PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHY: Balfes and Body Byrne Training have partnered to offer free training sessions every Wednesday for the month of June. Starting at 12pm and focusing on “pyramid training” which incorporates mobility and stretching on Balfes Terrace, participants can refuel and cool down over lunch inside where they can avail of a 20 per cent discount off any BodyByrne dish. I had a preview of the new summer menu which includes a delicious roast vegetable vegan bowl, a raw tuna poké bowl and a selection of wholemeal wraps with chicken, sweet potato or turkey. To book your free session and discount in Balfes reserve your ticket on www.eventbrite.ie
WHERE: SeaFest Maritime celebration takes place at Cork City port from June 7 – 9 (10am – 6pm each day). With over 100 free events, the line-up includes cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Neven Maguire, Martin Shanahan, and Rory O’Connell; tours of the tall ship The Phoenix, along with the RV Celtic Explorer and ILV Granuaile as well as free kayaking, currach and sailing sessions and much more … Breton tops are a must-wear! www.seafest.ie
WHAT: Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, has a lovely new champagne-themed afternoon tea menu. The experience begins with a selection of savouries – from the Sheen Falls signature smoked salmon with horseradish cream to crab scented with lemon coriander and basil. Up next is an assortment of cakes, pastries and homemade scones served with clotted cream, jam and lemon curd. Lastly the pièce de résistance – a bottle of champagne (Bollinger, Louis Roederer, Veuve Cliquot or Lanson White Label) to compliment your tea! The Afternoon Tea for two is priced at €90; www.sheenfallslodge.ie
WHO: It’s the opening of a new exhibition by Marja Van Kampen at the Kenny Gallery, Galway tomorrow Friday June 7 at 6pm. The Dutch artist has been a leading light in Galway’s artistic community for the last 30 years and her exhibition “Recollections in Harmony and Colour” incorporates elements of landscape, as well as a focus on family relationships. The exhibition continues daily, until June 29. www.thekennygallery.ie
HOW: Set on 170 acres of parkland, Lyrath Estate, just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny, has a tempting family “Summer Fun Package” (two nights bed and breakfast €190 per adult sharing, €25 per child per night), which also includes dinner for the adults on one evening. The hotel has plenty to offer every member of the family. The activity programme for children includes Reilly’s Fun Club, a slime factory, an adventure club, archery lessons, nature walks, treasure hunts, visits to Nore Valley pet farm and Lyrath’ s own mini Olympics. For adults, the award-winning Oasis Spa includes therapies by Elemis and Kerstin Florian, a thermal suite and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool which looks out onto the gardens. Wet days are also catered for with a 22-seater private cinema, snooker room, a new playground and complimentary use of bicycles to tour around the estate. www.lyrath.com
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