Monthly Archives: February 2016

Johnstown Castle

  Johnstown Castle was built by the Esmonde family who came to County Wexford in 1169. It was then acquired by the Grogan family who developed the castle, grounds, lakes and estate that we have today. The walled gardens and hothouses, covering 4 acres, were originally laid out between 1844 -1851 and retain their early design today. Pathways throughout the grounds meander through the woodland garden and around the lakes. The sunken garden is now a picnic area located close to the car park.

Introduction to Medieval Textile Crafts (One-Day Workshop)

Introduction to Medieval Textile Crafts (One-Day Workshop) Irish National Heritage Park Saturday 27th February | 10am to 4.30pm Sunday 28th February | 10am to 4.30pm The Irish National Heritage Park welcomes Léine Medieval Crafters who will show you how to master the basics of some of the Medieval textile skills. On this one-day workshop you will learn something about the clothing of the period and what was involved in its construction. Making clothing in early Medieval times was very labour intensive and required skills that would have taken many years to learn; the result was high quality, well made garments that reflected the status of the wearer. Course Contents: Hands-on class in drop-spindle spinning, turning wool into yarn. You will learn to do naalbinding, a Norse craft which produces a hard-wearing knit-type fabric, made by a unique method with just a large needle and yarn. A demonstration of how to construct a warp-weighted loom. This was the earliest form of loom, dating from Neolithic times and used until the horizontal loom was introduced – though there were a few in use in northern Scandinavia until quite recently.  It is a relatively simple construction that can be made with basic tools. This course is an introduction to the various crafts and is suitable for beginners. It will be directed at adults, but could be suitable for accompanied children aged over about 12. This day-long workshop costs €45 per person with all course materials provided. Pre-booking is essential. Contact us on +353 (0)53 912 0733 or via email at to book your place on this fantastic workshop.  

Easter at Wells House & Gardens

Easter at Wells House & Gardens 25 – 28 March 2016 Venue: Wells House & Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, Co. Wexford Visit Wells House and Gardens this Easter for some fun Easter activities including puppet shows, arts and crafts sessions and the hugely popular Easter Treasure Hunt where the Easter Bunny will be here to meet everyone and reward them with chocolate treats! Waiting to be explored is Wells House & Gardens, a Great Victorian House and Gardens in the heart of Wexford. This Daniel Robertson designed house boasts a history of over 400 years. Built in the late 1600s and remodelled in the 1830s by Robertson, Wells House & Gardens offers something for all to enjoy! Check out the two woodland walks, living house tour, garden tours, craft courtyard, terrace gardens, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, adventure playground, restaurant and Irish Wildlife Sanctuary.