5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

This weekend we’re planning LUNCH AT THE DYLAN, experiencing IMMERSIVE THEATRE at The Abbey and visiting Castletown House for the BIG BRICK EXHIBITION


WHY: Where better to enjoy the long, languid evenings than on the flower-filled terrace of the Dylan enjoying the new Midsummer Dreams at Dylan. The new menu is a tempting list of pretty summertime-inspired bites and drinks. We like the sound of the Blooming Chamomile and Pimmsical cocktails while the canapé menu incorporates ingredients reminiscent of summers gone by, including garden peas, lobster and lavender. Midsummer Dreams at Dylan can be enjoyed all summerReservations can be made through reservations@dylan.ie or by calling 01 660 3000. www.dylan.ie.

WHERE: We’re heading for an overnight stay in Hunter’s Yard, on the 500-acre Mount Juliet Estate, where they are offering an exclusive package. This includes an overnight stay in their new bright and airy rooms and breakfast the following morning at The Hound. The package also includes a selected spa treatment at the Treatment Suites. Guests can chose from a back, neck and shoulder massage and express facial, a full body massage, a Spa Find prescriptive facial or an Indian head and foot massage. The one night bed & breakfast with a spa treatment costs from €259 per night based on two people sharing. info@mountjuliet.ie.

WHO: An immersive experience awaits for the audience at the Abbey Theatre this weekend when ANU company, known for creating transformative experiences in unconventional places, put on The Lost O’Casey. It’s a reframing of reframes a rarely-published Sean O’Casey play Nannie’s Night Out, exploring motherhood and addiction. Audiences are invited to tumble through the private recesses of the Abbey Theatre to “experience” the play and engage with the contemporary changing landscape of Dublin.

Running until June 30; for more information visit www.abbeytheatre.ie or call 01 878 7222.

WHAT: To Castletown House, Co Kildare on Sunday for the opening of The Big Brick Exhibition, which can be enjoyed by all the family. It will feature rare and highly collectable toys, three-dimensional puzzles and miniatures of landmarks such as Sydney Opera House and the Taj Mal. The exhibition opens on Sunday July 1 and runs until August 31. A family ticket costs €18; (01) 628 8252; castletown@opw.ie.

HOW: Just opened earlier this week is The Stella Diner, next door to the theatre, and we’re keen to try out the menu which serves up American classics from 8am – 11pm. The all-day breakfast is tempting (think short stack pancakes, corned beef hash with eggs and home fries and sausage sambos) though other tasty treats include dirty burgers, meatloaf and mash and of course an array of puddings including Key Lime, and Mississippi Mud pies. Diners will delight in the décor details – from the mosaic floor to Mo Town playlist as well as the light fixtures, all housed within the protected building on 211 Rathmines Road. www.stelladiner.ie.

AND … A fun speed dating event for cycle-loving singletons is being hosted by Škoda on Saturday June 30, from 8.30am in Avon Rí, Blessington, Co Wicklow. The 60km cycle is around Blessington Lake. To register for the event, visit www.skoda.ie. The cost is €40 and includes a barbecue for all participants when the cycling is done and dusted.

If you’re in Dublin, a couple of free events of interest include the Rolex and Tudor luxury watch exhibition taking place at Weir & Sons, Grafton Street, until Monday July 2. The exhibition will feature some never-before-seen timepieces and is a must-visit for those with an interest in exquisite watches.

On Friday night a screening of The Greatest Showman is taking place in Merrion Square from 8.30pm – expect comfy billow bags, food vendors and a lovely relaxed atmosphere. www.happenings.ie.

If you are participating in Pride 2018 and are looking for a pre-Pride brunch or why not visit the Conrad Dublin which has a Glitter Your Pride station for guests.

Penny McCormick

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