Locals enjoying last year's Swords Summer Festival (Pic: Alison O'Hanlon)
Locals enjoying last year's Swords Summer Festival (Pic: Alison O'Hanlon)

Swords Summer Festival will take place exclusively in the grounds of the castle and the town park this year due to road works on Main Street.

A one-way traffic system is in place on the main thoroughfare between Church Road and the Malahide Road junction to facilitate a major water main project.

This means for the first time ever, all activities – including the ‘street carnival’ on Saturday – will move off Main Street to Swords Castle and Swords Town Park.

Hot House Flowers are the main musical attraction on Saturday, July 21, playing a special 30-year anniversary gig at Swords Castle (tickets available here).

The weekend of celebrations starts with some Seventies nostalgia with tribute band Abbaesque playing the castle marquee at 7pm on Friday.

The event is a Lions Club fundraiser and tickets (€25) are available from Fingal Tourism office or by calling 087 244 0834.

Saturday and Sunday will see a wealth of family fun, music, crafts and food in Swords Castle, with loads of free entertainment that would normally take place on Main Street happening instead at Swords Town Park from noon to 6pm.

This is the fourth annual festival and it is organised by the same team that puts together the hugely successful Flavours of Fingal event in Donabate.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: “Whether you’re interested in Bosco, bouncing castles or puppet shows, this festival has something for you.

“You can try your hand at jiving, or just have a stroll around the food village and craft fair in the beautiful Swords Town Park, while enjoying the sounds from the marquee stage.”

The Chandelier Sessions are hosting their third garden party in the Castle Gardens, Bridge Street as part of the festival on Saturday, July 21 from noon to 6pm.

They promise a full day of eclectic tunes and scorching live performances from a great line-up of bands and DJs, with cold beer on tap thanks to the Attic bar.

There’ll also be live music from Aidan Clerkin, Marvin & The Grooves and many more. For the kids, there’ll be a puppet show, zip wire, magician, face painting and loads more.