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From its rich heritage and splendid scenery to excellent transport links, a bustling town centre and thriving industry, Bray has a wide range of festivals and activities to keep visitors entertained throughout the year.

From taking a dip in the waters of Bray’s Blue Flag beach to enjoying Coasteering along Bray’s absolutely amazing coastline, checking out the spectacular views from Bray Head to walking the Cliff Walk, Bray is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.

Visit Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, National SEA LIFE Centre or even experience the fun and adrenalin of outdoor adventure sports with Bray Adventures or go Tenpin Bowling at Bray Bowl.

There are lots of fabulous places to stay, eat, drink, relax and shop so why not explore Bray...

Bray Jazz Festival returns this May Bank Holiday Weekend

Bray Jazz Festival is Ireland’s leading contemporary jazz and improvised music festival to be held within the Greater Dublin Area, each year.  2018 will be our 19th year and returns May 4 to 6th.

The festival will once again present the very best in contemporary jazz from across the globe, together with performances by many of Ireland’s top players.

Bray Jazz has been described as “one of the very best small jazz festivals in Europe”, and that’s for a reason. Each year the event brings leading name talent from across the world to the town, and this year will be no exception.

This year’s festival will feature performances by top American R & B and soul singer China Moses, by US jazz five-piece supergroup ‘Sound Prints’, featuring jazz legends – saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Dave Douglas and drummer Joey Baron, and a show with acclaimed Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson.

Shows will take place throughout the weekend at Mermaid Arts Centre, there will be early evening recitals at Bray Town Hall and shows over the weekend at Novara Avenue Parochial Hall, at The Harbour Bar, and at various clubs and bar venues across the town.

Read more here.

Groove Festival – July 7th + 8th

Groove Festival brings together the perfect blend of music, food, and fun activities to create a feel-good festival for the whole family.

Groove is in its sixth year and has firmly positioned itself as the premier independent music festival that is perfect for all ages.

Established in 2013, Groove is returning to the stunning Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow this July 7th & 8th.

This year’s lineup includes:

Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Heather Small – The Voice of M People, Something Happens, The Riptide Movement, HamsandwicH, KilaThe Stunning, Fallen Lights, Mack Fleetwood, Brave Giant and State Lights. 

Returning again for 2018 is The Groove Festival Sony Xperia stage is a hotbed of up and coming new acts. This year the main headliners are The Eskies and Bitch Falcon.

Tickets are on sale now from http://groovefestival.ie/info/or from www.tickets.ie and their retail outlets.

 

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River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme News

The River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme was been completed in October 2017. This is a very important piece of infrastructure which aims to protect our town and its people.

This project was one of the key capital investment projects by Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) with an investment of €46 million.

The scheme comprised a variety of flood defences, including construction of new sections of earth embankments, demolition and rebuilding of river walls with extensive stone facing, channel excavation, regrading and riverbank strengthening.

A range of landscape treatments in and adjacent to the river are to mitigate the impacts of the scheme on the local environment along the river corridor.

Read more information about the scheme by accessing our dedicated 
#OurTownOurRiver page just visit www.bray.ie/town-river/.

Florentine Shopping Centre Update – March 2018

Wicklow County Council and Oakmount have signed a contract which will see the development of a new Town Centre on the Florentine site located on Bray’s Main Street.

The development which it is envisaged will consist of:

  1. 256 car parking spaces at lower ground floor level with 320 cycle spaces
  2. Anchor Store 1 (on upper ground and first floor)
  3. Anchor Store 2 (upper ground floor)
  4. 8 retail units at upper ground floor level and at first floor level
  5. 3 restaurant units at upper ground floor level
  6. 3 business units at first floor level
  7. 5 screen cinema at upper ground, first and second floor levels
  8. For more information about this development can be found here.

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