The streets and venues of Clonakilty become a playground for all ages between February 7 and 9 with the arrival of the Clonakilty Games Festival. Cafes, restaurants and bars in the town will be dedicating their premises to classic games such as Backgammon, Scrabble and Monopoly; and newcomers such as Tara and Smorgasboard.
The Festival begins at 7pm on Friday, February 9 in The Venue at O’Donovans Hotel with the Opening Ceremony followed by an all-inclusive game of Charades with Clonakilty’s Tadgh an Astna Drama Group. Then, from 11am Saturday and 12pm Sunday, drop into the venue of your choice to learn, play or watch you favourite game. New to a game? Guides will be on hand to help you get started. Expert at a game? It’s your chance to show off…or not! Tournaments commence from midday for Backgammon, Chess and Tara. Saturday evening, the fun continues at 6pm in DeBarra’s Folk Club with the Epic Games Quiz (suitable for all ages). Mixed age teams will have the advantage in this general knowledge tour of all our favourite games. A Giant Toblerone awaits the winning team.
Sunday morning, there is an adventure for all the family, with the ‘Where’s Wally Extravaganza’. Follow the clues around the streets of Clonakilty to find Wally, Odlaw, Wilma, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard and Woof. Register from 9am at Asna Square, or in advance at www.clonakiltygamesfestival.com. There’s a free ‘Wally T-Shirt’ for the first 100 to register. Then complete the course and find the characters to win a Walnut Whip. Entrants and Wally Watchers alike are encouraged to wear red and white. Wally costumes and accessories are available from Jamboree Fancy Dress, Clonakilty.
All events are free except the Games Quiz and the Where’s Wally Extravaganza which are €5/team and the Clonakilty Open Backgammon Championship (see website for details). For the latest information Follow on Twitter @clonakiltygames; Like on Facebook at ‘Clonakilty Games Festival’; or visit the website at clonakiltygamesfestival.com.