WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW Festival fever grips Wicklow as 139th Regatta continues
THE Wicklow Regatta is well and truly in the swing of things with the Regatta Queen crowned on Friday night and the Singing Pubs already well under way.
The Regatta celebrates its 139th anniversary this year, making it, in all likelihood, the oldest festival in Ireland.
Today, Wednesday, August 2, Young at Heart takes place in the Grand Hotel while the Singing Pubs continues in Whistler’s Bar.
Thursday is chock-a-block full of activities. There is a kids treasure hunt in Wicklow Gaol, the immensely popular Wicklow’s Got Talent in the Assembly Hall, a skate and BMX jam at the skatepark, laughter yoga at the Abbey Grounds, an historic walk at St Patrick’s Church, a bridge tournament in the Grand Hotel and the Singing Pubs makes a return to Fitzpatrick’s later that night.
On Friday, festival-goers can enjoy some relaxing yoga beside the Black Castle while the youngsters can participate in a kids fun soccer camp organised by Wicklow Rovers. There will also be the traditional golly fishing at Parnell Bridge. Friday draws to a close with a trad music night in Market Square featuring the Maguire Family.
On Saturday, there will be more morning yoga at the Black Castle, and there will also be a chance to take a tour of An Tairseach at the Dominican College Wicklow.
An art exhibition will take place in the Assembly Hall and there will be kids fun tennis at Wicklow Tennis Club. A family fun day takes place in the Abbey Grounds and the band ‘Birds of Olympus’ will play in the Church of Ireland.
Kilmantin Arts exhibition continues on Sunday in the Assembly Hall and the Wicklow Swimming Club Open will also take place. This is the third event in the club’s 2017 summer race series and marks the 30th anniversary of one of the club’s flagship events. The race is a challenging 1.6k long course divided into gents’ and ladies’ races. It starts at the Murrough.
The ever-popular raft race is always a treat as the competitors hope their crazy designs stay afloat. There will be an historic maritime talk at the Black Castle, followed by a family hoedown at 7.30 p.m.
A spectacular fireworks display by the Black Castle is sure to draw quite the crowd.
The Wicklow Rowing Club Regatta on Monday is a highlight of the East Coast Rowing season. The regatta will see crews from Skerries, Dalkey, Bray, St Patrick’s, Stella Maris, St Michael’s, Arklow, Greystones, Fingal and Wicklow rowing clubs compete across a range of classes.
The festival programme, which contains full details of times and events, is on sale now at a price of €4.50.
year’s Arklow Maritime Festival will receive her crown at the selection night. Guests are welcome to come along and cheer their favourites as they vie to get their hands on the much-sought-after sash.
MUSIC IN CALARY CONCERT
The summer series of concerts at Calary Church continue with the Duo Chagall and Lance Coburn. Duo Chagall is the celebrated partnership of Arun Rao on cello and Gillian Williams on violin while Lance Coburn will delight on the piano. The night will see performances of pieces by Schumann, Ravel and Brahms. Tickets are €18/€15. To book, contact 01 2818146 or email email@example.com.
A bus will take the group to and from this walk, which will follow a stunning circular route around Lough Dan and Luggala. Pre-booking is essential, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a €5 charge for the walk.
TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC
If you go down to the woods today...you should turn around and head for the GAA club where the Festival roars into life with a day of fun activities on the quays. Featuring a bouncy castle, stitches boat rides, zorb waterball, festival train trips and the vintage Tub Boat Brocklebank Museum, there will be fun for all ages. A stunt drive Ireland exhibition will take place at 8 p.m., as will the ever-popular Viking Landings and ‘raid’ featuring Arklow Sea Scouts.
This clash of the canoes is always a popular event at the Roundwood Festival. All safety equipment is supplied for the veteran, adult and youth competitions, which are open to all swimmers aged 13 and over. Parking will be available at Roundwood AFC on the Bray Road. Cost of entry is €5.
VETERAN CHALLENGE MATCH
Come along as see some of the local stars of yester-year pull on their boots and go head-to-head for bragging rights on the soccer pitch.
FAMILY CÉILI AND SET DANCING
Join Sheila Kavanagh and the McGrath Flood School of Irish Dancing for a fun time. Suitable for all ages, guests are encouraged to try out some waltzes, céili and set dancing.
The open water swim at the 2016 Wicklow Regatta Festival.