Three for the Weekend in Latvia: Seaside ice creams, poetic cats and messing about on the river

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A weekend at the end of May should be full of fun, and indeed it will be, provided you get out from behind that computer screen and do something more interesting instead. Here are a few idea to get you started, all with a family-friendly flavor.

Jūrmala ice cream festival

  • When: May 25th.
  • Time: From 11.00 to 19.00
  • Where: Dzintari beach (opposite Turaidas street), Jurmala.
  • What: Latvia as famously delicious ice creams (just ask any Estonian) so this weekend the beach resort of Jūrmala is the place to head to if you fancy slurping a sorbet, licking a lolly or consuming a cone. As well as ice cream aplenty, concerts and other surprises for big and small alike are promised including Kendama master classes and the chance to meet some YouTube influencers we've never heard of but you probably have. Smaller children will have the opportunity to blow soap bubbles at a special workshop, participate in a special sand workshop and laugh at the antics of the popular "Clown Doctors" who cheer sick children in Latvia's hospitals. It's all part of the larger Jūrmala resort festival running May 22-26.

Aspazia's Cat Stories

  • When: May 25th.
  • At 11.00.
  • Where: Rainis and Aspazija house in Riga, Baznicas street 30.
  • What: Preschool and primary school children, together with parents and grandparents, are invited to an art workshop "Aspazija's Cat Stories". Long before the Anglo-American poet T S Eliot was writing his famous poems about cats, Latvian poet Aspazija also had a feline fixation, and cats will be the focus of this art and poetry workshop. Textile artist Liva Kaprāle will be on hand to help make furry friends and the workshop will introduce children to textile art, ceramics and various mixed techniques.


Curved Bridge Regatta

  • When: May 25th.
  • Time: 12:00 to 16:00
  • Where: The Bridge at Krasta Street, Ogre.
  • What: The Curved Bridge Regatta is the traditional opening of the active tourist season in the town of Ogre. Regatta visitors will not only be able to watch exciting boating competitions, but also engage in diverse activities throughout the day. Everyone will be able to try paddling a SUP board, take a trip along the picturesque Ogre River and check out creative workshops and tasting sessions on the shore promenade.



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