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The 65th Wexford Festival Opera commences on Wednesday evening, 26th of October with the civic opening ceremony and a wonderful spectacular fireworks display over the Wexford Quayside.
The fireworks display will commence at 7pm however those attending the opening ceremony are advised to arrive early as traffic restrictions will be in place from 6pm to 9pm. Extra parking and stewards will also be on hand to assist.
The opening evening is one of the highlights in Wexford’s calendar of events, especially for children and families. The 65th Wexford Festival Opera runs from Wednesday, 26 October for 12 days.
A dramatic and diverse trio of rarely produced operas will take the mainstage, the festival will open with Herculanum by Félicien David (1810-1876), an epic tale of forbidden love between Pagan royalty and Christian slaves, set against the backdrop and ultimate eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In addition to the three evening operas, this year’s programme also includes three daytime ShortWorks operas, concerts, lunchtime recitals, lectures, talks, parties, buffets and lunches: 56 events over the 12-day Festival. There is a range of ticket prices for the evening operas beginning at just €25, while daytime events range from just €10 to €30. Prelude Friends can avail of tickets from €20. http://www.wexfordopera.com
Wexford is festival central this autumn with the Wexford Speigeltent Festival events and the Wexford Fringe festival running in tandem with the annual Wexford Festival Opera. For further details on all events see www.visitwexford.ie
Spooktacular Events on offer for Halloween in Wexford
Are you planning a spooky break this mid-term…if so, Wexford is the place to be.
Wexford is planning a ‘SPOOKTACULAR’ Halloween for locals and visitors alike this year, a ‘Gorey Festival’ will host a frightful trail of events, Ireland’s most haunted house, Loftus Hall is set to host the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown plus spooky fright-filled family tours, Ireland’s oldest lighthouse will host Sphooky tours, a Halloween trail will traverses around the 200 year old Johnstown Castle Estate, a ‘Dare to Scare’ Halloween Tour is on offer at Wells House and visitors to the Irish National Heritage Park will enjoy a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying happenings during their ‘Horrifying Histories’ event and for some outdoor fun how about some pumpkin picking at Ballycross apple farm.
Flying Witches, streets filled with Scarecrows, a Treasure Trail, Scary Storytelling sessions, Fancy Dress Parties, a Halloween drama on stage, the Amber Springs Hotel Halloween Train and lots more will see the wits of the brave and the not so brave tested in Gorey county Wexford this Halloween as the town launches ‘Gorey Halloween’ a festival filled with a frightful variety of events. Don’t miss the Halloween Family Fun Day at the Gorey town park on October 29th from 1pm with Pumpikn carving demonstrations, a puppet show, giggles the clown, a constructive waste workshop, halloween games, music and lots more its set to be a frightfully good day.
At Ballycross apple farm See the witch’s house in the forest, enjoy a tractor ride and pick your own pumpkin. At the Lavender Farm in Wexford try some Halloween claymaking workshops and
At the Irish National Heritage Park a ‘Horrifying Histories’ event from October 27th to 30th will entertain any little monsters this Halloween. This is a gruesome look at some of history’s most horrible, horrifying and sometimes hilarious people and events. Organisers say, “This is a show for kids of all ages that revels in all the nasty things that our ancestors used to like to do to themselves and each other, visitors will learn of lots of stuff … most of which they probably never wanted to know of!”
At Wells House if you’re brave try a ‘Dare to Scare’ tour from October 25th to 31st. See the past comes to life at this great Victorian house and gardens with fancy dress, Halloween games and ghoulish storytelling by the Wells witch.
At Ireland’s Most Haunted House ‘Loftus Hall’ a very grown up scare experience is on offer with the ultimate Halloween paranormal investigation lockdown for over 18’s only and for the little ones a not so fearsome daytime family tour is on offer from October 28th to November 6th.
At Johnstown Castle and the Irish Agricultural Museum visitors can take to the family friendly ‘Spooky Trail’ through the estates 200 year old grounds where along the way you will encounter some gruesome and scary-looking characters to make you jump and squirm from October 29th to November 6th.
At Kia Ora Mini Farm the gates will open to a fantastic Spooky Farm experience. The farm will be decorated with lots of lights and spooky decorations, nothing too scary for the little ones from now until November 6th.
Events take place before during and after the Halloween break, for details on Halloween in Wexford see www.visitwexford.
