Into the West: 5 Bank Holiday Activities in Galway

30 November 2023 Leah Fairman By Leah Fairman

Into the West: 5 Bank Holiday Activities in Galway 


It’s hard to believe that the October bank holiday and mid-term are just around the corner. And while the weather’s getting chillier and evenings darker, there’s still plenty of impromptu adventure to be had – even if you don’t have many annual leave days left to take! In this next instalment of our Spotlight series, we’re looking to Galway, and the many fun activities on offer there for adults and kids over the bank holiday weekend. We’ll also list nearby digital hubs, where you can dip into if you need to get some work done, extending your stay into mid-term break and really making the most of this atmospheric time of year! 


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Galway Aboo Halloween Festival 

Kids of all ages will love the spooktacular events planned as part of the Galway Aboo Halloween Festival. Over the bank holiday weekend (Oct 27 – 30), the city’s medieval streets will come to life as they host a series of fun activities and performances, including the always amazing Macnas Halloween Parade.  

Nearby hub: Platform 94 


Mid-Term Spooky Treasure Hunt, Brigid’s Garden 

The team at charming Brigid’s Garden in Roscahill welcome kids along for a treasure hunt any time over the bank holiday and mid-term break. As well as this fun event, entry includes access to the gorgeous Celtic Gardens, fairy trail and play area.  

Nearby hub: Soma Co-working Hub 

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Galway Races 

This next one’s for the grown-ups! Experience the glamour of the Galway Races at the October Racing Festival, from October 28 – 30 at Ballybritt. When you’re not cheering on your horse at the sidelines, enjoy lunch and a drink at the on-site restaurant, with music by the excellent Guinness Jazz Band.  

Nearby hub: SCCUL Enterprise Centre 

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Connacht Rugby Vs Glasgow 

Sports fans won’t want to miss the Connacht Rugby lads hosting Glasgow at the Sportsground on October 28th. It’s part of the United Rugby Championship and should be a cracker of a game. Kick-off is at 3pm, meaning you’ve plenty of time to stroll back to the city-centre for a bite to eat.  

Nearby hub: PorterShed 

Those are just some of the events and activities on offer in the City of the Tribes this October bank holiday. It’s easy to extend your stay too – check out our interactive booking portal where you can find desk space in one of hundreds of hubs around the country. Stay tuned for our next Spotlight on an Irish town or city, as we move into the festive season!