WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICK­LOW Fes­ti­val fever grips Wick­low as 139th Re­gatta con­tin­ues

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.


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 derekneil­son@eir­com.net.

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 info@round­wood.ie. There is a €5 charge for the walk.


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.


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.


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.

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