Havin' a Laugh

The option to dip your toe in adventure is provided on Saturday July 1st with the Positive Vibes Saltwater Package. Starting early on Saturday morning at 8 am participants will be lifted with a heartwarming beach yoga session at Strandhill beach with ActiveYoga. Following Yoga, there will be breakfast at Shells Cafe where the heartiest of food is served and the healthiest of friendships are formed. 

Package Includes :: Beach Yoga & Breakfast :: Surf Meditation and Surf Lesson :: Daytime Activities at Annaghmore 2-6pm :: Evening Outdoor Live Music Entertainment and Camping :: Light breakfast Sunday morning.

Valued at €105 :: Festival Price €80 - €20 Deposit to receive your sponsor pack :: Early Bird €60 before April 30th

The Havin' a Laugh adventure weekend has grown every year and is being fully supported by local activity providers and foodies. It is a testament to all Sligo has to offer in terms of well-being and adventure. The Rennafix Group was established five years ago following the death of a well-loved local adventurer, Paul Rennick. The group have established a new charitable service that is unique nationwide. They provide adventure and wellness vouchers to people in therapy for mental health related reasons. It is proven that getting outdoors, exercising and engaging in healthy social events improves an individual's overall mental health and boosts their resilience.

The Havin’ a Laugh festival was designed to showcase the many adventure and wellness activities available in Sligo and the Northwest of Ireland. It is a not for profit event with all profits that are generated being invested back into the community via the Rennafix service. They have created a platform from which those who have the get-up- and-go can support those struggling to maintain that drive.

On Saturday morning we'll fuel up with a good breakfast before packing up and making our way to the next next leg of our journey, to the top of a 70ft cliff drop! With guidance and support from Carraig Climbing's qualified instructor you will have the most unique start to any Saturday with an adrenaline fueled abseil down sheer rock face. Back on solid ground we pause for a Sweet Beat fuel break fully energising for the days treck ahead.

 Places are limited for this unique experience, be sure to book in and be apart of one of the most exclusive packages the northwest of Ireland has to offer.

All adventurers will be congregating on Annaghmore estate on Saturday for an evening of live music outdoors on the Secret Stage. With the line-up yet to be announced excitement is mounting after the spectacular show that was presented last year by Aindrias De Staic and The Latchikos, Slow Place Like Home and Dean Gurrie, adventurers celebrated life under an early Summer full moon into the wee hours.

This off the beaten track adventure starts Friday evening 6pm and will have you back at the Havin' a Laugh site on Saturday 4pm. Under the guidance of NorthWest Adventure Tours instructors you will be brought through Sligos most scenic areas. They will take you on winding lakeshore trails, through unspoiled forests, across breathtaking peaks, abseiling down sheer rock face with Carraig Climbing then mountain-biking cross-country to finish back at the Havin' a Laugh festival site. 

The saltwater activities finish around 1pm giving participants enough time for lunch before heading out to the Annaghmore Havin' a Laugh Festival Site for day and evening entertainment. 

Guest Speaker :: Easkey Britton

In addition to the many amazing projects that Easkey has spear-headed she is now currently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at National University of Ireland, Galway. The NEAR-Health project, Nature and Environment to Attain and Restore aims to connect people in Ireland with blue & green nature spaces.
Easkey Britton Projects                                    Easkey speaking at TED 

On Friday evening we set off on a 5 km hike up into the hills where we will set up camp, practice bushcraft, watch the sunset and relax by the campfire under the stars. Our resident Shanachie will entertain us with tales of mythological beasts and ancient love stories from the surrounding area.

The stunning woodlands of Annaghmore estate are open to all passers by on Saturday July 1st from 2pm – 6pm. Guests can escape and let it all go in the wilderness of fairy forts and river trails. There are kids games, treasure trails, arts and crafts, a superslide, salsa and hula hoop workshops, great food, lots of craic and more. In a secluded area of the Havin' a Laugh site, the Rennafix team have created a special quiet zone for your holistic well-being. A selection of treatments are available including reiki, guided meditation, seaweed foot massage, yoga and aerial yoga. All these activities are designed to lift your spirits and enliven your senses. Take some well deserved time out from the mayhem of modern life to chill out in nature with good people, laughter and sunshine for the soul.

The 6 km hike to the Lunch stop takes us up a new mountain pass to a hidden lake. Its during this post-adrenaline ramble where the joys of being in nature and off the beaten track really take effect. Lunch, giggles and more stories are shared whilst enjoying the views of the distant wild Atlantic coast and surrounding mountains, hills and lakes.

Package Includes :: Digital Detox Adventure Challenge :: Relaxation Treatment of your Choice :: Evening Outdoor Live Music Entertainment and Camping :: Light breakfast Sunday morning.

Valued at €180 :: Festival Price €120 - €20 Deposit to receive your sponsor pack :: Early Bird €80 before April 30th

There will be food from La Cabana and the Havin' a Laugh kitchen available Saturday evening with camping and a light breakfast Sunday morning included in the evening pass. Participants are encouraged to explore Sligo further with many additional activities to choose from county wide on the weekend. There will be horse-riding and free-diving in North Sligo, Mullaghmore and Cliffony, Stand Up Paddling and Kayaking on the Garavogue River in Sligo town and Surf lessons and SUP in the south Sligo town of Enniscrone.​

Rennafix Group Upcoming Events for 2017

After breakfast a Surf Zensation meditation will get the crew vibed up for a two hour surf lesson with iSurfIreland, Sligo's fastest growing surf school. 

After lunch supplied by Cafe Fleur we'll be jumping on our mountain bikes and gunning it for 18km cross country off-trail on the final push to bring us back to the festival site in time for a group celebration.  You'll have plenty of time to indulge in holistic treats and great food, then settle in for an evening of live music and entertainment.