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This summer get ready to dive into fantastic family-friendly fun in Bray…

This summer, Bray invites you to dive into a whirlwind of family fun as the town kickstarts the season with festivals, events and activities galore throughout June, July, and August, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy. 

The #SummerInBray 2024 line-up promises an unforgettable experience, packed with entertainment, culture, and community spirit. From the enchanting ‘Movies by the Bandstand’ to the serene ‘Yoga Summer Workshop’, the sizzling ‘Beach BBQ Festival’ to the awe-inspiring ‘Bray Air Display’, and everything in between, #SummerInBray promises non-stop excitement. Feel the rhythm with live music on Sunday afternoons, experience the thrill of the ‘Seafront Funfair’, admire the classic beauties at the ‘Chrome Classic Car and Bike Festival’, and join the town in welcoming Bray’s newest festival, the ‘Brave Maeve Family Festival’, where a legend comes to life.

Eugene Finnegan from Bray Tourism commented, “Bray’s summer tourism campaign will feature diverse festivals, events, and unique experiences. Prepare for an unforgettable summer with thrilling activities for the whole family, including a funfair, Beach BBQ Festival, airshow, spectacular fireworks, and loads more. Bray looks forward to welcoming you!”

Life is better at the beach…

Cllr Melanie Corrigan, Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District, stated, “The ‘Summer in Bray’ 2024 campaign highlights our town’s fantastic tourism offerings, exciting festivals, and family-friendly events. We are dedicated to promoting Bray as a premier seaside resort and helping our local economy thrive. Visit bray.ie to start planning your trip.”

The 2024 summer festivals, events and activities include:

  • Aquathon Series – A multi-sport event that includes a 750m sea swim followed by a 5km run. The first event took place on Wednesday, June 19th, and will continue on Wednesday, July 17th, and Wednesday, August 14th. More information at wicklowtri.com/races/aquathon-series/
  • Hardy Har Comedy Club at the Harbour Bar – Thursday, June 27th, Thursday, July 11th and Thursday, July 18th at 8 pm
  • Mermaid Arts Centre offers a summer full of unforgettable drama, live music, comedy, visual arts, and more. Check out what’s on at mermaidartscentre.ie/whats-on/all
  • Sunday Summer Sounds on the Seafront Bandstand – selected dates in June, July, August and early September. See schedule is below. 
  • Free Movies by the Bandstand – Thursday, July 4th, Thursday, July 18th and Sunday, August 4th. Read more below.
  • Yoga Summer Workshop – Saturday, July 13th. Read more below.
  • The Seaside Arts Club – Friday, July 19th. Book at mermaidartscentre.ie
  • Seafront Funfair – From Saturday, July 20th to Bank Holiday Monday, August 5th (Closed Monday, July 29th and Tuesday, July 30th)
  • Beach BBQ Festival – Saturday, July 20th and Sunday, July 21st
  • Brave Maeve Family Festival – Where a legend comes to life – Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th
  • Chrome Classic Car & Bike Festival – Sunday, July 28th. Register a car or bike at chrometheclassiccarshow.com
  • Bray Air Display – Saturday, August 3rd
  • Breathtaking Fireworks Display – Bank Holiday Monday, August 5th
  • HER Outdoors Week – Monday, August 12th to Sunday, August 18th – More information at wicklowlsp.ie
  • National Heritage Week – Saturday, August 17th to Sunday, August 25th. Get involved and read more at heritageweek.ie
  • Hell & Back returns to Killruddery on Saturday, September 21st. Book at hellandback.ie

Simply click on the #SummerInBray event/activity image below to reveal more information.

From festivals to events, our #SummerInBray Ultimate Guide has got you covered – Simply click on the image below to download.

The #SummerinBray campaign is a collaborative effort involving the Bray and District Chamber of CommerceBray Municipal District, Wicklow County Council and bray.ie. Its goal is to promote tourism products, strengthen the local economy, and create lasting memories for visitors and residents.

