Burren Winterage Weekend

Fri 25th to Sun 27th October 2024, the Burren

​Burren Winterage Weekend is a celebration of the Burren's farming tradition of Winterage.

Enjoy a wide range of farming, heritage, cultural and family events around the October Bank Holiday weekend each year.


For thousands of years, Burren farmers have marked the end of summer by herding their cattle onto ‘winterage’ pastures in the limestone uplands where they spend the winter grazing.

This ancient ‘transhumance’ tradition is synonymous with the Burren and is key to the survival of the region’s famous flora and fauna.

The Burren Winterage Weekend

The Winterage Weekend takes place on the October Bank Holiday weekend each year.

It offers a chance to come together and celebrate the unique farming traditions of the Burren and other ‘high nature value’ farming landscapes across Ireland and Europe.

This festival also becomes a platform for sharing ideas on how these special places and their custodians might best be supported at a time of great challenge.
FESTIVAL Programme

The Burren Winterage School

Burren Winterage School brings together farmers, researchers, advisors and government representatives to share perspectives and ideas on sustainable pastoral land management.

This year’s Burren Winterage School on Friday 27th will have a conference on the theme of Farmers, livestock, habitats and fire. On Saturaday, 28th Oct, the annual Farming for Nature Network day will comprise of farm walks and panel discussions , followed by entertainment (with very special guests). This event allows us to come together to celebrate farmers across Ireland who are striving to work alongside nature, and to share ideas on how these great custodians might best be supported at a time of great challenge and opportunity. We hope you can join us in Gort this October for the Burren Winterage School 2023.

Winterage School
The Burren Winterage Festival is coordinated by the landscape charity Burrenbeo Trust with support from the Burren Programme, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, The Heritage Council and FBD Insurance. Burrenbeo Trust is a non-profit organisation that relies on support from the local community and various organisations to carry out its work. The Trust is hugely grateful for all its supporters.
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Book tickets now

You can book your tickets for the Burren Winterage Weekend below
Festival Programme
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The Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity dedicated to connecting people and place. Our aim is to help all of us identify ways in which we care for our places.

This is carried out through providing information, education, active conservation and supporting research on the future sustainable management of the Burren region.
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