Wicklow County Tourism

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Nov
28
Fri
Art Exhibition: ‘My Place On Canvas’ @ The Courthouse Arts Centre
Nov 28 all-day

Rod Coyne paints sentiments and memories En plein air*. His upcoming exhibition at the Courthouse Tinahely is a singular mission to capture the favourite Wicklow scenes of others. Rod has motivated people to consider and articulate their relationship with their landscape. Then he has retold that story through paint. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text called “My Place on Canvas”.

Notable are contributions from author Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, former Ireland rugby international Shane Byrne, lawyer to the stars Dr. Gerald Kean and Irelands most respected TD Stephen Donnelly. This multi-facetted undertaking saw Coyne marching from the mountains to the sea, or flanked by deer in a forest at dusk, and lunching with The Hon. Garech Browne in Luggala estate.

“My Place on Canvas” is an exhibition celebrating the Wicklow landscape, where the public decided which scenes would be painted. Choosing a selection from those submissions the artist then interpreted each in his own distinctive plein air style. The finished paintings will be displayed alongside the text of its very own personal back-story.

The exhibition is the culmination of a three year long project which has captured the public’s imagination. Rod set out to break down some of the barriers and exclusivity that still exist around art. With this interactive project Coyne looks at the world through someone else’s eyes while they get to see their landscape through his. The result is a gripping mix of paintings and text championing the majesty that is Co. Wicklow.

Excitement mounts as all contributors anticipate their landscapes being publically unveiled for the first time. The exhibition will be opened by TD Stephen Donnelly on November 23rd.  “My Place on Canvas” has allowed people who were previously never involved in art to find themselves at the heart of a fine art exhibition. There have been over 70 submissions from around the world including Holland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and, of course, Wicklow. The artist received submissions from across the board including politicians and prisoners, celebrities and writers. All share a passion for the Garden County of Ireland, as the 30 new works being premièred will testify.

In art we can find common ground, and in Rod’s hands it becomes universally accessible. In an effort to de-mystify the creative process Rod has been documenting his painting journey through a photo diary on Twitter. He has also filmed the realisation of each piece with a head-camera and these YouTube clips will be on display at the Courthouse Arts Centre. They tell the other story, that of Rod’s experiences and adventures as he wandered the county, bringing art outside, finding and painting other people’s visions of Wicklow.

*En plein air is a French expression meaning ‘‘in the open air’’ referring to the act of painting outdoors. Plein air artists like Rod capture the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating the changing natural light, colour, and movement into their works. This sometimes frenetic process tells as much about the author as his subject.

 

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Santa Train At Rathwood
Nov 28 all-day

The Rathwood Santa Adventure is Ireland’s mostpopular Santa Experience and has been established for 20 years.
We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on an experience through the Enchanted Forest to
visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included in your Santa Train Ticket?

Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Clause and Trixie the Elf
Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train
Watch out for Rudolf and the other Reindeer along the way
Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home
Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa
Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box
Free HOT Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa
Also for the Big Kids: 10‰ OFF ALL Christmas Items in our Christmas Items (T&C)
Additional Events/Activities running at Rathwood this Christmas`

Create a Christmas Elf in Santa’s workshop (New for 2014)
Each Boy or Girl will Create a Christmas Elf rag doll & receive birth certificate
Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh
Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!

For more information go to:

 

SANTA’S LAKESHORE WONDERLAND
Nov 28 all-day

Santa Claus & Mrs Claus plus all the Toy Workshop Elves are coming to Avon Ri for the very 1st time this Festive Season!

