The Powerscourt Blog

Boo! Spooktacular Halloween Fest Comes to Powerscourt Estate

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 15, 2014 11:33:52 AM

Spooky Fest kicks off at Powerscourt Estate in North Wicklow this October bank holiday weekend with the 3rd annual spooky walk and pumpkin carving. It's a great day out for those looking for things to do for Halloween in Dublin and Wicklow.


The ghosts and ghouls of the estate are creeping out into the haunted woods of Powerscourt gardens. And so is Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum. With only a map to lead them to safety, brave families will be sure to encounter some creepy characters along their journey including the Corpse Bride and a witch through Powerscourt's 47 acres of haunted grounds. This family walk takes place on Saturday 25th October.


Whether you're a first-time pumpkin carver or an experienced pro, come along to Powerscourt Garden Pavilion on 26th and 27th of October for a Halloween Party. Kids will love the chance to prepare, design and carve a pumpkin into something festive and fun. Afterwards, you can bring your pumpkin home with you and enjoy it during the festive period.


All little goblins and ghouls are welcome to dress up in their Halloween finery and get into the festive spirit. Both events are suitable for children aged 3-10. Places are limited and can be booked online in advance on

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Bird-watching for Beginners at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 11, 2014 12:39:00 PM

Meet Niall Hatch from Bird Watch Ireland for a free talk on bird-watching at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion in County Wicklow on 20th of September at 10:30am. Over 450 different bird species have been recorded in Ireland, an impressive total for a European island and making it a very exciting and interesting country for bird-watching. Learn about where and when to watch birds, how to buy and use binoculars, how to choose identification books and how to attract birds into your garden.


Niall will also give you some useful tips on how to find bird-watching events and activities! The talk is mainly aimed at complete beginners with no prior knowledge, but will certainly also be of benefit to anyone looking to improve their bird-watching skills or who wants to become more involved with local bird-watching groups and wildlife conservation. The event is free of charge and no booking is required.


About Bird Watch Ireland: Bird Watch Ireland is the largest independent conservation organisation in Ireland. Established in 1968, they currently have over 14,000 members and supporters and a local network of over 20 branches nationwide. 

Here is another event this weekend that you mught like to come along to! 

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events, Gardening

Photos from a Celebration Evening at Powerscourt Gardens

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 9, 2014 10:42:00 AM

Over 150 people from the travel industry, local community, family and friends gathered at Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow last Thursday for an evening celebration in the gardens. The event was to mark the accolade from the National Geographic, which voted Powerscourt Gardens no. 3 in the World’s Top 10 Gardens. Other European countries to make it onto the list included Chateau de Versailles in France (1st) and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, England (2nd).

Matthew Jackson, Managing Director of National Geographic Traveller, travelled to Wicklow to present the award to MD of Powerscourt, Sarah Slazenger.  He enjoyed a private tour of the gardens with Head Gardener Michael Byrne. Guests enjoyed listening to a string quartet on the terraces overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountain and drinks and canapés in the gardens.


Niall Gibbons (CEO Tourism Ireland), Sarah Slazenger (Managing Director, Powerscourt Estate), Matthew Jackson (Managing Director, National Geographic Traveller)


Matthew Jackson (Managing Director, National Geographic Traveller) presents Powerscourt Estate with their award for No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens to Sarah Slazenger (Managing Director, Powerscourt Estate)


Powerscourt Gardens is awarded No.3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by the National Geographic


Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate Sarah Slazenger pictured with her husband William Micklem and children Leo, Sam and Holly Micklem.


Sara Waldburg (Marketing Manager, Houses, Castles and Gardens), Aoife O’Driscoll (Marketing Manager, Powerscourt Estate) Ruth Andrews (CEO, ITOA), Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh (MD, O’ Mara Consultancy)


Head Gardener Michael Byrne (Pictured centre with the award) with the Powerscourt Gardeners Derek Whelan, Dermot Lacy, Ken Griffiths and Alex Slazenger.


Members of the Powerscourt House reception team past and present including Frances O’Neill, Ger Meindl, Justin Smith, Bridget Greaves, Mary Feeney and Doreen Driver.

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Health & Wellness Coffee Morning at Powerscourt (Bray Cancer Centre)

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Sep 3, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Powerscourt Garden Pavilion and Bray Cancer Support Centre invite you to join them for a morning of health information talks, a fashion show, raffle, coffee and more on Wednesday 1st October from 11am-1pm.


