Revive yourself with a swim in Stradbally Lake.

Swap your glad rags for a swimsuit and take a dip!

It’s going to be a hot one, so why not pack your swimsuit and enjoy the festival in the lake. Since 2016, Electric Picnic has opened its ‘lanes’ to festival goers both on land and water. The lake is the perfect way for Olympic swimmers or the doggy-paddlers to see a whole new side to the festival. The beautiful lake is located in the idyllic surroundings of the Stradbally Hall estate so swap the sparkles for your swimsuit and refresh yourself with a dip in an area surrounded by a copse of ancient oak and ash trees.

The lake will be a thriving hub of excitement and will be well signposted from the Jimi Hendrix campsite, so it will be very easy to find. Picnic lifeguards will be on duty to watch out for everyone’s safety over the course of the weekend. And there will be changing rooms to spare your blushes so pack up your togs and get swimming!

Adults who were lucky enough to get their hands on tickets can participate as long as they are a competent swimmer, while kiddies can splash around as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult who can swim.

As part of the ever growing Art Trail at Electric Picnic, the lake will be adorned with paintings and a new sculpture entitled WOMAN by artist Clare Hartigan. Details on the inspiration behind these stunning works of art outlined below.


Opening times:

Friday 31st August

Family Only: 1.30pm – 4pm

Adult Only: 4pm – 7pm

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September

Family Only: 10am – 1.30pm

Adult Only: 9am – 10am / 4pm – 7pm

Open Swim: 1.30pm – 4pm

Notes to editors:

Picnickers will have the opportunity to swim in the exclusive ancestral lake that is steeped in history. The course of the Crooked River was moved to power a mill on the land of Stradbally Hall by monks from the local Franciscan Monastery during the late 15th century.  The manmade lake was then created by the ancestral owners of Stradbally Hall: the Cosby family during the early 18th century. Since then it has been maintained by the family, including a memorable excavation during the 1870s when a hundred men with a hundred wheelbarrows who worked in the Malting factory from Stradbally town manually dredged the lake.

WOMAN by Claire Hartigan
Inspired by water, the feminine, the goddess, the warrior, Danu, and Mami Wata and all the wonderful mothers, daughters, wives, and grannies in the world.

This piece was drawn from the paperwork art of some of the original and much loved Mardi Gras Carnival floats that I had the pleasure of viewing and learning about with thanks to Royal Artists Krewe of New Orleans, Lousiana.


Subject to licence 

Further information please contact: LHP on info@lhpublicity.ie | 00 353 1 497 0313

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