Gorey Market House Festival extended this year to 10 days and stretching over the August Bank Holiday Weekend promises to be the greatest yet!
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It’s going to be a weekend filled with free music concerts from artists including The Academic, Rattle & Hum, and Mundy plus an action packed programme of family events.
The first of three open air concerts for the festival gets underway on August 4 with The Academic taking to the stage. Saturday, August 5, sees Rattle & Hum wowing the crowd.
And, on Sunday, August 5, Mundy will take to the stage on Gorey’s Main Street.
Art In Gorey
Our Arts programme is comprised of eight art exhibitions which will be running simultaneously featuring artists from Gorey and across Ireland in venues including The Gorey School of Art, Gorey Library, the Gaslamp Gallery, The Masonic Hall, The Market House and The Woodturning studio.
See our Gorey Arts Catalogue for full details of the large cache of artists currently active and exhibiting in Gorey, from a real-time live studio art event to some of the greatest contemporary artists currently working in Ireland.
Play Day in Gorey Town Park, that includes the unstoppable contemporary circus show, the Fanzini Brothers, who will be performing a series of hilarious acts in the main stage area. In addition, we’ll have the Wobbly Circus, a premier street theatre show complete with fire juggling, tight wire walking and high end clowning.
Get down and dirty with The Big Dig, a simulated Viking house replica, where you can excavate for artefacts and treasures and hear stories about the Normans from qualified Archaeologists. The Amber Express train will be taking a loop of the showgrounds with three designated stops where children and parents can disembark at will and join the various stations of fun.
Come and view a real-time assembly of a native American Indian Tipi newly acquired by Gorey’s Youthreach group where you can experience Indians in their native dwelling living in harmony alongside a band of cowboys, and leave face-painted in either disguise!
We’ll have stilt walkers circling the park, a circus workshop – where you get to run away with the circus for a day, Julie McCormick’s puppet theatre performing Beauty and The Beast, Little Red Riding Hood and Punch and Judy, not to mention a series of musical dance workshops by the accredited mad about moves, voice musician Anita Mahon.
For the sports enthusiasts, we’ll have GAA penalty shootouts, soccer and rugby skills and a range of competitive games. Scale the heights of the dizzying Tutan Climb – the largest inflatable climbing wall in Ireland. Then try an actual outdoor climbing wall with harnesses and pulleys to get you up and down safely across a wall of varying skills levels. And if you’re thirsty for more, push yourself to the limits through an uncompromising tyreinspired obstacle course, guaranteed to have you begging for mercy.
Arts and crafts
We’ll have a number of stations promoting arts and crafts, including, the Camphill Community in Ballymoney, Gorey’s Youthreach, Gerry Foran’s upcycling of paper into fun objects for kids, and a tonne of traditional games from the Polish community. Kia Ora farm will be present to offer children some one-on-one time with a rare selection of animals, as will Courtown’s Seal Rescue Centre with a cool kiddies corner.
For the little ones, we’ll have temporary tattoos, face painting, live music from real Disney characters and a Messy Play area built by Gorey’s Men’s Shed to keep the toddlers busy with trickling water, ball runs and tons of other novel ideas for hours!
Events and activities are either free or low cost. Expect sun, but take the wellies and a change of clothes if not. You’ll be glad you came prepared!
Sunday offers a craft, vintage and artisan food market on Gorey’s Main Street so visitors can enjoy a real market town experience which includes live animals, vintage steam engines and great displays of local craft and food. Visitors can also enjoy art exhibitions at various locations throughout the town.