Managing Director of Powerscourt Estate Sarah Slazenger pictured with TV3 Presenter Sinead Desmond and Veronica O’Leary, Founder and CEO of Bray Cancer Support Centre.

The morning will be in aid of Bray Cancer Support Centre and will feature talks from: Veronica O'Leary, founder of Bray Cancer Support Centre, 'Cancer support in the community', Darragh Flynn, The Happy Pear, 'Give yourself a boost! The health benefits of sprouts and wheatgrass' and Isobel Jordan, Dip. Herb, Dip. Nat., MINA, MIRH. 'Health and well-being using diet and herbs.'


There will also be a fashion show featuring clothes from Jenny Turner and designer Liz Quin and accessories and jewellery from The Design Loft.  To add some fun to the morning, there will be a prize for the best dressed lady and gent in purple, the official colour of the Bray Cancer Support Centre.

The morning will also feature an amazing raffle, with prizes such as Avoca hampers, annual membership of Powerscourt Estate, clothes from our designers and much more! The Powerscourt Hotel ESPA will provide a nail bar at the event.

All funds raised from the morning will go to Bray Cancer Support Centre's services in Wicklow and Dublin. Services include counselling, support programmes and complimentary therapies. To find out more visit 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events

The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day 2014 is back again!

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 29, 2014 4:16:47 PM

It is nearly time to experience the magic of our traditional rural festival once again!

The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day CHARITY event will take place this year on Sunday, September 14th at Knocklinn Farm on the Ballyman Road. It’s a beautiful setting overlooking the seaside town of Bray, with the backdrop of the Majestic Sugarloaf Mountains.

We are thrilled to announce that our charity partner for 2014 is Lakers, a Sport and Recreational Club for Children and Adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting, educational and essential support services to its 350 members across Leinster. Lakers celebrate their 25th Anniversary this year.

The Enniskerry Victorian Field Day is growing in size and popularity; attracting over 4,500 people each year and has become a popular permanent fixture on the North Wicklow/South Dublin calendar.

The weekend will be kicked off with a traditional Victorian Rag Man’s Ball on the night of Friday the 12th of September 2014. 


Festival events include Steam engines at work, Vintage Car and Tractor Shows, Tug of War battles and Sheaf Pitching! Visitors can enjoy rambling through the craft stalls at the ‘Schoolhouse for Art’ Artisan Market and savor Wicklow's rich culinary delights at our Food Fair.

Other great highlights include Archery, Falconry, Horseshoe Throwing, Arm Wrestling, Nail Driving, Traditional Children's Games, Puppetry, Pony Rides, old-fashioned Carousels, live music and so much more. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won!

This year we are excited to introduce our "Doggie Village"!! Wonder Paws Pet Dog Training at Festina Lente Bray will be the hosts welcoming all breeds, shapes and sizes to enjoy a ‘pawsome’ Doggie Day Out with full agility course, grooming salon, expert advice on dog adoption, nutrition, training and a fun Dog Show!

For extra enjoyment come along in Victorian costume and be in with a chance of winning some superb prizes in our ‘Best Dressed’ competition.

Proceeds are in aid of the Lakers and the local parishes Enniskerry. The admission is only €10 per person, €5 OAPs and kids go free!! There is free parking and the event is wheelchair accessible.

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Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 27, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Perfect your Pet! Train the canine in your life at Powerscourt

Join Samantha Rawson on Saturday 13th September at 2pm in Powerscourt Garden Pavilion for a demonstration on training the canine in your life! Samantha C.A.A.B. is a certified dog behaviourist and therapist who uses motivational and reward based methods. She has over twenty years of professional experience and knowledge to address almost any dog training or behaviour problem.


Samantha says "I love training dogs as all dogs are individuals and dogs and their owners are as unique as each other. Samantha's approach to training is highly motivational for both partners in the relationship! The demonstration is free of charge and no booking is required. Please leave your own canine at home for the event. Visit the website for more information.

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Topics: Powerscourt Garden Pavilion, Events

The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 22, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Just up the road from us at Powerscourt is the beautiful Sugar Loaf Mountain! Why not take a walk and enjoy the marvellous Wicklow views next time you are in the area!

It’s barely 501 metres tall, but this plucky hill is one of Ireland’s most iconic peaks.

