It’s time to dust the cobwebs off your Victorian costume and experience the magic of our traditional rural festival once again!
Top prizes for best dressed include Powerscourt Hotel vouchers for an overnight stay and dinner for 2 guests with breakfast the following day, spa vouchers, leisure centre passes. Our competitions and raffle include pair of Lady Gaga & Imelda May tickets, golf prizes, mega hampers…
The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day CHARITY event will take place today, Sunday September 14th, at Knocklinn Farm on the Ballyman Road.
The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day is growing in size and popularity, attracting over 4,500 people each year. It is fast becoming a permanent fixture on the North Wicklow/South Dublin calendar.
The weekend will kick off with a traditional Victorian Rag Man’s Ball on the night of Friday the 12th of September 2014 on the field. Tickets are on sale now from the website. www.enniskerryfestival.ie
RTE’s Philip Boucher-Hayes will be our host for the second year running.
A new addition is the VICTORIAN OMNIBUS, a horse drawn double decker bus which will gives rides to our visitors throughout the day.
SLOW FOOD SUGAR LOAF EVENT: TASTE EDUCATION WORKSHOP
Learn more about the how and why of tasting, delve a little deeper into how your senses all work together to give us our taste experiences. We will be discussing how sight, smell, touch and even hearing can influence our tastes, we will be tasting a variety of foods that will deliberately spark these senses, and finally we will
be having a Victorian Taste Experience, and use our newly honed skills to rediscover first tastes.
We are thrilled to announce that our charity partner for 2014 is Lakers, a Sport and Recreational Club for Children and Adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting, educational and essential support services to its 350 members across Leinster. Lakers celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year.
Festival events include Steam engines at work, Vintage Car and Tractor Shows, Tug of War battles and Sheaf Pitching! Visitors can enjoy rambling through the craft stalls at the ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ Artisan Market and savor Wicklow’s rich culinary delights at our Food Fair.
Other great highlights include Archery, Falconry, Horseshoe Throwing, Arm Wrestling, Nail Driving, Traditional Children’s Games, Puppetry, Storytelling, Pony Rides, old-fashioned Carousels, live music and so much more. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won!
50th anniversary celebration of Charlie Keegan’s World Ploughing Championship win:
We are delighted to welcome for exhibition the Deutz D40 with which Charlie Keegan won the World Ploughing Championship in Vienna in1964. Charlie’s son Michael has been able to track down the winning tractor! Thanks to the Keegan family, the tractor has recently been restored and will be the highlight of our Vintage Car and Tractor Show Charlie Keegan was one of the first people to bring a world title of any sport back to Ireland. It was a massive event at the time as back in 1964 everybody probably had some connection to farming.
There will be at least four steam engines working on the field on the day. As the last steam threshing took place on the farm over 60 years ago the scene should evoke many memories of what was a very common sight and provide a rare opportunity for the younger generation to see steam power at work.
Schoolhouse for Art
The Schoolhouse for Art, Enniskerry,n are delighted to launch their schedule of Autumn 2014 classes and workshops. Tutors and artists will be giving taster demonstrations on the field. Inside the Arts & Crafts tent Schoolhouse for Art will be introducing their painting gallery, featuring work by local artists.
This year we are excited to introduce our “Doggie Village”!! Wonder Paws Pet Dog Training at Festina Lente Bray will be the hosts welcoming all breeds, shapes and sizes to enjoy a ‘pawsome’ Doggie Day Out with full agility course, grooming salon, expert advice on dog adoption, nutrition, training and a fun Dog Show!
Due to the road closure of Old Connaght Avenue at Bray please use the following easy directions:
Heading Southbound on the M50, take exit 15 for Kilternan. Via Glenamuck Road, proceed towards Enniskerry and follow sign posting.
All other traffic please take the turn for Enniskerry (exit 6a) off the N11, proceed to the village and follow signs.
Proceeds are in aid of the Lakers and the local parishes, Enniskerry. The admission is €10 donation per person, €5 OAPs and kids go free!! There is FREE PARKING and the event is wheelchair accessible.