Drum Circle Workshop!
Thursday 22 February 11am to 1pm | £8 pp
Current research now shows the therapeutic effects of drumming techniques. Research indicates that drumming accelerates physical healing and boosts the immune system. In addition, specific studies conducted by professionals in the fields of music therapy and mental health show us that drumming:
- Reduces tension, anxiety and stress
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps control chronic pain
- Boosts the immune system
- Releases negative feelings, blockages and emotional trauma
This is a really fun workshop with Joe Loughlin who runs the Gathering Drum – a community based company that runs workshops all over Ireland. You don’t need any experience at all, it’s very simple to learn and it’s proven that the actual rhythms have a very relaxing effect. So we will all be very chilled out at the end of it!
Please come along and give it a try and you will be amazed at how much fun you will have.
Wine Tasting Experience hosted by expert Sommelier Tom Lavery
Thursday 8 March 7 – 9pm | £15pp
Be the first to sample some of the new wines that will be on sale at the Grand Opera House this season.
Sparkling drinks reception upon arrival at 7pm and a selection of breads, oils, olives and cheese will be available.
Spend an evening discovering over six new varieties of quality wines from around the world.
Tonya McMullan, Artist and Urban Bee Keeper – Talk and workshop
Thursday 15 March 11am to 1pm | £10pp
Tonya McMullan is a co-founder of Infinity Farm, which aims to connect people, herbs and bees through urban agriculture, art and workshops. Tonya is also a visual artist and the farm is an extension of her art practice. She has been a beekeeper for 3 years and has recently set up an urban apiary on the roof of an old Ulster bank in east Belfast.
Following this very informative talk, we will be making our own 100% beeswax and honey lip balm, designing the labels for the pots and sampling some of the honey.
Afternoon outing to Rademon Estate with lunch, distillery tour and gin tasting experience
Friday 13 April – 12.45pm – 5pm | £35pp (includes lunch and tour)
Rademon Estate in Co. Down is one of the oldest historic estates in Ireland and a haven in a unique setting. Since 2014, it has been distilling Shortcross Gin on the estate, proudly Northern Ireland’s first craft gin and now the most awarded gin in the island of Ireland. Shortcross is an aromatic and exceptionally smooth gin: its unique flavour profile is created using fresh apples, elderflowers, elderberries and wild clover harvested on the estate distilled alongside classic gin botanicals.
The name Shortcross came from the Gaelic for Crossgar, ‘An Chrois Ghearr’, meaning ‘the short cross’. The name (and symbol) had history and heritage naturally associated with it. For David and Fiona, it also subtly referenced the location of their distillery.
- 12.45pm Coach departs outside the Grand opera House
- 1.30pm Arriving Rademon Estate
- 1.40 Lunch served
- 2.20pm Tour and tasting commences
- 4pm Depart for Belfast
Walking Tour of Victorian Belfast guided by local historian
Thursday 17 May 10.30am – 1pm | £10pp
Tea and scones served at 10.30am in Luciano’s in the Grand Opera House. Tour will depart at 11am.
Belfast’s architectural heritage ranges from mock gothic to neo-classical to cutting-edge modern architecture, and its buildings are one of the best things about the city. Its Victorian architecture, however, just might be the most beautiful and Belfast is arguably the best example of a Victorian City in Ireland. With the recent restoration of the outside of the Grand Opera House, which itself was built in 1895 what better time than to explore the city and marvel at the huge impact of Queen Victoria’s reign.
Day Trip to Bloom Festival in Dublin
Sunday 3 June 2018 | £39pp (includes return coach and ticket to the festival)
Based on the highly successful Chelsea Flower Show, Bloom highlights the best of Ireland’s horticulture and food industry, Bord Bia’s annual Bloom festival takes place for five days over the June bank holiday weekend, in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Bloom continues to blossom and grow each year as Ireland’s largest garden, food and family festival, attracting over 100,000 visitors.
The show incorporates almost 30 show gardens created by Ireland’s top garden designers, over 100 delicious Irish food and drink producers, 50 nurseries within the Floral Marquee, and almost 200 retailers, all within a 70-acre site. Other highlights include floral and nursery displays, a plant village, a wide range of craft and Irish artisan food stalls, live music, fashion stage, cookery demonstrations with some of Ireland’s finest celebrity chefs and fun activities for all the family
- 9.15 am Coach departs from Grand Opera House
- 10.30 am Arrive Apple Green Services for comfort stop
- 11.45am Arrive Phoenix Park
- 5.00pm Depart for Belfast
- 6.30pm Comfort stop Apple Green Services
- 8.00pm Home
Friends are asked to make their own lunch arrangements as the festival site offers many food outlets, or bring lunch along with them.
The coach company is United Coaches, which have provided us with very comfortable and clean coaches on our last few trips.
Ursula Burns – The Dangerous Harpist
Thursday 28 June | 7pm drinks reception-Baby Grand Bar | Performance 7.30pm-Baby Grand | £10pp (includes glass of wine)
Ursula Burns is no ordinary Harpist. A composer, a comedian, singer and writer of songs the list is endless. Ursula will present to us her one-woman show but she has told me to expect the unexpected!
“The most dangerous harpist in the world accidentally made an album when she got lost looking for Lidl. ‘Oh no, not again,’ she exclaimed, in botheration, ‘this always happens!’ She had never intended to become a harpist. She was just pretending to play harp because she had red hair and was from Ireland. She longed for the carefree childhood days when the circus kidnapped her from the burning bus on the streets of Belfast. ‘Funny and enchanting in equal measure, with a lilting voice that makes the Falls Road sound like Brigadoon’ (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).