Groups & Tour Guides

Thinking of booking a group in for a tour of The Copper Coast Geopark?

What a great idea! We can put in place a qualified Geopark Local Tour Guide to bring your group around the site and arrange for a fascinating tour highlighting local knowledge on the geology, archaeology and biodiversity of the site.

We run group and individual tours for all ages and fitness levels which can include topics from geology and biodiversity to history and culture.

We can arrange half or full day tours of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark area to take in the Copper Coast Visitor Centre and other sites such as Tankardstown, Fenor Bog and the hidden cove of Tra Na Mbo. What a way to spend your day learning about facinitaing sites with the local knowledge of one of our Geopark Guides.

Book a Tour Guide

To book a group tour or tour guide today call 051292828 or email

Copper Coast literary weekend November 1st to 7th 2018

Don’t miss November 1st to 7th 2018….

To take part in a celebration of Copper Coast creativity and culture. Have a look below to find out where, when and what it costs to take part in this unique weekend!

Six-word story challenge

Taking place at:  Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Cost:  Free


About Flash fiction postal challenge, write a Geopark inspired six-word story!   As part of the Copper Coast Geopark Literary weekend this November we challenge you to write a six-word story inspired by the          Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark or a Geopark near you!

 The six word story is a form of flash fiction attributed to Ernest Hemingway he came up with the story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Entries by Friday October 26th on postcard only to… Six word story challenge 2018, Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon, Co Waterford, Ireland.

(Hand deliveries accepted) Postcards will be displayed in the visitor center during the 2018 Copper Coast Geopark Literary Weekend. Selected stories will be featured on our website and social media. Stories must be suitable for a family audience. For data protection please do not include personal information. The Copper Coast Geopark reserves the right to reproduce the story online and in print.

Tramore Yarners do Book Club

Where: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When: Thursday 1st                    10.30am

Cost:  Free


About: The Tramore Yarners are putting down the needles and picking up a book! To celebrate the copper coast literary weekend, the Tramore Yarners are putting down the needles and picking up a book! A chosen book will be read before the event and discussed on the day. We are pleased to announce that the book we have chosen to review is…. “The Day For You, The Night For Me” by Nuala Sherry!” All are welcome to join in!

An evening of music and poetry

Where:Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When:  Friday 2nd  8pm

Cost  €10


Contact Tom Power,

About: Enjoy a relaxing evening of music, song and poetry in a beautiful setting. Music and song by Cúpla Búchla and Gabriel Murtagh. Poetry by the Wordsmiths, John Daly (published poet), Rose Butler, (published poet & producer), Tom Power, (author and published poet), a relaxing evening of music, song and poetry in a beautiful setting.

Copper Coast Codex

Where:Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When:  Saturday 3rd 11m

Cost  €15


Contact Martin Fahy,

About: Book arts workshop hosted by Martin Fahy of Southpaw book arts at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Center in Bunmahon.Come and learn the simple art of book making in the beautiful surroundings of the Copper Coast . Learn how to create a variety of hand made books, using decorative papers inspired by the texture And colours of the area. 2 hour workshop limited to 8 participants €15 each materials & tools provided.Suitable for all abilities. Adults only (16+ ) Booking is essential, please contact Martin at to book.

Drama Classes

Where: Barron Hall, Stradbally

 When: Saturday 3rd   2pm to 5pm  and Wednesday 7th   2.30 to 5.30pm

Cost: POA

About: Drama public speaking and theatre skills classes with The Stage Coach, also on Saturday FREE class for children with special needs 4-5pm, for bookings or inquiries please call 087 9609614.

Board Game Meet Up

Where: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:  Sunday 3rh.   1.00pm.

Cost: Free


About: Do you like playing board games and card games and having fun? Then come along to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre on November 3rd from 1pm! Everyone is welcome to join in and bring along their own games. This is a free event and suitable for all ages.

Copper Coast Book Fair.

Where  Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:     Sunday 4th.  1.00pm.

Cost:  Free


About: As part of an ongoing initiative by the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark to help promote all the  locality has to offer they are holding their 3rd Annual Book Fair for Book Lovers and Collectors. Attractions will include…. Copper Coast Cosplay Competition!  Six word story challenge!  Mrs Colfer’s famous tombola!  and more!! Self published authors… Geological books….. Specialist books…. Second hand books… Also at this years book fair will be a chance to learn about the ERDF co-funded Atlantic Geotourism route project of which the Copper Coast Geopark is a part by visiting an information stand about all of the other destinations on the trail and their unique contributions to this awe-inspiring route! Tea, coffee, light lunch and wine will be served in our Cafè. The Copper Coast Geopark are very glad to receive donations of books which are sold on their own bookstall on the day. The money raised is then used by the Geopark in its on-going work. The Copper Coast Geopark is a community based registered charity. The Copper Coast Geopark is a UNESCO Geopark, a designation based around sustainable development of communities around areas of significant geological interest and importance.

Cosplay Competition.

Where:   Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:       Sunday 4th.                  1.00pm.

How much:   Free


Dress as your favourite literary character or a book inspired original creation! To celebrate the Copper Coast’s creativity, we are having a costume competition on Sunday November 4th as part of the Copper Coast Geopark book fair in the Copper Coast Visitor Centre! Come as your favourite literary character or a book inspired original creation! So if you love “Where’s Wally” “The hobbit” or even “Wuthering heights” show us! Anonymous judges will be mingling with the crowd at the Copper Coast Geopark Book Fair. Don’t be shy an make sure you are seen! The best costume in 4 categories will be announced at 4.30. Prizes sponsored by the Copper Coast Geopark.

