The Essential Survival Plan for the Warrenpoint Blues on The Bay Festival
2020 UPDATE: BLUES FESTIVAL WARRENPOINT 2020 will NOT TAKE place at the end of May in Warrenpoint.
Organisers have stated that they are looking at a postponement to September 2020 subject to review of the situation then of the coronavirus Pandemic. In the meantime, check out some Virtual Blues on The Bay at our Blues Vid Gallery HERE
The Essential Festival Survival Guide (For Every Year!!!)
The Blues on The Bay 2018 starts this week from Wednesday 23 May to Monday 28 May 2018 in Warrenpoint, County Down.
We have put together our Essential survival plan for the Warrenpoint Blues on The Bay Festival if you are a visitor to our town for the first time or you are making your annual pilgrimage to Warrenpoint for great music, food and cold beverages.
Some of the natives might find the miracle hangover cure below useful!
If you have any information that you would like to share or you want help with something please comment below!
It looks like we are in for a beautiful weekend of weather (make sure to bring your suncream) and stay nice and hydrated (lots of water of course in addition to the rest!!!)
All of the venues in Warrenpoint have some superb music in store for you this weekend.
Check out the Blues on The Bay Gig Guide below and a list of the venues below that have got some cracking live blues music this weekend.
First and Last
Number Seven Duke Street
The Lough & Quay
St Peter’s GAA
The Bluesberry Fringe Festival which has been held in the Park in previous years has been moved to this tranquil spot in Warrenpoint. (Update: Check out 2019 details)
BBC & Ralph Mclean Show
Ralph kickstarts the Blues Festival every year with his BBC live show from Warrenpoint!
Check out some of the beautiful sounds from Ralph’s live broadcast…20 years you say!!!
Want a Festival Poster? You can get one here
Balmoral Warrenpoint | Lough And Quay Complex & Vecchia Roma | First and Last Bar | Number Seven Duke Street | The Whistledown Hotel | Marine Tavern Bar and Club Cheri | Ye Old Ship Inn | The Vic | DeliLites | Warrenpoint Town Hall | The Tuck Shop | The Genoa Cafe| Friar Tucks Warrenpoint | Country Fried Chicken | Mackrel’s Takeaway | Pizza Point
Ghan Fuel Station | Costcutter | Kilbroney Park Tourist Reception
Sean Hollywood Arts Centre | Newry Town Hall | Maya Cafe | Savages Newsagents | Greenbank Wine Lodge
Katie Banks Coffee shop
Crescent Arts Centre | Baird Sound Systems York St | Matchetts music | Clements Coffee Shop Queens Union | Black Box
Public Toilets (Essential Festival Info!)
There are public toilets located at the Square and the Municipal Park (the Park is closed this year for major restoration work) but the toilets are still open to the public.
It is most likely all of the accommodation in the area is booked up at this stage but we have a list of some of the options that are available in Warrenpoint.
Accommodation in the area has something for everyone
We sincerely hope nobody will need this over the weekend!
However, it is prudent to be prepared!
There are a number of defibrillators located at various points in Warrenpoint Town Centre – click the pic below – for further information on this life saving machine – save the link should it be needed.
It might just save someones life!
Things to see in the Warrenpoint area
You will see the wonderful Narrow Water Keep as you drive along the dual carriageway from Newry approaching Warrenpoint.
The keep was built in the 1560’s as a defence outpost for the town of Newry.
Take a look at the beauty of Carlingford Lough from the shores of Warrenpoint. Carlingford Lough is where the Mountains of Mourne and the Cooley Peninsula sweep down to the sea into the one Carlingford Lough.
A short drive along the shoreline brings you to the lovely Rostrevor were you will find the Narnia Trail and the Mountain Trail to the famous Cloughmore.
There is also a mountain bike trail if you fancy some exercise and excitement on the downhill trail
Check out the world famous Redbull Fox Hunt that is held in Rostrevor every year!
Warrenpoint Municipal Park the location of the very successful Bluesberry Festival is closed this year for an extensive restoration. This has now been relocated to the gardens behind the Church of Ireland on Church Street. (2019 Update – now reopened)
The Municipal Park is due to reopen later this year – we look forward to seeing the results of all the work.
Parking in Warrenpoint
Warrenpoint has a number of free car parks. The main streets have parking restrictions so just be careful not to park in a spot that might land you a ticket.
Traffic wardens are known to roam these streets and just love to dish out tickets!
Parkopaeida is a handy app to use to locate parking in any town or city – check it out in use in Warrenpoint below.
Food in Warrenpoint
Warrenpoint has many fine food outlets – cafes, restaurants and takeaways! Check out some of the wide ranging choice on offer HERE
Drink Sensibly so the message goes!
If you are planning a heavy weekend on the booze – check out the information below – which some of us have been know to do around this weekend.
If you are “Day drinking” :
- Have a glass of water in between drinks
- Replace your vitamin B
- Have a Power Nap
Food helps to absorb alcohol so the old adage “don’t drink on an empty stomach” is one that is sure to help some!
Learn the recovery position!
- Add lemon to water and eating citrus fruit
- Potassium replacement in a banana
“They say its a surefire winner to beat the sicky feeling, kill the headache and ease the self loathing. The ume fruit is a highly alkaline acidic fruit which is the perfect remedy for an upset stomach – Be bedside table ready pop it in before you hit the sack”
You can get this stuff HERE – does anyone know if this works?
There will be lots of great guitar players performing this week – check out this free lesson – THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PLAY BLUES GUITAR?