Just when you think summer will never end, along comes August and suddenly those sunny evenings start feeling a tiny bit shorter.
But we’re determined to make the most of the final weeks of summer – and there’s no place better to do that than Greystones, on the beautiful North Wicklow coast. We’ve compiled some of our favourite things to do this August – whether it’s special events or getting back to nature, all these ideas come together to form our August 2018 Bucket List.
Outdoor Movies @ The Cove: Airplane!
Is there anything nicer than watching a classic film in the open air just as the sun goes down? Not if it’s in the idyllic setting of the beach at Greystones (and hopefully the rain will hold off!). As part of a series of screenings over the summer, on Saturday 11th August, Whale Theatre presents a showing of spoof disaster classic Airplane!, one of the funniest films ever made. Tickets cost €5 from whaletheatre.ie – warning, these sell out very quickly indeed so book asap.
Fly through the woods
Great for adults and kids alike, Squirrel’s Scramble in the woods at Kilruddery House features 40 different challenges to climb, balance, slide and crawl. A series of zip lines even allows you to negotiate narrow passages between trees at breathtaking speed – but don’t worry, the excellent staff on site will make sure you get the best out of your experience (we have heard that the adults need a bit more reassurance than the kids at certain points). Either way, we’re looking forward to a thrilling day in the woods before the summer is out. See www.squirrelsscramble.ie for more and to book tickets online.
18 holes at your leisure
We’re saving this one for a beautiful sunny early morning or a lazy, hazy August afternoon – an idyllic 18 holes at Charlesland Golf Club. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the coast as you play the links-style first nine holes, then challenge yourself to the max with the large greens and elevated tees of the second nine holes in this Eddie Hackett-designed course. Visitors are always welcome in this friendly club; see www.charlesland.com for more.
St. David’s Car Boot Sale
Clear out the garage and put the family to work with a place at the famous St David’s Car Boot Sale, which takes place in the school regularly during the summer months. Two dates have been set for this month: 5th & 19th August, from 9am to 3pm. Sellers report this to be a great (and profitable!) day for all the family – and we’re pretty sure that visitors will be pleased with the bargains on offer. Car boot sales not your thing? Head a little further afield to Enniskerry Church Hall on Sundays for the weekly craft fair, featuring lots of hand-crafted gifts and artisan goodies.
Head to the mountains
Explore the Greystones Way, a newly opened 8km walk from Greystones train station past Kindlestown and Bellevue Woods, and on to the beginning of the Sugar Loaf Way in Kilmacanogue – yes, you can climb the mountain too! This beautiful walk takes in some breathtaking views of the mountains as you head into the woods via a series of walkways and back roads. Proving once again that Greystones isn’t just about the sea…
Take a tour at Kilruddery House
Kilruddery House, just north of Greystones, is always worth a visit for its regular events, beautiful parkland and weekly farmer’s market, but in August, there’s a very special event that is perfect for history buffs. To celebrate the house’s 400th anniversary as the seat of the Brabazons, Earls of Meath, the house will be open to the public for special tours during Heritage Week, from 18th to 26th August. During the tour, which can be booked online at www.killruddery.com, visitors can see various family heirlooms, some of which have never been available before for public viewing, as well as photographs and maps of the house and estate over the years.
Playstival with The Happy Pear
You’ll have to travel the few miles up the motorway to Airfield Estate in Dundrum, but the drive will be worth it, in order to catch Ireland’s new festival for kids and their parents. This two-day festival, taking place on Saturday 11th August and Sunday 12th August, is a celebration of play in its purest form – not a screen in sight! Playstival features a range of hands-on, fun and imaginative games and themed play universes that put kids at the centre – and best of all, Greystones’ resident healthy food experts, The Happy Pear, will be there to provide delicious food and snacks to fuel even the most intensive play session. Tickets are available from www.eventbrite.ie
Perfect coastal day out
Of course, living in a beautiful place like Greystones requires no special gimmicks or days out. We’re reserving a sun-filled day for what constitutes our perfect day by the sea: begin with a yummy breakfast at The Happy Pear (with a takeaway treat stashed in the bag for later in the morning), then head off on the cliff path towards Bray, stopping to take in the glorious views along the way. Treat the kids to the funfair on Bray Seafront (running until 6th August) or LEGO Ocean Explorers at Sealife (open until September), before catching the DART back to Greystones and a well-earned ice cream at Something Nice. Stroll along the beach in the early evening sun and finish the day in the Beach House for a few drinks with friends and some gorgeous pub grub – guilt-free of course, thanks to all the exercise!
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