OVER 5,000 people are expected in Tramore for the Oceanic Surf and Sea Festival which begins in the seaside resort today and continues until Sunday.
It commences at 7pm with the opening of a photography and art exhibition, From the Mountains to the Sea, by Carmel Clery and Sinéad Ní Chonaila with a poetry reading by Aideen Henry at Tramore Coastguard Station.
The festival will coincide with the ancient celebration of Michaelmas Day – the feast day of St Michael, patron saint of seafarers.
A taste of Tramore has been promised for tomorrow including beer tasting and seafood seminar at The Sea Horse and a “Festival Special Menus” will feature in the town’s participating restaurants, while a mini Surf Film Festival will also commence at The Victoria House at 7pm.
On Saturday, a ladies surf weekend will begin at Oceanics Surf School with 60 free places available courtesy of Oceanics Surf School, the Irish Surfing Association and the Women in Sport Initiative. T-Bay Surf School, Tramore Surf School and Freedom Surf Schools will host half price two-hour slots of surfing and other fun activities commencing at 2pm.
Waterford Surf Lifesaving will hold the Ultimate Beach Lifeguard Challenge on the beach and a Working with Willow workshop for children making a miniature seaweed doll.
Cyclist Dermot Blount will host a half-price cycling tour of the lakes – leaving from T-Bay Surf Centre at 2pm – while A Big Wave Channel Swim Talk with Channel swimmer Jim Swift will take place on the T-Bay decking.
The Community Group Transition Towns are also planning to run an “outdoor Non Electrical Picnic”. A Seafood foraging tour will take place on Tramore beach and a local writers reading on “Old Tramore” takes place at the library.
Meanwhile, a live festival music entertainment programme will feature throughout the town’s pubs and hotels on the Saturday evening.
On Sunday a programme of free “fun activities” will be open to all on Tramore beach and a number of workshops and kids events are earmarked, festival chairwoman Linda Tuohy said.
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