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FREE TO USE IMAGE- Counting down to a very ‘Gorey’ Halloween in Wexford are ‘Woodland Creatures’ Brody Cullen age 5 and Marc Doyle Sheehan age 4 – Festivities take place during the mid-term break all across Wexford for details see http://www.visitwexford.ie
Festival Season to open in Wexford with Wexford Fringe Wexford Festival Opera and Wexford Spiegeltent Festival
24 consecutive days of celebrating the Arts at 3 Festivals in Wexford
The 64th annual Wexford Fringe opens on October 21st to announce 17 days of fantastic Fringe events. The Fringe well known for its originality, imagination and quality entertainment runs in parallel with the famous Wexford Festival Opera which takes place from October 26th to November 6th and the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival which runs from October 14th to October 30th 2016.
The vibrant Fringe festival brings approximately 50,000 visitors from all over Ireland and overseas to Wexford to join in the incredibly diverse array of creative array of events offer, which promote Wexford’s rich culture and distinct heritage on the world stage. Festival goers of all ages will be captivated by the sheer range of over 300 events and activities taking place during the annual open-access arts festival, including visual art, opera, classical and traditional music, theatre and dance, comedy, literary recitals, craft and children’s and street events, many of which are free to attend.
Highlights include talks and readings with garden designer and author Mary Reynolds and author Dermot Bolger, a very Gorey Halloween Festival and arts and crafts workshops for all the family, Guinness Singing and Swining Pubs competition 2016 and a wonderful visual art trail featuring all forms of art, craft and photography exhibitions throughout Wexford town and county with a range of over 60 local and visiting artists turning Wexford into a gallery lover’s paradise.
The 2016 Wexford Festival Opera will officially open with a giant fireworks display on the Quayside in Wexford town on the evening of October 26th, the Opera festival will run for 12 days and will showcase rare and forgotten masterpieces at the 65th annual Wexford Festival Opera from October 26th to November 6th and a third festival will also take place; the Wexford Spiegeltent Festival is in action in a beautiful setting on Wexford’s Quayside from October 14th to 31st where gigs with Jack L, Little Green Cars, Mick Flannery, Paul Young, The Saw Doctors and more are all on offer.
Wexford Fringe is a vital showcase for Irish arts nationally and internationally and it attracts many world renowned artists, musicians and performers guaranteed to amaze and excite local, national and international audiences.
Commenting on the 2016 Wexford Fringe Festival, Madeleine Quirke, CEO of Wexford Chamber said, ‘Wexford Fringe is not just important for being one of Ireland’s largest Fringe events, or for being completely open access, this vibrant festival also brings visitors from far and wide to Wexford to see the incredibly diverse array of creative activity it has to offer, and promotes Wexford’s rich culture and distinct heritage on the world stage.”
The 64th Wexford Fringe is an annual open-access arts festival that runs over 17 days, bringing together an eclectic mix of events from October 21st to November 6th, 2016. For further details on the fringe festival, along with Opera and Spiegeltent Festival see www.visitwexford.ie
For all the latest happenings and going on’s in Wexford please go to www.visitwexford.ie
Please note Wexford Walking Tours are now doing nightly guided tours of the town at 8pm lasting 1 hour costing €5
from outside of Mackens Public house the Bullring. Monday -Saturday incl. From now until end of August
Ireland’s Fourth of July Celebrations unveiled for Irish America Festival
Giant Celebration of Star and Stripes planned for New Ross this July Fourth Weekend
Ireland’s answer to the traditional U.S. Fourth of July holiday celebrations lies in New Ross County Wexford. Festivalgoers can celebrate the birth of the U.S. nation with three days filled with fun activities on offer for all the family from July 1st to 4th 2016.
The hometown of one of America’s most well known families, the Kennedy family is planning a giant celebration of the stars and stripes with an Irish flavour.
Launching the 2016 festival programme one of the organisers Teresa Delaney said, “We are delighted to unveil our Irish America Festival events programme for 2016. Annually we welcome lots of American residents and visitors from all across Ireland who are eager to celebrate their traditional holiday along with Irish holidaymakers looking to join in the fun. It’s a very unique event in Ireland as the only official ‘July Fourth’ festival and it is of course very fitting here in New Ross with our very special connections with the U.S.”
Festival highlights include a main stage with music from multi platinum artists The High Kings, Paddy Casey, Big Generator, Special Brew and a Daft Punk and very fittingly an Elvis Presley tribute act.
Alongside the superb music programme A ‘Ross Food and Craft Fest’ will also be on offer daily from 10am to 6pm where visitors can meander the Quayside and enjoy a taste of local produce and exclusive craft creations.
On Sunday July 3rd a wonderful ‘Picnic in the Park’ will be on offer from 2pm to 6pm. Families are invited to come along and enjoy games and entertainment and of course bring a picnic. The very popular ‘South Street Al Fresco’ is back, on Saturday 2nd July from 12 noon until 5pm. Ireland’s travelling marionette string puppet theatre from Moon & Sixpence.
