5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

Penny McCormick rounds up the best events taking place this weekend from a FAIRY TRAIL in Malahide Castle to an overnight stay and FALCONRY EXPERIENCE at Glenlo Abbey Hotel …

WHY: After work, why not investigate “Thursday Lates” at the National Gallery of Ireland, which starts today from 4.30-8.30pm. The first in a series of selected “Lates” the gallery and Wintergarden Café will remain open until 8.30pm. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer including lawn games in the forecourt of the Gallery’s Merrion Square entrance, and a performance by the contortionist duo Lords of Strut at 6pm. There will also be demonstrations by members of the Dublin Circus Project, DJ Dermot Kelly will spin tunes and artists from Tropical Popical will create nail art inspired by the exhibition Circus250: Art of the Show. There will also be two guided tours (5.30pm and 6.30pm, the meeting point for which is at the Merrion Square entrance desk). www.nationalgallery.ie.

WHERE: Why not pack a picnic, or pop into Avoca en route for a takeaway, and enjoy with the family in the grounds of Malahide Castle and Gardens, where they are launching a new fairy trail on the West Lawn on Saturday June 23. Visitors will be given an activity booklet and map (the trail is approximately 1.8km long) with all proceeds of the walk being donated to the worthy Share a Dream foundation, which helps ill children realise their dreams. The Fairy Trail is open from 9.30am to 7pm (last access 4.30pm), with tickets priced as follows: Family €20, children €4, adults €7.50. www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie.

WHO: To the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin. Today sees the opening, by Diarmuid Gavin, of artist Gerard Byrne’s exhibition “Inside Outside & Beyond” in the Gallery Space at the Visitor Centre. Painting en plein air Byrne captures the lush foliage and architectural magnificence of the ironwrought Victorian Palm houses. The exhibition runs until July 15. www.botanicgardens.ie.

HOW: We’re popping over to Galway and the 18th-century Glenlo Abbey Hotel on the shores of Lough Corrib to make the most of their overnight Summer Delight Staycation package, which runs throughout the summer. While there, we’re looking forward to trying out the falconry experience in the Walled Garden, using the hotel bicycles for a spin round the 138-acre estate, and unwinding with a book on the terrace before dinner in the Oak Cellar Bar. Other activities on offer include golfing, fishing and archery and movie screenings every evening in the in-house Abbey Movie Theatre. The overnight break costs from €339 per couple in a classic king bedroom and includes breakfast, a two-course lunch or dinner in the Oak Cellar Bar and falconry experience. www.glenloabbeyhotel.com.

WHAT: This year’s Body & Soul festival takes place in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath from June 22-24. We’re making a beeline for the Veuve Cliquot Sparkling Conversations Salon where a number of foodpreneurs will discuss topics such as insect protein, creating recipes and how to make ramen. There’s also all-female panels of music makers, creatives and innovators with plenty of music too. We love a good boogie and DJs Kelly-Anne Byrne, Claire Beck and Ciara Brady will be playing disco music in all its forms. Which begs the question … have you got your festival wardrobe sorted? If not one of these G by Glenda Gilson necklaces (€40) might revamp an existing outfit. www.bodyandsoul.ie.

AND: ‘Tis the season for swapping primaries for pastels in the wardrobe and also for sipping a rosé rather than reds. Wilde at The Westbury has a lovely “Flight of Rosé” experience for €15, which includes three tasting selections from celebrity favourite Whispering Angel, St Tropez staple M de Château Minuty, and the aromatic Le Bijou. This is the next best thing to being in Provence, all enjoyed in the garden-inspired surroundings of the airy terrace. Everything’s Rosé menu is available for reservation online at www.wilde.ie or by phone on +353 1 646 3352.

Penny McCormick

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