Here We Go! The Best Pop Ups in Ireland This Summer - The Gloss Magazine
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Here We Go! The Best Pop Ups in Ireland This Summer

Food, fashion, festivals and family fun await in these seasonal pop ups…

Summer Glamp, Slaney Manor, Barntown, Co Wexford

Running for eight weeks, Summer Glamp is a short drive from the Blue Flag Curracloe beach and Hook Head lighthouse. Summer Glamp offers three-night packages to stay in luxury bell tents. Priced from €399.95 midweek (Tuesday – Friday) and from €599.95 for weekends (Friday – Monday), there are 50 tents which accommodate from two people up to a maximum of six people (dogs are allowed too). They feature double beds with foam mattress, bedside lockers, and storage for clothes (a selection also have full power). Other facilities include outdoor bars, wood fired hot tubs, food trucks, a pamper pod, a charging area for devices and an outdoor cinema; 

allta, Slane Castle, Co Meath 

There are still some July dates remaining for the allta pop in the picturesque setting of the Boat House Field in the grounds of Slane Castle. More dates will be released for the first two weeks in August this Friday, July 16. allta summer pop up was designed and built by Toby Hatchett featuring his bespoke furniture, wild flower roof installations and plenty of room for up to 50 guests, with a bar and a fire pit and gorgeous views of the river Boyne. There is a set menu served with an interesting wine list and specially created drinks pairings, including cocktails made with foraged ingredients, and a selection of non-alcoholic options for drivers too. Tickets are €95 per person available online, VIP taxi services are also available plus a selection of local accommodation; 

At The Manor, Palmerstown House Estate, Co Kildare

At The Manor, a festival of music and food, launches on the grounds of Palmerstown House Estate over the August bank holiday weekend with “Picnic at the Manor”. All guests will have a socially distanced pod with a reserved picnic table seating four to six (tickets are priced from €30 per person plus booking fee and are sold in these pods only). On the (gourmet) menu is sharing platters, seafood and barbecue specials created by Michelin star chef Derry Clarke, who is at the helm of the Swing Grill & Smokehouse. On stage entertainment will include the 90s cover band Smash Hits, international singing group Spring Break, Celtic rock band Na Fianna and Ireland’s top swing band The Swing Cats. Other dates for Picnic at the Manor include August 7 and 8, as well as August 14 and 22;

Deep Sea Dundrum, Dundrum Town Centre

This outdoor pop up aims to educate all ages on ways in which we can help preserve the environment and protect all species. People visiting Dundrum Town Centre throughout July will be encouraged to join Captain Bart Bear and his crew on their eco-adventure around the Centre. With Deep Sea Dundrum characters and sea creature structures available at each stop on the outdoor sustainable trail, children and adults will have the opportunity to learn fun facts and simple tips for living a more environmentally conscious life, while also discovering the measures Dundrum Town Centre have taken to become a more sustainable destination. World-renowned marine biologist, Kealan Doyle (pictured) and his colleague Eimear Manning, Environmental Education & Youth Coordinator for ECO-UNESCO will be hosting educational talks on marine life on July 31 as well as Saturday, August 14 between 12pm and 3pm;

Fashion Through the Decades, Arnotts

Fashion lovers should make a beeline for The Gallery on Second Level at Arnotts to view a selection of pieces from Newbridge Silverware’s renowned Museum of Style Icons. The exhibition features Princess Diana’s infamous “Revenge Dress”, Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from her box office hit Charade, and a gown worn by Victoria Beckham at a pre-World Cup party among many othersThe “Fashion Through the Decades” exhibition will also feature a selection of pieces from Newbridge Silverware’s vintage pre-loved jewellery collection from design houses such as Givenchy, Christian Dior, YSL and Trifari. The exhibition will run until September 4;

In Far In Far Out, Sligo

A collection of Sligo-based artists has taken over empty shops in Sligo for a visual art exhibition trail. This creative pop up, which is also aimed at rejuvenating the city centre, considers past mythology and imagined worlds, the inner and outer environment as well as memories. Curated by Yvette Monahan, participating artists include Kari Cahill, Barra Cassidy, Ruth Le Gear, Kate MacDonagh, Ciaran Og Arnold, Kiera O’Toole, Clea van der Grijn and Lorna Watkins (pictured); 

