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WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 SWING­ING PUBS

The lat­est night in Seabreeze Fes­ti­val’s an­nual mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment com­pe­ti­tion takes place in The Gin Mill, Main Street, Ark­low from 9.45 p.m.

THURS­DAY, JULY 18 DOC­U­MEN­TARY PRE­MIÈRE

The Whale The­atre in Grey­stones will host the pre­mière of ‘Let Your Colours Run Free’, a fea­ture doc­u­men­tary made by Tran­sGrey­stones. The event be­gins at 8 p.m. and tick­ets, cost­ing €10, are avail­able from The Whale.

SWING­ING PUBS

The final of Seabreeze Fes­ti­val’s an­nual mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment com­pe­ti­tion will be held in the Bridge Ho­tel, Main Street, Ark­low from 9.45 p.m.

FRI­DAY, JULY 19 WINGS FOOD FEST

Wings Food Fes­ti­val returns to Bray. There will be food pop-ups, in­clud­ing ve­gan op­tions and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties. En­try is free and there will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a seafront fun­fair, bar­be­cue pit­mas­ter de­mos, street food and craft mar­kets as well as live mu­sic and Djs. The fes­ti­val is open from 7 p.m. on the Fri­day.

KNOCK­AN­STOCKAN

The shores of the Bless­ing­ton Lakes, a site of un­par­al­leled beauty, will once again be­come a play­ground of elec­tric­ity as mu­si­cians, artists, rev­ellers and crew come to­gether to cel­e­brate the very best in mod­ern Irish cul­ture. A truly di­verse and eclec­tic line-up and a sense of won­der, free­dom and gen­uine good­will makes Knock­an­Stockan the place to dis­cover in­de­pen­dent mu­sic and art in Ire­land.

THE OLD BOG ROAD

Val­ley­mount Com­mu­nity Hall presents ‘The Old Bog Road’, an evening of mu­sic, song and tales at 8 p.m. in the hall. Tick­ets cost €10 and all pro­ceeds will go to­wards the Val­ley­mount Com­mu­nity Hall Restora­tion Fund.

NATHAN CARTER

Irish County Mu­sic star Nathan Carter brings his Sum­mer Spec­tac­u­lar show to the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel from 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

WESTLIFE LIVE ON SCREEN

The final live show of the UK and Ire­land leg of Westlife’s ‘The Twenty Tour’ will be played at the Whale The­atre from 8 p.m. Fans will be able to see Shane, Mark, Nicky and Kian per­form brand-new mu­sic along­side their clas­sic hits from the past 20 years. Tick­ets cost €17.50 and are avail­able from the Whale.

SEABREEZE FES­TI­VAL

The Seabreeze Fes­ti­val week­end kicks off with an evening of fun and games in the park from 8 p.m., a demon­stra­tion from Ark­low First Re­spon­ders and a burger eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion. There will also be mu­sic in the park from Bare Bones from 9.30 p.m.

TA­BLE QUIZ

As part of their Os­carz fundrais­ing cam­paign, Martin and Con­nie will be host­ing a fun ta­ble quiz in Ka­vanagh’s Lounge in Round­wood from 8.30 p.m.

SATUR­DAY, JULY 20 CARNEW AND DIS­TRICT AGRI­CUL­TURAL SHOW

Carnew and Dis­trict Agri­cul­tural Show takes place in Um­ri­gar from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a full pro­gramme of classes for horses, ponies, sheep, poul­try, bak­ing, arts, crafts and flow­ers on the day. A dog show takes place at 2 p.m. and there will be plenty more to en­ter­tain the masses. En­try is €5 (chil­dren go free).

THE AGB FES­TI­VAL OF FOOT­BALL

The AGB Fes­ti­val of Foot­ball will be held in Pearse Park, Ark­low, from 10 a.m. as part of this year’s Seabreeze Fes­ti­val.

