What to do on a Saturday in Sligo

I’ve written lots of blog posts about things to do in Sligo, but they are all my suggestions, like in this bumper blog post. For this article I asked my twitter followers and members of the Love Sligo group for their suggestions and they didn’t let me down. Thank so much to everyone who joined in and I hope you find this post of interest.

Ann suggests that you start the day with croissants from Paddy’s Place in Mullaghmore. Well worth going for a walk along the beach there too.

John recommends Sligo Farmer’s Market for a start off….a real gem and still not fully exploited by many Sligonians. I have a blog post of all the markets and they are all well worth a visit: https://magnumlady.com/2022/05/27/the-sligo-markets/

Natascha and Blaithnaid both suggest that you might like to volunteer in Flourish. You can find out all about this wonderful centre here: https://www.havinalaugh.com/flourish-a-new-mental-health-centre-for-sligo/

Vanessa and B love a good rummage in the charity shops, the hospice shop and oxfam are two of their favourites. Followed by a cuppa in Kate’s Kitchen.

Kaz suggests a trip to Easkey. Visit Rosie’s Pottery and Pudding Row. Walk the river walk to the sea.

Mary recommends a coffee from Westeroast, Cleaveragh, after the Sligo Parkrun.

Anna loves visiting the library, there’s one in Sligo town, Ballymote, Enniscrone and Tubbercurry.

Saffron invites you to check if any of the Secret Gardens of Sligo are open, if not most are happy to host a private viewing with notice.

Naomi suggests a visit to Beltra Country Market, 10am-12.30pm, at the beautiful Beltra Hall. Lovely home made food, home produced veg, great craft and gift ideas, friendly tea room, fresh crepes. The market is having a special morning for Ukraine, with Ukrainian food, music, games and fun for kids on 9th July.

Blaithnaid has written a long post about her Saturdays:
My Saturday begins with Parkrun, (Run? Me? You must be kidding! As a volunteer) Every Sat. at 9:30 crazy people run 5kms while a bunch of us (try to) keep them safe by – marshal, don’t allow cars mount the footpath and maim them, time keep so they know their PBs, give them a finish token & then scan them, all for the alien invasion due to occur around the year of ALF, 2120. A tail walker accompanies the walking brigade & makes sure nobody was left behind (or hid in a bush pretending to have complete the course), a few other jobs as well as Run Director, all told it takes a team of 9 (at the very least) to ensure the safety of all. Best craic ever. Then I take myself over to Ballytivnan to the Havin-a-laugh ‘Flourish’ garden for more mayhem and outdoor antics. Over the past few months a team of enthusiastic ne’er-do-wells, like myself, have dug holes in the long grass, created awesome raised veggie & flower beds. Wheeled tonnes of compost & somehow kept things alive, green, & relatively slug-free, AND, not even a sniff of a pesticide. All the hard work is unbelievably rewarding. This past week we received a massive donation from Bord Bia Bloom, so today & yesterday, many hands were sorting plants, shrubs & trees.

If you’d like to volunteer like Blaithnaid does head over to Sligo Volunteer Centre: https://volunteersligo.ie/

Sally suggests a tour of Knocknarea Farm. The tours run from 11am – 1pm and are €20 per adult. 8-18 year olds €10, 7 years and younger come free.Full details and booking here: https://www.knocknareafarm.com/farmshop/p/farm-tour-saturday

Martha recommends Yoga on beach in Strandhill followed by breakfast in Shells. Take the Kilaspugbrone looped walk. Wander around town, have lunch in Sweet Beat. Walk along the Garavogue River to Doorly Park. Visit Dunmoran Strand, followed by lunch in The Beach Bar, Aughris or Pudding Row, Easkey.

Another recommendation from Sally, this time for Sligo Parkrun – the most popular suggestion so far. 9.30am from Doorly Park. Find out all the info here: https://www.parkrun.ie/sligo/

Jen spent a magical few days in the scorching summer of 1995 holidaying on Coney Island (Inismulclohy). Was with a friend who’s aunt had a caravan there, where she lived during the summer months, and we were privileged to stay with her. The most wonderful memories.

Janet suggests a swim in Rosses Point, coffee at the Little Cottage Café, nosey around Liber bookshop & lunch in Walker.

Vanessa recommends a walk on the prom and beach in Rosses Point, grab a coffee & treat after from the Little Cottage Cafe. Soak up the fresh sea air. Bring a friend.

So there you have it, my post of recommendations, a sincere thanks to everyone who joined in. I think I should ask for your Sunday in Sligo suggestions – what do you think?

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