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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Walks

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.

 

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Beaches

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

Greystones

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!

 

 

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