WALK UP LUG

GIO’S Walk­ing Fel­low­ship’s an­nual spon­sored walk to Lug­naquilla in aid of the Tear­mann Com­mu­nity Gar­den will have a bus leav­ing Ger­maines at 10.30 a.m. The walk will com­mence from Fen­ton’s Pub, Glen of Imaal, at 11 a.m. and a re­turn bus from Fen­ton’s to Ger­maines will be at 6 p.m. sharp. Spon­sor­ship cards are avail­able from Ger­maines.

KNOCK­AN­STOCKAN

The shores of the Bless­ing­ton Lakes, a site of un­par­al­leled beauty, will once again be­come a play­ground of elec­tric­ity as mu­si­cians, artists, rev­ellers and crew come to­gether to cel­e­brate the very best in mod­ern Irish cul­ture. A truly di­verse and eclec­tic line-up and a sense of won­der, free­dom and gen­uine good­will makes Knock­an­Stockan the place to dis­cover in­de­pen­dent mu­sic and art in Ire­land.

WINGS FOOD FEST

Wings Food Fes­ti­val returns to Bray. There will be food pop-ups, in­clud­ing ve­gan op­tions and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties. En­try is free and there will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a seafront fun­fair, bar­be­cue pit­mas­ter de­mos, street food and craft mar­kets as well as live mu­sic and Djs. The fes­ti­val is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

POP UP PIC­NIC

He­lium in part­ner­ship with the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, presents Pop Up Pic­nic, a feast of multi-sen­sory play, re­lax­ation and sur­prise for young chil­dren with com­plex needs and their fam­i­lies. A sooth­ing world of mu­sic, sound, pup­petry, move­ment and tac­tile fun is wait­ing to be dis­cov­ered in this en­chant­ing, in­ter­ac­tive per­for­mance at the Mer­maid. This event is suitable for chil­dren aged five and un­der with com­plex dis­abil­i­ties and takes place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. At­ten­dance is free but places must be booked through the Mer­maid.

SEABREEZE FES­TI­VAL

Seabreeze Fes­ti­val returns to Ark­low. High­lights on Satur­day in­clude mu­sic from Wise Guys, the in­ter­na­tional march­ing bands and drum corps com­pe­ti­tion from 2 p.m. and the Dainty Bak­ery Baby Show in the Park from 3 p.m. There will be a busk­ing com­pe­ti­tion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a car­ni­val in the park all day long.

UN­DER THE SEA

Have fun un­der the sea as the Bridge­wa­ter, in part­ner­ship with Sea Life in Bray, brings an aquar­ium to the shop­ping cen­tre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shop­pers can ex­pe­ri­ence touch tanks on the mall and learn ev­ery­thing there is to know about life un­der the sea. They can also get up close to a real shark tooth or take part in the play dough sta­tion.

SUM­MER SOUNDS

There will be a great af­ter­noon’s en­ter­tain­ment in Ark­low Celtic FC grounds as march­ing bands and drum corps groups from across Ire­land com­pete in the Sum­mer Sounds March­ing Bands Com­pe­ti­tion. Free.

AMELIE

Grey­stones Film Club and Bear Paw are team­ing up for a film screen­ing with a dif­fer­ence at the Whale The­atre. Guests can en­joy a French cui­sine menu, spe­cially pre­pared by chef Thierry Peu­rios and the muchloved Bear Paw Del­i­catessen at 7 p.m., fol­lowed by the movie starring Au­drey Tautou at 9 p.m. Tick­ets cost €35 for the movie and din­ner or €10 for the movie alone and are avail­able from the Whale..

JAKE CARTER IN CON­CERT

Jake Carter and his live band will be per­form­ing in St Lau­rence’s GAA grounds, Nar­ragh­more, in this fundraiser for Kil­te­gan GAA and Camo­gie Club De­vel­op­ment Fund. Doors open at 7.30 p.m. and un­der-16s must be ac­com­pa­nied by and adult. Tick­ets cost €25 and are avail­able through club­force.com.

