Ballymaloe May Fair

May 12th, 13th and 14th 2023

Friday 5pm to 10pm - Saturday 10am 'til Late- Sunday 10am to 5pm.

A family festival in celebration of Spring

The Ballymaloe May Fair is back! This Spring festival is an ode to all things good food, gardening, green-living, home, health, fashion and fun.
Lá Bealtaine is one of Ireland’s most important and ancient festivals and celebrates the beginning of long, warmer days and new growth.

Traditionally a festival for optimism and renewal, Lá Bealtaine was a time filled with feasts and flowers. The Ballymaloe May Fair is a celebration of this ancient heritage… but with a few modern twists!
Join us for Cooking Demonstrations, Walks and Talks, Walled Garden Fitness Classes, Workshops for all ages, Writers Corner, Great Shopping and so much more. Drop your kids off for an hour of fun at our Children's Activity Area.
Dogs on leads are very welcome.
Free entry for Children under 12.

Tickets for 2023 on Sale Soon

What can you expect at the Ballymaloe May Fair?

The May Fair is the most colourful festival around! It is an interactive event centered on sharing a wealth of talent and knowledge from all around the country. The festival will be one of innovation and collaboration, celebrating a fusion of exciting lifestyle experiences. Ireland’s finest gardeners, food experts, craft-makers and artists will come together to showcase their produce, skills and share their expertise. 

Cooking Demonstrations will run throughout the weekend along with a variety of adult and children craft workshops. This festival is a space where you can roll up your sleeves, explore art in action, learn the secrets of herbs and delve into the world of craft, gardening, cooking and eco- friendly living. 

Ireland’s most reputable chefs will be at the May Fair demonstrating their new and tastiest recipes  over the weekend. Come for some tips, tricks, laughs, and a few tasters as well as a whole lot of  trusty recipe ideas. Try something new and wow your friends at parties with our wonderful cocktail demonstrations by night! 


Have a pint in the sun while listening to some great music, soak in the atmosphere and get some inspiration. There’s something for everyone at the Ballymaloe May Fair!

We will have Walled Garden Fitness Classes, Cooking Demonstrations, Craft Workshops, Garden Walks, Farm Sustainability Tours, Ballymaloe History Tours, Ballymaloe Grounds Biodiversity Tours, Craft Displays, a Children's Activity Area, Irish Crafts, Irish Fashion, Vintage Clothing & Furniture, Shopping, and even a Dog Show in aid of Cork D.A.W.G.

Come and enjoy this Spring festival that celebrates innovation in food, craft, garden inspiration, and fashion, and brings us back to our roots.

What better way to spend the day than with friends and family having fun and learning something new!


We will be announcing the May Fair workshops later in 2023. Stay tuned!

Walled Garden Fitness Classes

Bring your mat and join us in the Ballymaloe Walled Garden for pilates, sound baths, yoga, strength training and more. All fitness classes to be announced later in 2023.

Rose O'Driscoll Psychic Medium

There’s something inside us that already knows to follow our gut instinct, but at times, it can feel elusive. Rose's role as a highly skilled and experienced intuitive is to help you access that inner magic and support you in excavating it for richer life experiences. Intuitive consultations are unique, powerful explorations and can include:

Life purpose review and gifts/talents to be developed

Improved insight and clarity for decision making

Guidance for prosperity in major life areas including life/career satisfaction, relationships, health and finances

Alerts to emotional energy blocks that need to be cleared through guidance.

Insight into spiritual, intuitive or psychic experiences

Messages from loved ones as a natural born medium, Spirit will guide you on your path in these sessions.

Your relationship with Self, spirituality, others, habits, archetypes

Indications of where you are on your Journey and the necessary steps to move forward.

Relaying of messages from loved ones.

Messages of Evidence from the afterlife

Healing to the heart

Providing Comfort

Energy connections to spirit to the client

Rose cannot guarantee a specific spirit will come through in any session, come with an open mind and who knows who may have a message for you.

Rose covers all aspects of your life’s current path.