Santa’s Grotto
Mrs Claus
Elf Workshop + Arts & Crafts
Also
Daily Arrival of Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves at Avon Ri
Elf Photographer to capture the big visit to Santa
Christmas Food & Local Craft Market every Saturday & Sunday
Elf Zipline (weather permitting !)
Santa’s Avon Ri Christmas Trail Quiz
Magic Wishing Stone
CAFÉ CLAUS
Christmas Family Movies
Pet Farm & Kids Play Area
all in a Winter Wonderland lakeshore setting
Lakeshore Beach & Forest Walks/Blessington Greenway
€18 per child including Gift and Hot Chocolate per child
INCLUDES FREE ENTRY FOR 1 ACCOMPANYING ADULT
+ KIDS EAT FREE OFFER IN CAFÉ CLAUS @ AVON RI with every child ticket purchased PHOTO WITH SANTA €5

Discount available on all Adventure Centre Activities (must be pre-booked) to all Santa Lakeshore Wonderland ticket purchases

MAKE IT EVEN MORE MAGICAL AND STAY OVER IN ONE OF OUR
LAKESHORE TOWNHOUSES WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
Each house sleeps up to 6 persons
From €100 midweek and from €150 for Fridays & Saturdays
Per house per night
10% off Santa’s Lakeshore Wonderland Child Ticket = €16.20 (Full Published Price = €18)

Book online:

www.avonri.com

OR

Tel. 045 900 670  Email: info@avonri.com

For more info:

The Forest Train to see Santa @ Avondale Forest Park @ Avondale Forest Park
Nov 28 all-day

This year, Santa has decided to go a bit green, and has located his workshop in the beautiful Avondale Forest Park, Rathdrum, Co Wicklow.

A new Santa experience called The Forest Train, has opened in Avondale Forest Park, with departures on Toots the Train.

Experience the winter wonderland as The Forest Train rides through the breath-taking mature forest park. Keep an eye out for Noodle the lazy Elf who is running late for work! He has lost his magic dust somewhere in the woods and needs your help to find it. Noodle needs to catch the train and get to the workshop with the magic dust in time! He might know a short-cut to the workshop but don’t tell Santa!

When the train reaches its secret destination deep in the forest, Noodle will lead all the families into the workshop. The rest of the elves are very busy making and testing toys and singing as they work. The Elf Floor Manager will greet all of the children. There will be plenty of songs, stories and toys to test.

From his office, overlooking the workshop floor, Santa will call each family in to see him individually. He will be working in his office at his very cluttered desk and checking his big book where he knows something about everyone, young and old! After meeting with Santa every child will receive a wooden themed gift and can get a special photo taken with the big man in red.

A Christmas Market will be held in the rustic stone barn with a host of food, beverages, craft and gift stalls for families to enjoy. There will be a wishing well, where children can make a wish with all proceeds going to Barnardos, the children’s charity.

Only 40 minutes from the Dundrum Town Centre, The Forest Train is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 27th November from 10am to 7pm, until Christmas Eve (Wednesday 24th December) from 10am until 1pm as that’s when the elves and Santa have to get the reindeer’s ready to start his journey around the globe delivering presents to all the children of the world.

Tickets cost, and can be booked at www.theforesttrain.ie.

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The Courthouse Arts Centre: My Place on Canvas By Rod Coyne
Nov 28 @ 10:00 – 17:00

My Place on Canvas – the real life landscapes of real people.

Opening Date: Sun 21st Nov Time: 4-6pm Admission: Free
Exhibition Runs: Sun Nov 21 – Sat Dec 20 Open: Thurs – Sat 10-5pm

The “traditional” genre of landscape painting takes on a unique twist in the hands of Rod Coyne. While this brand new collection of Wicklow landscapes is painted by Rod, each subject has been chosen by a random member of the general public. The artist has picked a selection of submitted “favourite” landscapes and interpreted them in his own distinctive plein-air style. This is a hands-on interactive exhibition where Coyne looks at the world through someone else’s eyes, and in turn through the resulting picture, they see their landscape through Rod’s eyes. Each image will be displayed alongside the words used to describe why each submitted place is personally important to its proposer. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text celebrating the stunning beauty that is Co. Wicklow. People who previously were never involved in art suddenly find themselves at the heart of this unique show.

