Children and Family Events

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12 - 5pm both days. Combat displays at 1.30pm & 4.30pm

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE family event, heritage displays & interactive settlement with Fingal Living History Society.

Come visit one of Wicklow's ancient  monastic ruins and immerse yourself in the day to day life of a Medieval settlement with heritage displays, craft & cooking. Combat displays 1.30pm & 4.30pm daily


Fingal Living History Society

Supported by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in association with the Heritage Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


WHEN  :   Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, shows running daily between 12pm and 5pm

WHERE  :  The Flea Circus Tent, Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission  :  €2 pp at the door (see below for advice on reserving a place)

* 20 minute FAMILY SHOW with space for approx. 20 people per performance, several shows daily - to reserve a place, we recommend you drop by The Flea Circus Tent in advance & put your name down for a show time.

Have you got fleas?
It’s amazing ! It’s spectacular ! It’s astounding ! It’s tiny ! The show involves feats of astonishing bravery and breathtaking beauty – acrobatics, trapeze, high wire and more – all performed by highly trained, teeny tiny fleas.

Founded in 2003, PigNut Productions is a children’s theatre company, which creates original performances using physical theatre, clowning and puppetry. The Flea Circus is currently touring around Ireland, and has successfully taken part in numerous festivals including the Galway International Arts Festival.

Presented in collaboration with Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 18:30


WHEN :  Running daily Saturday 23rd 12 - 5pm and Sunday 24th May, 12-6.30pm 

WHERE :   Festival site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street, Wicklow Town

Arts, crafts & street food plus drop in workshops. So much to do and see! Soak up the atmosphere at this colourful 2 day outdoor market in the gorgeous historic grounds of a ruined Abbey. Whether you're here for a taste or to treat yourself, there's something on offer for all the family with fine foods, unusual crafts and demonstrations.

Stalls this year include ChocAmore - chocolate fountain ; The Crepe Box ; Ali's Falafel ; Nuts & turkish delight, ; One World Creation - clothes & funky accessories ; Patricia's Candles ;  DOTS Diamonds & LouLouJ - jewellery stalls; Clayotic ; Inspirations, wooden crafts, decorations & soaps ; plus more to be added soon!

Vendors wishing to take part can email for an application form.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 15:00


An audience with best selling author Darren Shan - reading with book signing afterwards.

WHEN  :  Saturday 23rd May, 3pm  (reading approx. 1 hour) 

WHERE  :  Abbey Room, Grand Hotel, Wicklow Town

FREE event

Darren Shan is the number-one bestselling author of the young adult series The Saga of Darren Shan, The Demonata and The Saga of Larten Crepsley, as well as the stand alone books, The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. Shan’s books are now on sale in 39 countries, in 31 different languages and have achieved children’s best-seller status worldwide. In total, they have sold over twenty-five million copies.
The 12-book Zom-B series launched in 2012. Zom-B Bride is the tenth book in this fast-paced story packed with twists, turns and Shan’s trademark horror.
Shan divides his time between his homes in Limerick and London.

Find out more on Darren's website here


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 14:00


FREE comic production workshop with well known illustrator & author Alan Nolan

WHEN  : Saturday 23rd May, 2pm

WHERE : Festival marquee @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Free 1 hour workshop for children 8yrs +

Join Alan for a funfilled workshop which will include a short talk about comics, a drawing demo & the chance to try out your own skills & make a comic strip.

Alan Nolan is a comics writer, graphic designer, artist and co-creator of the horror series Sancho. He is the creator of Fintan’s Fifteen, The Big Break Detectives Casebook and the Murder Can Be Fatal mysteries. His latest book, Conor’s Caveman: The Amazing Adventures of Ogg, will be published in Autumn 2015.

