Summer Camp 2013

Despite a late start summer has arrived at last and just in time for the school summer holidays. As always, Kilkenny has a huge range of Camps on offer to keep everyone happy – parents and children!

There is something for children and young people of all ages from pre-school to teenagers including your mini chefs, sporting stars, artists, drama queens and kings and linguists. There are camps to suit every budget, with local community camps offering excellent value for money and many offering discounts to siblings, so don’t be afraid to shop around.

The following is a brief summary of some of the many Camps available for 2013. Further details on activities for children can be found in the invaluable and free “Kilkenny Life! Kilkenny Kids!” directory, the essential guide to things to do and places to go for children living in Kilkenny City and county. The directory is produced by Kilkenny Citizens Information on the Parade and will be available in June from Kilkenny Citizen’s Information, 4 The Parade, Khan’s Books and all libraries in Kilkenny City and County.

So, don’t delay, book today!

Early booking is advised for all Camps to avoid disappointment.


Art it

Variety of creative arts including tie dye, glass painting, kite making, printing, blow painting, mask making and much more.

Dates: July 1st – August 9th

Ages: 5 to 7 & 8 to 13

Location: The Goods Shed, MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny

086 3085270

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Programme of events of children including theatre, art workshops, street performances, storyPhling and music.

Dates: August 9th – 18th

Ages: all ages


Icing on the Cake

Baking and cake decorating hands on workshops. Create your very own masterpieces to impress your family & friends.

Dates: July 1st – 3rd

Ages: 8 to 11 & 12 to 15

Location: Danesfort, Kilkenny

086 8165587

Icing on the Cake Kilkenny on Facebook

Ryeland House Cookery

Kids summer cookery bootcamps.

Dates: Camp one July 1st to 5th, Camp two July 8th to 12th

Ages: 9 to 15

Location: Ryeland House Cookery School, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny

086 2767656


Dancewise Studios

Fun performance art camps with various dance styles, singing, performance techniques, acting and improvisation skills through drama pieces.

Dates: July 8th – 12th July

Ages: 7 to 12 for Kilkenny City Camp, 4 to 12 for Castlecomer Camp & 4 to 6 for Twinkle Toes Camp in Kilkenny City

Location: Kilkenny City - Dancewise Studios, Hebron Rd, Kilkenny

Castlecomer – Castlecomer Community Hall

086 3349692

Dancewise Academy on Facebook

Kilkenny Academy of Dance

Sundance Summer School for ages 5 to 12 with ballet, hip hop, tap, drama, arts & crafts and games. Summer Intensive Dance camp for teenagers with ballet and modern.

Dates: Sundance Summer School July 29th – August 2nd. Summer Intensive Dance Camp from July 1st – 11th

Ages: Sundance from 5 to 12 & Summer Intensive from 13 to 18.

Location: Kilkenny School Project, Waterford Road, Kilkenny

086 1003009 for Sundance & 087 8269144 for Summer Intensive



Drama Camp at Barnstorm. 15 hours of drama workshops.

Dates: July 1st – 5th

Ages: 8 to 10 & 11 to 14

Location: Barnstorm Theatre Company, Church Lane, Kilkenny

056 7751266

Barnstormtheatrecompany on Facebook

Young Irish Film Makers

Film Camps for young film makers. Attend your own movie premiere !

Dates: Week 1 – July 15th to 19th, Week 2 - July 29th to August 2nd, Week 3 - August 12th to 16th.

Ages: 9 to 12 & 13 to 16

Location: YIFM, St Joseph’s Studios, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny

056 7764677


Campa Chois Fheoire

Irish language development, drama, debating, art, singing, dancing, sport and lots of fun through Irish.

Dates: July 8th – 19th. One week camp option.

Ages: 5th Class to 2nd Year

Location: Gaelscoil Osrai, Loughboy, Kilkenny

086 0886731 after 6 pm


Learn Spanish through fun and games.

Dates: August 12th – 23rd

Ages: 4 to 10

Location: Unit 2 Abbey Business Centre, Abbey Street, Kilkenny

086 3563306


Apple Tree Farm Montessori

Make & do, arts & crafts, baking, sport, adventures in forest & lots more.

Dates: July 8th – 19th, mornings

Ages: 4 to 9 & 10 to 12

Location: Skeoghvosteen, Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny

087 8054678 or 059 9775185

Ballyhale Camp

Outdoor activities, arts & crafts, bouncy castle, entertainer & face painting.