DIN­NER AND DANC­ING

Sup­port this year’s Hol­ly­wood Fair with a night of din­ner and danc­ing. This spe­cial fundraiser takes place in the Hol­ly­wood Cen­tre at 8 p.m. and will fea­ture mu­sic by the Wick­low Man. Tick­ets cost €20.

SUN­DAY, JULY 21 5K COLOUR RUN

Have a blast at this 5k colour run in aid of Wick­low Hospice Foundation. The event gets un­der way at 10 a.m. at The Mur­rough in Wick­low town and is suitable for the whole fam­ily. Reg­is­tra­tion takes place from 9 a.m. on the green area op­po­site the Brass Fox. The cost of en­try is €30 for a fam­ily, €20 for an adult and €10 for a child (un­der 16), Al­ter­na­tively, reg­is­ter online at www.it­splain­sail­ing.com/ club/wick­lowhos­pice

KNOCK­AN­STOCKAN

The shores of the Bless­ing­ton Lakes, a site of un­par­al­leled beauty, will once again be­come a play­ground of elec­tric­ity as mu­si­cians, artists, rev­ellers and crew come to­gether to cel­e­brate the very best in mod­ern Irish cul­ture. A truly di­verse and eclec­tic line-up and a sense of won­der, free­dom and gen­uine good­will makes Knock­an­Stockan the place to dis­cover in­de­pen­dent mu­sic and art in Ire­land.

WINGS FOOD FEST

Wings Food Fes­ti­val returns to Bray. There will be food pop-ups, in­clud­ing ve­gan op­tions and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties. En­try is free and there will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a seafront fun­fair, bar­be­cue pit­mas­ter de­mos, street food and craft mar­kets as well as live mu­sic and Djs. The fes­ti­val is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BRAY REGATTA

Bray Row­ing Club will be host­ing its an­nual regatta – the 48th con­sec­u­tive regatta since the club was re-es­tab­lished in 1971 and the club’s big­gest event of the year. Peo­ple are in­vited to come along and sup­port the crews in yel­low. Rac­ing will com­mence around 11 a.m. and con­tinue through­out the day. There will be a DJ play­ing mu­sic and a raf­fle will be held.

SEABREEZE FES­TI­VAL

Day two of this year’s Seabreeze Fes­ti­val week­end will fea­ture a full pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a craft and ar­ti­san food fair from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., a pipeband com­pe­ti­tion from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the fa­mous pig derby at 4 p.m. There will be plenty of en­ter­tain­ment on Main Street in­clud­ing a car­ni­val and live mu­sic.

UN­DER THE SEA

Have fun un­der the sea as the Bridge­wa­ter, in part­ner­ship with Sea Life in Bray, brings an aquar­ium to the shop­ping cen­tre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shop­pers can ex­pe­ri­ence touch tanks on the mall and learn ev­ery­thing there is to know about life un­der the sea. They can also see a real shark tooth or take part in the play dough sta­tion.

FAM FEST

Fam Fest returns to the Abbey Grounds in Wick­low town from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. This free event fea­tures ac­tiv­i­ties for the whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing

live mu­sic, a pup­pet show and disco, face paint­ing, over­sized games, a scav­enger hunt and an in­flat­able slide, gladiator dome and obstacle course. Hot food, ice cream and pop corn will also be avail­able. There will also be a visit from Wick­low Fire Ser­vices.

TEA DANCE

Avoca Ac­tive Retirement are hold­ing tea dance from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Avoca Com­mu­nity Hall. Mu­sic will be by the Wick­low Man and ad­mis­sion is €5.

SEABREEZE FES­TI­VAL FIRE­WORKS

This year’s Seabreeze Fes­ti­val will draw to a close with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works display at 11 p.m. in front of the Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre. The best view­ing points will be the River Walk and the Ark­low Bridge.

