Venue: St Patrick’s Park, Bull Alley Street, Dublin 8
Saturday 28 – Monday 30 October at 11.00am-4.30pm
Free, No Tickets Required
Roll up, Roll up and enter Stokerland, a free, pop-up Victorian fun park for families and the eternally young – the perfect family-fun-day out this October Bank Holiday weekend in Dublin.
With the stunning St. Patrick’s Cathedral as a gothic backdrop, our ghoulish gathering features street theatre, a performance tent, free face-painting, a food market, storytelling and draw-alongs, bands, discos and dance parties, walkabout performers, art workshops, spooky science shows, magic shows and plenty of macabre thrills and ghoulish games for everyone to enjoy.
The programme changes daily and so there’s always a surprise and delight waiting whatever time you attend.
This year, some highlights across the weekend include:
Enjoy a Halloween performance from Ireland’s oldest band. Tracing its origins to 1737, St. James’s Brass & Reed Band was officially established in 1800. With its premises in the local area of Mountbrown, Dublin 8 since the 1940s it has long been part of the local community, participating in many local events
Lions and tigers and bears and crocodiles, oh my! Join author and illustrator Alan Nolan as he takes you through the thills and spills of his new children’s historical novel, Molly Malone and Bram Stoker in Double Trouble at the Dead Zoo. This event takes place in St Patrick’s Park, Bull Alley Street, Dublin 8.
Join members of the Herpetological Society Ireland in a workshop to explore some of nature’s more maligned creatures. Find out about their associations with Halloween, the supernatural and the otherworld and discover whether these beasts truly deserve their loathsome reputations!
Join DJ Gigi for a Dance Party Spooktacular for all the family. Gigi will play Halloween favourites, disco classics and current hits as well as hosting games and dance-offs with prizes
Author and illustrator Ashwin Chacko will share wonderful Halloween poems from I Am the Wind, a new collection of Irish poems, in English and Irish, edited by children’s poet, Lucinda Jacob and award-winning children’s writer, Sarah Webb and illustrated by Ashwin Chacko.
A ghastly, ghostly, Victorian Bellhop unpacks his suitcase to reveal all manner of circus silliness as he delights and surprises the audience with an array of skills and comic clowning.
will parade around challenging passers by to face her comic wrath. Her royal highness may cut off more than a crown. Fran Martello is one of Italy’s leading female clowns, coming all the way from Turin to both tickle and terrify.
Internationally renowned magician Caolan McBride will perform his incredible magic show with a natural blend of charm, sharp wit and unmatched skill.
The Victorian Ringmaster will perform a fun-filled, jam-packed Victorian circus show with comedy, daring skills, audience interaction and a feel-good finale for all the family.
Le pOpéra is a one-act tragicomedy jam-packed with humour, live music, comic songs, hilarious characters with lots of surprises along the way. Le pOpéra is a drama filled show suitable for all the family.
Each day at Stokerland is different, with all sorts of activities taking place across the park, so regardless of the time you visit there’ll be plenty of fun to be had!
Fancy Dress is encouraged!
You will be able to sink your teeth into delicious treats at Stokerland too!
There will be food concessions to suit all budgets.
Crepes in the City
Cranky Yankee Corn Dogs
The Dumpling Restaurant
On Monday 30 October, from 11am – 1pm, we will host a relaxed session of Stokerland in St Patrick’s Park.
The programming at this session has been designed to welcome families who will benefit from a more relaxed environment, including families with members who identify as neurodiverse, are on the autistic spectrum, with sensory and communication disorders, ADHD, ADD, tourettes or with learning disabilities.
Your child can listen and watch these two minute videos at home, or traveling into Stokerland and perhaps in a quiet area of the park if they are feeling overwhelmed. They can listen to them as many times as they like in preparation for their day out. Perhaps they might have a favorite video, or a favorite section of the video they find soothing that they can share with the rest of the family.
Admission to Stokerland is free but there are small charges for rides and food concessions to suit all budgets, but BYOPicnics are also encouraged! There are also covered areas in case of bad weather
Age Suitability: Suitable for families and children aged 12 and under. (Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian)
Please Note: This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Accessibility: Stokerland is wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair accessible portaloo is available at Stokerland.
St. Patrick’s Park on Google Maps: Click here for map link to Stokerland.