Dates: July 2nd to 6th

Ages: 2 ½ to 7

Location: Ballyhale Montessori School, Ballyhale, Co Kilkenny

086 8349424

Ballyragget Community Childcare Service

Dates: July 8th to 12th

Ages: 2 ½ to 5

Location: Chapel Ave, Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny. 056 8830119

Camp Newpark

Activities include swimming, cookery with Newpark chef Paul, basketball, wacky science, talent show, arts & crafts, volleyball, dance, tag rugby, sports day and mini wildlife farm.

Dates: July 1st – 26th

Ages: 7 to 13

Location: Newpark Hotel Health Club, Castlecomer Rd

056 7760504

Fairy Folk

Arts & crafts, cookery, indoor and outdoor games, drama, music, dance, sand & water play.

Dates: July 1st to 12th

Ages: 3 to 8

Location: 60 Richview, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny

056 7771387/086 3090495

Father McGrath Centre

Sports, art, IT & drama. Camp for children already registered with the Centre. New applications welcome.

Dates: June (senior programme), July (junior programme) & August (taster camps)

Ages: 4 to 14

Location: Fr McGrath Centre, St Joseph’s Rd, Kilkenny

056 7751988

Johnstown Camp

Child-centred fun activities

Dates: July 29th to August 2nd

Ages: 4 to 6

Location: Johnstown Community Centre, Co Kilkenny

056 8838562

Let’s Go! Multi-sports Camp

Spider climbing tower & slide, pony cycles, wobbly ladder, Zorbe ball roll, eliminator, KMX karts, human table football etc. Also iPad camp.

Dates: July 15th – 19th

Ages: 5 to 13

Location: O’Loughlin Gaels, Kilkenny

1890 538 746 or 021 4877111

Loughboy Area Resource Centre

Arts & crafts, sports, day trips, party & disco.

Dates: July 1st to August 2nd

Ages: 3 to 13

Location: Bishop Birch Training Institute, Nuncio Rd, Kilkenny

056 7764700

Millenium Court Camp

Fun games, music & dance, arts & crafts, swimming and outings.

Dates: July 1st to 18th, Mondays to Thursdays

Ages: 4 to 13

Location: Millenium Court Community Centre, Hebron Rd

056 7760187

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre

Sports, scavenger hunts, drama, dance & outings.

Dates: July

Ages: 2 to12

Location: Newpark Close, Kilkenny

056 7723309

Thomastown Community Kindergarten

Dates: July

Ages: 2 ½ to 6

Location: Rock Garden, Grennan, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

086 3870322.

Tiddly Winks

Arts & crafts, baking, outdoor games, sand pit, water games, picnics.

Dates: July & August

Ages: 3 to 6

Location: 1 Rath Ullord, Bonnetsrath Rd, Kilkenny

Ph: 056 7796189/ 085 7364910

Urlingford Community

Child-centred activities including cooking, gardening, back woods, sports day, day trips (Air Corp, Tullamore Garda Station, Cork Naval base), arts & crafts and fun!

Dates: July 1st to 26th.

Ages: 4 to 12

Location: St Kieran’s Place, Urlingford, Co Kilkenny. Ph:056 8838562


Kilkenny Summer Jazz Band Camp

Join a jazz band for a week. Activities include busking, recording & concerts.

Dates: July 15th – 19th for junior camp (primary school age) & August 12th – 16th for senior camp (secondary school age)

Ages: 10 to 18. Junior campers should have a year’s experience and senior campers should be grade 3 or over.

Location: CBS secondary school, James St, Kilkenny. 086 8175158


Fun activities including arts & crafts and outings for hard of hearing and deaf children.

Dates: July 9th & 10th

Ages: 5 to 12 and 13 to 18

Location: County Kilkenny

051 855777



Japanese Archery Camp

Dates: July 8th – 10th

Ages: 12 to 16

Location: Dragon’s Lair Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, Unit 24, Hebron Industrial Estate

087 2465442


Basketball Camp

Camp run by Kilkenny Stars Basketball club.

Dates: July 22nd – 24th

Ages: 9 to 12

Location: O’Loughlins, Kilkenny

086 8255661

Irish Basketball Academy

Residential & day camp.

Dates: July 28th – August 2nd

Ages: 9 to 19

Location: Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny

087 9363930


Kayaking Camps

Kids beginners kayaking camps. Regatta on last session of camps. All equipment supplied.

Dates: July & August Ages: 8 to 16. Must be able to swim.

Location: Kells, Kilkenny (Greens Bridge) & Graiguenamanagh

086 8264642

Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club

Beginners kayaking courses. Equipment supplied.

Dates: July

Ages: 8 and over

Location: Greens Bridge, Kilkenny

086 380 9900

Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club on Facebook


Gymnastics & Art Camp

Run by Kilkenny Gymnastics Club.