Rod Coyne has spent the past 12 months travelling the length and breath of Co. Wicklow in search of someone else’s vision. This journey has revealed, in equal measure, an insight to the county’s people and land. Personal histories, memories, sentiments and emotions underscore this celebration of Wicklow’s finest views.

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Nov
29
Sat
Christmas Island
Nov 29 all-day

 

Join us at Christmas Island for festive fun and an unforgettable and unique Christmas experience!

Your experience will include a very special journey to Christmas Island where you’ll meet Mrs. Claus, have fun with the elves, write your letters to Santa and make a Christmas ornament for your tree. You will then depart Christmas Island on Santa’s magical sleigh boat headed to see the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto.

If you’re good and paying attention, then you may even see Rudolph!

All adults and children will receive a warm Christmas drink and make a Christmas ornament to take home.
All children will receive a gift from Santa.
All photos are free of charge and there will be lots of magical photo opportunities!!
(Most places charge €10 for your family photo and you don’t get copies of this photo. At Christmas Island we ask you to bring your own camera and our elves will take your family photo on Santa’s sleigh, with Santa, at the giant Christmas tree, with Mrs. Claus and more. You will then have many photos to share with your family friends by email, Facebook, etc.)
Experience this special time of year with your family and friends at Christmas Island!!
Don’t forget to print off and colour/decorate your Colouring-Poster and bring with you on your scheduled day. Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Before or after your island visit you can take part in the festive fun with the Christmas movie room, getting your family photo taken in Santa’s sleigh (don’t forget your camera), walking around the winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, exerting energy in the giant Snowman jumper and playing in the children’s adventure park. Hot food and drink will be served all day. The Adventure Golf on site will also be open for those looking for extra activities!

 

For more info:

Art Exhibition: ‘My Place On Canvas’ @ The Courthouse Arts Centre
Nov 29 all-day

Rod Coyne paints sentiments and memories En plein air*. His upcoming exhibition at the Courthouse Tinahely is a singular mission to capture the favourite Wicklow scenes of others. Rod has motivated people to consider and articulate their relationship with their landscape. Then he has retold that story through paint. The result is a compelling mix of paintings and text called “My Place on Canvas”.

Notable are contributions from author Paul Howard aka Ross O’Carroll Kelly, former Ireland rugby international Shane Byrne, lawyer to the stars Dr. Gerald Kean and Irelands most respected TD Stephen Donnelly. This multi-facetted undertaking saw Coyne marching from the mountains to the sea, or flanked by deer in a forest at dusk, and lunching with The Hon. Garech Browne in Luggala estate.

“My Place on Canvas” is an exhibition celebrating the Wicklow landscape, where the public decided which scenes would be painted. Choosing a selection from those submissions the artist then interpreted each in his own distinctive plein air style. The finished paintings will be displayed alongside the text of its very own personal back-story.

The exhibition is the culmination of a three year long project which has captured the public’s imagination. Rod set out to break down some of the barriers and exclusivity that still exist around art. With this interactive project Coyne looks at the world through someone else’s eyes while they get to see their landscape through his. The result is a gripping mix of paintings and text championing the majesty that is Co. Wicklow.

Excitement mounts as all contributors anticipate their landscapes being publically unveiled for the first time. The exhibition will be opened by TD Stephen Donnelly on November 23rd.  “My Place on Canvas” has allowed people who were previously never involved in art to find themselves at the heart of a fine art exhibition. There have been over 70 submissions from around the world including Holland, Scotland, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and, of course, Wicklow. The artist received submissions from across the board including politicians and prisoners, celebrities and writers. All share a passion for the Garden County of Ireland, as the 30 new works being premièred will testify.

In art we can find common ground, and in Rod’s hands it becomes universally accessible. In an effort to de-mystify the creative process Rod has been documenting his painting journey through a photo diary on Twitter. He has also filmed the realisation of each piece with a head-camera and these YouTube clips will be on display at the Courthouse Arts Centre. They tell the other story, that of Rod’s experiences and adventures as he wandered the county, bringing art outside, finding and painting other people’s visions of Wicklow.