About Rose:

Since childhood Rose has been fascinated with Spirit and psychic ability, she has always felt quite intuitive when it came to family, work situations and found she was always giving strong intuitive advice to people. Having suffered anxiety and depression in teenage years due to suppressing messages from spirit and not understanding it completely Rose was guided to a Psychic Medium herself in her early 20's, the light bulb moment came and this new chapter began...  

Despite fear of failure, fear of being wrong and fear of success all at the same time, Rose threw herself into psychic and self development and started reading for the public worldwide straight away.

On foot from venue to venue in New York, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, both Rose's ability and confidence grew. Rose held her first group audience show in Buffalo, New York, and from coast to coast, she connected for people in cafes, bookstores, restaurants, theatres, hotels, the list is endless! Connecting with the soul of a person here or in the spirit world is a true blessing.

Rose continues on her journey to help others evolve as she is a big campaigner of positive mindset, manifesting, empowering men and women, and initiating healing, Rose works mostly in Ireland and America, United Kingdom and also has a worldwide following through her online sessions.

To book a session over the May Fair weekend with Rose follow the BUY TICKETS link at the top of the page and select the time that suits you. You do need to purchase an entry ticket to May Fair along with your slot to see Rose.

Children's Activities

The May Fair is a family friendly event and will have lots of fun and interesting activities for kids that will get them creating and curious. We will announce the full list of children's activities later in 2023 so stay tuned!

Food & Drink

We take food and drink very seriously at our fairs and festivals so you can be assured of a delicious array of lunch and dinner options.

Join us this May Fair weekend for delicious food, cocktails, cooking demos, wine tasting and music.

Relax and have a bite to eat all the while enjoying local musicians and the buzz of spring all around you. 

We will announce all food stalls later in 2023.

We have a shuttle bus running through out the weekend from Ballycotton and Midleton to Ballymaloe May Fair. For details ring John from Cork Transfers 0861602646


Aidan Quigley on Friday night 5 till late

We are really excited to announce our fantastic line- up of musicians and Dj's later this year.

Grainne Gormley Saturday and Sunday

DJ Luke Saturday night till late

Garden Tours, Walks & Talks

Come to the May Fair and learn how to grow your own veg or make your garden bloom.  Take a tour of the Ballymaloe House, Walled Garden, grounds and farm. All tours to be announced closer to the Fair.

Stalls & More

Browse through an array of stalls and be inspired. We will be joined by furniture makers, garden experts, food producers, vintage clothing & furniture and young Irish fashion designers from around the country. Check back here and keep an eye on our social media for updates on who will be joining us.

Ballymaloe House Events

Get a group of friends together and enjoy Afternoon Tea on the front lawn of Ballymaloe House or take a Ballymaloe History tour. Times and bookings will be made available later in 2023 so check back soon!


One of the areas we are most excited about during the May Fair is the Demo stage. We will have a whole host of the country's most celebrated chefs doing demos throughout the weekend. Whether you're a food enthusiast or beginner cook there'll be something for you. Check back soon to see the full list here!

Writers Corner

A very special area of the Fair is the Writers Corner. Join local authors as they read excerpts from their newly released books. We will be announcing the full list of wonderful authors and speakers later in 2023.

Dog Show

Bring your four legged friend along to May Fair and join in on the fun at our Dog Show, with competitions such as the best dressed dog or most agile. It is sure to be great fun for all.  Proudly sponsored by Top Barks Canine School with Esther Ring and Swaggles Dog Collars.

Prizes donated by

Categories Include:

Puppy under 6 months

Clever pup (Tricks)

Adult handler

Young handler

Small dog under 10kg

Medium 11-25kg

Large 25kg+

Entry fee is €3.00 with all proceeds going to D.A.W.G. Cork.

All money raised at the Dog Show will be donated to D.A.W.G
Contact Esther on 0851652227

Stall Holders Mayfair 2023

May12th, 13th and 14th 2023

Friday 5pm to 10pm - Saturday 10am to 10pm - Sunday 10am to 5pm.

To receive an invite to apply for a stall please contact

stalls TBA