Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The label Benetton has always been unique in terms of marketing campaigns and you may recall some of the more controversial ads, but its current direction is somewhat gentler.
On Canvas is the brand's latest store concept and has been unveiled at Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Dublin, featuring a new layout with lots of colour and expansive spaces. The autumn/winter collection itself is teeming with rich colours and textures and it should be your destination for great knits this season.
A delight for every sense awaits children at Galway's Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, which takes Monday until next Sunday. From puppetry and theatre to film, animation, exhibitions, talks and workshops, they will encounter vanishing queens, curious giants and flying suitcases along the way, including the highlight event, The Shape of Things (for ages six months to three years), an interactive bi-lingual show in a tactile environment.
There are a serious amount of craft and textile enthusiasts in this country, as indicated by the 15,000 visitors or the Knitting & Stitching Show last year. This year's event in Dublin's RDS next weekend, once again has hundreds of workshops, demos and master classes from industry experts, with 200 exhibitors and a multitude of disciplines covered ranging from bag making to candle decorating and dressmaking classes. Renowned international textile artists Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn are amongst the experts giving talks. BOOK: 20-23 October. See www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/dublin/ for tickets.
Fire your imagination
Imagine, one of Ireland's best arts festival takes place in Waterford from October 20th. This is a strong 10-day programme with a mix of local, national and international talent, with more than 60 events to choose from around the city. Musical highlights include US indie country band Richmond Fontaine, and trad music icon, Seamus Begley. Writers are represented in the form of Mia Gallagher, as well as crime writers Alan Glynn and Declan Hughes, who are hosting an evening discussing the influence of Raymond Chandler on their work, while a visual art exhibition opening at Greyfriars Gallery features works from Artists Colin Martin, Martin Gale, Mick O Dea and Eithne Jordan. DETAILS:
Luxury self-catering cottage Thatcher's Rest in Bettystown, Meath, recently picked up the Best Holiday Beach House Award at the 2016 European Holiday Home Awards, and it's easy to see why. Close to Newgrange and the Battle of the Boyne site, they provide great opportunities for day trips as well as being set on six miles of sandy beach, for those who'd prefer to lounge.
Ann Enright, Joseph O'Connor and Roz Purcell are just some of the authors appearing at South Dublin's Red Line Book Festival, running over the weekend. Its Readers Day, on today in Tallaght's Civic Theatre from 10.30am to 4pm, provides the chance to witness award-wining writers and poets for a day of readings and public conversations. Families shouldn't miss the interactive puppet production of The Three Little Pigs tomorrow, also in the Civic Theatre.
This month, why not experience autumn in all its glory with a series of outings organised by visitwicklow.ie? As well as enjoying wildlife spotting in the woodlands, or stargazing in Wicklow Mountains National Park, families can also hop on board the spooky Rathwood Halloween Train.
DETAILS: The Halloween train runs from Oct 15-31. Tickets are €10 per child and €6 per adult; visit wicklow.ie
Florist company Bloom & Wild have put the fun back into giving fresh flowers, as well as making it incredibly easy. Select your flowers online and they'll be hand-packed into a pretty box and posted through the door the next day. Because the flowers are in bud, they last longer, and it means they fit through the letterbox. Bloom & Wild's autumn collection is available now, while the Christmas collection will be available from November 1.
Functionality marries beauty in The Pyramid, a set of four wooden eating spoons, displayed in a pyramidal wooden stand. Hand carved by Éamonn O'Sullivan in Westport, Co Mayo, he uses an axe and knives to create each one. Inspired by examples from medieval times, they are unsanded and fashioned from storm fall and pruned wood, collected locally by Éamonn himself.