5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re going to Bertha Sessions at BALLYVOLANE HOUSE, booking tickets for BOOM? at the Gaiety Theatre and visiting the CHESTER BEATY LIBRARY for their latest exhibition …

WHAT: Ballyvolane House’s “Bertha Sessions” are gaining traction and feature live music in the barn with a lovely supper. The sessions are named after the milk gin Bertha’s Revenge, produced at the house. The next gig is on Friday evening, March 30, at 7.30pm and costs €20 for music and a one-course supper. Local band Morning Nightcap will be taking to the stage with their blend of Irish and American roots music. I’m looking forward to putting on my dancing shoes for the occasion.

To book call 025 36349 www.ballyvolanehouse.ie.

WHERE: BOOM? is a comedy set around a party at the height of the economic boom and is directed by Caroline Fitzgerald. It’s on at The Gaiety Theatre until March 31, and features an all-star female cast who play relatable characters. It’s been recommended for anyone “who ever had a bad hair day, may never own a helicopter and knows the difference between an abstract sculpture and a bicycle helmet.” That would be most of us then … Tickets are from €18.50. www.gaietytheatre.ie.

WHEN: If you want to do something different on Sunday, we have two recommendations. The stylish Seasons Restaurant at The Intercontinental Dublin, has a three-course Easter Sunday brunch which includes a glass of champagne for €42 per person. Children can take part in an Easter egg hunt around the hotel’s inner courtyard garden and enjoy activities in the Kids’ Club from 12 noon until 4pm. www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.

 

At The Marker Hotel, Le Drunch is their amalgamation of lunch and dinner and takes place on Sunday from 2pm – 5pm. If you’re checking into the hotel, The Marker has created special teepees for children to sleep in, as well as a children’s menu based on Matilda the Musical, on in the neighbouring Bord Gais Energy Theatre. After the festivities, wind down and celebrate the long weekend with an “Easter Egg Martini” on the hotel rooftop. www.themarkerhoteldublin.com

WHY: Because I love a good love story, I’m heading to Chester Beatty Library this weekend to see “Miniature Masterpiece: The Coetivy Hours”. This medieval manuscript, (1443 – 1445), was bought by the late Edith Beatty and given to her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary in 1919. The original manuscript had itself been commissioned by the Admiral of France for his wedding to Maire de Rais. The exhibition features 144 miniatures all painted in demi-grisaille (part monochrome) with beautiful borders and calligraphy. The exhibition is on until September 2. www.cbl.ie.

AND: The Dublinia Viking Fest takes place this weekend from March 30 – April 2, so don’t be surprised if you see Viking Long ships along the Liffey! There will also be an arms and armour demonstration, coin minting displays and a special roadshow at Wood Quay celebrating the cultural heritage of these Nordic invaders. www.dublinia.ie.

Penny McCormick

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