Events

Cork Cycling Festival isn’t your average festival. Embrace the fun that can be had in and around cork with others, on your bicycle,, roller blades, skateboards, recumbrent and unicycles are welcome.

There are cycles for Beginners, Families, the Curious and Adventourous.

Saturday 15th July

|1:30pm| Festival Opening
|2:00pm| Vintage Cycle Opening Parade
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Once again its time to revive your high nellies out of the back shed and dust of your tweeds for this jolly good
vintage parade around the city. Relieve the golden age and chivalry of the beautiful machine. Vintage wear encouraged but not essential to join the craic of this rollicking ride! We will be stopping at Gallagher’s Bar on MacCurtain Street for Free tea/coffee.
Event Sponsored by J.C. Products and Gallaghers Bar MacCurtain St.

|5:00pm| BBQ & My Lovely Bike Competition
@ Guide at; The Fountain Grand Parade
@ BBQ at; St Stephens Street, Sustainable Food Lab, Garden
Join us for fun & games at our Cork Cycling Festival BBQ. Bring a bottle, something to throw on the barbi or maybe a salad. After we’ve eaten there’ll be bike games, the ever popular my lovely bike competition and good company.

Sunday 16th July

|11:00am| Cobh Cycle
@ The Fountain on Grand Parade
Travel down the Marina by the scenic river Lee to Blackrock Castle. A free ferry crossing to Great Island Cobh with panoramic views of the Lee harbour. A short cycle to Cobh brings us to a stop for lunch/picnic. The cycle is 40km approx. Moderate fitness is required. Finishing time 4:30pm approx. Bring something for a picnic, always the option to pick your picnic up in Cobh town.
Event Sponsored by The Gables Bar, Cross-Ferry

|6:00pm| Craft-Artisan Cycle
@ The Fountain, Grand Parade
Join us on a cycling tour through the history of agriculture and food production in Cork beginning with a tour of a Cork’s best Craft Brew Bars. A possible Tour of a Local Brewery. Nibble on a selection of Tapas whilst sampling the wide and varied Craft Brews. Event Sponsored by, The Rising Sons, The Friary, & The Gables Bar

Monday 17th July

|10:00am| Ringaskiddy Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
National Maritime College of Ireland & Beaufort Building Cycle Cycle out the old railway line and around the
harbour to the National Maritime College of Ireland and the Beaufort Building and get guided tours of the facilities.
Event Sponsored by, NMCI & Beaufort Buildings

|1:00 pm| Market Cycle
@ The Parlour Cafe, Cornmarket
A cycle tour about Cork’s many food markets, from the Cornmarket, to English Market and the little known Old Barrack Street Fishing Village. Finishing with a picnic. Meeting at the Parlour Cafe, where you can pick up a wonderful snack for the picnic.

|7:00pm| Four Cities Cycle
@ Electric, 41 South Mall
Join us for the first of our Cork Cycling Festival weekday evening cycles. We’ll meet for a brief socialising at the Electric before a short historical tour of the city before returning to the Electric where there are rumours that samples of their renowned culinary offerings may appear. This cycle will be perfectly suited to use of the Cork Bike. Event Sponsored by the Electric Bar

Tuesday 18th July

|10:00am| Gun-Powder Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Join us for a relaxed cycle up the river Lee and back in time through the old Gun-Powder Mills of Ballincollig, further back to the days of knights and Norman invaders. A beautiful cycle along the Lee Valley with river beaches and green picnics. Bring something to add to picnic. Explore the cycle tracks connecting Cork Institute of Technology to the city centre complete with a free lunch for the first 20 cyclists!!
Event Sponsored by, CIT Bistro

|6:00pm| Meals on Wheels
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Join us to experience some of the best culinary delights Cork has to offer as we sample the delights of number of Corks leading Cafes and restaurants before settling in for a social evening.
Event Sponsored by, Iberian Way, Cassanova Gelato, Sultan Delight & Wagamma

