WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW
Jack L returns to the Mermaid for a second time (after selling out the night before) with his latest show ‘Magic Days’, the audience will be treated to a mix of classics and new hits. Tickets, available from the Mermaid Arts Centre, cost €22.
Wicklow Golf Club will host bursting with the best of local entertainment in aid of Breast Cancer Research Ireland. The night will feature comedians, singers and performers, a monster raffle, finger food and dancing until the early hours. Cross at the Spink in Aughrim will be held on Sunday, August 13, starting at 3 p.m. from the church Carpark in Avoca.
PATTERN DAY WALK
The annual Pattern Day Walk goes from Moneystown Community Centre to Lady’s Well, Ballymanus Upper on Carrick Mountain. The route is 5.5 miles in total. Lady’s Well is an ancient holy well marked on the Neville Maps of 1760. Contact Rosaleen at email@example.com.
Freddie White has been part of the fabric of the Irish live music scene since the 1970s. Whether interpreting other people’s music or playing his own, his performances are legendary. Tickets are €18. to 10 p.m. at the Vault in Arklow and there will be live music, a DJ and pizza and ice cream will be served.
Off the Ground Theatre Company will present this popular story of trains, steamer ships, elephants, Indian princesses and a suspicious detective in the gardens of Killruddery. Phileas Fogg thinks he can travel the world in just 80 days and sets sail on the day that a £20,000 wager is made. Tickets cost €15 for adults, €11 for students/OAPs and €7 for those under 18 (children must be accompanied by an adult).
SET DANCING CEILI
The Hollywood Fair weekend gets under way with a set dancing ceili with Syl and Liz in the GAA clubhouse. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is €10. another packed schedule of events. Today’s headliners are Primal Scream who take to the main stage at 9 p.m. Other musical acts to perform include Hudson Taylor, Jerry Fish and Chasing Abbey. The new Thrive Wellness area, which allows festival-goers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and re-energise, and the Family Zone, which is packed with fun activities for young and old alike, will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tickets, from €59.50, are available from www. groovefestival.ie
GLENDALOUGH BIG DIG
This is a simulated excavation giving children the opportunity to try their hands at archaeology. Professionals from the School of Irish Archaeology will be on hand to discuss treasures uncovered. This is a free event however booking is required and slots are allocated on an hourly basis. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WOMEN’S ADVENTURE RACE
Gaelforce present this challenge race for women only! The route involves a 10km run, 14km cycle and a 0.5km kayak on the upper reservoir. For those seeking to keep their feet on dry land, a 24km duathlon will also be held. Entry is open online (visit gaelforceevents.com) for €50 until August 11 and will cost €60 on the day (cash only). Registration will take place from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at An Tochar GAA Club on the morning of the challenge, with the race starting at 11.30 a.m.
INTERNATIONAL LADIES POLO
Wicklow woman Siobhan Herbst will be among the team of Irish women taking part in this tournament in aid of the Injured Jockeys’ Fund. There will be three matches in all (Ireland V USA, celebrity jockeys V trainers and Ireland V the rest of the world) as well as live music, artisan food and a dedicated kids’ zone. Gates open at 11.45 a.m. with the first match starting at noon. Tickets, which must be booked in advance at ladiespolo.ie, cost €30 per car for the picnic package while tickets for the marquee package (which includes entertainment, champagne reception and a fourcourse meal) cost €120.
As part of the Hollywood Fair, a Latin Mass will take place in Tutty’s field featuring a full choir singing old hymns.
ART EXHIBITION AND FLOWER ARRANGING DISPLAY
North Wicklow Motorcycle Enthusiasts are preparing for the seventh annual motorcycle in aid of Lakers. Sign-in will take place at 9.30 a.m. with the group setting off at 11 a.m. The registration fee is €10 for a rider and €20 for a rider and pillion.
Groove Festival continues with a second day full of top-class entertainment. Todays headliners are UB40 who take to the main stage at 9 p.m. Other acts include Hothouse Flowers, Cry Before Dawn, Stomptown Brass and Spring Break. The new Thrive Wellness area, which allows festival-goers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and re-energise, and the Family Zone, which is packed with fun activities for young and old alike, will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets, from €59.50, are available from www. groovefestival.ie
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
Come join East Coast Classics to see a wonderful display of classic and vintage cars while also having plenty of fun on the bouncy castles and enjoying the live music and refreshments. Admission is €10 for adults and children are free.
BRITTAS BAY FUN RUN
The Brittas Bay 5k/10k run/walk and family fun day takes place in aid of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Registration takes place in the main car park from 11 a.m. and the run starts at 1 p.m. There will be lots of family entertainment. Registration is open online at popupraces. ie. Further information is available from organiser Wayne O’Driscoll at 086 2005652 or waynedriscoll02@ gmail.com.
Minister Simon Harris and two of the most senior residents of Hollywood will officially open the Hollywood Fair day at 2 p.m., which will feature a whole range of traditional activities and displays as well as a hand-shearing competition (2 p.m.), performance by the Mary Byrne School of Irish Dancing (2.15 p.m.), Guiness Book of Records bid for most flat caps at a single event (3 p.m.), vintage machine shearing (4 p.m.), falconry display (4.15 p.m.), dancing, music and lots more.