Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre this Winter

The Centre is closed now until March.
All our best wishes for the New Year!


National Enterprise Town Awards

 

 

The National Enterprise Town Awards presentations took place on Thursday the 5th December 2019 in The Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny.  Copper Coast  Global Geopark was nominated and Serenella Capelli, Orlaith Hamersley and John Galloway were honoured to attend. The Bank of Ireland’s National Enterprise Town Awards recognise the spirit of enterprise in areas and towns across Ireland. The aim is to bring business and community groups together to showcase their efforts to build an economically sustainable community. We are delighted to say that we won regional runners up for Munster on the night! Congratulations to Villierstown who also took home a regional award. Many thanks to all those who helped out and supported us during the judging process and to the enterprising people across our 7 villages who continue to make the Copper Coast Geopark a community of communities.


Workshop – Christmas-Themed T-shirt / Sweat-shirt Transformation!

Create your very own fun Christmas fashion, up-cycling a pre-loved T-shirt / Sweat-shirt with artist & designer Orlaith Hamersley and Living History & Textile expert Katherine Walsh.
During this workshop you can learn basic embroidery stitches and the use of an embroidery hoop, learn how to make pom-pom & tassels, basic applique, learn how to attach beads and sequins, or how to affectively use fabric glue and iron-on webbing.
We will have plenty of examples and suggestions on the day to give you inspiration!
Date :- November 16th
Time :- 2pm to 4pm
Location :- Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Bunmahon
Booking :- Contact Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com
Cost :   €10  –  This include the use of basic equipment, embellishments, yarn, fabric and glue.
Please bring :- A pre-loved t-shirt or sweatshirt. (bring some broken beaded jewellery and lace & ribbon scraps if you want)

To comply with child safeguarding children must be accompanied by a responsible adult


What’s coming up in the Copper Coast Geopark?!

The Copper Coast is not just for summer it’s a hive of activity over the winter too, don’t take our word for it come and see for yourself!

Six word story & design a book cover challenge
https://www.facebook.com/events/962987970712960/?ti=cl

Kids Variety Showcase
https://www.facebook.com/events/2286290164994498/?ti=as

Copper Coast Geopark Book Fair
https://www.facebook.com/events/639032179883313/?ti=as

Copper Coast Geopark Christmas Fair
https://www.facebook.com/events/258269445121829/?ti=as


Early Fridays and Other News!

The Visitor Centre will be opening at 9.30 a.m. all Fridays for the rest of September! To encourage local people to pop in after the school run we have some special community cafe prices!

Here are details of upcoming events:-

Saturday Sept. 28th 1 p.m. – Craft like your great-grandparents ….. a near zero waste Craft Workshop at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611974635605788/?ti=as

Sunday Oct 6th 2 p.m. – Victorian Steampunk Tea Party at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2007281476243101/?ti=as

Our annual Book Fair will take place on November 3rd and the Christmas Fair on December 7th and 8th. More details will be announced soon.


Some interesting upcoming events…

AUG 21st 11 am – Geopark Visitor Centre Open Day
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/2063851410585955/

AUG 21st 7.30 pm – Geological Walk Through Time
Bunmahon Beach, Car Park (West Car Park)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1226135827569360/

AUG 23rd 11.30 am – Kilfarrasy Geology Workshop
Kilfarrasy Beach
https://www.facebook.com/events/376276729697364/

AUG 24th 11 am – How did Viking Age Women spend their time?
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/2497740077128585/

SEP 28th 1 pm – Craft like your great-grandparents – near zero waste craft
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/1611974635605788/

OCT 6th 2 pm – Victorian Steampunk Tea Party
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
https://www.facebook.com/events/2007281476243101/

Our annual Book Fair will take place on November 3rd and the Christmas Fair on December 7th and 8th.   More details will be announced soon.


National Heritage Week in the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark

National Heritage Week runs from 17th to 25th August this year.

These are the events happening on the Copper Coast!

Walk Through Time
21 August, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Bunmahon Beach, Car Park (West Car Park)
  • Co. Waterford

Walk through hundreds of millions of years of Earth’s history and learn how to read the dramatic history of the Copper Coasts rock as seen in Tra Na mBo Cove with Copper Coast Geologist Robert Galvin.

This event is run as part of the Atlantic Geoparks ERDF co-funded Geotourism Route project.

Admission Free
Not suitable for Children under 12
Car Parking Available
For further Information
051292828
info@coppercoastgeopark.com

 

Geopark Visitor Centre Open Day

21 August, 11am – 2pm

  • Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre
  • Co. Waterford

 

                                                                 Learn about how the earth has changed over millions of years and how these changes are reflected in the rocks and landscape of Waterford. Learn about the rocks, and landscapes of the Copper Coast.

Free entry to the Copper Coast Geopark visitor centre all day also. This event is ran as part of the Atlantic Geoparks ERDF co-funded Geotourism Route project.~
Admission Free
Suitable for Children under 12
Wheelchair Access (Full)
Car Parking Available

Kilfarrasy Geology Workshop

23 August, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark
Kilfarrasy Beach
Co. Waterford

 

 

 

Learn about the forces that shaped the rocks of Kilfarrasy Cove and the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark with geologist Robbie Galvin. An easy-going intro to the wonderful world of geology.

