Great family friendly entertainment
THIS year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival runs from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21 with something to suit all tastes from the very young to the very old.
The festival kicked off on Sunday, July 7 with the Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition in The Midway with Jamie McClean, representing The Bay Beauty Rooms, winning the coveted title.
The festival weekend begins on Friday, July 19 with a Carnival in the Park on Main Street opens. It will be on all weekend long. The Trade Winds International Burger Eating Competition takes place at 8.30 p.m. and there’ll be music at 9.30 p.m. with Bare Bones.
Saturday, July 20 promises to be a fun-day for everyone. The Summer Sounds 2019 International Marching Bands Competition and Drum Corps competition will be at the Arklow Celtic FC grounds from 2 p.m.
The Dainty Bakery Baby Show takes place in the Park at 3 p.m. While the busking competition runs all over the town from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with cash prizes to be won.
New this year is Pound with Ais, a drumming inspired workout at 7 p.m. The Pint Challenge takes place on the Main Street at 8 p.m. There will be music on the top stage from Wise Guys, on the middle stage Finch and on the bottom stage After Hours.
On Sunday, July 21, there will be artisan food and crafts on the Main Street and the McDonald’s Teddy Bears Picnic in the Park at 2 p.m.
The Pipe Band Competition is always a huge attraction for visitors and runs at the Top Stage from 2 p.m. with bands from across Ireland. On the Main Street, Wicklow Minors Comhaltas will perform at 2 p.m. followed by street fun and games at 3 p.m.
The Arklow Seabreeze Pig Derby will feature on the Main Street at 4 p.m. with the Pipe Bands parade at 5 p.m. Midway Chilli Madness gets underway at 7.30 p.m. The Great Ball Race, which was a big hit last year, returns at 8 p.m.
To finish off the evening, there will be music on the top stage with Abbaesque, Déjà Vu on the middle stage and The Navvies on the bottom stage. A fireworks display will bring the festival to a close in front of Bridgewater Shopping Centre at 11 p.m. The best viewing points will be on the River Walk or the Bridge.
A big thank you to all who gave their time and money to help out again this year, our Festival Friends and Sponsors. Thanks also to Arklow Waste Disposal for sponsoring the bins for the weekend. The festival committee are truly grateful for their support to keep Arklow clean and tidy. Thanks to the Gardai, Order of Malta and everyone else for their help.
The Arklow Visual Arts Community Gallery will have an exhibition open with beautiful works of art on display and available to purchase.
Check out our website www. arklowseabreezefestival.ie or visit our Facebook page for more information.