The Rainbow Run 2019

The Avon on Blessington Lakeshore – home to The Avon Arena



The Rainbow Run is back and better than ever in a SPECTACULAR new venue The Avon Arena located along the shores of Blessington Lakes (only 30kms from Dublin)!!! This unique run involves participants of all abilities and ages being doused from head to toe with coloured powder paint while they run, jog or walk. The Rainbow Run is entirely focused on FUN so there is no competitive atmosphere, no recorded times and no age restrictions, all that matters is that you enjoy yourself and finish covered in loads of colour! You can be an Olympic athlete or someone entering a run for the first time in your life, it really doesn’t matter at all. The real winner on the day is the person who has the most fun! Everybody should try to start the race dressed in as much white as possible (although not essential) and at intervals along the route you will be bombarded with different colours until you cross the finish line and enter the colour festival covered in a kaleidoscope of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, purples, reds and every mixture of colours you can think of! Don’t worry though, the powder that we use is a non-toxic and natural corn-starch based product that will not stain your hair or cause damage to anybody. Each ticket includes: Participation in the Pre Run party and Warm Up, 2.5km or 5km run, Post Run Party and cool down, branded sunglasses, number plate, 2x powder packs, water and lots more goodies.

The famous Avon Arena Zip Line & Climbing Wall will be open too and BBQ lunch will be available afterwards at The Avon.

Supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities Ireland


  • General Admission (12 to 100 years old) €15.00 
  • Child (under 12 years old) €5.00                                                     
  • Family Value ticket (1 adult + 1 child under 18) €15.00            
  • Extra Colour Pack (all proceeds of these going to The Ronald McDonald House Charity)€ 10.00 
  • Zipline and Climbing Wall€ 10.00                                                   

Online Tickets available via: www.giv2go.com/therainbowrun2019 or www.theavon.ie

Rainbow Run 2019, 2.5km & 5km routes
Previous Rainbow Runs

Team Building Activities Ideas

If its Team Building you are looking for, we have challenges for Fun, Progressive and Directional Team Building. We have off-the-shelf-packages or you can ‘go bespoke’! 


Wacky Races is a fun and interactive event, especially for those adults who are looking to go back to childhood years! The event is divided into 3 phases: Phase 1 – Teams compete in eight team tasks in order to gain a grid position for the ‘Wacky Grand Prix’. Phase 2 – Teams construct a pedal push Go-Kart, creating their own original wacky design and customising their Kart in an on-location paint shop! Phase 3 – Then its onto the race track in the allocated grid positions. Each team needs to finish 3 to 4 laps, changing driver each lap to try to take to the top spot on the podium. Wacky Races will have you laughing all the way to the finish line.


Our Avon Arena is our exciting new activity space for adults, older children and adults who are still children! There’s lots more still to come in this space and lots currently going on too…


Archery Targets with Training & Supervision. For traditionalists, archery is a chance to go back in history to the “Robin Hood” era. Its more than a sport, its a skill. Theres no guns or noise. Its back to the basics with a bow and arrow.  But the challenge is still there.


Shooting Range with down the line targets of various sizes, using automatic traps. Recoil reducing special cartridges and full instruction is given for all Air Rifle Shooting sessions. Works really well for everyone from first timers to seasoned shooters!


Conquer your fears and scale the heights of our Climbing Wall, with full instruction and always with your safety in mind, enjoy the adrenaline rush, then abseil down, boing!

ZIPLINE at The A  – from the top of the Climbing Wall and down!


An exciting 2–3 hour challenge where teams complete a series of 8 to 10 mental and light physical tasks.

Points are awarded for each task based on performances with bonuses available for humour, determination and team work.

After 2/3 hours our teams get to compete against each other in a final challenge before scores and bonuses are totted up to reveal the winners, who will receive a bottle of bubbly!

