First Wexford Winterland Festival Kicks off with Festive Parade to light up the Streets of Wexford


The biggest Christmas Festival ever seen in Wexford gets underway this weekend as Wexford Winterland will commence across the town. A host of attractions and events will captivate and entertain locals and visitors alike. This Saturday, November 29th at 4pm, the streets of Wexford will be filled with festive light, music and colour when the Winterland Parade winds its way along the Main Street.

Santa Claus will lead the Parade in his Spectacular Sleigh, and he has brought his Post Box with him for all your Santa letters. So bring along your letters and Santa’s helpers will put them in the Post Box for you, and Santa will check them all when he gets back to the North Pole!

And Santa has brought a visitor with him from the North Pole, the beautiful Ice Maiden in her Icy Throne. She is joining Santa in the Parade, along with her icy band of helpers andlong with Old King Coal who is hoping to beat Santa in the race to turn on the Lights, helped by his Polar Explorers, Penguins and Polar Bears… Who will win the race? Make sure to be in the Bullring at 5pm to cheer on Santa, and boo Old King Coal!

The Winterland Parade starts in South Main Street at 4pm, and will travel to The Bull Ring, where the Festive Lights will be turned on at 5pm.

Wexford on Ice will also open, a beautiful real Ice Rink on Wexford’s Quayside will be open for pros and novices alike. A new attraction ‘Selskar Under the Stars’ is set to open on December 12th offering a unique setting to enjoy the best music, movies and family events inlcuding music gigs with Mick Flannery, Corner Boy and The Strypes, and family movie sceenings of include The Snowman, Arthur Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone.

The Wexford Winterland Box Office is open at 1 North Main Street for further details see www.visitwexford.ie

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A beautiful image of Christmas in Wexford by Ger Dwyer

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Christmas in Wexford – First Wexford Winterland to Thrill


A brand new forty day Christmas festival is set to thrill visitors to Wexford as ‘Wexford Winterland’ an outdoor festival taking place at venues across Wexford town features a Christmas Parade, Ice-Rink, Selskar Under the Stars featuring orchestral music performances, classic movie screenings and music gigs with ‘The Strypes’ and ‘Corner Boy’, a Festive log cabin Market will feature at The Bullring in the centre of Wexford town and much more all from November 29th to January 6th.

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In New Ross Nollaig 2014 offers a Christmas parade, Fancy Dress, Random Acts of Kindness, Christmas Bazaars, Christmas craft fairs, Pantomimes, Treasure Hunts, Santa’s Workshops, Dunbrody Santa’s World Experience, Christmas Cook Offs, Christmas concerts, celebrations, pantomimes, carol singing and lots more. Santa arrives on November 22nd to switch on the lights and festivities are ongoing right up to Christmas. A Christmas Craft Fair takes place each weekend on Sunday, November 23rd at Ballykelly, on Saturday November 29th a giant Bazaar promises to ensure that all visitors will get their festive shopping completed at the Scout Hall on Marsh Lane, Santa will be in residence from November 29th on Sunday November 30th a festive market takes place at Ramsgrange, on Saturday and Sunday, December 6th at Duncannon Fort, on Sunday, December 7th at Campile.

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In Gorey the seventh annual Magical Christmas Market will be held on the Main Street on Sunday, December 7. The entire Main Street will be closed to traffic and taken over by crafts stalls, festive food stalls, carol singers and much more, with over 70 stall holders there will be lots to see, taste and enjoy.

Enniscorthy will be lit up in style this festive season as Santa is set for his arrival to Enniscorthy Castle for this December. Enjoy a spectacular Christmas Parade through Enniscorthy on Saturday, December 6th at 5pm with Bui Bolg street theatre group followed by the appearance of Santa himself at 5.30pm to switch on the town’s Christmas lights.

At the Castle Mrs Claus will be reading from some of her favourite Christmas Stories, and helping the waiting children to make some very special Christmas Decorations for the trees in Enniscorthy Castle as they wait in anxious anticipation for Santa.

