Leap into Athlone this weekend

Leap into Athlone this weekend

We’ve an extra day this weekend, how will you spend it?


Treat yourself and book a getaway to experience luxury accommodation at the Sheraton Athlone Hotel. Take advantage of their Sweetest Leap Year Deal with 29% off all suites this March and April. This 4-star hotel has a 20m pool, a luxury spa, spacious rooms, free internet and free parking. Dine in their restaurant, La Provence Brasserie and feast on a menu with dishes made form locally sourced ingredients. Discover all that Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands has to offer as the hotel is ideally located in Athlone Town Centre.


Try a first this weekend with Athlone Parkrun. This weekend is your opportunity to parkrun on a leap day for the first time. You’ll have to wait 28 years for the next chance so grab your runners this Saturday and run, walk or jog the 5k course.


A Cyr Wheel Workshop is also happening in Shannon Dance Academy, Athlone this Saturday 29th February. If you’ve ever wanted to try it out, now is your chance! The workshop is on from 11am – 2pm. For more details and to book your place, visit here.


Embrace the arts at Luan Gallery and visit exhibitions by emerging Irish artists; Elaine Hoey, Clare Scott and Louise Wallace. Occupying the three gallery spaces at Luan, the exhibitions will run until 28th March. Enjoy Folie á Deux:Polyphonic Claverings on the Tragedy of Every Day Love along with Louise Wallace’s Hidden in Hazel and Elaine Hoey’s Surface Tension. Luan Gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sundays from 12 – 5pm.


Immerse yourself in 5,000 years of history at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre which is located on the banks of the River Shannon in the heart of Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands. Discover Athlone’s interesting history through a selection of interactive exhibitions.  The Visitor Centre is also celebrating their 7th birthday this week.


Enjoy an evening of entertainment with the family and sing along to the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”. The show opens at the Dean Crowe Theatre this Saturday 29th February and runs to Saturday 7th March and is brought to you by Athlone Musical Society. Enjoy an upbeat family friendly show, with toe tapping songs you’ll all be singing along to. Book tickets here.

If you’re looking to get out and about for fresh air and freedom, why not explore the Old Rail Trail Greenway. Cycle the full track from Mullingar to Athlone or just stroll as far as you like. You can stop off to explore the villages and attractions along the way or for a refuel before you return.


So, whatever way you choose to spend the extra day – there’s plenty to do in Athlone this weekend.