Join us in Claregalway castle for 

Galway Garden Festival 2023


Claregalway Castle


1st- 2nd July 2022

The 2023 Galway Garden Festival will take place on weekend of 2 nd – 3rd July, at Claregalway Castle.

This unique and charming event has something for all.

A wonderful gathering of Irelands best rare and special plant traders, expert speakers, artisan food and crafts producers, as well as a host of musical entertainment and open-air performance.

Entertainment includes Nemo the Magician, ‘Yer Mans Puppets’ delightful new show, Guido Fanzini ‘s captivating circus act, Knights in medieval armour clash swords in a mini-tournament and the re-enactment team from ‘Claoimh’ brings history to life.

Music programme includes the Silver Moon Jazz Band, Galway’s much loved St Patricks Brass Band, the Barceló Brothers, Galway Baytones, Claregalway Community Choir and folk group ‘4 Shillings Short’.

The Botanic Art Exhibition is a well-established attraction at the festival featuring the work of some of Irelands best known Artists; many of the paintings are for sale, along with limited edition prints.

Food and Craft of the highest quality are a major part of this eclectic Festival. Freshly cooked foods will available from Handsome Burger, Castle Kitchen, Ember Firehouse, and more.

Handmade crafts and Artisan foods are available and include the best of Galway County Councils ‘Made in Galway’ g3

The 2023 Galway Garden Festival takes place between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, 1st  & 2nd  of July at Claregalway Castle. Entry is €10 and children go free – this entry fee gives access to EVERYTHING on site – music/talks/entertainment , with gate profits going to support CBM Ireland ( Christian Blind Mission ). There is free parking close-by and a FREE BUS –courtesy of Bus Eireann – runs  regularly to and from Ceannt Station in Galway City. So come to Claregalway for a very special weekend!. Thank you Galway County Council for supporting this event.

Admission €10 per person Children Free Entry
All profits go to CBMireland

Specialist Nurseries and Garden Suppliers from All over Ireland

Street Theatre & Children’s Entertainment

Artisan Food and Drink Stalls

Botanical Art Exhibition

Distinguished Speakers Panel


Dr Phil Havercroft

Secretary of Irish Specialist Nurseries Association , will talk on ‘Garden Perennials – a celebration the less well known’

Mr Finlay Colley

Rare Plants Ireland – ‘Plant sourcing journeys around Far East, South America and Europe

Bleddyn Wynn Jones

Collecting over 30 years for Crug Farm Plants

Fionnuala Fallon

Author and Irish Times Gardening correspondent. “Grow and arrange your own cut-flowers”

Jane Stark

Award winning Botanic Artist, Teacher and Author will present: ‘Mrs Delany’ Paper Garden – the story of one of the 18th Century’s most inspirational women’


Dave Greenman

Greenman Nurseries will discuss ‘Gardening challenges near the Atlantic coast’

Bleddyn Wynn Jones

Crug Farm, Caernarvon. ‘Expeditions in search of new plants in Vietnam’

Dr Cillian Roden

‘The importance of The Hill of Knockma for Naturalists and its role as a possible symbol for the future of the Irish landscape’.

Sean Queally

Coillte Environmental Officer and Woodland Restoration Ireland. ‘A walk in some of Ireland’s lesser known Woods; the lore and symbolism of native Irish trees’


Saturday July 2nd

12:00 – Strictly Dixie Trad Jazz Band
13:45 –  St Patricks Brass Band
15:00 –  Barcelo Brothers
15:30 –  Claregalway Community Choir
16:00 –  4 Shillings Short

Sunday July 3rd

12:00 – Strictly Dixie Trad Jazz Band
13:45 –  St Patricks Brass Band
15:00 – Galway Baytones

15:30 –  Claregalway Community Choir

16:00 –  4 Shillings Short

Open Stage by Beech Tree

Saturday and Sunday, July2nd-3rd

12:30 & 14:30 Your Man’s Puppets
‘Random Acts of Puppetry’


13:30 & 15:30 Guido Fanzini’s
‘Explosive Mayhem and Mystery Show


Also, Special guests
Nemo the Magician
Youth Ballet West

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12:00 – Strictly Dixie Trad Jazz Band
13:45 –  St Patricks Brass Band
15:00 –  Barcelo Brothers
15:30 –  Claregalway Community Choir
16:00 –  4 Shillings Short