The popular Savour Kilkenny October is celebrating its 13th year and this weekend October 24 – 28 sees an international line-up of cooks and chefs on the Savour Stage, including Clodagh McKenna, Catherine Fulvio, Rory O’ Connell, Darren Kennedy and Mount Juliet’s Ken Harker and John Kelly. Other festival highlights include a bustling food market with over 100 stalls, an Australian beach barbecue, a vegan night with Roz Purcell at Harper’s Restaurant, a Medieval banquet at the Medieval Mile Museum, and an organic wine talk and tasting with Owen Murphy from Wines Direct. For a full programme visit www.savourkilkenny.com
Grab your wax jackets and pooches – The Dowth Point-to-Point and Country Fair takes place on Sunday October 27 at Dowth Hall Demesne, County Meath. Only 30 minutes from Dublin, the chic fair won Outstanding Boyne Valley Festival at the 2018 Business & Tourism awards. High-end shopping, gourmet food, champagne bars and pumpkin carving are some of the exhibits, not forgetting the Dog Show. There’s still time to enter Fido and get him camera-ready! www.dowthp2p.ie
The picturesque Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens will mark Samhain (Halloween) on Sunday October 27 from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. There’s a procession through the garden accompanied bya traditional fiddler arriving at a Samhain bonfire, from where the afternoon unfolds with traditional folklore elements. “Guests” include an Irish Púca or ghost, a gypsy fortune teller and the Connemara Cailleach (or wise old woman). Visitors can also enjoy homemade Kylemore Barmbrac and colcannon. Entry pricesAdult: €14 and Children under ten are free www.kylemoreabbey.com
If you’re heading to Kildare Village this weekend there’s lots of interactive events taking place. Merging fashion and art, the exhibition “Desire: A Revision from the 20th Century to the Digital Age”, runs until Sunday, March 22 2020. There will be drop-in pottery painting workshops for children, running in tandem with this exhibition over the weekend. While the children are busy creating their masterpieces, don’t miss the IMMA pop-up shop where limited edition prints, artworks and gifts, such as a Dorothy Cross scarf, Manes, Kiki Na Art’s unique pieces of handcrafted jewellery and Raawi’s collection of homewares make great Christmas presents. www.kildarevillage.com
Tipperary Museum of Hidden History is a state-of-the-art visitor experience which has just opened in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. Completely re-imagined and redesigned, each of the museum’s areas answers questions in a highly visual and informative way by focusing on people and not only on “things”. The journey through the museum crosses seven distinct sections and starts with an interactive area which asks the question “who am I?”. The Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am – 4.45pm and admission is free; www.tipperarycoco.ie
AND … Wonderlights, a multi-sensory outdoor trail launches this Friday October 25 – November 10 in the grounds of Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown, Co. Kildare. The son et lumiere trail is lit up with 12 foot figures including woodland creatures and Irish folklore heroes, a state of the art water feature, realistic holograms and light displays.
Tickets are €18 for Adults, €16 for students / OAPs and €15 per child with infants under two years going free. There is also a special family rate for €66 + booking fee. www.wonderlights.ie.