Lots to do in Co Wicklow this summer

 We’ve had a young student with us this week, eager to learn the ropes as share his knowledge with us. He was very enthusiastic about the huge array of things that people can do in Co Wicklow during the summer. In this post, he shares some of the best that Co Wicklow has to offer.

There is plenty happening in the summer months here in Co. Wicklow for teenagers and young adults. From Arts to Music, Sports to Leisure, there is no shortage of options to keep teenagers occupied during the long summer months.



Here are some of the options on offer this summer 2016.

Bray Summerfest 2016

This annual event runs for three days from 22nd to 24th July 2016 with music and the annual air show with spectacular stunts and air displays that the whole family can enjoy with performers to include The Red Arrows and the aeronautics Italian equivalent of the Red Arrows and many more performers.



Knockanstockan Music & Arts festival

Held in Blessington Lakes from 22nd -24th July this annual event is an opportunity for families, especially those with teenagers, to come along and sample some of the best music, arts and culture from Wicklow and the surrounding counties.  Some of the musical acts that will be featuring over the weekend will include Re-Max, Raglan’s Overhead, The Alberts’s, The Recarbre Quartet, The Thomper Aikes, Paddy Dennehy and many more. There will also be sculpting, Arts & Crafts for children and young people, as well as stalls featuring local produce to enjoy. The festival promises to be a great occasion. Visit www.knockanstokan.ie.


Tourism sites

Powerscourt House & Gardens – explore this historic building, beautiful Gardens and the wonderful waterfall. Be it for the pleasure or for educational purposes.



Kilruddery house & Gardens on the outskirts of Bray is still occupied by the original owners. Visitors can explore the wonderful house and gardens and come along to the weekly farmer’s market. They can sample and buy all kinds of foods from local producers, such as organic pork and bacon from Tairseach organic farm in Wicklow Town, to Alberto’s Gold imported raw meats, ibericos, acorn feed, raw honey and self-produced organic olive oil. www.Kilrudderyhouse.ie

Wicklow Gaol:  One of the most iconic tourism sites in Co. Wicklow and in the whole of Ireland. Come for a guided tour of this old victorian Gaol at €5 per child, €7.90 per adult and €20 for a family tour great value for all the family.  See www.wicklowgaol.ie.


Bray Cliff walk:  Admire the coastal views on this 5 mile walk from Bray to Greystones which winds its way around the iconic Bray Head.

Glendalough: Walk and explore nature and the famous round tower and find out how our ancient ancestors lived at this and similar sites dotted elsewhere around Ireland.




There is no shortage of beaches to go to in Wicklow to spend a hot sunny afternoon with the family. Be it swimming, fishing playing beach football or volleyball or just catching those few rays, here are some of the beaches in Wicklow that we think would suit you

Bray Strand


Kilcoole.    While here, why not visit Glenroe Open Farm, home of the former long running RTE drama series Glenroe.

For those families there are parking and camping, there are facilities in both Brittis Bay and Silverstrand whether parking for an afternoon of rest and relaxation, or holidaying over a summer weekend.

So what are you waiting for? There is so much to see and do in the Garden County this Summer. Get out and enjoy!




A Rough Guide to the Student Grant 2016

The cost of going to college is not cheap, but there is a small bit of help for most people through the student grant, and the free fees scheme.

 Each year in Crosscare Youth Information Service, we publish our Rough Guide to Student Grants.  The 2016 version is downloadable for free at the bottom of this post.  Added to this, we are happy to help anyone to complete the application, or to answer any questions that you may have!


Rough Guide to Student Grant 2016


Some of the costs of going to college:

  • PLC Programme Participant Contribution of €200 per year for Level 5/6 (Colleges for Further Ed).  You are exempt from this if you qualify for The Student Grant.
  • Student Contribution of up to €3,000 per year for Level 7/8 (ITs/ Universities). You are exempt from this if you are eligible for The Student Grant.
  • Fee for student facilities e.g. internet, services
  • Exam fees
  • Costs for specific courses e.g. Art material for design courses, – some course material can cost over €2,000
  • Travel Costs


The main source of funding for students is ‘The Student Grant’.  You apply for this through SUSI.  If you have any difficulty in applying for it again just call in to us and we can help!!  Also, as through the summer we hope to hold information sessions in different parts of County Wicklow. Last year we were in Arklow,Wicklow, Newtownmountkennedy and Kilcoole. We hope to repeat these and add to the venues.




Download the 2016 version of the  Rough Guide student grants 2016