Wednesday 19th July

|9:00am – 6:00pm| Harbour Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Another of Cork Cycling Festival’s daytime touring cycles. Join us for a relaxed cycle out the old railway line to passage, on through Monkstown and Raffeen to Currabinny wood for a Picnic followed by a spin around
Drakes Pool on the Old Railway to Crosshaven. Easy pace, plenty relaxing stops and maybe a hidden beach. Bring something to add to a shared picnic.

|6:00pm| Boats & Bikes
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
The currachs came before the bicycle. Take a lovely gentle spin out the marina where we roll, while we watch Naomhóga Chorcaí row, to Blackrock or into the City depending on the tides. Here Bikes Vs. Currachs, with the possibility for a spin in the currachs for a lucky few.

Thursday 20th July

|10:00am| Great Island Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Another of Cork Cycling Festival’s daytime touring cycles. Join us for a relaxed cycle out the old railway line to passage, after a ferry ride out to Great Island we visit Barryscourt Castle, Cobh, Ireland last port of call for the Titanic and maybe a hidden beach. Bring something to add to a shared picnic

|1:00pm| Monuments & Memorials
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
History is what we make of it, so come along as we explore the ways that Corkonians have made sense of their links with both history and the world on this tour with historian Sarah Thelen.

|6:45pm| An Oige Cycle
@ Cork Opera House, Emmet Place, Cork
Join An Óige for one of their weekly cycles! Chose from a longer or shorter cycle.

Friday 21st July

|11:00am| Blarney Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Pick our way along the river Lee heading out the Carrigohane Straight and onwards to Blarney Village. Stopping for Tea/Coffee. Refreshed, we set out for the Round Tower. We return to Blarney village and stop for lunch, with time for a visit to Blarney Castle and gardens. Finishing on Emment’s Place Approximate 30km.
Event Sponsored By, Old Blarney Post Office Cafe

|6:00pm| Artistic Cork Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Cork is a city of culture brimming with many talented artist’s. Come with us on a tour of some of Corks best loved studios. We shall finish our evening in the fabulous Friary Bar for fun and games.

Saturday 22nd July

|1:00pm| Treasure Hunt Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
Take a long lunch and join us for a picnic in a quite verdant spot in Mount Dessert. A beautiful meadow just outside the city. Embrace your inner pirate and hunt for treasure amongst the Dragon Flies and with a magestic backdrop of the Lee.

|7:00pm| Cycle Through the Planets
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
A guided cycle through a scale model of the solar system from the Sun at Patrick’s Bridge to Neptune at Blackrock Castle Observatory. We will “visit” each planet in turn, learn a little about it, get a feeling of the scale of the solar system and have some fun on the way. Will be followed by cycling shorts cinema in Blackrock Castle and the “Full moon cycle”

|9:00pm| Cycle Cinema Shorts
@ Blackrock castle Observatory
An eclectic selection of fun, interesting or inspiring cycle shorts shown in the Blackrock Castle Observatory, drop in and out between the films and drinks in the courtyard.

|10:30pm – 12:30am| New Moon Cycle
@ Blackrock Castle Observatory
Join us for an unforgettable journey into the night as we cycle from Blackrock Castle out around Mahon strand and back along the Old railway line. The journey will be broken by unexpected sensory experiences, which may include music, poetry, performance, light and dark.

Sunday 23rd July

|10:00am| Lee Valley Waterfall Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade to Mullinhassig Waterfall
Cycle out the Lee Valley, along the river, through the park, by the 7 century monastery, thought the woods, along the lake past Dripsey Castle, along hidden byways to a secret waterfall and maybe climb trees and swim along the way. Don’t forget to bring something for the picnic.

|6:00pm| Traditional Music Cycle
@ The Fountain Grand Parade
By Sunday evening we’ll have done more than 20 events and it’ll be time to relax & unwind. What better way to do it than a trad session? So join us as we cycle to catch some of the nest trad music Cork has to offer.