Welcome to Bray

Bray is known as the Gateway to the Garden of Ireland and is the longest established seaside town in Ireland. It is only 19km (12 miles) south of Dublin and is reached by DART, Train, Bus or the N11 road.

There is a safe beach of sand and shingle to walk on and there is a spacious esplanade. The scene is dominated by Bray Head. The scenic Cliff Walk on the eastern side of Bray Head, which continues, into Greystones offers walkers a feast of views on the way.

We have year round festivals and events.

The town boasts an arts centre, fine hotels, shops, restaurants and evening entertainment. Also available in the immediate locality are golf courses, tennis, fishing, sailing, and horse riding.

Another feature of Bray is the variety of amusement centres, carnival attractions, bowling alley and a great nightlife.Our Team is Bray Wanderers Football Club

Recently Bray has been awarded the prestigious international Purple Flag award.

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Keep up to date with ‘What’s going on’ in Bray see our event guide:

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May 2018

May 4, 201812:00 am
Bray 012724030 Gig Guide / Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre / Tourism / What's On http://www.brayjazz.com

Bray Jazz will return for its 19th year on the May Bank Holiday weekend (May 4th-6th) next.

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.

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May 3, 201810:00 am
Community Focused

For those of you who love dancing the Moving Skirts tribal dance group classes are back again .
We dance every Thursday 10am to 11.45am in the Fasseroe Community Centre donation is 2 euro to the centre. Our dancing is strongly influenced by middle eastern, Indian and Eastern european cultures. Our music is likewise and our costume is colourful and engaging. We encourage women of all ages to join us.
To see us in action we will be dancing at the bandstand on Sunday, 27 August not sure what time yet but will post again. Phone 0863855769 for further info.

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For those of you who love dancing the Moving Skirts tribal dance group classes are back again .
We dance every Thursday 10am to 11.45am in the Fasseroe Community Centre donation is 2 euro to the centre. Our dancing is strongly influenced by middle eastern, Indian and Eastern european cultures. Our music is likewise and our costume is colourful and engaging. We encourage women of all ages to join us.
To see us in action we will be dancing at the bandstand on Sunday, 27 August not sure what time yet but will post again. Phone 0863855769 for further info.
May 3, 20188:00 pm
St Thomas Novara Road Bray 894132070

Open night

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Open night
May 4, 20186:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bray Town Hall 012724030 Gig Guide / Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre / Tourism / What's On http://brayjazz.com/artists/cora-venus

Cora Venus Lunny is a violinist without equal in Ireland. At aged 16 she was voted 'RTE Musician of the Future' and she hasn't looked back. Playing classical, improvised music, jazz and traditional music, she is a special talent. Joined here by trombonist Colm O'Hara for an amazing suite of music in the intimate surrounds of Bray Town Hall's council chambers.

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Cora Venus Lunny is a violinist without equal in Ireland. At aged 16 she was voted 'RTE Musician of the Future' and she hasn't looked back. Playing classical, improvised music, jazz and traditional music, she is a special talent. Joined here by trombonist Colm O'Hara for an amazing suite of music in the intimate surrounds of Bray Town Hall's council chambers.
May 4, 20188:00 pm
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray 012724030 Gig Guide / Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre / Tourism / What's On http://brayjazz.com/artists/china-moses

US R & B and soul singer China Moses will bring some glitz and glamour to Bray when she kicks off this year's Bray Jazz Festival with a headline show at Mermaid Arts Centre. Daughter of jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater, Moses has been destined for stardom since she released her first album aged just 16.

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US R & B and soul singer China Moses will bring some glitz and glamour to Bray when she kicks off this year's Bray Jazz Festival with a headline show at Mermaid Arts Centre. Daughter of jazz diva Dee Dee Bridgewater, Moses has been destined for stardom since she released her first album aged just 16.
May 5, 201810:30 am
Bray Emmets
Old connaught avenue
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May 5, 201812:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre

Workshop starts at 11am.How does an aspiring musician begin to write music? Where do you start, what is the process? For violin virtuoso Cora-Venus Lunny the question was answered at an early age.The youngest ever winner of the ?RTE Musician of the Future' award, which she won at aged just 16, Lunny was a child prodigy. She is now one of this island's most accomplished violinists, a performer who plays across a broad spectrum of musics from classical and folk to jazz, experimental and improvised music. At this year's Bray Jazz Festival Cora Venus Lunny and jazz trombonist Colm O'Hara will present a free to attend workshop to aspiring musicians of all ages.They will share with their audience experiences from their own professional careers that could be valuable, including practicing techniques, from beginner to advanced, tonal improvisation, music writing, and other topics including, for the classically trained musician ? ...

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May 5, 20184:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre

Venue: Parochial Hall, Novara Avenue, Bray @ 3pm?Making Other Arrangements' is the fulfilment of a life-long dream for Northern Ireland's Linley Hamilton, one of this island's best-known trumpeters, and a figure who has graced recordings by artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jacqui Dankworth, Paul Brady and Jean Toussaint.The just released album will receive its live premiere at this year's Bray Jazz Festival.?Making Other Arrangements' sees traditional jazz instrumentation augmented by woodwind and strings as an accompaniment to Hamilton's soaring and melodic trumpet playing, on a range of classics including Dizzy Gillespie's ?Con Alba', Freddie Hubbart's ?Brigitte' and Artie Butler's ?Here's to Life.'Presented in collaboration with arranger and producer Cian Boylan, this unique once-off presentation brings together a stellar 21-piece band of top Irish musicians - ?The Camden Orchestra' to deliver a unique and special musical presentation that, in Linley Hamilton's own words, ?sums up everything that ...

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May 5, 20186:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Bray Town Hall 012724030 Gig Guide / Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre / Tourism / What's On http://brayjazz.com/artists/herskedal

Bray Jazz Festival has hosted some incredible recitals at the Town Hall council chambers through the years, and the upcoming concert featuring Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal looks set to be added to that category. Imagine tuba as you've never heard it before from one of the world's leading exponents.

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Bray Jazz Festival has hosted some incredible recitals at the Town Hall council chambers through the years, and the upcoming concert featuring Norwegian tuba player Daniel Herskedal looks set to be added to that category. Imagine tuba as you've never heard it before from one of the world's leading exponents.
May 5, 20187:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre

Venue: Town Hall, Main Street, Bray @ 6.30pmDaniel Herskedal is a Norwegian instrumentalist and composer who has defied the conventions of the tuba and pushed the boundaries of his instrument both technically and sonically to create a spellbinding and mesmerizing sound.His performances are a dizzing swirl of ideas, drawing their influences from European music, African American jazz and eastern influences to create a new form of ambitious world music that is in a class of its own.Herskedal has performed with a host of different projects and bands throughout Europe, including Django Bates and Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, but it wasn't until 2011 when he released ?Neck of the Woods' with saxophonist Marius Neset that the world really took notice and pushed his name to the forefront as a world class soloist.?It's a glorious sound?he can do things with a tuba that'll make your eyes pop out like organ stops. ...

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