*En plein air is a French expression meaning ‘‘in the open air’’ referring to the act of painting outdoors. Plein air artists like Rod capture the spirit and essence of a landscape by incorporating the changing natural light, colour, and movement into their works. This sometimes frenetic process tells as much about the author as his subject.

 

For more info go to:

North Wicklow Country Market
Nov 29 all-day

North Wicklow Country Market has been in existence for over 38 years
and is a member of Country Markets Limited which have over 60 markets in Ireland.
All products at the market are produced locally by members and these include cakes, biscuits, delicatessen fare,
bread, vegetables, eggs, jams marmalades and chutneys,
flowers and plants, crafts and knitwear, greeting cards and pictures, jewellery.
The market is held every Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre in Newcastle Village.
Tea and coffee is available.

For more information go to:

Santa Train At Rathwood
Nov 29 all-day

The Rathwood Santa Adventure is Ireland’s mostpopular Santa Experience and has been established for 20 years.
We invite you to share in the magic of Christmas and join us on an experience through the Enchanted Forest to
visit Santa as he prepares for the most wonderful time of the year.

What’s included in your Santa Train Ticket?

Join in the Christmas story with Mrs. Clause and Trixie the Elf
Take a magical journey on board the Rathwood Santa Train
Watch out for Rudolf and the other Reindeer along the way
Walk through the enchanted Forest that leads to Santa’s Woodland home
Each family will meet Santa individually & each child will get a special gift from Santa
Post your letter in Santa’s official Post Box
Free HOT Chocolate & Rathwood Activity Book for every Child booked in to visit Santa
Also for the Big Kids: 10‰ OFF ALL Christmas Items in our Christmas Items (T&C)
Additional Events/Activities running at Rathwood this Christmas`

Create a Christmas Elf in Santa’s workshop (New for 2014)
Each Boy or Girl will Create a Christmas Elf rag doll & receive birth certificate
Have your photo taken on board Santa’s Giant Sleigh
Enjoy Christmas carousels and so much more!

For more information go to:

 

SANTA’S LAKESHORE WONDERLAND
Nov 29 all-day

Santa Claus & Mrs Claus plus all the Toy Workshop Elves are coming to Avon Ri for the very 1st time this Festive Season!

Santa’s Grotto
Mrs Claus
Elf Workshop + Arts & Crafts
Also
Daily Arrival of Santa, Mrs Claus & the Elves at Avon Ri
Elf Photographer to capture the big visit to Santa
Christmas Food & Local Craft Market every Saturday & Sunday
Elf Zipline (weather permitting !)
Santa’s Avon Ri Christmas Trail Quiz
Magic Wishing Stone
CAFÉ CLAUS
Christmas Family Movies
Pet Farm & Kids Play Area
all in a Winter Wonderland lakeshore setting
Lakeshore Beach & Forest Walks/Blessington Greenway
€18 per child including Gift and Hot Chocolate per child
INCLUDES FREE ENTRY FOR 1 ACCOMPANYING ADULT
+ KIDS EAT FREE OFFER IN CAFÉ CLAUS @ AVON RI with every child ticket purchased PHOTO WITH SANTA €5

Discount available on all Adventure Centre Activities (must be pre-booked) to all Santa Lakeshore Wonderland ticket purchases

MAKE IT EVEN MORE MAGICAL AND STAY OVER IN ONE OF OUR
LAKESHORE TOWNHOUSES WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
Each house sleeps up to 6 persons
From €100 midweek and from €150 for Fridays & Saturdays
Per house per night
10% off Santa’s Lakeshore Wonderland Child Ticket = €16.20 (Full Published Price = €18)

Book online:

www.avonri.com

OR

Tel. 045 900 670  Email: info@avonri.com

For more info: