An open-air concert deep in the mountains as well as outdoor and cultural activities around the coast will be among the attractions at this year's Comeraghs Wild Festival, which gets under way on 11 July.

The four-day programme will unfold against the backdrop of the rugged, unspoilt Comeragh Mountain range and its adjacent coastal hinterland near the Waterford Greenway.

According to festival chairperson Mary Flynn, there is something for "all ages, all interests" in the schedule.

Highlights include a concert at the foot of Mahon Falls, at the heart of the mountains, with singer-songwriter Don Mescall and the award-winning Mount Sion Choir.

Claire O'Sullivan with Ella (6) and Robyn (3) Whelan at Mahon Falls

Fans of a certain musical era are expected to throng to an open-air showbands special featuring Gina & The Champions, with special guest Ronan Collins of RTÉ, in Kilmacthomas, where the band performed live for the first time 40 years ago.

Thrill-seekers can revel in surfing sessions; a white-knuckle bike descent in the Nire Valley and more.

Culture vultures are catered for by a creative writing workshop; a famine walk; afternoon tea at Curraghmore House and at Woodhouse Estate; dancing at the crossroads and storytelling with one of the country's most popular storytellers, Eddie Lenihan.

For younger festival-goers there's sea gardening with Marie Power, AKA The Sea Gardener; the Away with the Fairies fairy garden building sessions deep in Crough Wood; Arty Crafty at Kilmacthomas Library and Sand Art on Kilmurrin Cove with sand artist, Sean Corcoran.

New additions to this year's programme include a cookery demonstration with Decky Walsh of the award-winning Holy Smoke restaurant at Nell's Farmhouse in the shadow of the Comeraghs, serving up a six-course feast of local delights.

Festival chair, Mary Flynn, said: "Whether you’re into dancing at the crossroads, surfing, mountain biking, foraging, history, craft or food, we really have it all. This is a festival that showcases this region at its very best and celebrates our rich history, our deep traditions and this vast, unspoilt hinterland.

The authentic, community-focused festival was moved from its traditional autumn slot to summer to make it more appealing to families, Waterford City and County Council’s Bernadette Drohan said.

"It has grown and grown year on year and this year’s programme is one of the best yet... It’s all shaping up to be an epic few days in Waterford and we really encourage the public to come along and see what makes this region so special."