Also on Saturday December 6th and on Saturday 13th and 20th and Sunday 21st there will be lots of festive events across the town and on stage at Market Square enjoy top local choirs, pantomime and theatre performances, dance groups, talent competition and storytelling.

A Great Victorian Christmas is on offer at Wells House where Santa Claus will be in the great hall and visit the elf workshop, help Mrs Claus with her preparations for Santa then visit the man himself in the Great Hall of Wells House & Gardens December 6 to 23.  Santa will also be nipping over to the Irish National Heritage Park each weekend from December 6th to December 21st and along to the beautiful Johnstown Castle to celebrate Christmas on 13 and 14 and 20 and 21 of December.

For further details on Christmas in Wexford see http://www.visitwexford.ie

Christmas Market in Wexford by Pat Sheridan

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Late Night Shopping for the Festive Season in Wexford


Follow the Wexford Shopping Star!!!

Every Thursday from 30th October until Christmas shops around Wexford town are being encouraged to open late from 6pm to 9pm. This Wexford County Council initiative, supported by Wexford Chamber, aims to increase footfall in the town, encourage more shoppers to the town and to allow the public not only to buy Irish but also support local business owners.

Look out for the ‘Wexford Shopping Star’ on display in participating shops. If there is a star on display there is a special offer or promotion available to you in that store on Thursday nights from 6pm to 9pm. Another reason to avail of Late Night Shopping shop on Thursday nights is Free on street parking and in all County Council public car parks around the town on Thursday nights from 5pm.

To date the following Wexford retail outlets are participating in this initiative and will be open: Afford Your Wedding; Ava Boutique; Boots; Carphone Warehouse; Carrig Donn; Clothing Doctor; Cream Dreams; Dunnes Stores; DV8; Eircom; Fat Face; Frock; Ger Hore Photography; Greenacres; Hynes Jewellers; Joeleen Codd Photography; Little Rascals; McCauleys Chemists (Redmond Square & North Main Street), New Look; Nosh & Coffee; O’Briens Sandwich Bar (Redmond Square & North Main Street); Pamela Scott; Pennys; Sarah’s Accessories; Saria; Sherwoods Chemist; Shu4U; Shoe Style International; Superdrug; The Loft; Vila; Xtra Vision.

Wexford “Shop Local Vouchers” are also available to purchase from Wexford Chamber and can be spent in over 100 participating stores in the town.

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World Renowned Ghost Hunter and Para-Scientist ’Steve Parsons’ on a Ghost Hunt in Wexford this Halloween


If there is a gold standard in ghost hunting Steve Parsons is probably it, this Ghost Hunter famous for his appearances on TV shows across the globe including the hugely popular ITV’s ‘Most Haunted’ series has arrived in Ireland and he is set to host a Ghost Hunt at the almost 800 year old Enniscorthy Castle in Wexford this Halloween.

 

Halloween Enniscorthy 4Those looking for a spin chilling evening can join the international para-scientist in Enniscorthy this Halloween for what promises to be exceptional ghost and myth busting experiences in Wexford’s most famous haunted castle. Wexford Paranormal and Steve Parsons will present a series of talks and ‘hands on’ experiences that are sure to be a little more than thought provoking.

An interactive and engaging lecture hosted by Steve Parsons will take place today Thursday 30th October entitled “ “Ghosts Busted – The Study of Ghost Hunting” is on offer. This are the only talks Steve will be giving in Ireland this year, and his engaging and interactive style means that these are a ‘must see’ for those with either serious interest or a passing curiosity.

On Friday 31st of October a ghost hunting experience is on offer as Wexford Paranormal conduct one of their annual public paranormal investigations of Enniscorthy Castle. Steve Parsons will again be onsite, offering ‘guests’ a one-time opportunity to go ghost hunting with one of the world’s leading paranormal experts in the enigmatic surroundings of Wexford’s most famous haunted Castle.