Admission Free
Suitable for Children under 12
Car Parking Available
For Further Information
051292828
info@coppercoastgeopark.com

 


Adventure and Experience

As well as taking in the cultural and historic sites of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, there is much more to explore. Whether Surfing or Sandart, Seaweed or Cycling, some really interesting activities take place with trained Geopark ambassadors right here within the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark.

Surf the Copper Coast:

With a large variety of beaches and coves the Copper Coast Geopark is an ideal spot for the keen surfer. Bunmahon beach is also a great place to learn to surf, with gently sloping and breaking waves – particularly in summer.

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Surfing on Bunmahon Beach

Book lessons and rentals for all levels on Bunmahon Beach with Bunmahon Surf School

Cycle the Copper Coast

With long, quiet and winding roads roads, the Copper Coast Geopark is a great place for cycling. Whether at blazing speeds or slowing meandering, the Geopark has a wealth of information and sites to discover.

Heading down the Anne Valley towards Dunhill Castle

Take a cycle tour of the Copper Coast Global Geopark with Tramore Bike Tours.

Waterford Greenway’s “Golden Mile”

Or rent bikes and explore Waterford Greenway with The Greenway Man.

Book a Seaweed forage

Seaweed is a fascinating plant and culinary delicacy. The pristine waters and craggy shores of the Copper Coast make a perfect place to learn, and taste, the huge variety of seaweeds that can be found along Irish Shores.

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Book a sea weed workshop or forage with Marie Power of the Sea gardener.

Make Sand Art

Sand Art is a cool collaborative way to interact with nature. By making environmental art that disappears with the tide but is remembered forever with a photograph, a sand art workshop can be a really special way to experience the Copper Coast Geopark.

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Book a private or group workshop with the Art Hand, to learn how to do this unique and memorable skill.

 


European Geoparks Network Weeks – The Copper Coast Festival Events!

2019 Copper Coast Festival

 

Every year Geoparks organise a couple of weeks known as “European Geoparks Network Week” when they put on events to highlight the EGN and geodiversity in their area. In 2017 we thought we’d call it “The Copper Coast Festival” and try to involve as many of the Geopark villages/communities as possible.

The festival is now in its 3rd year and going from strength to strength. Below is the 2019 list of confirmed events.

May 22nd at 11am – Visitor Centre, Open Day – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon – In association with the Bealtaine festival https://www.facebook.com/events/663909144034093/

May 23rd at 7.30pm – History talk, The search for medieval Stradbally – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/507577709775653/

May 24th at 7pm – Copper Coast Geological Walk – Bonmahon Beach (West car park) – In association with the Bealtaine festival.
https://www.facebook.com/events/418960805595492/

May 24th at 8pm – Cabaret evening featuring “Sounds” – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon – In association with the Bonmahon Tidy Town Committee.
https://www.facebook.com/events/299661290929628/

May 24th at 9pm – Benefit Night featuring Gerry Walsh & Dallas – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/646529499133752/

Sunday, May 26th at 11am – Geopark Visitor Centre Open Day – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2905241139560375/

Sunday, May 26th at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/645309789275176/?active_tab=about

Sunday, May 26th at 12noon – Paint Out with Copper Coast Art Group – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2090108244619840/

May 28th at 9pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/291754391700586/

May 30th at 10.30am – Tramore Yarners on the Copper Coast – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/364843157564010/

May 30th at 7.30pm – History talk, “The 1641 Depositions” – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/437330953721971/

June 1st at 10am – Bonmahon Inshore Lifeboat Open Day – Bonmahon Lifeboat station, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/438892343526015/

Sunday June 2nd, at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/432936953936672/

June 4th at 9pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/289192705363600/

June 6th at 7.30pm – History Talk, Woodhouse – “A Manor Reborn”, Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1309357232546928/

June 8th & 9th – The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group Live at Tankardstown – Tankardstown engine house, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/575981262809880/

Sunday June 9th at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2229961107266433/

June 11th at 9.30pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/800920246959082/

June 12th at 9.30pm – The Thatch BAR Sessions – Dunphys Bar, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2028913410751390/

June 13th at 7.30pm – History talk, “The Irish Diaspora, Past, Present and Future” – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/605692726581812/

June 13th at 7.30pm – Who wants to be a Thousandaire? – Greenway Manor Hotel – In association with The Copper Coast Scouts.
https://www.facebook.com/events/835527350132437/

Date & Time TBC – Bonmahon Coast Guard Demonstration – Bunmahon, exact location to be confirmed.

Please note some details may be subject to change so please check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coppercoastfestival for the most up-to-date information

 

 

 

 


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.


Please respect our Geology and Nature; leave them with us, take just memories away.

Contact Information

Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Knockmahon,
Bunmahon,
Co. Waterford,
X42 T923
Ireland

Phone: +353(0)51292828

Email: info@coppercoastgeopark.com

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