The concept behind the Bealtaine Festival, which has been running for 16 years, is to celebrate the talents of older artists who are either professional or first timers interested in expressing their creativity to an audience. The event aims not only to get older artists involved with the community, but also to drive people to feel and think creatively while allowing a potentially dormant and fantastically arty side to shine! It's a great way to get the community involved in something, tourists love it and it also provides something entertaining for the public to appreciate - and there really is a load of unseen talent out there among older artists!

Thousands of people take part in the festival, which is an initiative of Age and Opportunity and with more than 500 organisers in 2010, 2011 is set to be an even bigger year of creative fun. Not only will several art galleries in Dublin be showcasing the art of some of the older artists involved in the festival, but there will also be art and craft exhibitions, opera house plays, public performances, film screenings and much, much more. As there is something happening almost every day, the hotels in Meath are sure to be booked up with people ready to get involved and enjoy the entertainment - you'd do well to book your stay somewhere central now, so you can enjoy the festival at every opportunity. 

If you don't know how to skate, there will be skating lessons ranging for beginner and intermediate levels and up. Opening times are scheduled between 10:30 and 22:30 from Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 09:30 to 22:30. To organise tickets, simply visit, or alternatively you can contact 086 844 7247.

If you're looking for luxury hotel accommodation to use as a leisurely base from which to explore the festival in Meath and surrounds, look no further, as Ardboyne would be proud to host anyone joining in the creative fun. In and around Meath, visitors can enjoy theatre performances, artwork displays, Irish dancing and many more cultural events that will keep you thoroughly entertained. In addition, there are a host of other attractions to visit and explore while staying in this magical county.

Book your hotel accommodation in Meath now and gear up for an exhilaratingly creative May!