MON­DAY, JULY 22 BOR­DER

The movie Bor­der con­jures an un­set­tling con­tem­po­rary folk tale of love, dif­fer­ence and iden­tity. Cus­toms of­fi­cer Tina is know for her ex­traor­di­nary heighten sense of smell which can de­tect guilt, fear and un­ease, which makes her an in­valu­able bor­der guard. But when Vore crosses her path, Tina senses some­thing she hasn’t come across be­fore. Although un­able to dis­cern Vore true mo­tives, Tina in­stinc­tively finds her­self drawn to him. This screen­ing takes place at the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre at 8 p.m. and tick­ets cost €8/€6.50.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 WEST SIDE STORY

Shee­vawn Mu­si­cal Youth The­atre (se­niors) present their pro­duc­tion of the time­less mu­si­cal West Side Story at 8 p.m. in Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Based on Shake­speare’s Romeo and Juliet, this 1950s mu­si­cal, de­picts the tragic con­se­quences of racist ten­sion be­tween two ri­val com­mu­ni­ties, a topic still very rel­e­vant in to­day’s so­ci­ety. Tick­ets cost €20 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

THURS­DAY, JULY 25 WEST SIDE STORY

Shee­vawn Mu­si­cal Youth The­atre (se­niors) present their pro­duc­tion of the time­less mu­si­cal West Side Story at 8 p.m. in Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Tick­ets cost €20 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

FRI­DAY, JULY 26 WEST SIDE STORY

Shee­vawn Mu­si­cal Youth The­atre (se­niors) present their pro­duc­tion of the time­less mu­si­cal West Side Story at 8 p.m. in Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Tick­ets cost €20 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

SATUR­DAY, JULY 27 BRAY AIR DISPLAY

Bray Air Display returns with acts in­clud­ing The Blades and the Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons. This will be the 14th Bray Air Display, man­aged by Bray Sum­mer­fest with sup­port from the Irish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity and Wick­low County Coun­cil. Show times will be an­nounced later, with fam­ily fun start­ing each day at mid­day.

FAM­ILY FUN DAY

Strat­ford-Grange­con GAA Club will hold its fam­ily fun day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a bar­be­cue, games, adult tug of war and more. There will be a bake-off com­pe­ti­tion fea­tur­ing some fan­tas­tic prizes from the club shop.

SPORTS DAY

The Avoca sports day takes place in Rooster Park from 12.30 p.m. At­trac­tions will in­clude welly throw­ing, long puck, chil­dren’s races, sponge throw­ing, wheel of for­tune, penalty shoot-out, bouncy cas­tles and much more.

WEEK­END BY THE SEA

The Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre in­vites its cus­tomers to en­joy a week­end by the sea from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. by chill­ing on deck chair, pulling up a bean­bag and feast­ing on pop­corn. There will be a pup­pet show for all the fam­ily at 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. and a gi­ant sum­mer fun bub­ble show at 1.30 p.m. and 2.45 p.m.

WEST SIDE STORY

Shee­vawn Mu­si­cal Youth The­atre (se­niors) present their pro­duc­tion of the time­less mu­si­cal West Side Story at 8 p.m. in Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Tick­ets cost €20 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

SUN­DAY, JULY 28 KING OF GREY­STONES

The King of Grey­stones char­ity triathlon will take place from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Pro­ceeds will go to the Gavin Glynn Foundation which helps all chil­dren with can­cer in Ire­land - and their fam­i­lies - to travel over­seas for spe­cialised treat­ment. To sign up go to kingof­grey­stones.ie.

PADDY MARTIN ME­MO­RIAL

Bray Wheel­ers will host the Paddy Martin Me­mo­rial Ran­donée/Sportive in aid of Aware. There will be three dis­tances on of­fer (120km, 90km or 70km) and there will be home-baked re­fresh­ments in Laragh for cy­clists on all routes. The en­try fee is €20 and sign-on will take place from 8.45 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Bray Wheel­ers Club­house on Schools Road, Boghall, Bray. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit bray­wheel­ers.com.