Rowell Garden Design, Dundrum Road, Dublin

Interior designer Cormac Rowell has opened a pop up garden showroom at the former Uncle Tom’s Cabin car park on the Dundrum road, Dublin. The garden design service on offer includes planting, landscaping, hard-scaping, garden rooms and the effective use of mirrors, trellising and lighting outdoors, with an impressive range of plants, garden furniture and accessories available and on display. Rowell explains, “My design approach is about connecting both the garden and the interior and about making the garden work for the variety of uses that people now want it for. The simple placement of a mirror will make a space bigger, the right planting or lighting will add colour and atmosphere. Regardless of how big or small your garden is, you can create zones for different activities.” Rowell Garden Design showroom is located at Uncle Tom’s Cabin D14 W895 and is open from 10am – 10pm Monday to Sunday; @rowell_design

D-8TE at Roe & Co Distillery’s Cocktail Garden, Liberties, Dublin 8

Situated at the former Guinness Power Station, in Dublin’s Liberties district, Bahay and Nightmarket are bringing their unique flavours to the popular Roe & Co Dublin 8 Cocktail Village this weekend and next – in fact, there’s a different restaurant to try every fortnight. This pop up is all about fun and flavour with set menus paired with a uniquely curated Roe & Co whiskey cocktail pairing. Chef Richie Castillo’s Bahay pop up pairs bold Filipino flavours with the best Irish ingredients. His menu includes Inihaw na Manok, grilled chicken thighs marinated in banana ketchup; Pandesal, a yeasty bread roll served with whipped chicken fat annatto butter and beef short rib Kare Kare braised short rib in a peanut sauce, green beans, bok choy and shrimp paste. Ranelagh’s Nightmarket is also joining the line-up for the last two weekends in July with head chef and owner Jutarat Suwankeeree, (known as ‘R’) creating dishes packed with the perfect blend of spicy Thai flavours of sweet and sour. Nightmarket’s menu will include dishes such as Kanom Jeeb, steamed Thai dumplings with prawns, scallops, crispy shallot, soy and a rice vinegar dip. Set menus are priced at €40 per person, with the opportunity to explore curated Roe & Co whiskey cocktail pairings at €30 per person. To book a table at D-8TE at Roe & Co Distillery’s Cocktail Garden visit

Weber barbecue demonstrations, Avoca Kilmacanogue & Powerscourt

Weber has announced the next in the series of outdoor cookery demonstrations as part of its summer collaboration with Avoca. Weber’s team of Grill Masters will host demonstrations at Avoca Kilmacanogue this Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18. The team will then be Avoca Powerscourt, on Saturday July 24 and Sunday, July 25 from 11am – 4pm. Between 11am – 4pm the pop-ups will be serving up barbecued food including ribeye steaks, rotisserie chicken and cedar planked salmon, and for vegetarians, a tandoori cauliflower with herb chutney will also be on the menu;

Saba, No 7 South William Street, Dublin

Saba’s restaurant on Clarendon Street has closed after 15 years and has moved to its new South William Street location. This will operate as a pop up for outdoor dining from July 15 until the end of August. In addition to the outdoor dining offering the new Saba venue will offer a food take-out option for shoppers in Dublin’s city centre. At the end of August, the Saba pop up will close for refurbishment, reopening in October in time for the festive season. The new Saba location will be a spacious restaurant seating 120 guests for Thai/Vietnamese food and cocktails in a buzzy atmosphere;

The Sea Hare Cafe, Cleggan, Connemara

A firm favourite with locals and holiday goers for the last two summers, this popular pop up has been visited by President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina, as well as other well-known faces including Leinster and Ireland rugby star Cian Healy and actor Alan Shortt. It’s an idyllic spot for morning coffee and cake or leisurely lunches overlooking Cleggan pier. Take away options are also available making it a must-visit before catching the daily ferry to Boffin. On Saturdays, The Sea Hare serves up lobster with a glass of wine or a pint of Guinness for €28 (lobsters must be pre-booked on the website). On Sundays, the menu is local mussels with a glass of wine or beer served with fresh baked crusty bread, for €20. Tickets must also be pre-booked for the Sunday mussel special; 

The Queens Food Yard, Dalkey, Co Dublin

The Queens gastro pub has been reopened by hoteliers Ray Byrne and Eoin Doyle and managed by Eoin Quinlan. While undergoing an extensive indoor refurbishment, the area behind the iconic pub has been transformed into a festival-style pop up food yard. It features gourmet food trucks including Real Irish Gourmet Burger and Bak’d and a sourdough pizza truck. There’s a container bar serveing pints and a retro Airstream providing signature cocktails including the Cosmo Candy (which has a candyfloss garnish), and The Bourne Star which pays homage to the time Matt Damon spent in the village last year.The Queens food yard is open from 3pm – 10pm from Wednesday to Friday with the drinks bar staying open until 11pm and starting from 2pm on Fridays. All trucks and bars are open from 1pm – 10pm Saturday – Sunday;