Born in Dublin, he studied at the National College of Art and Design. He lives in Bray, County Wicklow, with his wife and three sons. Check out more news on Alan's website

Photo credit : Mark Harrison



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 13:00


WHEN  :  Workshops for children age 8 - 12 years, duration 90 minutes

Workshop 1: Saturday 23rd May @ 12pm  /  Workshop 2:  Sunday 24th May @ 1pm

WHERE :  Festival marquee @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission : €5   Registration NOW OPEN, email to book your place. Maximum 12 participants per workshop

A fun and hands on workshop with Wicklow based textile artist, Maeve Hunter. Use your creativity & learn the skill of stencil printing to make your very own Medieval themed bag (like the one here but with a medieval theme instead of the chickens!)

Maeve has a degree in Textile Design, a Higher Diploma in Art and Design Education and a Masters in Visual Arts Education. She works as a freelance educator, textile artist and crafter.She has many years’ experience teaching all ages and levels art and crafts with particular emphasis on textiles. Techniques included are dyeing, batik, stencilling, screen printing, painting and stitching. She has worked on several films including Saving Private Ryan doing dyeing and breakdown of costume. She has also worked in Theatre. Her art work has sold in retail outlets and exhibitions and has also been commissioned. She is on the education panel of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and is a member of Visual Arts Ireland and TAG Tinahely Arts Group. In 2013 she completed a three month Artist Residency in John Muafangejo Art Centre in Windhoek Namibia. Mae Dec-Art website & facebook



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 15:00

WHEN : Saturday 23rd May,  3pm

WHERE : Festival Stage @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

 FREE family show

Meet Lulu, a street artist that can't be contained in any gallery.
Enter her crazy world of make believe, where magic happens right in front of you! Dressed in yesterday's news, this lady will sweep you off your feet and drag you into her imagination. Against a background of madness, scenes unfold, pouring from her pen onto paper, turning the 2D world of sketching into a 3D experience for the child in all of us. Who needs words when you've got a blank canvas, and a marker to fill it.

Francesca Castellano has been working in street theatre and circus for over 10 years. Lulu's world is a combination of her love of clowning, art and physical theatre. This show appeals to all ages and languages. The show lasts 30 minutes.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 18:30

A little bit of everything , a whole lot of fun ! Fantastic acts all through the weekend at WAF's performance stage, nestled in the ruins of the Abbey.

       SATURDAY 23rd MAY        

FYI DANCE SHOWCASE ... the talented FYI & members of Wicklow Youth Dance Company

It's a little bit circus, a little bit street, it's ... JUST A GUY

Enter the fun & mayhem of ... LULU'S WORLD

TAMBOURINE & ROSES ... music & dance of Southern Italy

         SUNDAY 24th MAY          

O'LOONEY'S PUNCH & JUDY SHOW ... a festival favourite to start the day

You'll be dancing along with ... WLD DANCE SHOWCASE

THE ARMY NO. 1 BAND... on their very first visit to Wicklow

Back by popular demand ... MR. COOL'S MUPPET & MAGIC SHOW

THE MAGUIRE BAND ... foot-tapping trad with Wicklow's finest family outfit, hup!

And for our festival Grand Finale... the upbeat ska outfit  INTERSKALACTIC


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 12:00 to Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 17:00


Variety of drop in workshops suitable for all ages

WHEN  : Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12pm - 5pm daily

WHERE : Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

Admission :   €4 per child, with family rates available on the day

Come join the circus! This travelling craft making collective will be assembling in Wicklow to share their skills with drop-in workshops designed to appeal to children of all ages. Using mostly natural materials and drawing inspiration from wind and wood, the quirky creations will include dreamcatchers, woodwind chimes, windmills and for a bit of fun ... magic hats and fairy doors.



Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 13:00


WHEN  : Saturday 23rd May,  1pm

WHERE :  Festival Stage @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street

FREE family show

Circus is the art of showing off, and when Cormac has time away from touring the World with Lords of Strut he likes to bring his circus skills to the public with a fantastically hilarious show 'Just a Guy'.

With over 15 years experience of working the streets and festivals around the globe you are in safe hands with Cormac. All you need is 'Just a Guy' and an audience.

Check out more details on facebook