levels topped up.
The Shopping Tent will feature a range of interesting stalls to peruse including equestrian art & photography, fashion, interiors, jewellery, children's clothing and gift-wear, hand-weavers, ceramics, gifts, hand carved walking sticks, equestrian equipment, pet-fashion and home-made crafts, all to be explored at your leisure.
County Fair Exhibits
Immerse yourself in heritage and all things country with interactive exhibits from Maperath Mobile Farm, Newgrange Falconry, The Royal Meath Bee Keepers, The Deer Society, Fly-Tiers and The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre.
Bring the smallies along for some good old-fashioned fun in the Farm Africa Kids Zone where there will be arrange of activities for the kids (and seats for the parents to rest!). Highlights include a pop-up Ladyrath Lane Pumpkin Patch, GAA Skill Zone, Bale maze, bouncy castles, puppet shows, magic shows, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, outdoor games, pony rides, face-painting, GIY, model tractor fun and lots more…
Kids entertainment is free. Admission to The Point-to-Point is free for all children under 12.
In the interest of safety, please ensure children are accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Well-behaved dogs are very welcome at Dowth. All dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Please do not leave them in cars unattended, and please clean up after them.