Commenting on his presence in Ireland, Steve Parsons says, “I’m delighted to be here in Ireland, and particularly here in the South East region; which has a lot of history and folklore, it is a very interesting region. Ireland is a special country, it’s like the celtic fringes of the UK and I think because of that there is a very strong link between the people and the past.”

Steve continued to mention that he himself has a strong link to Ireland, “I am a descendant of the Earls of Ross who founded the Hellfire club in Dublin and all of my life I believe people see ghosts and I am fascinated to know why, this is why I do what I do.”

There are lots of spooky options on offer this Halloween in Wexford. Loftus Hall, reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland are taking terror to an all new level and will host an adults only Halloween experience, for the feint-hearted a Halloween family experience tour is also on offer. Join in an adults only tour “Paranormal Presence at Loftus Hall” tour or how about joining in a Halloween Horror Night – Dying to Dine on 1st November. Guests are treated to dinner in a cordoned off RIP area before you get the life frightened out of you on the Paranormal Presence tour. Guests are asked to dress to scare and petrify.

Following their hugely popular sell-out Halloween tour last year, the Haunted Halloween Tour returns to ‘Wells House’ step back into the 1800s and take a journey into the darkest heart of Halloween at this ancient Georgian mansion.

For programme details of ‘Halloween in Wexford’ see visitwexford.ie

 

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Wexford Celebrates brand new Visitor Welcome Ambassadors programme


Wexford Celebrates brand new Visitor Welcome Ambassadors programme as tourists flock to

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Wexford is piloting a brand new concept, which aims to offer visitors to the town and county an extra warm Wexford Welcome on the streets.

The ‘Wexford Welcome Ambassadors’ programme sees 13 volunteers take to the streets of the town during the 63rd Wexford Festival Opera, the 62nd annual Wexford Fringe Festival and the 3rd annual Wexford Spiegeltent Festival which are now all underway and all run until November 2nd.

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Commenting on the programme launch Carolyne Godkin, Tourism Officer at Wexford County Council said, “There are currently over 400 events on offer through the three festivals and though it isn’t the typical tourism season this is one of the busiest times of year in Wexford and we have tens of thousands of visitors in town everyday for 12 days. The Wexford Town Tourism group knows this programme will have long term positive impacts for Wexford town and indeed the County, providing a friendly welcome to the town for our visitors. We hope to attract more volunteers to the programme, rolling it out to other key locations around Wexford if it proves successful.”

The role of the Welcome Ambassadors is to be street-based friendly faces of Wexford aiming to meet and greet visitors and provide local knowledge and useful information and guiding visitors to utilize the tourist information office on Wexford Quay front.  The roles are completely voluntary and were open to public application; each of the volunteers has completed a familiarization programme in order to participate.

Ms. Godkin, said tourism is a prime industry in Wexford: “Visitor numbers are returning to growth and Wexford has the most international visitor numbers in the South East region so the provision of meet and greet services, information and local knowledge is key to this market.”

Over the last year Visit Wexford and Wexford County Council has undertaken significant national and international marketing, including a South East collaboration and rebranding, a sales mission to the U.S., Germany and Asia, a presence at numerous shows and a redevelopment of it’s web presence on visitwexford.ie

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Fireworks and Festivals to Light up Wexford


The 63rd Wexford Festival Opera kicks off tomorrow ( Wednesday, 22 October) with the official opening set to take place once again on quays in Wexford town. Entertainment will commence from 6:30pm and will include the giant annual fireworks display.

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This year Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht will officially open the Festival at the quayside celebrations and then go on to attend the opening opera at Wexford Opera House, which will be Salomé by Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944), a rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s play.

The opening night is always a popular event so be sure to come along and find your viewing spot to enjoy all of the nights entertainment on Wexford’s Quayside. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 5pm to 9pm.

