This year’s Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival runs from Friday19th July to Sunday 21st July with something to suit all tastes from the very young to the very old, where a Carnival atmosphere will be created.
The Festival kicked off on Sunday 7th July with the Bridgewater Seabreeze Princess Competition in The Midway, Main Street, Arklow with 18 year old Jamie McClean, representing The Bay Beauty Rooms, winning the coveted title, sponsored by The Bridgewater Shopping Centre as main sponsors and Maebh O’Shea, representing The Bridge Hotel, Arklow in runner up position. Mr. Seabreeze was won this year by Brian Davis and Darragh Godkin with Daniel Codd in the runner up spot.
Swinging Pubs competition has been taking centre stage since Monday 8th July, with Christy’s on the opening night followed by John Joes on Friday 12th July, Sally O Brien’s on Saturday 13th July, Arklow Bay Hotel Sunday 14th July, The Midway on Monday 15th July, The Gallery on Tuesday 16th July, The Gin Mill on Wednesday 17th July and The Bridge Hotel on the Final night Thursday 18th July followed by the announcement of the winners of this year’s title. Will it be The Bridge Hotel, reigning champions taking the title again, come out and see for yourselves.
Nathan Carter is getting in on the act this year and arrives to The Arklow Bay Hotel on Friday 19th July where tickets are available from Hotel Reception – but hurry they are almost sold out. Also on Friday night there will be Carnival in the Park on Main Street and demonstration from Arklow First Responders at 8pm and Fun and Games at 8pm, the Trade Winds International Burger Eating Competition at 8.30pm and music at 9.30m with “Bare Bones”
Saturday 20th July is another action packed day with AGB Festival of Football from 10am in Pearse Park, Vale Road, Arklow and Summer Sounds 2019 International Marching Bands Competition and Drum Corps Competition in Arklow Celtic F.C. Grounds from 2pm with groups from all around Ireland taking part, a great afternoons entertainment. See Inbhear Mor Performance Ensemble taking part prior to their trip to the USA and European Bands Championships in Holland in September. There will be Carnival in the Park throughout the entire weekend, and so lots of fun for all our visitors.
The Dainty Bakery Baby Show takes place in the Park at 3pm on Saturday 20th July with Busking competition all over the town from 2pm – 5pm with valuable cash prizes to be won. Registration for this takes place in the Midway and the winners will be announced at 5pm at the middle stage. The Main Street will close from 6pm – 12pm so people are advised to follow road signs and diversions both Saturday and Sunday. Pound with Ais, which is a Drumming inspired rock out workout is another new activity added to the programme this year. Drum Corps Rock The Town Marching Band Ensemble will feature at the top stage on Saturday evening at 7.30pm, followed by Wise Guys on the Top Stage. The Pint Challenge takes place on the main street 8pm followed by Street Fun and Games at 8.30pm. Finishing off a packed day music on the Top Stage will Feature – Wise Guys, Middle Stage – Finch and Bottom Stage – After Hours.
On Sunday 21st July the Carnival will feature all day in the Car Park with the main street closed to traffic from 1pm – 11pm. Traffic restrictions and diversions will be in place. Another feature will be Artisan Food and Crafts on the main street and McDonald’s Teddy Bears Picnic in the Park at 2pm where all are welcome particularly the small people. The Pipe Band Competition another huge attraction for visitors will run at the Top Stage from 2pm – 5pm and features award winning pipe bands from all around Ireland. American Wrestling takes centre stage, outside Sally O Briens from 2pm-4pm. Irish Traditional Music by Wicklow Minors Comhaltas will take place at 2pm on the main street, followed by street fun and games form 3pm. The Arklow Seabreeze Pig Derby will feature on the main street at 4pm followed by the Pipe Bands parade at 5pm down from the Top stage down the town. Midway Chilli Madness gets underway at 7.30pm and The Great Ball Race, which was a big hit last year makes a return visit again this year at 8pm, buy a ball for €2 for a chance to win great prizes.
Finishing off the evening will be music on the Top Stage with Abbaesque, Middle Stage – Déjà Vu and Bottom Stage – The Navvies with the Fireworks Display on the River below the bridge in front of Bridgewater Shopping Centre at 11pm. Best viewing points will be the River Walk and Bridge.
A big thank you to all who gave their time and money to help out again this year, our Festival Friends and Sponsors and all who put their hands into their pockets to make the Arklow Seabreeze Music and Arts Festival happen. Please support those who support the Festival. Thanks also to Arklow Waste Disposal for sponsoring of the bins for all the rubbish for the entire weekend, we are truly grateful for their help and support in keeping Arklow clean and tidy. Thanks to the Gardai, Order of Malta, press and media for all their help and support.
Throughout the weekend The Arklow Visual Arts Community Gallery will have an exhibition open to the public where all are welcome to visit. Beautiful works of art will be on display and available to purchase, well worth a visit.
A cead mile failte to all our visitors and friends outside of Arklow.
Check out our website www.arklowseabreezefestival.ie or visit our Facebook page arklowseabreezefestival for updates and information.