Kicking off later this month, Summerval will host more than 33 different events, 17 of which will be free.
The 12-week festival will take place in Waterford City and the nearby scenic surrounds of Tramore, Dunmore East, and the Copper Coast every weekend from June 24 to September 4.
Speaking at the official launch yesterday, Sinead Hartery O’Neill said the aim of the new festival is to showcase the talent, diversity, and fun Waterford has to offer.
“Summerval will champion and celebrate the very best of Waterford City and its immediate surroundings. This will be Ireland’s longest running festival celebration with festivities on offer every weekend over the course of the entire summer, from June 24 to September 2. Our team has worked hard to create a spectacular new programme of activities in addition to highlighting wonderful existing events.”
Chairman Barry Monaghan cited the success of Waterford’s Winterval Festival as the inspiration for Summerval.
“Winterval has attracted in excess of an additional 450,000 visitors into Waterford City each year since its inception in 2012. Whilst summertime in Waterford has always been a big draw for visitors from all over Ireland and abroad, we believe that through amalgamating our strengths and creating new events, Summerval will provide a more compelling and considered offering to attract many more people to visit Waterford during summer weekends,” he said.
Summerval will incorporate 10 multi-day festivals taking place across the Déise, including the annual Spraoi weekend, the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival, and the Daytripper Music Festival.
Families can also visit Mount Congreve for nature walks and a summer fair, as well as visiting the Suir Valley Choo Choo Train Sunday, and enjoying all the perks of the Dunmore Food Festival, the Wobbly Circus Show, Artbeat by Spraoi and Toy Square at Palace Square featuring the spectacular “Grow” waterfall.
Activity-based events should check out highlights including the medieval archery, Saturday street theatre, family fun surfing, birds of prey shows, a Taste of the Waterford Greenway, a Coastal Cycling Cruise, Painting Workshops, a Summerval express train in the city, Artbeat, a GIY urban garden, horse drawn trails and tales, a Viking Triangle epic tour, a Slainte Irish Heritage Sow, the La Revue Cabaret Show, Central Comedy Club or yoga in the park.
For a full list of what’s on each weekend visit www.summerval.ie.