Knockmahon NS poetry project      Knockmahon School

Details TBA

About: The students and parents at Knockmahon explore their favorite poems.


More events to be confirmed, If you or your organisation would like to get involved please email Orlaith at, Tel:- 051 292828

After the Show! a few photos from the Flower Show.

The Flower Show happened in its experimental Autumn slot and was a success, albeit a little quieter and more mellow – but still an opportunity to meet old friends and acquaintances, start conversations and renew old ones.

Katherine Walsh one of the Léine medieval Crafters with her daughter Hazel
Beekeeper Donal O’Brien showed his glass hive with live bees and talked about bees and beekeeping.
 Kieran O’Keeffe with his award winning vegetables.


Copper Coast Craft Skills Taster Day

Copper Coast Skills Taster Day at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon,
Saturday October 6th, 1pm to 5.30pm.
In association with Hamersley Art and supported by Creative Ireland Waterford, and Waterford City and County Council.
Galway Shawl by Orlaith Hamersley
Special price of only €10, light refreshments and materials are included.
Join us in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre for a unique day of craft and traditional skills taster workshops.
The 3 workshops will include the traditional crafts of crochet, embroidery, and sailors’ knots!


  • Learn all the skills required to make a Galway shawl with artist and designer Orlaith Hamersley.
  • An introduction to Bayeux tapestry style embroidery with Medieval textile expert Katherine Walsh. (Some basic sewing skills an advantage)
  • Experienced sailor Billy Crowley will teach you how to tie a variety of useful sailor’s knots.
Booking is essential as places are limited.
Craft enthusiasts of all skill levels are welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to book please email

The Copper Coast Flower Show is Nearly Here!

The 2018 Copper Coast Geopark Flower Show will take place in September, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon. 
We will have 2 new categories at this year’s show, in the arts and crafts category – a Geopark themed tea cosy, and for the under 18’s, a decorated wooden spoon!
You can download the Categories here and the Entry Form here.

2018 Copper Coast Geopark Festival

Following last year’s success, the Copper Coast Geopark is proud to be hosting its second Copper Coast Festival which will take place between Friday, the 25th of May and Wednesday, the 30th of May. 

Our Festival is part of the European Geoparks Network Week during which geoparks all over Europe put on fascinating events to highlight the EGN and biodiversity in their area.

We involve as many of the Geopark villages and communities as possible and have prepared an exciting programme brimming with fun activities and events.
Road bowling in Fenor during the 2017 Copper Coast Geopark Festival.
See for more details.

There are 13 new UNESCO Global Geoparks

The Executive Board of UNESCO has endorsed the new 13 nominations for UNESCO Global Geoparks that the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council recommended last September.
The final, legal endorsement was made on Tuesday 17th April at the plenary session of the Board.
This means that there are now 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries.

Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark
Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Guangwushan-Nuoshuihe UNESCO Global Geopark
Huanggang Dabieshan UNESCO Global Geopark
Beaujolais UNESCO Global Geopark
Ciletuh – Palabuhanratu UNESCO Global Geopark
Rinjani-Lombok UNESCO Global Geopark
Izu Peninsula UNESCO Global Geopark
Republic of Korea
Mudeungsan Area UNESCO Global Geopark
Conca de Tremp-Montsec UNESCO Global Geopark
Ngorongoro Lengai UNESCO Global Geopark
Satun UNESCO Global Geopark
Viet Nam
Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark

Seals return to the sea!

On Saturday April 14th Seal Rescue Ireland facilitated a seal rescue course in the Bonmahon Lifeboat boathouse. A large crowd gathered on Bonmahon beach after the training to see 3 seals, “Gilgamesh”, “Tristan” and “Toothless” released back into the sea; the seals had been rescued from the Waterford area. A big congratulations to all involved!

Thank you to Louise Minehan for the photo.

The French Ambassador visited Knockmahon National School

Knockmahon National School in Bunmahon received a 5-Year Achievement Award from the Blue Star Programme run by the National Implementation Body, European Movement Ireland, this week. Seven primary schools were up for the award this year. Representatives from the Copper Coast Geopark were proud to be invited to the ceremony where the French ambassador to Ireland, Stéphane Cruz, presented the award to the students. Congratulations to the pupils and the staff.The Copper Coast Geopark delegation having tea in Knockmahon School with the French ambassador to Ireland Stéphane Crouzat and Marc Dms attaché for science and technology at French embassy.
Orlaith Hamersley, Breda Colfer, Stéphane Crouzat, Marc Dms, Robbie Galvin, and John Galloway.   Photo by Billy Crowley


Visitor Centre Cafe is open at Weekends!

The Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Cafe is open at weekends during April. Do call in and say hello. Parts of the exhibition are available for free and the rest should be operating by May.
Opening hours 11 am-5 pm.

About Copper Coast Geopark

The Copper Coast Geopark is in Co. Waterford, Ireland and is an outdoor museum of geological records; it stretches along the coast from Kilfarassy Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west. Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. Follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards available from the The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon.

Contact Information

Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,
X42 T923

Phone: +353(0)51292828


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