Thursday 20 October 2016

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Cultural bites

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Westbury afternoon tea
Westbury afternoon tea
Another love story festival
Lost Forset cornflower earings
Coopers Hill house
KDK silk scarf
Whale watching
Charlie Chaplin
8 degrees beer
Niki Collier felt design

If you fancy adding another string to your bow, watercolour painting classes at The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a very enjoyable way to do so. You can enjoy the views in the studio space here in Wilde's whilst mastering watercolour techniques under the tutelage of Angela Emsen West.

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A professional artist based in the Cong area, whose work is on show in various galleries around Ireland, she will teach attendees the basics of watercolour painting and help more experienced artists fine hone their skills. The classes take place on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and all materials are provided. BOOK: €30 per class. See

In bloom

Something old, something new, something borrowed - and something to remember your Big Day by. Gillian Corcoran, the Dublin-based designer behind Lost Forest, uses eco resin to capture flowers and turn them into pieces of jewellery, meaning brides can have a bloom from their bouquet made into in earrings, pendants, cuff links and bangles. The range also includes ready-made pieces featuring botanicals and feathers collected from the countryside, forests and seashores.

BUY: Cornflower earrings, from €40;

It's a wrap

Get cosy for autumn with the felt creations from designer Niki Collier. Originally from Bulgaria, the designer launched her business in Dublin three years ago and uses un-dyed wool to create coats, hats, scarves and gloves, as well as home accessories. An exhibition oh her work will run at the Phoenix Park Visitors Centre from tomorrow until August 30. Prices for the H collection start at €45 for hats and €250 for coats.


Warm fuzzies

Effortless glamour that's actually effortless is the holy grail of fashion. Envelop yourself in a cashmere scarf by Irish label KDK and you'll feel instantly more glamorous - even with your oldest pair of jeans and a plain tee underneath. The label was created by sisters Keira and Dairine Kennedy, who were inspired to start their business by a trip to India where they discovered top-quality cashmere. Now in its sixth season, KDK's beautiful prints continue to wow. It really is style made easy.

BUY: Scarf, €235;

Hip hops

Craft beer enthusiasts, set your sights on Doolin, Co Clare. Both new and established independent breweries will be showcased at the Doolin Craft Beer and Roots Festival, starting this Friday and running throughout the weekend. Dingle Brewing Company and Eight Degrees are just two of the brewers who will appear at the festival, which also features pub music sessions and food stalls.

BOOK: Day tickets €10-€15; weekend ticket €25. See

Painting Mayo

Capture the colours of the West by joining new painting classes at The Lodge at Ashford Castle. Under the tutelage of Angela Emsen West, a professional artist based in the Cong area, attendees will learn the basics of watercolour painting - or how to hone their skills for the more experienced. Classes take place on Wednesdays from 2-4pm and all materials are provided.

BOOK: €30 per class, see

Comic turn

Forget silent discos, it's all about silent movies at Kerry's most alternate festival. Beginning this Thursday, the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Festival in Waterville has a packed three-day programme including a film-making competition, comedy acts and, of course, screenings of the moustachioed movie icon's top films. Invitees are encouraged to dress in 1920s style or as Chaplin himself.


Next weekend...

Past perfect

Enjoy the last of the summer holidays with free family events taking place across the country. Next Sunday marks the beginning of National Heritage Week, the annual celebration of Ireland's built, natural and cultural heritage. From guided tours of the seafront in Bray and Galway city river walks, to drawing sessions for adults in Kilkenny and whale-watching in Kerry, there's something to suit all interests and ages. It's also an opportunity to visit some of Ireland's historic homes and gardens, many of which open just for the occasion or have special events planned for Heritage Week.


Festival with a heart

Love will most definitely be in the air at Killyon Manor in Co Meath next weekend. Another Love Story brings together music, discussion, film, food and whimsy in the scenic setting of Killylon's lovely woodland. Musical highlights include Leo Drezden and Loah, as well as DJ sets from David Kitt and Nialler9. There are also walks, talks, yoga, theatre and more. Camping tickets for the weekend are €110 and there are glamping options available too, as well as a family Sunday ticket, which covers two adults and two children under 12 for €40.


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