Mid-Term Break in Galway


A lively city throughout the year, all eyes are on Galway - whatever your taste or passion, there's something for you. Thanks to a number of festivals, even just a stroll through the city's streets brings a burst of colour and energy.

Think buskers, flame throwers, stilt walkers, street performers: quite simply, anything goes, and there is so much that can be enjoyed for free. Even in Autumn, you will be swept away by the energy and atmosphere on the streets from morning to night. Galway is simply magical, so just come and experience it for yourself - and of course, The Galmont Hotel is the place to stay to ensure you are close to all the action.

Macnas Halloween Parade

The annual Halloween parade by Macnas (who celebrate their 32nd anniversary this year), will take place on Sunday 28th October 2018 at approximately 5.30pm. 

This year’s parade is called 'Port Na bPucaí (The Song of the Spirits)' and as you would expect from the internationally renowned street theatre group, Macnas will be putting on a street-hopping, traffic-stopping party with a host of new giants, performances, bespoke costumes and live original music all drenched in their award-winning design. Spectators are encouraged to wear costumes too!

Spooky Fest at Loughwell Farm Park

Spooky Fest at Loughwell Farm Park, Moycullen is the ONLY fun spooky house interactive experience for children in the West of Ireland.
There will be a full Halloween Show with wonky witches Winnie & Wanda having a fun time looking for their broom stick in their very own huge spooky house. The children will get to follow the witches through the secret passageways in the spooky house to look for the ingredients of a magic potion with lots of fun and games along the way. Spookyfest is a great day of family friendly horror from 11.00 am to 4.30 pm on Sat 27, Sun 28, Mon 29, Tues 30 & Wed 31 October. No need to book. 

Brigit’s Garden… Hallowe'en Bonfire & Storytelling

A special Samhain Evening for all ages – come in your spookiest fancy dress! Enjoy lots of ghostly fun and games, wonderful Celtic tales and a special Hallowe'en bonfire with the Púca. Suitable for all ages. 28th & 29th October.


The Salthill Zombie Chase

Saturday 27th October, a crowd of terrifying zombies will once again be released onto the Salthill Prom.
Their mission, to capture every human (big or small) who dares to take on the challenge of “The Village Salthill Zombie Chase” and prevent them from making it to the Safety Zone of Salthill Park!

The Zombie Chase is in aid of the National Support and Awareness Charity ACT for Meningitis.

Galway Races

For 2018, Galway Racecourse will launch a new three-day October Festival (Saturday 27th – Bank Holiday Monday 29th October). They will be offering three days of fantastic horseracing, hospitality, entertainment and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from Ireland and abroad to experience the magic that is the Galway Races. As part of this new October Festival, on Sunday 28th they will host a dedicated fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research (BCR). The team at Galway Racecourse are proud to be working with Professor Michael Kerins and his dedicated team at BCR to organise this event.  By partnering with BCR we will be supporting the research team at NUIG to improve breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. They have lots of plans for what will be a superb day where we along with our race goers and corporate supports can raise money for such a worthy organization.

October Race Meeting 2018:

  • Saturday October 27th – Our Spooktacular Halloween Themed Family Race Day
  • Sunday October 28th  – Breast Cancer Research Fundraising Day
  • Monday October 29th – The Student Race Day
Just minutes from all of the action, The Galmont is the perfect place to stay during the city's festivities.
For bookings and availability, please call our Reservations team on 091 538300