Ballaghaderreen is once again preparing for a magical and mystical weekend as the town plays host to the 4th annual ‘Secret Village’ festival this weekend.
The Secret Village is an arts, culture and music festival, described by organisers as ‘The Electric Picnic of the west’, and it will take place this Friday and Saturday in a secret location in woodlands in close proximity to Spell’s Bar.
The scenic location was once used as allotments for many of the town’s residents, however nowadays the unused land transforms into a roots music extravaganza once a year.
The beautiful setting brings to mind Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire and this fairytale setting will play host to 40 live bands on three stages across the two days.
This year’s festival promises to be “bigger and better than ever” according to the organisers with great music, arts and old trade demonstrations taking place over the two days. Last year, wood-turning and blacksmith demonstrations proved to be very popular with visitors to the festival.
The event will also be popular among younger visitors with a wide variety of old-style amusements and treasure hunts as well as other traditional and educational games on offer. The amusements will once again be built on-site specifically for this weekend’s festival.
With something for everyone, people of all ages are once again expected to converge on the northwest Roscommon town for the festival which will run from 4.30 pm until late tomorrow (Friday, August 5th) and 12.30 pm until late on Saturday (August 6th).
For more information see ‘The Secret Village Festival’ on Facebook or contact Spell’s Bar, festival co-organisers, on 094 9860144.