We have a great selection of tasks to choose from to suit your group, including the following

  • Rolling raft
  • Gutter run
  • Spiders web
  • Bat n ball
  • Parachute
  • Mindfield
  • Giant Skies
  • Wrist Ropes
  • Tanagrams

You can also customise your avon team bliss by adding one or more of the following:

  • Archery
  • Air rifles
  • Inflatable bungee run
  • Climbing wall

Other popular team building challenges include:

  1. Avon High Octane
  2. Avon Tranquility – Bike & Kayak
  3. Avon Old Skool Sports Day/Celtic games
  4. Avon Pedal Paddle Package
  5. Avon Treasure Hunt – on land/water 
  6. Avon Expedition Package
  7. Kilranelagh Lodge Package – Country Pursuits (minimum numbers 6pax)
  8. Full day team building facilitation  

Our activities team at The Avon would be delighted to assist you in putting a team building package together for you and your team. Get in touch with us today, and we will help you put your next team building package together.

Experience The Avon during Kaleidoscope 2019

28th– 30th June 2019





A tantalizing festival world awaits family and friends, as Russborough House in Blessington swings open its gates for its first EVER festival on the 28th – 30th June. Kaleidoscope Festival will provide three days of high energy, full colour, multi–stage entertainment over 15 stages, designed to entice and enthrall all, from babes in arms to those eligible for a bus pass! 

Born out of Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope will harness the magic of Picnic’s entertainment and family campsites, tailoring the overall festival experience to the desires of the festival-going family and bringing the essence of Electric Picnic to this brand new festival. Kaleidoscope heralds a new era of programming for the sophisticated taste of modern parents, discerning kids and all-knowing teens.

For the truly intrepid explorers, embark upon a family expedition here at The Avon where professionally managed adventure sports will be at your fingertips including zip lining, climbing and archery – only 6km away from the main festival site at Russborough. Take in the beautiful surroundings of the Poulaphouca Reservoir by water by kayak or look to the bottom of the lake and you might just catch a glimpse of the lost village which now lies beneath the water! Pack up your beloved bikes for the weekend and embark as a family on the Blessington Greenway from The Avon. The trail links the historic town of Blessington with Russborough House, it leads along the shores of the Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland.  All activities at The Avon must be booked in advance and will include a shuttle bus transfer to and from the adventure. You can book your activities here but be quick as they are subject to availability!

We are thrilled to have the first ever Kaleidoscope on our doorstep this year and can’t wait to welcome all its visiting Families & Friends to experience The Avon and our legendary lakeshore activity centre! Lake Kayaking, Rowing Boats, Bike Hire, Climbing Walls, Archery, Pedal Go- Karts, Zipline plus extra Special Kaleidoscope Food Offers to fuel every hungry festival reveller are all on offer…so do Come On Over and Play At The A during Kaleidoscope 2019 – now let the exciting countdown begin!‘ Barry Kilroy, General Manager

Avon Activities during Kaleidoscope 2019

Friday 28th June – Sunday 30th June

Daily from 9am-5pm

Pre-book Online via Activities page on www.theavon.ie or email activities@theavon.ie

Double Kayak Sit-on-Top 2 Seater

€50 per kayak (for 2 persons sharing)

Minimum age 6

2 hours

Rowing Boats for Hire

2 hours

€30 per boat (maximum 4 persons)

From 10am to 6pm

Bike Hire / Cycle the Blessington Greenway 12km return (The Avon/Russborough House)

€15 per Adult, €10 per Child (minimum age 5 years)

1 hour

Avon Arena Combo Ticket

€30 per person  (minimum age 8 years)

1 hour

Archery + Climbing Wall + Zipline (20 mins of each)

Pedal Push Go-kart

€5 per person

1/2 hour  

Food at The Avon during Kaleidoscope          

All-Day BBQ

Dockers Bar for All-day Dining and Pizza

Walkers Cafe for Drinks, Snacks & Ice Cream!

SPECIAL Kaleidoscope Food Offer €5 off €30 Food spend on presentation of Kaleidoscope wristband (t&cs apply)

Lakeshore Hot Tubs 12noon-8pm daily, €5 per person

Yoga at The A – Saturday 11am and Sunday 10am (€10, Kids Yoga at 12noon Sunday 

Park N Ride Facility at The Avon to Kaleidoscope at the 
Russborough site €20 per day return trip for 1 car

Shuttle Bus Service running 8am-6pm daily €5 Return (under 5’s go free)


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