Dates: July 22nd to 25th

Ages: 5 to 14

Location: St Canice’s Community Hall, Granges Rd, Kilkenny

056 7790990 or 086 3768975


GAA Cul Camps

Hurling, camogie, rounders, handball and football camps.

Dates: July

Ages: 6 to 13

Location: Clara, Erin’s Own, Freshford, Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny (St Kieran’s College) Kilmacow, Mullinavat, Piltown, Thomastown.

087 2492343

Martial Arts

Budo Martial Arts Camp

Karate and fitness Camp.

Dates: July 8th to 10th

Ages: 4 to 6 & 7 to 12

Location: The Watershed, Kilkenny

086 3668669

Budomartialartscentre on Facebook

Dragons Lair Camp

Martial arts, sports and games. Also Japanese Archery.

Dates: July 2nd - 4th & August 6th – 8th. Japanese Archery July 8th t0 10th

Ages: 5 to 8 (little Dragons) & 9 to 15 (Dragons). Japanese Archery 12 to 16.

Location: Dragon’s Lair Martial Arts & Fitness Centre, Unit 24, Hebron Industrial Estate

087 2465442

Multi sports

The Watershed

Athletics, badminton, basketball, bouncy castle, boxercise, dance, junior aerobics, snorkelling, quizzes, Kempo karate, soccer, swimming, treasure hunts, arts &crafts etc.

Dates: July and August

Ages: 4 to 12

Location: Scanlon Park, Loughboy, Kilkenny

056 7734620


Kilkenny rugby club

Dates: July 22nd – 26th

Ages: 6 to 9

Location: Foulkstown Rugby Club, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny

Bruce: 086-2245453

Darrell: 087-1953839

The Herald Leinster Rugby

Dates: July 8th – 12th

Ages: 6 to 12

Location: Foulkstown Rugby Club, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny

01 2235111


FAI Summer Soccer Schools

Soccer and goal keeper camps.

Dates: July & August

Ages: 6 to 14

Locations: Mainstream camps; Evergreen, Kilkenny & District League, Highview Athletic. Goalkeeper camps; Kilkenny & District League

1890 653653

Champions League Bible and Soccer Club

Champions league soccer and talks from the bible. BBQ and competition on last day.

Dates: July 8th – 12th

Ages: 6 to 10 (morning), 11 to 14 (afternoon)

Location: Kilkenny Presbyterian Church grounds, New Rd, Kilkenny

056 7765107

Evergreen Soccer Camps

Dates: July & August

Ages: 7 to 15

Location: Evergreen Park, Bawnlusk, Kells Road.

Contact your individual team manager for details.

Just4keepers & Just4Strikers

Combined goalkeeping and outfield coaching from experienced and highly qualified coaches.

Dates: August 12th – 15th

Ages: 6 to 14

087 4177758


Kilkenny Water Safety

Swimming lessons & life-saving skills in the River Barrrow

Dates: July

Ages: all ages

Location: Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

086 2364857

The Watershed

Daily swimming lessons & water skills games for levels 1 to 5

Dates: July and August

Ages: 4 to 12

Location: Scanlon Park, Loughboy, Kilkenny

056 7734620


Bolster Tennis Camps

Residential or day tennis coaching camps.

Dates: June 23rd to 28th

Ages: 8 to 18

Location: Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny

087 2667014 or 056 7765143

Brian Doyle Tennis Camps

Five day tennis camps for all abilities.

Dates: July 1st – August 9th

Ages: 6 to 18

Location: Kilkenny Tennis Club, Castle Road, Kilkenny & Kilkenny College, Castlecomer Road, Kilkenny

086 8714941

Shreddies Parks Tennis

Tennis coaching for beginners and improvers. Equipment provided.

Dates: July 1st - 26th. Registration at venue Saturday June 8th 2-4pm

Ages: 6 to 17

Location: Ballyhale, Cuffesgrange, Graiguenamanagh, Presentation Secondary School Kilkenny, Kilmoganny

085 2828846 between 6pm and 8pm

Tommy Rochford Tennis

Tennis coaching for beginners and improvers.

Dates: July 1st – 12th

Ages: 6 to 16

Location: Kilkenny Tennis Club, Bennettsbridge Rd, Kilkenny

086 8338111


Kilkenny School of Yoga

Fun yoga, creative art projects and imaginative relaxation.Dates: August Ages: 5 to 12Location: Crossliegh House, Colliers Lane, besides Sherwoods off High Street 087 6609654/ 056 7756570.