Weekend look ahead: events around Wicklow

Friday 3rd November

Kid’s Orienteering Trail at the Martello

Runs until 5th November at 12pm daily

Where?: The Martello, Bray.

Kids have a chance to go orienteering along the seafront in Bray, putting their map-reading skills to the test to find all the hidden letters. To take part, go to the Martello reception and ask for a map.

Price: €2 per child (all money raised goes to Ardmore Rovers FC)

For more information, go to the Martello.


Toastie Festival at the Harbour Bar

Runs until 5th November

Where?: The Harbour Bar, Bray.

Ireland’s first Toastie Festival will run throughout the weekend in celebration of a Harbour Bar classic, the humble ham and cheese toastie. This favourite goes well with a post-cliff walk well-earned pint or pot of tea.

Throughout the festival the classic ham and cheese will be served alongside some more adventurous fillings. The Bar will also provide free tea top-ups too.

Dogs are also welcome.

For more information, go to the Harbour Bar.


The Nina in me – Karen Underwood

Where?: The Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray.

Karen Underwood, the “Chicago Diva,” performs a selection of Nina Simone’s songs interwoven with her own stories of growing up black in America, and her voyage of musical and emotional discovery in Ireland.

First commissioned by the Cork Opera House, The Nina in Me has wowed audiences with Karen’s life story and her powerful voice.

Musical Director John O’Brien has propelled this show every step of the way. John was the creative force behind recent operas such as Pagliacci (Winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera), Der Vampyr and Faust.

For more information, go to the Mermaid Arts Centre.


BYOB Bowling

Where?: Diamond Bowl, Wicklow Town.

Bring Your Own Beer. Over 18s. ID required.

Price: €10 for 3 hours bowling, pool and arcade games.

For more information, go to Diamond Bowl.


Al Porter at the Royal Hotel

Where?: Arklow.

Over 18s. ID required.

Price: €25 plus booking fee.

For more information, go to Ticketmaster.


Saturday 4th November

Aughrim Town and Country Market

Where?: Aughrim.

This weekly event runs from 10am to 2pm and features a wide range of stalls. Produce includes meat, vegetables, cakes, eggs, plants, pottery, knitwear, jam and even tea or coffee. Craftspeople and local growers welcome.

For more information, go to Aughrim Town and Country Market.


Glendalough Trail Race 2017

Where?: Glendalough

The Glendalough Trail race, covering 15.5km, is a fantastic running experience with a scenic route that is both challenging and safe. Not only is it an enjoyable day, it is hoped to raise as much funds as possible for Fighting Blindness. Registration and refreshments will be at the Brockagh Centre, Laragh.

For more information, click here.


Farm Market at Killruddery

Where?: Killruddery House and Gardens, Bray.

This weekly event runs from 10am to 4pm, featuring locally sourced produce, crafts and fine foods. Running all year round, this family-friendly event has a variety of hot foods, and seasonal themes promise a lovely atmosphere. Free parking is available.

For more information go to Killruddery Farm Market.


Meetings with Ivor (Cert: 12A)

Where?: The Mermaids Arts Centre, Bray.

A free meditation session with Ivor is available at 3pm. For bookings call the Box Office on 01 272 4030.

At 5pm, a documentary on the life and work of psychiatrist Ivor Browne will be screened, followed by a Q&A session with Ivor and director, Alan Gilsenan.

Browne has been a figure in Irish mental health for many years, and in this quirky and challenging cinematic portrait we meet Browne, now in his late-eighties, who is still full of energy, good humour and compassion. The film contains contributions from a host of people including Tommy Tiernan and Mary Coughlan.

For more information go to the Mermaid Arts Centre.


Extended meditation practice

Where?: Luisne Centre for Spirituality, Kilcoole.

For most of the first Saturdays throughout the year, those interested can gather to share a day of extended mindfulness meditation practice. Sessions include quick walking, silent meditation, mindful walking and chanting.

Meditation mats and cushions are available for purchase which are handmade using organic coconut fibre, lamb’s wool, buckwheat husks and cloth. Both mats and cushions have a removable and washable cover. The use of these mats and cushions help encourage correct posture and comfort during meditation and are highly recommended.

For more information on prices and dates, go to Luisne Centre for Spirituality.


Sunday 5th November

Glendalough Car Boot Sale

Where?: Glendalough

This all-day event promises to have a variety of new and nearly-new clothes, home baking accessories, plants and more. Vans must be booked in, and as car park spaces will be limited pre-book indoor spaces early. Contact the Brockagh Centre on 0404 45600 or email laraghit@eircom.net if you wish to book an indoor space.

For more information go to the Brockagh Centre.


College Fair & Open Day
Where?: 3 Wentworth Place, Wicklow Town.
When: Sunday the 5th of November.
Time: 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.
Tickets: Free.
This event is taking place on the last Sunday of the Halloween Break before returning to school. The aim of the morning is to give secondary school students, in particular those in Senior Cycle, an opportunity to network with some of our past pupils who are now in college on a range of exciting courses across the country.

They, perhaps better than any of us, know first hand the challenges that 6th Year brings, the questions that it poses and most importantly the tips that can help to get through the year just a little bit easier.

Furthermore they have done extensive research into their respective courses and are now well settled into college life and can shed some light on any queries that our second level students may have.

Refreshments will be served throughout the morning and we invite everybody, both clients of Exam Focus Ireland and members of the public, to come and see our new premises and benefit from what this showcase has to offer.


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