Make THE MOST OF YOUR DOWNTIME this weekend with our glossy roundup of WONDERFUL things to do. This weekend we’re on the GARDEN TRAIL in Carlow, seeing Shakespeare at ATHENRY CASTLE and satisfying our CURIOSITY at Merrion Square …
SET your sights on beautiful Bantry for the West Cork Literary Festival, which has been running since July 17 and ends on Saturday July 23. Highlights over the weekend are Coffee & Chat with Joanna Walsh, the British writer who started the #readwomen campaign, at Bantry House Tearoom on Friday, Gloria Steinem at the Maritime (now sold out) and An Evening with Nick Laird and Zadie Smith on Saturday. See www.westcorkmusic.ie for tickets and timings.
SADDLE up for the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS until Sunday July 24. The action-packed programme includes top equestrian events such as the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup, the Land Rover Puissance and the Longines International Grand Prix as well as amateur competitions, family entertainment on the Band Lawn and plenty of shopping and refreshment opportunities. www.dublinhorseshow.com
HEAD to the (hopefully) sunny southeast for the Carlow Garden Festival, from Saturday July 23 until Monday August 1. On Saturday, Diarmuid Gavin will be at Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven discussing his silver gilt medal-winning garden at the Chelsea Flower Show while on Sunday, Neil Porteous, head gardener at Mount Stewart Gardens, Co Down, will be providing guided tours of both Huntington Castle and Gardens and Newtownbarry House and Gardens. See www.carlowgardentrail.com for the complete schedule.
TAKE the whole family to The Festival of Curiosity, an international festival of science, technology, arts and design, from July 21 to July 24 at venues around Dublin. From a Curiosity Carnival (sold out), to an Adult Colouring Room, a Curiosity Garden and Picnic, to Dublin Maker, a family-friendly day of invention and creativity at Merrion Square, there’s truly something for everyone. www.festivalofcuriosity.ie
SEE one of Shakespeare’s most underrated plays, Measure for Measure, at Athenry Castle on Saturday, July 23 at 3pm, part of the free Shakespeare at Irish Monuments programme, sponsored by the British Council and OPW. A Fortune’s Fool production, the play, originally set in Vienna, is being reimagined in Dublin in 1916. Seating is “picnic style” so don’t forget to pack a blanket. Tickets are complimentary, but you can register here.
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