Set apart from the Wicklow Mountains, its conical shape and broody demeanour make an instant impression. Is it an extinct volcano? No, though its appearance has led many to think so. In fact, and in contrast to the granite hulks to the south and west, the Sugar Loaf is quartzite.

Its bark is worse than its bite, of course. If you’re reasonably fit, and don’t mind a bit of scrambling on the rocky final stretch, you can be up and back from the summit in little over an hour (access is to the south along the L1031). It’s a hugely popular outing for Dublin day-trippers.


On a clear day here, from a perch dusted with snow and frost in colder climes (hence the name), you can see not only Dublin City and the Wicklow Mountains, but Snowdonia in Wales.

Of course, if you’d rather not scramble on hands and knees, there are more salubrious ways of enjoying the mountain… not least the views from the Sugar Loaf Lounge of the nearby Powerscourt Hotel or the Terrace Café at Powerscourt.

The Great Sugar Loaf Mountain is near the villages of Kilmacanogue & Enniskerry.

The Great Sugar Loaf can be found on the following routes:

Enjoy your trip to the Sugar Loaf! Happy Walking :)

Content: Courtesty of Failte Ireland 

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow

Wilds of Wicklow Foraging Walk

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 9, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Wilds of Wicklow Foraging Walk

It's nearly harvest time! Would you like to discover the art of foraging wild and edible foods such as wild flowers, herbs, walnuts, berries, mushrooms and garlic? Join Niall O’Sullivan and Paul Quinn from Nádúr Collective for a guided foraging walk along Powerscourt River Walk on 14th September at 11am and again at 2pm. Usually reserved exclusively for Powerscourt annual members, the river walk offers natural, unspoilt beauty and this is a great opportunity for members of the public to visit this tranquil, hidden gem.


During this educational two hour walk through one of Wicklow's most unspoilt locations,  you will be shown edible food plants with practical advice on how best to use them at home or in a professional kitchen.  From cooking to preserving techniques; the Nádúr Collective will show you the best way to make use of nature's best ingredients – from your backyard to your dinner table in a unique and informative approach. 


With over forty combined years’ experience in professional kitchens and a passion for wild foods, Nádúr Collective’s aim is to get people back in touch with food, nature and nutrition. Niall O’Sullivan is head chef of Isabel’s restaurant on Baggot Street while Paul Quinn is co-owner of the Three Q's restaurant in Greystones. To book tickets to the event visit


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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt River Walk, Events

Walk on the Wild Side with Dale Treadwell at Powerscourt

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 7, 2014 11:06:00 AM

Walk on the Wild side of Wicklow, with RTÉ’s Dale Treadwell! Dale will be taking children on a guided nature trail and bio blitz of Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow, located in one of Ireland’s most breath-taking country estates.


Kids will enjoy discovering the secret world of mini-beasts and hunting for the insects and plants that live at Powerscourt.  Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet, that we have fifteen types of ladybirds in Ireland and that Grasshoppers are able to jump up to twenty times their own length? Dale will uncover our natural Wicklow habitat for families so they can learn about bugs and beasties and the plants in which they live. There will also be outdoor eco games for everyone to enjoy.


Dale Treadwell is an Aussie with a background in Bushland Restoration living in Ireland for nearly a decade. His company ‘Naturally Wild’ educates both old and young alike with our great outdoors in a fun and informative way. You can catch Dale on ‘Albie the Why Guy’ on RTÉ. Tickets to his guided walk at Powerscourt are limited and must be booked in advance. Visit to book your place.


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Enjoy Vintage Vibes at the Powerscourt Car Rally

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on Aug 1, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Celebrate Heritage Week at Powerscourt Estate! Join the largest motor club in Ireland, the Irish Vintage and Veteran Car Club (IVVCC), for their 36th rally at Powerscourt. The event talks place on the 17th of August between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.


The star of the show will be Lord Powerscourt’s 1937 Ford Model ‘Y’ which its current owner is bringing home to the Estate for the event.  With over 150 cars expected at this year’s event, there are sure to be plenty of classics for you to enjoy! Chat with motor enthusiasts and marvel at the stylish array of vintage vehicles on display.


Everyone is welcome to come dressed to impress in their best vintage clothes! Many car owners dress up to match the age of their vehicles so expect plenty of razzle dazzle from feminine flapper dresses from the roaring 20’s to 1950's retro rock and roll frocks.  The event is free of charge and all are welcome. For more information visit  

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Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Events

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