Author: Grainne McGarvey

Fun on the Farm with Free Initiative

Members of the public are encouraged to experience their local farm for free in one of the biggest awareness initiatives of its kind in Northern Ireland. Twenty-one farms from across the province are participating in the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend initiative to highlight where our food comes from, the benefits of eating local, as well as giving visitors the chance to sample the world-class ingredients that are produced right here in Northern Ireland. Taking place across Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 June, the initiative is hoping to attract upwards of 16,000 visitors from rural and urban towns...

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G-Spots! Blooming Marvellous Workshops

With spring just round the corner, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about bringing new life into your home. If you are anything like me and are more likely to have red nails than green fingers, help is at hand from family run florist Memento.  Situated on Belfast’s Ormeau Road this is my favourite florist and botanical store that stocks a seasonal range of fresh flowers and foliage, creating bespoke bouquets and floral creations for all life’s occasions. It is Belfast’s leading indoor plant store, boasting a wide variety of plants from around the world, complemented by its wide range of pottery, terrariums and botanical accessories. Not...

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G-Spots! Plan Your Getaway with Holiday Show

Last week ‘Sunshine Saturday’ came and went, and if you missed the boat, or even the plane for that matter, there is an event later this month that will solve your getaway woes.  The Belfast Telegraph Holiday Show is back in Belfast for 3-days from 18-21 January at Titanic Exhibition Centre, during which international tourist boards, airlines and ferry companies, hotels and visitor attractions will all be vying for your business.  Packed full of world destination ideas, there are also  specialist zones including The Cruise Pavilion, the Honeymoon & Wedding Destinations Pavilion, and the popular Caravan & Motorhome Show, where...

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G Spots! Ireland’s Biggest Contemporary Art Prize

The winner of the ‘MAC International 2018’ award is set to announced this week. This award is the biggest contemporary art prize in Ireland and one of the most significant prizes in the UK. The award offers professional artists across the world the opportunity to exhibit at the MAC, as well as a prize fund of £20,000 for the overall winner.  Chosen from more than 800 submissions the shortlist includes artists from Ireland, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Canada, USA, Palestine, Austria, France and Turkey, working across a range of mediums including photography, film, installation, sculpture and drawing. MAC International...

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G Spots! Brides, Time to Get Quirky

After only getting married a few months ago I’m still pretty interested in all things bridal. Good news is that I’ve a few friends planning their nuptials so am living vicariously through them! As we all want something unique for our Big Day, I’ve been pointing them in the direction of the upcoming Quirky Weddings Fair – taking place in October.  The Quirky Weddings Fairs are infamous in bridal circles. Taking place twice a year in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall, they are the perfect opportunity to find ideas and services in a friendly, relaxed environment. Run by two of the nicest and...

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