Downward dogs, dancing and dining are on PENNY McCORMICK‘s agenda this weekend …
WHO: The 1980s are a phenomenon – both in fashion and music – and the place to celebrate both is at the Forever Young Festival taking place at Palmerstown House Estate in Naas this weekend. The Festival Arena will host 27 1980s icons including Toyah Willcox, Jimmy Somerville, Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler, Katrina & The Waves and many more. The Festival Arena opens at midday on Saturday and Sunday, with live music starting both days at 2pm and running until 11pm. There’s plenty going on aside from the music with pop-up bars, food carts, a fairground, silent disco and quiet zone. Tickets are already selling out and are (currently) available from €107. www.foreveryoungfestival.ie
WHAT: A special wellness event on Saturday July 6 provides a moment of self care against the backdrop of Avoca Kilmacanogue’s stunning garden views. The day begins with a yoga class led by Sinead Mooney of Moons Yoga, followed by information on sustainable skincare and beauty brands such as Nunaïa, LA-EVA, and Edible Beauty. It’s €10 for the yoga class, or €30 to add brunch on the terrace and a beauty goodie bag to take home. www.avoca.com
WHERE: The first food festival in partnership with BBC Good Food takes place at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, Co Down, this weekend from Friday July 5 to Sunday July 7. Visitors can expect pop-up bars, tasty treats, cookery demonstrations and tips from chefs including Danni Barry, James Devin and Paul Cunningham as well as Nadiya Hussain, Dr Rupy Ajla and Chris Bavin. Music will be played at the bandstand while the gardens, set in 100 acres of the Castle grounds, provide enough inspiration for impromptu picnics. www.hrp.org.uk
WHY: With Wimbledon in full swing, The Marker Hotel has a tennis-themed menu for guests to enjoy on the rooftop. With two large screens showing the action on court, chef Gareth Mullins is serving up strawberries and cream throughout the tournament. In addition there’s The Marker Pimm’s Jug with Fresh Fruit (€32) or the new Perfect Serve cocktail (€14) with pink gin, strawberries and lemonade, both a nod to Wimbledon tradition. The rooftop’s popular grazing plates are also available for guests from €26. www.themarkerhoteldublin.com
HOW: The Irish Youth Dance Festival is on until July 7, with the main performance at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (on July 5 at 8pm). The programme features Irish dancers aged from 12 – 25, along with international artists including new work by American choreographer Toni Bravo with Diverse Space Youth Dance Theatre, choreographer Helen Wilson, Director of Bristol-based RISE Youth Dance Company, and the new ethnically diverse Irish-based dance company Human Collective. www.dublinyouthdance.com
AND … It’s Independence Day today, and where better to celebrate than at Dollard & Co, where an all-day breakfast, pizza and Home Sweet Home competition is on offer filled with American goodies such as Lucky Charms, Reese’s Puffs, Oreo O’s and Fruit Loops. At Stella Diner Rathmines, there’s also a party – which coincides with the authentic American diner’s first birthday. www.stelladiner.ie
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