Friday 23 March 2018

Notebook: This weekend we're getting Surfing Yoga Fit

Surfing YogaFit: You can get the body of a surfer without even getting wet.
Surfing YogaFit: You can get the body of a surfer without even getting wet.
Laya Healthcare City Spectacular.
Chester Beatty's fascinating new exhibition, 'From Amulet to Zodiac'.

This weekend we're...on our yoga mats so that we can get the body of a surfer without even getting wet. That's the theory behind Surfing YogaFit anyway and we'll be giving it a try on Thursday. evenings with sports yoga specialist Suzanne Kenny at the FitZone Studio in Westwood, Dublin 18. A course of six classes costs €90. And you don't even need a wetsuit. Email


...some positive energy with these Alex & Ani bracelets at Kilkenny shops nationwide.

We can't quite guarantee that wearing one will improve the flow of energy, as their American makers promise, but we can say you'll be 100pc charmed. {Pictured, the Carousel EWB Aqua, €41}. Hats off to Alex & Ani's ethos of supporting craftsmanship, too – each bracelet is handmade. Prices start from €26. See kilkennyshop.comSurfing ...

Sipping ...

... cocktails at happy hour and enjoying some zingy summer eating at The Oyster Bar at the Cliff Townhouse in Dublin.

Here's a taste of what's on the menu: tuna ceviche, monkfish carpaccio, garlicky mussels, native lobster and (for the daring) classic steak tartare. And there's a summer offer during the extended Happy Hours (from noon to 2.30pm and 5.30pm to 7pm) of two dishes from the Raw Menu for €20 and, for an extra €8, a Cucumber Cooler (a blend of Hendricks Gin, cucumber syrup, lime juice, fresh cucumber and soda water for €8). In our book, that's the only way to stay cool this summer. See

Playing ...

Pirates and princesses in Hamleys toy shop in Dundrum Town Centre.

The kids are coming too but that's only an excuse so that we can join in storytime (at noon), facepainting (at 1pm), a treasure hunt (2pm) and arts and crafts at 3pm. And it's all free. There are lots of other summer adventures planned where young explorers will be invited to imagine, create and discover.

For details, see

Meeting ...

...the people behind Makers & Brothers in person. Jonathan and Mark Legge, the online retailers who sell "simple, beautiful and sometimes nicely odd objects" have opened the Shed for summer.

It's open Monday to Friday (10am to 6pm) at Abbey Court, Abbey Road, Blackrock. We'll be popping in to say hello and trying to choose between two summer essentials: the Crest Bottle Opener, sandcast in solid brass, by Fort Standard (€49) and the Irish linen beach towels in teal or coral (€115), designed by Makers & Brothers in collaboration with the linen lovers at Irish company, 31 Chapel Lane.


Learning ...

...our ABC again at the Chester Beatty's fascinating new exhibition, 'From Amulet to Zodiac'.

Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that represents something associated with the library. The clever concept gave the curators an opportunity to showcase more than 100 rare treasures seldom or never before seen. So, for example, E is for Embroidery as seen on this beautiful Mandarin square. See

Counting ...

...the ways to have the best festival fun – think picnics, concerts, street performances and food villages – at this year's Laya Healthcare City Spectacular.

If that doesn't sound instantly familiar, it used to be the Street Performance World Championship but it's undergone a full makeover.

Here are the dates for your diary: This weekend, the festival is in Dublin's Merrion Square (today and tomorrow). It swings into Cork's Fitzgerald Park on July 19 and 20 and, from now until July 27, a citywide programme of events including music concerts, walking tours and art exhibitions takes place around Dublin.

The full programme is on and tickets are available from

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