Enniskerry Victorian Field Day

Good Old-fashioned Fun at Enniskerry Victorian Field Day 11am 11th Sept 2011

Where : Knocklinn Farm, Ballyman Road, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow.
When: 11am Sun 11th September 2011 (easy to remember)
How Much: €5 per adult

Dress up in your Victorian finery (you don’t have to but there are prizes up for grabs so why not?!) Events include old fashioned ploughing matches, steam threshing, vintage car and tractor show, sheaf pitching, tug-of-war, dog show, pony trap rides, live music, games, artisan food, arts and crafts.

To put you in the mood, have a look at this beautiful old painting of a real Victorian farmer driving his sheep near the Scalp near Enniskerry http://diamondvalley.ie/GypsiesSlang.html

Directions : By car from Dublin travel southbound on M50, take Bray North exit, follow signs to Bray, take first left onto Old Connaught Avenue, take first possible left, then immediate right onto Ballyman Road! Satellite navigation coordinates are: 53.206474, -6.144102.

Alternatively take the 185 stage coach from Diamond Valley to Enniskerry – like a Victorian would have done (ok it’s a bus…).

In support of MS Ireland and Joint Parishes Enniskerry

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Support Signal Arts Centre

Signal Arts Centre on Albert Avenue, near the seafront has turned into a pop up tea room - so pop along to partake in tea, coffee, cakes and sandwiches and their fundraising sale of arts and crafts donated by local artists and friends of Signal. 

This is the last weekend of the fun – they are open from 12 – 5pm Sat and Sun. If you do drop in be sure to tell them we want to see more of this kind of thing from them.

It’s a great idea and we would love to see them serve up tea and cake and art all the time!

So support Signal in their mission to buy their building outright and turn it into a facility we can all be proud of- working together to make all artists in Bray as well known as these: http://www.diamondvalley.ie/Culture.html

We have added Signal’s great new website  as a link on the blogroll at the side of this page.

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Gold Medal Coffee in Bray

Finnbees Coffee Shops, Bray Co. Wicklow

County Wicklow’s only coffee roasting firm recently picked up three gold awards at the International Great Taste Awards, in London.

McCabe’s Coffee won the highest award at this year’s event for it’s ‘Classic Italian Blend’ espresso.  The company also won gold for two of their other coffee blends, including the blend made especially for the Finnbees Coffee shops in Bray.

The Great Taste Awards is the most trusted and recognised food & drink awards ceremony in Ireland and Britain. For this year’s edition, some 7,500 products from across the globe were judged over a two-month period by a panel of over 350 food and drink experts, including buyers, retailers, chefs and food writers

We are lucky in Diamond Valley to be within walking distance of great coffee.

For other good places to eat in Bray check out http://www.diamondvalley.ie/EAT.html

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Alice in Wonderland – Theatre at Killruddery Garden

Mad Hatters Tea and Alice at Killruddery Walled Garden

Kilruddery Gardens, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Thursday August 18th 2011 7pm – 10pm
Tickets : €15 Adults, €10  Seniors and €7  under 21s
Purchase tickets at gate.

Bring a picnic for an evening of Family Fun!

The performance will be kicking off at 7.30pm, but the Walled Garden gates will open at 6pm to give you plenty of time to choose the perfect spot in the Orchard at The Walled Garden Project and settle in for an evening of fun. Continue reading

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Reminder: Laws to Ban Scrambling Bikes

Reminder to send in your comments to Bray Town Council by 5pm this Friday 12th August!

Back in June we told you about Bray Town Council’s proposed new laws to ban the use of motorised vehicles including noisey scrambling bikes, on public lands in Bray.

The ban will cover Rehills Land, which is the piece of the Valley of Diamonds located directly across the Dargle River from the Diamond Valley apartments

Submissions or observations relating to the Draft Bylaws may be made in writing to the Town Clerk ( email tclerk@braytc.ie )on or before 5.00pm on Friday 12th August 2011. A copy of the document ‘Bray Town Council Regulation, Control and Use of Motorised Vehicles including Off-Road Vehicles’  is available on the home page of the Town Council website www.braytowncouncil.ie .

Do make your views known to the Town Council to assist them in the final drafting of this important legislation.

Thanks again to Deputy Anne Ferris TD, Cllr David Grant (Chairman of Bray Town Council), Bray Garda and the officials of Bray Town Council for all their hard work with regard to these regulations.

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Free Lecture on Bray’s Old Newspapers

From the Irish Times Archive. But Co Wicklow's Local Newspaper Archive is just as old and interesting.

Free Lecture
Ballywaltrim Library, Boghall Road, Bray.
Wednesday August 24 from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Historian Jim Rees, explores the musty, dusty yet fascinating resource of Wicklow’s newspaper archive. Wicklow County Council Library Service’s newspaper archive spans over 150 years of local and regional news, a resource open to all. The contact is Ciara Brennan (01) 2723205

You never know what local history gem you might find!

And if you pick up the history bug you can read more about the fascinating history of Bray and its Valley of Diamonds here: www.diamondvalley.ie

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