We’re booking a WILD ATLANTIC BREAK, popping in to see an ARTS FESTIVAL and bagging some bargains at KILDARE VILLAGE …
WHAT: It’s all happening this evening at the InterContinental Dublin, where its annual Continentally Classic Best Dressed Competition takes place following Ladies’ Day at the 2018 Dublin Horse Show. Guests attending can enjoy Perrier-Jouet champagne and entertainment in the Ice Bar and gardens. As for the Best Dressed Lady, she will win the grand prize of a Mediterranean Cruise aboard the MSC Seaview, flights from Aer Lingus and a two-night stay for two at InterContinental Dublin with dinner and spa treatments. There’s still time to enter … www.intercontinentaldublin.ie
WHERE: We’re popping over to Kildare Village where Temperley London is hosting an exclusive pop-up in the VIP lounge (located beside Tourist Information) with savings of up to 60 per cent from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August, (10am – 6pm). We’re fans of Alice Temperley’s flattering styles, and signature satin stitch embroidery dresses. On sale will be pieces from her AW17 collection. www.kildarevillage.com
WHO: It’s prime festival time and this weekend we’re off to Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny for the opening of its Festival of the Arts. There’s a sculpture walk through the garden, poetry recitals, film and six exhibition spaces showing more than 30 artists from around the world, making for an inspiring visual feast. The official opening will take place on Sunday, August 12 at 3pm and will be launched former gallery owner Jeremy Hill. Readings and recitals will take place on Sunday afternoon. The exhibition is open from August 9 – 19. www.shankillcastle.com
WHY: There’s still time to book a Wild Atlantic getaway at Delphi Resort, Leenane, on on the border of Connemara, Galway and South Mayo, which is offering discounts of up to 20 per cent when booking a family-focused package. Accommodation ranges from luxury one and two-bedroom suites to cosy family rooms or budget friendly rooms in the new Wild Atlantic Hostel. As for activities – these include kayaking on Killary Fjord, a Zip ‘n Trek tree top adventure with a new 220m zip wire, as well as indulgent treatments in the spa. A two-night “Family Adventure Package” including breakfast with one dinner, a full day of activities, access to the spa and evening movies in the movie room costs from €568 (was €710). www.delphiresort.ie.
HOW: We’re not ready to eat indoors anytime soon, which is why Trinity City Hotel’s newly-launched Light Bites menu (from 12pm – 10pm) in their recently renovated Brunswick Terrace and Courtyard Garden appeals. One of Dublin’s best outdoor hidden gems, only minutes from Grafton Street, the terrace is an ideal post-work catch-up location. www.trinitycityhotel.com
AND … The classical setting and gardens of Killashee Hotel is a favourite for brides and the venue is hosting two Wedding Open Days this weekend – on Thursday August 9 (from 4 – 7pm) and Sunday August 12 (from 2 – 5pm). Guests can discuss availability, packages and see their newly refurbished ballroom. www.killasheehotel.com
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