An exciting new addition to the festival will see a time capsule, which has been collated by local school children buried on Sunday, July 3rd; it is planned that the capsule will be re-opened in 2066.
Activities and entertainment will be on offer across the town for the weekend including a Funfair Carnival at the Town Park, a Chilli Challenge and Pie eating competition and lots more. For all the festival details see www.visitwexford.ie
Four Lifeboats of over 100 years old set to voyage to Wexford for 2016 Maritime Festival
40,000 Fans of the Seaside to visit Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend
One of the country’s largest celebrations the coast, the Wexford Maritime Festival is set to host five vintage lifeboats later this week from June 24th to 26th as the vessels voyage to Wexford from across Ireland and the UK.
The 100 year old ‘Whitby’ lifeboat will arrive for display during the festival weekend along with former Royal National Life Boats the ‘Canadian Pacific’ from Kyle of Lochalsh, ‘J. W. Archer’ from Wales and the ‘Joseph Soar’ from Coleraine. The antiquated lifeboats will take pride of place on the Quayside in Wexford town alongside a Wexford’s maritime heritage showcase at the festivals Maritime Model Village where an exhibition on Vintage Transport through the lens of Robert Shorthall with over 100 model boats and aircraft will be on display.
Wexford Maritime Festival offers festivalgoers an action-packed programme of events on Wexford Quays, with everything displays of maritime heritage to opportunities to try a new watersport along with search and rescue displays to stunt aircraft taking to the skies.
Commenting on the upcoming weekend one of the festival organisers Lorraine Galvin says, “We are set to welcome over 40,000 people to the festival, most of our events are on offer for free or for a nominal price with all proceeds from this event being donated to the RNLI. This is the fifth year of the festival and the programme is our biggest yet, we are also expanding the programme by a day as we run from Friday right through until Sunday evening this year. This festival is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our 275 kilometres of coastline here in Wexford.”
The festival launches on the Friday evening with a Gala Banquet hosted by the Wexford Food Family with celebrity chef Phelim Byrne. In all 38 festival events will take place, highlights inlcude Rescue Saturday where a major Search and Rescue display with aircraft, lifeboats and ambulance crews showcase their capabilities and skills. Along with a large Emergency Services Village, visitors can meet the crews and see their equipment including the first visit by the Irish Armys Mowag Piranha IIIH 8×8 armoured personnel carrier, Irish Coast Guard, RNLI, Defence Forces, Civil Defence, Gardia, Wexford MarineWatch, Seal Rescue, HSE.
Fun-day Sunday sees a spectacular stunt show with formations with two RV 7 aircraft with gravity defying, jaw dropping displays take to the skies above the Quayside.
A ‘Try it Dock’ will be on offer in the Maritime Village with local water sports groups taking people out to try out some new waterbased. Wexford Sub Aqua club will host a free try a dive Sunday 26 at 4.45 p.m. and the ever popular Raft Races take place on Sunday afternoon for teams of six.
A rowing regatta and sailing regatta will also take place and a flyboarder ‘Ironman’ will quire literally walk on water. And for the landlubbers, lots of activities will be on offer shoreside with food and music to the fore with Wexford band Corneryboy and SoulTrek and the Funk Generation will entertain the messes along with a Big Barbeque bash for a summer festival vibe. The Childrens Village welcomes fun activities including Art and Colouring, Crazy Games, Disco Fun, Wobbly Circus Show, Viking Village and Recreate Environment Workshops.
For further details on all festival actvities see www.visitwexford.ie
20/06/2016. FREE TO USE IMAGE. Pictured are Sophie and Ben Gulliver and Lauren Howlin helping to launch the fifth annual Wexford Maritime Festival which is set to offer over 38 events to festivalgoers from June 24th to 26th on Wexford’s Quayside – for further details see visitwexford.ie. Picture: Patrick Browne Four Lifeboats of over 100 years old set to voyage to Wexford for 2016 Maritime Festival 40,000 Fans of the Seaside to visit Wexford Maritime Festival this Weekend One of the country’s largest celebrations the coast, the Wexford Maritime Festival is set to host five vintage lifeboats later this week from June 24th to 26th as the vessels voyage to Wexford from across Ireland and the UK. The 100 year old ‘Whitby’ lifeboat will arrive for display during the festival weekend along with former Royal National Life Boats the ‘Canadian Pacific’ from Kyle of Lochalsh, ‘J. W. Archer’ from Wales and the ‘Joseph Soar’ from Coleraine. The antiquated lifeboats will take pride of place on the Quayside in Wexford town alongside a Wexford’s maritime heritage showcase at the festivals Maritime Model Village where an exhibition on Vintage Transport through the lens of Robert Shorthall with over 100 model boats and aircraft will be on display. Wexford Maritime Festival offers festivalgoers an action-packed programme of events on Wexford Quays, with everything displays of maritime heritage to opportunities to try a new watersport along with search and rescue displays to stunt aircraft taking to the skies. Commenting on the upcoming weekend one of the festival organisers Lorraine Galvin says, “We are set to welcome over 40,000 people to the festival, most of our events are on offer for free or for a nominal price with all proceeds from this event being donated to the RNLI. This is the fifth year of the festival and the programme is our biggest yet, we are also expanding the programme by a day as we run from Friday right through until Sunday evening this ye
Wexford County Council and Hook Tourism are delighted to announce the launch of a new guided tour of Duncannon Fort this summer. The important historical site will be open 7 days, offering 5 tours daily, sharing a selection of fascinating stories from this impressive site’s history. Sitting within the newly branded Ireland’s Ancient East, Duncannon Fort’s tour will complement the existing strong heritage offering of the Hook Peninsula and County Wexford.
