Seeking INSPIRATION for how to make the most of your time off? Here’s our GLOSSY round-up of things to do this weekend …
SEE what the talented local artists in the northwest of the country have to offer at the North West Christmas Open Exhibition at Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, from today until January 14. On display will be a variety of works, including the beautiful and striking Glass Lake, Indian ink on paper, by Amy McGovern (above). Admission is free and prices are reasonable. www.leitrimsculpturecentre.ie
TREAT the kids to an afternoon at Dublin City Council’s GLOW at Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, where there are a variety of free events on Saturday, December 5. Little ones will enjoy campfire stories, the kids disco, clowning performances and more while parents can nip into nearby Block T for the Christmas Bazaar, Arts, Flea and Vintage Market. www.facebook.com/grasshopperevents
LEARN the art of choosing the best bottles for the festive season at Christmas Cheer on Friday, December 4 at dlr LexIcon Library in Dun Laoghaire. Hosted by David Whelehan of Whelehan Wines, this masterclass will also include a tasting of six wines and two craft beers. Tickets are €10, no booking is required.
EMBRACE the DIY Christmas at Powerscourt Estate’s Celebrating Christmas Through Flowers masterclass on Saturday, December 5 at 11am. As well as learning how to craft the perfect wreath, award-winning Brenda Joyce from the Association of Irish Floral Designers will also be demonstrating how to turn seasonal foliage into festive centrepieces and gorgeous garlands. Tickets are €5 and attendees will receive a 20 per cent discount on Christmas goodies at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion. www.powerscourtgardenpavilion.com
VAMOOSE to deliciously remote Inchydoney Island Lodge, Clonakilty, for the sumptuous Christmas Taste of West Cork dinner on Friday, December 4. This celebration of the finest produce in the area will feature a seven-course menu, using only the highest quality local ingredients, designed by head chef Adam Medcalf, as well as wines from Tindal Wines, carefully selected to enhance the dishes. Tickets are €65pp and overnight packages are available. www.inchydoneyisland.com
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