The 2014 Wexford Festival Opera includes 3 main stage operas – Salomé by Antoine Mariotte (1875-1944), a rarely-performed operatic version of Oscar Wilde’s perceptive play which will be the Festival’s opening night performance, the delightfully good-humoured comic opera Don Bucefalo by Antonio Cagnoni (1828-1896) distinguished by its melodic inventiveness, and the European premiere of the Pulitzer prize winning opera, Silent Night by Kevin Puts (b. 1972). Commissioned by Minnesota Opera, composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell will attend the premiere on 24 October. Together they will deliver the annual Dr Tom Walsh Lecture on 23 October, the morning after its European Premiere.

The ShortWorks return to Whites of Wexford Hotel this year with three intimate productions including a double-bill of The Wandering Scholar by Gustav Holst and Trial by Jury by Gilbert and Sullivan, Il Tabarro by Giacomo Puccini and La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Gioacchino Rossini. Approximately an hour long, these allow audiences to enjoy a rare work or a condensed version of a more familiar opera.

The Gala Concert each year features a number of artists taking part in the Festival performing some of their favourite pieces. This year the MC for the evening will be Australian soprano Helena Dix, who sang the title role in last year’s award-winning production of Cristina, regina de Svezia.

The popular Lunchtime Recitals will be presented in St Iberius Church in the centre of Wexford. Running for approximately fifty minutes, these recitals afford a unique opportunity to hear the principal artists of the Festival display their versatility in an intimate setting. The artists and their performance dates will be announced prior to the Festival. Keep updated at http://www.wexfordopera.com

Una Hunt returns to Wexford on the 1st of November with Irish Fantasy: a family affair, a new programme in the ‘Irish Heritage at Wexford’ series. Celebration of the music of Ireland through song and violin and piano music will be performed by sisters Una Hunt and Fionnuala Hunt on piano and violin respectively with Una’s daughter Rachel Kelly. Rachel is a member of the young artist programme at the Royal Opera House and recently stepped into the role of Mercédès in Carmen. The programme includes music by Harty, Stanford, Esposito, Hughes, Moore, Wallace, Balfe and T.C. Kelly – Rachel’s grandfather and a native of Wexford.

A recent addition to this year’s Festival programme on Bank Holiday Monday, Dan Newell, accompanied by members of the Orchestra of Wexford Festival Opera, will perform Composers on Film – The Sequel – music from popular film scores. Dan Newell is a member of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and London Brass and has played on the soundtracks of many films including Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and Shrek, as well as performing with artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Florence and the Machine, Muse, Elbow, and Peter Gabriel. This once off concert will include music from films including JFK and Skyfall. Taking place on the bank-holiday Monday, 27 October at 11am in the O’Reilly Theatre it is suitable for all ages, tickets €15 (adults) €5 (children).

The 62nd Wexford Fringe Festival also gets underway offering a diverse and eclectic mix of events which include theatre, visual arts, photography, music, literature and children’s entertainment – over 300 different events will be on offer!

Many events are free and there is something for everyone in the family. It brings together artists of all disciplines and will run from Friday 17th October through to Sunday 2nd November, be sure to get out and catch a gig.

And last but by no means least the wonderful Wexford Speigeltent Festival runs for 12 days and nights and the eclectic programme of events features contemporary music, comedy, theatre, film, classical music and lots more. With lots of big name acts be sure to book your night out in Wexford.

For details on all three festivals see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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Top Tricks and Treats in Wexford this Halloween including World Renowned Para-Scientist


There is a major fright fest on the cards this Halloween in Wexford. A ghost Hunt will take place at Enniscorthy Castle, the 300 year-old Wells House will host ghoulish house tours. Tales of the Enchanted Forest will be on offer at the Irish National Heritage Park, the spirit of Halloween is alive and well in Wexford.

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Join international para-scientist, Steve Parsons who frequently features as the parapsychologist on the ITV show ‘Most Haunted’ who will host a series of events at Enniscorthy Castle.

Paranormal enthusiasts will gather in Enniscorthy this Halloween for what promises to be three-days of exceptional ghost and myth busting in Wexford’s most famous haunted castle. Wexford Paranormal and Steve Benson will present a series of talks and ‘hands on’ experiences that are sure to be spine chilling.

