From a BEE KEEPING EXPERIENCE to a SCENIC PICNIC at Mount Juliet, find out what we’re planning this weekend …
WHAT: We’re keen to find out more about bees – that’s why we’re signing up for an Airbnb experience in Loughrea, Co Galway with beekeeper and host Noel, who runs Sliabh Aughty Honey – a family business, going back four generations. Noel will talk about the working parts of a hive before a honey tasting. The experience includes holding a frame and finding the queen – with a protective bee suit provided. Costing €40, it’s just one of 140 experiences on offer this bank holiday weekend. www.airbnb.ie.
WHY: Who doesn’t like the idea of a picnic – though who has the time to prepare one properly? That’s why we are loving the idea of ordering a picnic basket in advance from Mount Juliet Estate and then cycling off in search of the perfect backdrop. There are plenty of options from the banks of the River Nore to the old walled rose garden or by the fishing lakes. As for the baskets – they’re based on Mount Juliet’s renowned afternoon teas. Think scones and jam, finger sandwiches, macarons, chocolate truffles and homemade lemonade. The baskets can be ordered with 24 hours notice for €70, with the option of adding a bottle of house wine or prosecco at a range of different prices. www.mountjuliet.ie.
WHERE: If you’ve missed many of the excellent art exhibitions at Solomon Fine Art this year then the “Summer Group Exhibition” which starts this weekend is a handy catch up. There’s a mix of paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by some of Ireland’s leading contemporary artists. Afterwards, why not nip next door and try out Balfe’s summer cocktail menu and canapes too. We were at the launch last week and can recommend the Exit Strategy. www.solomonfineart.ie.
WHAT: Two different dining venues we recommend this bank holiday are:
The Dalkey Duck, on Dalkey’s Castle Street, has been refurbished inside and out with a beautiful garden and terraces for al fresco dining. Their prix fixe menu served from 6pm to 8pm, Tuesday to Thursday, is €20 for two courses and is a great way to sample the wares. An extra incentive? Wines are half price all night from Tuesday to Thursday. www.thedalkeyduck.ie.
Charlotte Quay is hosting the second in its Summer Series, taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 5. The theme is Surf n Turf, served family style as a tasting menu, with sundowners and smooth tunes. With cocktails on the terrace from 4pm and supper at 6pm, tickets are priced at €50. www.charlottequay.ie
AND … Only a week to go until Ladies’ Day at the Stena Line Dublin Horse Show – a key date in the fashion calendar, offering the chance to win an enviable €10,000 voucher for Dundrum Town Centre for the “Best Dressed Lady”. We’re predicting an increase in classic boat neck dresses this year and can’t wait to see the event.
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