Frequently Asked Questions

We'd done our best to respond to some of the questions we've regularly received about The Outing since we announced it in May 2013. If you can't find the answer to something you'd like to know, don't hestitate to get in touch at: [email protected]

Festival Structure & General Info

Who is this festival for?
Everyone! We're welcoming singles, couples and groups of friends - straight or gay - to Lisdoonvarna for this fun-filled weekend, and we've seen bookings from all of the above so far! There's no restriction (other than being over 18 years of age) on this inclusive and entertaining twist on an old tradition. Yes, there are Matchmaking aspects for singles, but these are just one facet of the weekend and you'll find plenty to see and do if you're already in a relationship, or not looking for one. We've put together a line-up of acts that this little village won't soon forget and we'd delighted to share them with you and your friends, whoever you are!

Do I need to bring a tent?
No! This isn't that kind of festival and we've got aspects that are camp enough already, without tents and sleeping bags! The Outing is all about comfort and elegance for your weekend away and we’ve got you a great deal with two beautiful hotels in the area, who will be putting you up in 3-star accommodation for a 2 night (3 day) stay, breakfast included!

What do I need to bring?
Your best dancing shoes and outfits for the dancefloor, your casual wear for cruising, caving, hiking and another other external activities (please see individual websites for advice on appropriate attire for activities). If you are daring enough, bring along something to participate in Saturday's Drag Workshop and really work that glamour!

What are the festival times?
Booking into hotels will start from 4pm on Friday, you will be able to check out from the hotel at any time. We hope to finish on Sunday around 15:00. You’ll be exhausted by the end of it!

I’m going on my own, will I meet other people?
Don’t worry, you definitely won’t be the only gay in the village, and certainly not the only single one! We've put a great deal of thought into activities that help people mingle and make new friends, and of course new relationships! There are plenty of ice-breaker and matchmaking events and the crowd will be a diverse fun group where you'll fit right in and enjoy yourself thoroughly!

Tickets & Entry

I'm from the area or travelling for some of the events. Do you sell entertainment-only (non-accommodation) tickets?
Yes! These go on sale from 1st August and entitle holders to access all of the entertainment events of the weekend, without a hotel stay. Two types will be available; a 1-day pass and a weekend pass.

Do you do group discounts?
Yes! If you're booking with friends, you can avail of a 5% discount on groups of 5-9 people and a 10% discount on groups of 10+ people. We want to be able to accommodate your group's needs in the best way possible, so contact us at [email protected] and we'll be happy to help!

What do I need to bring to get in?
A printed copy of your booking confirmation, or your confirmation ID will need to be supplied on entry to the Festival/Hotel, along with a photo id for check-in. You'll then be supplied with a wrist-band which will allow you entry to events throughout the weekend.

What happens if I lose my wristband at the festival?
Naughty you, just report back to The Outing's on-site Office at The Hydro Hotel and we will see what we can do for you.

Is the event 18+?
Yes, and you may be requested to present photo ID to prove you are over 18.

I can’t go anymore, can I sell my tickets?
You will be missing out but you may ask The Outing Ticketing Staff to resell your ticket(s) for the festival. We cannot guarantee a resale and we reserve the right to sell remaining tickets before returned tickets. This service is charged at €20.00 per resold ticket. Contact [email protected]


What are the addresses and contact for both hotels?
The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland
+353 65 707 4005
The Imperial Hotel, Main St, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, Ireland
+353 65 707 4042

Will there be Wifi in the hotels?
Yes (This is available in certain areas and subject to the terms of provision of the Hotels)

What facilities does the hotel include?
Both hotels we've worked with are 3-star hotels and facilities include: ensuite bathrooms, restaurants, ballrooms and club (in which our entertainments take place), bars (including residents bar services). If you have special requirements, you can let us know during the booking process, or contact us to amend an existing booking at [email protected].

Local Information

Are there cash machines in the area?
There are no ATMs in the small village of Lisdoonvarna. The nearest one is in Ennistymon (15 min. by car south of Lisdoonvarna). It may be advisable to bring cash for use in the village, but of course the hotels are happy to accept debit and credit cards.

What is there to do in Lisdoonvarna?
Lots! Lisdoonvarna is situated among some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland, and close to some of the country's most visited tourist attractions, like the Cliffs of Moher. There are plenty of activities to add to the entertainment on offer and you can review the excelent deals and discounts available to you as a guest of The Outing by visiting our Local Activities page.

I would like to attend some of those external activities, how do I book these now?
You can book them through us! Just email [email protected] to let us know which activities you are interested in.

Travelling to Lisdoonvarna

What is the nearest airport to the festival?
We would advise foreign travellers to travel to Shannon Airport, which is located 45 mins from Lisdoonvarna. Alternatively, you can fly to Dublin Airport and avail of the coach transfer that we offer for €29.

I've booked a coach transfer. When/where does it depart?
If you've booked the coach, you'll be receiving an email closer to the event with all the details. These are subject to slight change, based on our event scheduling, but the coach is likely to leave Dublin City Centre at 13:30 on Friday, and departs The Hydro Hotel to return you to Dublin at 15:00 on Sunday.

How do I get to the festival?
You'll find a map, directions and information about connecting cfrom airports, rail and bus services on our Directions page.

Is there somewhere to park my car?
Yes, our hotels have ample car parking.

Will food and drink be provided at the festival?
If you've booked a weekend ticket, then your stay includes breakfast. Some events have complimentary food or beverages, the hotels have excellent restaurants , and there are plenty of local shops and restaurants for your own dining.

Health & Safety

What is the policy on drugs?
No illegal substances should be taken into the festival under any circumstances.

What happens if I injure myself?
Please contact The Outing festival office (in the office of The Hydro Hotel), or notify any of the Hotel’s receptions, where a first aider will be able to help you.

Can I smoke at The Outing?
In keeping with the law of Ireland, smoking is prohibited in public spaces within the hotel. However, designated areas are available for smokers.

I need to use facilities for the disabled or have special requirements during my stay. Who should I inform about this?
Please email [email protected] and let us know what you require. We will do our best to cater for your needs.