Art in the Open Air, Plein Air Painting Festival, Co Wexford

“Art in the Open’” Europe’s largest outdoor painting festival takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, from July 30 – August 1, across three different locations in Wexford. One hundred registered artists are participating in ten different masterclasses; demonstrations will also be conducted throughout the weekend by five established plein air painters. These include Dublin-based Gerard Byrne (pictured), Paul O´Kane, Kate Kos, Dave West and Tom King. Each workshop will run for approximately two hours. Painting locations include the North Slobs Wildfowl Reserve at the estuary of the river Slaney, the National Heritage Park at Ferrycarrig, and the quaint harbour town of Wexford itself. All the artworks painted each day will be displayed daily from 6pm in the outdoor exhibition at Wexford quayside. Members of the public are invited to view and have an opportunity to buy paintings fresh off the easel;

Griolladh, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin

Looking for the ultimate cheese toastie? Then a new pop-up food truck at Pembroke Square, Dundrum Town Centure is for you. Griolladh was founded by Jack Brennan and Jacob Long who turned furlough from their hospitality jobs into a new food business. Using the best ingredients available, such as Tartine sourdough bread, the team cook and prep all the sandwich elements from scratch. Visitors can expect a myriad of sandwich options including favourites such as their signature “Hambo” and an original cheese blend known as the “OG”, as well as quirkier flavours such as the Bombay ‘Potato-O’;

Scrumdiddly’s at Penneys, Mary Street, Dublin

Penneys will host a Scrumdiddly’s ice cream pop-up parlour in a number of its stores this summer until the end of September.The first Scrumdiddly’s ice cream pop-up is located Mary Street store, (which opens today) while pop-up parlours will also arrive to Penneys Swords and Killarney later in the month. Expect the full Scrumdiddly’s offering including the popular Reese’s Special and the Snicker-bockerglory. Prices will start at €2.20 for a Scrummy Scoop and customers will also be able to pick up the signature Penneys ice cream creation, The Penneylicious. This is an edible wafer eco tub filled with ice cream, gooey brownie chunks, cookie dough pieces topped with a brand-new white cookies and cream sauce developed by Scrumdiddly’s exclusively for Penneys;

Lovingly Box Self Care Gifting pop up, Arnotts

This gifting pop-up, founded by Julie Vandingenen, offers a selection of selfcare packages containing carefully curated artisanal items that aim to support loved ones through difficult situations (15 per cent of profits go to the Irish Cancer Society). The Lovingly Box pop-up is located on Ground Level with a selection of Arnotts exclusive self-care packages. There are three gift boxes to choose from and prices ranges from €50 – €87. The “You’ve Got This” gift box (pictured) is a lovely gesture for anyone who may need some encouragement or a reminder that they can get through difficult times, and it contains a pocket sized notebook, scented candle from Bearded Candle Makers, The Nature of Things cedar atlas essential oil and 60 Calm prompt cards from the School of Life;

Scup Gelato X Avoca

Scúp Gelato is a family run business from Wexford whose aim is to produce and supply Ireland’s most luxurious gelato, using only the highest quality raw materials, both locally and internationally. Scúp couples the highest quality Irish milk and cream with fresh, authentic ingredients like Wexford strawberries, Sicilian Bronte pistachios and Madagascan vanilla to create a mixture which is churned into an authentic smooth and flavoursome gelato. Avoca is teaming up with Scup Gelato and you can find their pop up ice cream huts at Kilmacanoge, Dunboyne and Rathcoole;

Hang Tough Galleries, Coppinger Row and Clarendon Street, Dublin

Now in its tenth year, the ethos behind Hang Tough Contemporary and Hang Tough Editions is to make unique artistic talent readily available to a discerning and engaged audience. With this in mind, the team jumped at the chance to temporarily occupy two vacant spaces in the city centre and reimagine them as galleries. Situated in the heart of Dublin’s “Creative Quarter”, the two sleek pop-up gallery spaces on Coppinger Row and Clarendon Street will provide a much-needed platform for talented artists. The bold debut show “Melodarama” by Salvatore of Lucan set the agenda for the impressive rolling exhibitions. Currently on exhibit are works by Fuchsia MacAree (pictured) and Delia Hamer;

