Witches and wizards at the Clonakilty Games Festival

Witches and wizards out in force for the Clonakilty Games Festival, which runs from February 10-12
Pic: Melanie Black

Posted on: 17th January, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

The streets and venues of Clonakilty once again become a playground for all ages from February 10-12, 2017 at the fourth Clonakilty Games Festival.

The festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 10 in O’Donovan’s Hotel with the return of Pirate Pete and his Magic and Puppet Show. Pirate Pete sailed up the Lee 15 years ago and quickly became Cork’s favourite family entertainer. A skilled magician and a puppet master, his show both entertains and mystifies, mixing classic magic with comedy and slapstick.

New for 2017 is Games School: where you can learn to play Backgammon, Tara and Shuffleboard in just one hour. Joining the festival this year is Tabletop Cork – Ireland’s first dedicated late night board game café. Tabletop will host a four-player Team Tournament including the games of Sequence, Codenames: Pictures, Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 Team Asia and 30 Seconds. Meanwhile ‘Paper Pet Shop’ returns with an owl mask-making workshop.

Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday February 11, drop in to a participating venue and play a game; O’Donovan’s Hotel will have Mind Sports Chess, Backgammon, Tara; Word Games Scrabble, Bananagrams, Word-up (last year’s favorite) and Shuffleboard, along with a Lego Exhibition (every entrant wins a prize!). DeBarra’s Folk Club will be hosting alternative games such as Carcassonne, Catan, Risk, Ticket to Ride, Avalon, Seven Wonders and Crooks.

The annual Hide and Seek around Clonakilty Town Centre is between 10.30am and 12noon on Sunday February 12. The theme is Harry Potter. Find the Sorting Hat, Hedwig and the seven Scrolls to win a prize – ask Dumbledore, Snape or Mad-eye Moody if you need a clue! The fun starts promptly at 10.30am in Asna Square, ending 12noon at the same place. Between 12noon and 2pm visit Richy’s Restaurant for the ‘Dress like a Wizard’ brunch.

Follow the festival on Twitter @clonakiltygames; Like on Facebook:Clonakilty Games Festival or visit www.clongamesfest.com to keep up to date. All events are free. Parental supervision is required.

Programme of events:

Fri 7pm – 8pm Magic and Puppet Show;

Sat 10am – 4pm Games School, Play Games, Lego Exhibition;

Sat 12noon – 2pm Owl Mask-making Workshop;

Sat 12noon – 6pm 4-Player Team Tournament;

Sun 10.30am – 12noon: ‘Harry Potter’ Search;

Sun 12noon – 2pm: ‘Dress like a Wizard’ Brunch.

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