Duncannon Fort is an impressive presentation of a star shaped fortress perched on the side of the stunning Hook Peninsula, County Wexford, part of Ireland’s Ancient East. This historic structure has gathered countless intriguing and awe inspiring stories over its 450 year history and holds one of the best vantage points to take in the beautiful Waterford Estuary from. Share in these tales and striking views the on the guided tour from late June 2016.
“Wexford County Council is proud to partner with and support Hook Tourism in the launch of Duncannon Fort tours” said Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Tony Dempsey. “Duncannon Fort holds a highly regarded attraction and holds a unique and important position in our county’s tourism infrastructure. The Council has prioritised tourism as a key target area in our efforts to boost the county’s overall economic growth and we are confident that Duncannon Fort has not only has capacity to continue to attract visitors to County Wexford, but can also play an integral part in the roll-out and marketing of Ireland’s Ancient East tourism initiative”.
Hook Tourism’s Chairman David Neville confirmed that “Duncannon Fort is important not just to the village of Duncannon but to the Hook Peninsula as a whole. With our organisation’s successful track record restoring and operating the beautiful Colclough Walled Garden at Tintern Abbey as a visitor attraction we felt we could make a positive contribution to the Council’s goal of reopening the Fort. Hook Tourism is delighted that Wexford County Council were enthusiastic about the potential of our partnership. We’re really excited to see it all coming together and are looking forward to providing a quality guided tour this summer which has been designed by Mirador Interpretations.”
Duncannon Fort will open for daily tour from Monday 27th June creating two seasonal part time jobs. To book a tour and for further information please visit www.duncannonfort.ie and follow the new Duncannon Fort page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DuncannonFortWexford/
Europe’s largest ‘Art in the Open’ Festival commences in Wexford
Many scenic vistas in the Southeast will be captured by some of the world’s finest ‘Plein Air’ artists this week as Europe’s largest outdoor painting festival Art in the Open opens today Monday, July 27th and runs for a full week until Monday, August 3rd.
A large number of high profile international artists have descended on County Wexford coming from thirteen countries including Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden and of course the US, UK and Ireland to compete for up to €5,000 in awards.
The Art in the Open festival is based on the concept that all work is created outdoors at a daily paint-out location. Artists must register at each paint-out with a blank canvas which is stamped daily and over the next few hours must capture their own image of the beautiful surroundings. Each artist can enter two paintings for the Gala Exhibition in the Old Library in Wellington Place, Wexford town centre on Sunday 2nd August at 3pm.
The public are encouraged to watch this creative process at any of the six paint-out locations, including the infamous Hook Head, the fishing village of Kilmore Quay, the historic Wells House near Gorey and the Viking town of Wexford or enjoy the Charity Quick Draw which will take place at Wexford’s Bullring on Sunday 2nd August at 1pm. The public are welcome to join in this fun event for a €5 registration fee. Proceeds will go to the Windmill Therapeutic Centre.
Other highlights of the festival includes a free lecture by Sinead Rice of the National Gallery of Ireland at the National Opera House on Bank Holiday Monday, August 3rd. Several workshops and demonstrations take place throughout the week by well-known international artists, including Leon Holmes from Australia, Vincent Crotty from the USA, Antti Rautiola from Finland and Rachel Personett from the USA.
For further detail see http://www.visitwexford.ie
Whale watching season has begun off the coast of Wexford – a number of Minke and Humpback whales have been spotted off the south east coast by Off The Hook – Whale Watching Off Ireland’s South-East Coast with Martin Colfer. If you want to see these magnificent creatures plan a trip to the Coast of Wexford.