Two interactive and engaging lectureshosted by Steve Benson will take place on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th October and are cryptically entitled “Orbs – Paranormal or a load of Balls” and “Ghosts Busted – The Study of Ghost Hunting”. These are the only talks Steve will be giving in Ireland this year, and his engaging and interactive style means that these are a ‘must see’ for those with either serious interest or a passing curiosity.

On Friday 31st of October a ghost hunting experience is on offer as Wexford Paranormal conduct one of their annual public paranormal investigations of Enniscorthy Castle. Steve Parsons will again be onsite, offering ‘guests’ a one-time opportunity to go ghost hunting with one of the world’s leading paranormal experts in the enigmatic surroundings of Wexford’s most famous haunted Castle.

The Irish National Heritage Park are celebrating Halloween with Tales of the Enchanted Forest kids tour and a mask making workshop from October 25 to 28th.

The Irish Agricultural Museum at Johnstown Castle host a family ‘Spooky Spectacular’ from October 26 to October 27 where visitors will meet a host of creepy characters who will be patrolling the galleries including Niddy the Witch, Prof Scream and Jim Screech with his magnificent collection of owls and birds-of prey.

Following their hugely popular sell-out Halloween tour last year, the Haunted Halloween Tour returns to Wells House on step back into the 1800s and take a journey into the darkest heart of Halloween at this ancient Georgian mansion.

For lots of family fun ‘Gorey Halloween’ in Gorey of course is on offer during the mid-term break, with fun for all the family including a Halloween Masquerade Ball – why not try the delicious ‘Bloody Gorey Soup’ and more.

Loftus Hall, reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland are taking terror to an all new level and will host an adults only Halloween experience, for the feint-hearted a Halloween family experience tour is also on offer.

At the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse located in the graveyard of 1,000 ships there will be no shortage of spooky tales for young children as Winston the Wizard and Pat the Pirate will host spooky tales and games from October 25 to 27th. Places are limited and booking in advance is advised.

For programme details of ‘Halloween in Wexford’ see visitwexford.ie

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Irish National Heritage Park Launch a new APP


 The brilliant irish National Heritage Park have launched  brand new APP this week.

The have issued an open invitation to all nature and history lovers to download the new Irish National Heritage Park APP.

If you are interested in visiting the Irish National Heritage Park, Ferrycarrig, Wexford this Saturday the 4th of October 2014, please download the app to your smart phone and show the app on your phone on arrival.  This will admit Two Adults and Three children under the age of 16 FREE on Saturday the 4th of October.   You will also be able to avail of numerous special offers coming on stream in the next few weeks.  So please avail of this great offer of a local treasure on our doorstep, Enjoy

For further details see http://www.inhp.com

 

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NEW ROSS PIANO FESTIVAL & EBONY and IRONY FRINGE FEST


An inaugural Fringe Festival to the annual New Ross Piano Festival, the ‘Ebony and Irony Fringe Festival’ will take place in New Ross Co. Wexford from September 25th – 28th this year.

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Audiences can expect a concentrated piano-fest weekend featuring international pianists – not just one but three will share the three main concerts. Solo recitals with other international pianists, late night concerts, pianos in supermarkets for visitors to play, public masterclasses and sessions with school children will all be on offer. Pianists include famous names, Melvyn Tan, Finghin Collins, Lise de la Salle, Beatrice Berrut and Joseph Moog.

At the fringe Festival a Piano Dual, Craft workshops in looming, satire and humour, art and music syncopation will all feature. A stand up comedy night sees two new and upcoming comedians Fabu D a Nigerian born comedian from Dublin and Steve Bennett a native of Portlaoise who’s musical comedy has already delighted audiences in Wexford in the past. Sunday offers an afternoon of outdoor live music gigs.

For all the details on the New Ross Piano Festival & The Ebony and Irony Fringe festival see http://www.visitwexford.ie

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