WHERE: Well by the Sea at Cliff House Hotel, Co Waterford already has outdoor hot-tubs and baths overlooking Ardmore Bay, and this summer they are offering al fresco spa treatments. Bird song and the sound of the waves provide the perfect soundtrack for relaxation, while treatments include the Cliff House Scalp and Hair Ritual, with a conditioning white clay hair treatment (€40), the Cliff House Peat for the Feet treatment, with a peat mask and massage, which finishes with a file and polish for the toenails (€55) and The Well by the Sea Escape – while you enjoy a warm seaweed soak for your feet a therapist unknots tension in arms, shoulders, neck and scalp. www.cliffhousehotel.ie
WHO: Perfect for a stylish lunchtime get together and one way of sampling Sole Seafood and Grill’s greatest hits (18 – 19 South William Street, Dublin 2) is its newly launched “Afternoon Seafood Tower”, served from 12pm – 4.30pm. The show-stopping two-tiered serving platter (priced at €29.50 per person) includes Howth organic smoked salmon, Dublin bay prawns, Irish rock oysters, brown-crab claws and steamed west Cork mussels. As for the rest of the menu, head chef Richie Wilson’s fish and chips, chowder and his famous fish pie are all classics at a reasonable price, as is the early bird menu at €32.50 for two courses. As we’ve said in our recent issue of The Gloss, who needs Nantucket when you have the best seafood on your doorstep? www.sole.ie
WHEN: Two festivals beginning this weekend include the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, which runs until Friday, July 19. Highlights include Graham Norton, Joseph O’Connor and crime writer Tana French. “An Evening with Aisling” with Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen is on Saturday 13 at 8.30pm, while singer/songwriter Tracey Thorn will be talking about her memoir, Another Planet on Sunday 14 at 3pm, both in The Maritime Hotel. www.westcorkliteraryfestival.ie
The Cairde Sligo Arts Festival has a diverse programme of events including the American genre-busting author Maggie Nelson (of The Argonauts); Australian classical guitarist Craig Ogden; Irish folk artists Lisa O’Neill and Seamus Fogarty; and the world premiere of Uprooted, which explores the experiences of new communities in Ireland. www.cairdefestival.com
HOW: Twenty-four sculptures, some of which have been specially commissioned, by Irish artists including Stephanie Hess, Donnacha Cahill, Liam Butler, Ronan Butler, Ray Delaney and Eleanor Swan have taken up residence in the grounds of Kildare Village and will be on show until the end of July. Responsible for the exhibition, The Kildare Gallery (founded by Ruth Liddle and Ken Folan) have said of the collaboration, “this is an outdoor sculpture trail, removing art from the confines of gallery walls, transforming the village into an outdoor gallery. The exhibition will allow visitors to view art from a unique perspective.” All works are available for purchase through the gallery. www.kildarevillage.com
WHY: The Cool Planet Experience has put together a programme of summer workshops – perfect for children aged 6 – 12 – one of which is on Saturday July 13 (at 11am and 2pm). “Slime Labs” takes a closer look at environmental science with slime, goo, jelly balls and seaweed; €15 per child. More dates and workshops are to be released for July and August. Parents can enjoy coffee at the Avoca café or a walk in Powerscourt Gardens, before joining the kids for the main Cool Planet Experience, which is open daily, from 10am-5pm; www.coolplanetexperience.org
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