RHSI GAR­DEN SHOW

All roads will lead to Russ­bor­ough House for the green-fin­gered gar­den­ers as it hosts its an­nual RHSI gar­den show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. At­trac­tions will in­clude plant stalls from some of Ire­land’s lead­ing nurs­eries and se­lect stalls deal­ing in gar­den ac­ces­sories, cut flow­ers, ar­ti­san foods and botanic-in­spired art and craft. There will also be talks in the hip­po­drome gar­den­ing ex­perts, de­sign clin­ics, demon­stra­tions, work­shops and mu­sic. Tick­ets are avail­able now for €8 through eventbrite.ie or will cost €10 on the day.

BRAY AIR DISPLAY

Bray Air Display returns with acts in­clud­ing The Blades and the Royal Jor­da­nian Fal­cons. This will be the 14th Bray Air Display, man­aged by Bray Sum­mer­fest with sup­port from the Irish Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity and Wick­low County Coun­cil. Show times will be an­nounced later, with fam­ily fun start­ing each day at mid­day.

ELVIS ROOTS FES­TI­VAL

The cel­e­bra­tion of the Pres­ley fam­ily’s roots in Ea­gle Hill, Hack­et­stown, is back with coun­try star Bernie Heaney, Irish Elvis An­thony Far­relly, street en­ter­tain­ment per­form­ers, face paint­ing and a vin­tage car show. Events get un­der way from 12.30 p.m.

WEEK­END BY THE SEA

The Bridge­wa­ter Shop­ping Cen­tre in­vites its cus­tomers to en­joy a week­end by the sea from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. by chill­ing on deck chair, pulling up a bean­bag and feast­ing on pop­corn. There will be a pup­pet show for all the fam­ily at 1 p.m., 2.15 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. and a gi­ant sum­mer fun bub­ble show at 1.30 p.m. and 2.45 p.m.

TREA­SURE IS­LAND

Chap­ter­house The­atre Com­pany presents Trea­sure Is­land at Pow­er­scourt Gar­dens from 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. When he stum­bles across a cov­eted trea­sure map, young Jim Hawkins finds him­self on an epic ad­ven­ture in the hope of find­ing Trea­sure Is­land. But not ev­ery­one is to be trusted, and a dark se­cret is lurk­ing on board the ship. Tick­ets are €19 for an adult, €16 for chil­dren aged five to 15 and free for younger chil­dren. A fam­ily bun­dle of two adults and two chil­dren costs €56. Go to pow­er­scourt.com to book.

FIONNUALA FALLON AT PATTHANA GAR­DENS

Gar­den writer and flower farmer Fionnuala Fallon will pay a visit to Patthana Gar­dens in Kil­te­gan for this spe­cial event as part of the Car­low Gar­den Fes­ti­val. Be­gin­ning at 5.30 p.m., Fiona will talk about the chang­ing world of Irish gar­dens and guests will en­joy a tour of Patthana, with its flam­boy­ant peren­ni­als, strik­ing fo­liage and op­u­lent display of sum­mer colour. Tick­ets cost €5. Pre-book­ing is ad­vised (but not es­sen­tial) and can be done on www.car­low­gar­den­trail.com

BIG SHOT

The Big Shot Com­pany will per­form songs from the orig­i­nal award-win­ning mu­si­cal writ­ten and com­posed by Lau­ryn Gaffney at the As­gard The­atre, Lower Main Street in Ark­low. Tick­ets cost €10 and can be booked at www.gr8events.ie.

MON­DAY, JULY 29 TIGERS

The fact-based drama Tigers from Academy Award-win­ning di­rec­tor Da­nis Tanovic, will be screened at 8 p.m. in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. In­spired by a true story, the film fea­tures Em­raan Hashmi in the lead­ing role as a young sales­man in Pak­istan who dis­cov­ers his new com­pany’s baby for­mula has killed hun­dreds of chil­dren, af­ter which he be­gins a lone and dan­ger­ous bat­tle tak­ing on a multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion. Tick­ets cost €8.50/€7 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

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