WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 TOUR OF GLENDALOUGH ESTATE
Held as part of the Roundwood Festival, this guided tour of the Glendalough Estate at 7 p.m. will reveal its history and its significance to the Roundwood area. The cost is €10 and places must be booked in advance by calling 085 8832709 after July 26.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 SOLAR BONES
Something Different, in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival and Mermaid Arts Centre, presents a ‘work in progress’ presentation of Solar Bones by Mike McCormack. Marcus Conway is haunted by the feeling that nothing is quite right. Poring obsessively over the details of his relationships, his world and his work as an engineer brings him closer to an understanding of how the things and people he loves have come together and come apart. Tickets for this show at the Mermaid cost €10/€8 and are available from the venue.
FUN TEAM CHALLENGE
A firm favourite of the annual Roundwood Festival, the fun team challenge will take place at An Tochar GAA grounds from 6.30 p.m. and will feature a team-based obstacle challenge. Entry is free but teams of four must include a maximum of two adults (over 16) and up to three children (must be eight years or older).
Kavanagh’s will play host to the annual set dancing night held as part of the Roundwood Festival. No previous experience is required as a lesson will take place at 8.30 p.m. before dancing to live music starts at 9 p.m. Admission is €5.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 FAMILY CEILI AND SET DANCING
Join Sheila Kavanagh and the McGrath Flood School from 7.30 p.m. for a fun night in the Parish Hall as part of the Roundwood Festival. Suitable for all ages and abilities, guests can try out some waltzes, ceilie and set dancing. Admission is €5 for adults while kids go free.
RNLI MARITIME FESTIVAL
The annual festival kicks off with the crowning of the Arklow Credit Union Maritime Queen at the Arklow Sailing Club from 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 HILL WALK
Begin the day with a stunning walk through the Sally Gap and Luggala at 9 a.m. Organised as part of the Roundwood Festival, walkers should meet at Vartry House. Pre-booking is essential so that bus transport can be arranged and can be done by emailing [email protected]wood.ie. The cost is €5 to take part.
S.J. White, whose book ‘Thoughts and Obsessions’ was published recently, will be signing copies at the First Saturday Book Sale, which supports the Shankill Old Folks Association, at the Shankill Old Folks Centre, Lower Road, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
TEDDY BEARS’ PICNIC
Treat the fluffy members of the family to a free teddy bears’ picnic at An Tochar GAA grounds from 11 a.m. Guests are advised to bring along their own picnic and enjoy the games and entertainment provide for children as the Roundwood Festival continues.
FARM AND COUNTRY AUCTION
The St Peter’s Parish, Kiltegan, farm and country auction will take place at 2 p.m. in the parish centre beside the church. There will be lots of farm produce and home bakes on sale on the day, alongside the annual Auction. There will also be a raffle with some great money prizes.
RNLI MARITIME FESTIVAL
One of the Ireland’s longest-running maritime festivals returns. Events kick off from 2 p.m. with Viking long boat trips and music on the quayside.
CANOEING ON THE RESERVOIR
A staple of the Roundwood Festival, the public are invited to come along and try out canoeing on the Upper Vartry Reservoir (Bray Road) from 4 p.m. This is open to all swimmers aged 13 and over and canoe and water safety equipment will be supplied. It costs €5 to take part and parking is available at Roundwood AFC. This will be followed by novelty canoe races.
VETERANS FOOTBALL MATCH
Come see the more mature soccer stars of the village re-live their former glory in this fun, veteran challenge match at 6 p.m. at Roundwood AFC, held as part of the Roundwood Festival.
London Astrobeat Orchestra will perform songs from the iconic Talking Heads’ movie ‘Stop Making Sense’ from 8 p.m. in the Mermaid Arts Centre. Focusing on tracks from the cult classic albums ‘Remain In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’, the orchestra is a funky, rhythmic, hypnotic, anthemic, uplifting, percussive and earth-shatteringly tight live band. Tickets cost €24/€22 and are available from the Mermaid.
SHORTS AND SHADES PARTY
Throw on the shorts and shades for this fun party at Aras an Tochar, organised for the Roundwood Festival. Kicking off at 8 p.m., there will be a live DJ and spot prizes for the best dressed. Entry is €10.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4 CLAY PIGEON SHOOT
Kick-off the final day of the Roundwood Festival with a clay pigeon shoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organised by the Carrick Glen Gun Club, it will take place at Carrignamuck Upper, Ashford (signposted from the Ballyduff crossroads).