Bollinger Bus, Culloden Estate & Spa, Belfast

One way of easing back to public transport is to hop aboard the stylish Bollinger Bus which has been designed especially for the Culloden hotel, outside Belfast. There is plenty of outdoor seating available and guests can enjoy a selection of Bollinger, fine wines and spirits while taking in the picturesque setting of the estate grounds overlooking Belfast Lough. What’s more, “Art and Soul”, Ireland’s largest ever pop up sculpture exhibition, is running until  July 18 –  the displays across the lawns make for an even more interesting (Instagram) backdrop.The Bolly Bus is open every Friday – Sunday from 12pm – 9pm; 

Inside Out, Dublin City Libraries

This seven week programme of free online and outdoor workshops and performances for children and families is underway and takes place until August 19. With a choice of over 80 events in 13 libraries across Dublin, Inside Out comprises storytelling, science, art, improvisation, circus skills, and illustration. Dublin City Libraries and Arts Office have also teamed up with The Ark.  Families will have an opportunity to participate in activities such as “Colourful Collages” an art workshop with artist Jane Groves, “Underwater Moves” an online dance workshop with Monica Munoz, and a series of drama and storytelling workshops with Joanna Parkes including “The King’s Beautiful Garden”:

Festival of Curiosity

The Festival of Curiosity (from July 22 – 25)  is Dublin’s annual international festival of science, arts, design and technology. The festival programme this year is in a digital format for people. As part of this year’s event, scientist and television presenter Mark Langtry will teach you how to make and launch your own rockets from the “Explorium launch pad” at the foothills of the Dublin mountains. The DIY Rockets workshop is a free virtual event at 2.30pm – 3.30pm on Saturday July 24;

Culture Trail, Cork City

This interactive and educational trail for children features 30 fun things to do this summer in museums, galleries, attractions, and green spaces throughout Cork City. Each attraction on the trail will have an activity pack for kids on arrival with numerous challenges to complete from scavenger hunts, to sketching tasks, crosswords and investigation work.  Families participating in the trail will have the opportunity to hop through labyrinths at St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, design costumes for superheroes at Crawford Art Gallery, find their Bog Age at the Cork Butter Museum, trace tombstones at St Peter’s Church, make daisy chains at Nano Nagle Place, enjoy the playground at the Old Cork Waterworks, and lots more. The full trail is highlighted on a colourful and child friendly map that can be picked up along with a tote bag, colouring pencils, a Pure Cork pencil and a bookmark, from attractions and hotels in the city;

It’s official, we are a nation obsessed with coffee – second only to the Dutch according to a recent survey. Good news, therefore, that Bewley’s has announced it will be going on tour this summer with “The Great Bewley’s Staycation”. If you see its new Airstream across the country over the next four weeks, do make a beeline to it as Bewley’s are treating customers to complimentary coffee, tea and treats. The aim is to highlight the benefits of holidaying at home by showcasing some of Ireland’s most picturesque destinations. To celebrate the launch of this initiative, Bewley’s has announced a competition giveaway and the chance to win a barista training session at Bewley’s Grafton Street as well as the opportunity to take home the Sage Barista Express coffee machine and a year’s supply of Caldos coffee beans. To enter, members of the public are invited to post a picture of themselves having a Bewley’s coffee in their favourite location tagging @bewleysireland as well as using the hashtag #TheGreatBewleysStaycation. The Bewley’s pop up will be on tour from this weekend July 23 – August 22. To find out the route and where the airstream is heading follow @BewleysIreland on Instagram.

If I were in the area, I’d definitely be heading to the new “Grub’s Up” pop-up cafe at Ballyvolane House, Co Cork. (It’s only a 30 minutes drive from Cork, or 20 minutes from Midleton). I love the gardens at Ballyvolane and visitors can go for a walk around the 80 acres of parkland – highlights include the walled-garden, the ponds and the Rock woodland walk. Before or after your walk, enjoy a barista Maher’s coffee and tuck into freshly baked pastries and cakes as well as homemade flatbreads, pizzas and snacks cooked in the wood-fired outdoor oven. There are lots of seats dotted around the gardens as well as covered seating under open-sided marquees. The pop up is open at weekends only (at the moment) beginning this Saturday and Sunday July 24 and 25, from noon to 4pm;


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