Masters at Work Trail

Posted on May 14, 2012 by mermaid

Masters at Work Trail

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Date/Time : Saturday, June 9 & Saturday, June 16 – 11:00 am

Location : Mermaid Arts Centre


As part of the Arcadia Festival, some of Bray’s finest masters are opening their doors to you. Whether it’s fixing an old watch in Bannon Jewellers or learning how to make some savoury delights in The Larder, this fun and varied trail has something for everyone!

You can choose to join Mermaid’s trail group leaving from the Plaza in front of Mermaid on Saturday 9 June and again on Saturday 16 June at 11AM or you can pick and choose yourself from our Master’s At Work Trail choices.


STOP 1 @ Mrs McGuire’s Sweet Shop, Main Street / 11am to 4pm

Line up, line up! Don’t miss the chance to watch the sweet experts in Mrs. McGuire’s Sweet shop show you how they make ice-cream cones out of sweets!

This demonstration is free of charge and all are welcome but space is limited so come early to avoid crowds.

Be sure to pick up your special “Arcadia Victorian Sweetbag” at the special Arcadia price of €2.


STOP 2 @ Holland’s Pub, Main Street / 11am to 4pm

Ever wanted to learn how to make a cocktail like a pro? Well look nor further and drop into Holland’s cocktail making demonstration where you will be shown how to mix like the best of them, and maybe have a taste!


STOP 3 @ The Larder, Main Street / 1pm to 4pm

How do they get their bread to taste so good? Drop by The Larder to get a quick lesson on making breads, cakes and savouries!


STOP 4 @ Vance & Wilson Pharmacy, Main Street / 9am to 6pm

See if your baby weighs the same as you did by trying out the old-fashioned baby-weighing machine in Vance & Wilson’s Pharmacy!


STOP 5 @ Bannon Jewellers, Main Street / 12pm to 2pm

Drop in to see a watch-repair demonstration and a diamond masterclass – a real jewel in the Master’s at Work Trail!




STOP 6 @ Premier Arts and Crafts, Florence Road / 1pm only (those on Master’s at Work Trail will get first preference)

Join us at Premier Arts and Crafts on the Florence Road for a Victorian hat-making demonstration on Saturday the 9th of June and then a Windmill-making demonstration on Saturday the 16th of June.


STOP 7 @ Town Hall Bookshop, Florence Road / 1.30pm only (those on Master’s at Work Trail will get first preference)

Brief talk about some of the history of Bray by local historian and author Henry Cairns. There will also be a window display of books about the history of Bray written by Cairns himself.


STOP 8 @ Leonidas Chocolate & Coolbeans Coffee Shop, Florence Road / 2pm to 4pm

Watch a good old-fashioned Knickerbocker Glory in the making and learn a little about the history of ice-cream in Bray.

Don’t forget, Knickerbocker Glories will be on offer all week!


STOP 9 @ Memories of Bray Diary, Eglinton Road /10am to 5pm

Now you are your own master at work – write a brief memory  of Bray into the diary. Also don’t miss the diary reading on Saturday the 16th of June at 3pm.


STOP 10 @ Coffee & Treats, Quinnsboro Road / 2.30pm (those on Master’s at Work Trail will get first preference)

Watch the experts at Coffee & Treat make a delicious cake! Hmmm… mouth-watering delights!


STOP 11 @ Tour of Bray DART Station Murals and Mosaics / 3pm to 5pm (10 people per tour)

Ever wondered about the murals at Bray DART station? Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn all about them with this artist-led tour.

In 1987, Jay Roche and John Carter designed and painted the Murals on platform 2 of Bray Dart Station, County Wicklow. It has become a popular public artwork that represents the history of Bray portrayed by the people that have used the train station. To preserve these images for the future, the murals are now being converted into the beautiful medium of Mosaic by Jay and John along with their fellow artist, Anthony Kelly. The artists have a studio at Church Terrace in Bray where they prepare the mosaics before installing them in the station.




Click here to download a copy of the Masters at Work Trail Map