RNLI MARITIME FESTIVAL
The final day of the Maritime Festival features a packed schedule for all the famiily from noon. Highlights include the blessing of the fleet at 1.30 p.m. and the Lifeboat Dog Show from 3 p.m. There will stalls, a bouncing castle, a climbing wall, face painting and much more to enjoy at the Arklow quay.
DERMOT O’NEILL AT RATHWOOD
As part of the Carlow Garden Festival, Dermot O’Neill will lead a leisurely walk through Rath Wood Forest near Tullow at 1 p.m. The 185-acre wood is a sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insects and there is a great variety of tree species. At 2 p.m. Dermot will host a second event in which he will pick his top ten plants and cover some of the most important aspects of summer gardening. Audience members can bring along their questions and learn how to keep their gardens looking beautiful. These are free events at Rathwood, Tullow. Pre-booking is advised (but not essential) and can be done by calling 059 9156285 or visiting rathwood.com
FAMILY FUN DAY
The final day of the Roundwood Festival plays host to a jam-packed shedule of events including a vintage vehicle parade with an IUNVA colour party and 17th Wicklow Scouts at 2 p.m. This will be followed by a whole range of activities to keep all ages entertained, including bungee trampoline, dog show, scarecrow competition, hang tough challenge, sheaf pitching and nappy hanging competitions, pets’ corner and much more. At 3 p.m. there will be the inter club fun race, followed at 4 p.m. by the inter pub barman’s race. A raffle will take place at 6.30 p.m. at Vartry House and this will be followed by the ‘load of balls downhill ball race’. A traditional craft show will also take plac ein the parish hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Castletown field day will take place from 2 p.m., bursting with all the usual attractions. This is the main parish fundraiser of the year and all the money raised is used in the running of the church. Raffle tickets are on sale.
Wicklow town’s brand new music festival ‘Summerland’ takes place in the Abbey Grounds from 2.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. There will be live music by The 4 Of Us, Hawke, The Rituals, The Jexit and The Receipts, with more acts still to be added to the bill. There will also be a kids zone, wellness workshops, local and international food stalls and art installations. Attendees can also try out laughter yoga. A limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now for €15. Visit summerlandwicklow.ie/ to book.
The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. will feature the St George’s Brass Band.
The Roundwood Festival draws to a close with the annual street party from 8.30 p.m. at Byrne and Woods/ Varty House. There will be music from Captain and the Smoking Guns, Citizen J and other guests until late.
80S AND 90S NIGHT
Step back in time with this fun 80s and 90s night at the Imaal Hall in Dunlavin in aid of two very worthy causes. This fun evening, at which fancy dress is optional, will raise funds for the Dunlavin Residents Association and the U14 team at Dunlavin Utd Soccer Club. Doors will open at 10.30 p.m. and music by DJ John will continue until 2 a.m. This event is strictly over 18s and ID will be required on the door. Tickets cost €10 (this is a ticket-only event).
The Grand Finale of the Wicklow Regatta Festival takes place at the Black Castle from 11 p.m. to 11.20 p.m. The winner of the competition will get the opportunity to start the fireworks.
MONDAY, AUGUST 5 TINAHELY AGRICULTURAL SHOW
The Tinahely Agricultural Show will be back for its 84th year. The show is the second-largest agricultural show in Ireland and promises to be a fun filled day for all the family.
ROWING CLUB REGATTA
The Wicklow Rowing Club Regatta is a highlight of the East Coast raowing season and will involve crews from Wicklow, Fingal, Greystones, Arklow, St Michael’s, Stella Maris, Bray, Dalkey and Skerries. The racing starts at 11 a.m.
An afternoon of fun is planned for the Donoughmore fete and sports day, which begins at 1 p.m. Children’s football matches will take place at 1.15 p.m., there will be a horse and carriage competition at 2 p.m. and horse and carriage rides from 3 p.m. There will also be lots of old-fashioned stalls, afternoon teas, a bouncy castle, bowls, hit the can, a display by Kildare Craft Collective and much more. Guests can also visit the historic church. Entry is €3 for adults and children go free.
The latest free summer concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. will feature Stedfast Band.