All events and activities are subject to change without notice and may be dependent on weather. Be sure to stay up to date by following bray.ie on XFa­­­cebook or on Instagram.

Bray is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else…

Bray is the perfect destination, whether it’s a family holiday or simply a weekend break this summer, why not plan your visit by utilising our award-winning website? Simply hit the menu button to explore things to see and do, eat and drink, places to stay + more.

bray.ie brings you a soundtrack for your summer… Listen here.

‘Movies by the bandstand’ Terms & Conditions

  • The ‘Movies by the bandstand’ screenings are a free event
  • All movies will start at 6 pm and 8 pm or 8:30 pm except for Sunday, August 4 as screenings will take place at 3 pm and 5 pm
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather
  • You can bring a blanket, deck chair or camp chair
  • No pets are allowed
  • There’s no alcohol allowed
  • Our ‘Movies by the bandstand’ screenings are age appropriate. The onus is on the parent to decide if the movie is suitable for their child to watch
  • If attending the ‘Movies by the bandstand’ screenings children must be accompanied by an adult
  • The screenings will take place on Bray seafront by the bandstand, please be good to the environment, respect your town, and take everything home with you
  • There is parking throughout the seafront
  • The event team reserves the right to refuse admission
  • Movies by the bandstand’ screenings are weather permitting, if bad weather is forecast, screenings may/will be cancelled
  • Technical issues, glitches or failures are unforeseen. Our event team will try and find a solution. Please be patient and have some respect for our on-the-ground teams. If a solution can’t be found it may result in the screening being cancelled without notice. Unfortunately, sometimes these things happen at outdoor events. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause
  • Like all bray.ie events it is subject to change without notice and may be weather permitting. Please keep an eye on our social media pages, XFacebook or Instagram for updates

About Bray 

Bray is a coastal town in County Wicklow and is situated about 20 km south of Dublin city centre on the east coast. According to the 2022 census, it is the tenth-largest urban area within the Republic of Ireland.

Bray is a resort town making it a destination for tourists and day-trippers, with a great social scene, bustling town centre, and thriving industry.

Bray is home to…  

Ireland’s oldest film studios, Ardmore Studios, the award-winning Bray Air DisplayBray Central – an impressive leisure, dining and retail development located in the heart of the thriving town of Bray, Bray Emmets GAA Club which was founded in 1885, Bray Wanderers Football Club with its home matches played at the Carlisle Grounds, East Coast FM – Wicklow’s Favourite Radio Station and Mermaid Arts Centre – a leading space where ideas, creativity, imagination and artistic expression find a natural home.

Getting to Bray couldn’t be simpler…

Irish RailDublin BusGo-Ahead Ireland on behalf of Transport for Ireland, Bus ÉireannFinnegan’s BrayAircoachSt. Kevin’s Bus Service to Glendalough and the M11 and M50 motorways provide commuter links between Bray and the rest of the country.

Bray Town has won numerous awards…

  • bray.ie won ‘Best Connected Council‘ at the All-Ireland Community & Council Awards in 2017. Read more here.
  • Bray Air Display was crowned ‘Best Event’ at The Irish Tourism Awards 2017. Read more here.
  • Bray was runners-up at the Bank of Ireland National Enterprise Town Awards 2018. Read more here.
  • The ‘Brave Maeve Children’s Myth & Art Trail’ won ‘Best Use of Creativity in the Community’ Award at the Business to Arts Awards 2018. Read more here.
  • The Bray Air Display and the ‘Summer in Bray’ tourism initiative won Silver at The All Ireland Community and Council Awards in 2019. Read more here.
  • River Dargle Flood Defence Scheme was a winner at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2018. Read more here.

Campaign tagline – ‘This summer, dive into fantastic family-friendly fun in Bray…’

Join the conversation – Campaign hashtags are #SummerInBray #LoveBray #Bray

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