SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, known for its strong community ethos and family-friendly activities, is ready to elevate its game with the launch of a new 500m2 all-weather playground this weekend. This free amenity, open daily, cements SOLAS’s standing as the ultimate destination for family get-togethers, and it’s accessible only from the Food Court for safety and convenience.
Along with our fabulous new playground we have another significant highlight with the return of fresh fish to our Saturday farmers’ markets, thanks to FAYE’S Fish. Managed by Jason Bates, a name synonymous with fresh Irish fish for generations, this addition completes our diverse and delicious line-up: organic fruits and vegetables, fresh bread, pastries, cakes, specialist teas and coffees, and a fantastic range of meats. Our farmers’ market truly is your one-stop-shop for all your weekly culinary needs.
Events @ SOLAS
Saturday, 27th May: • 10am-2pm: Weekly Farmers Market – Support local farmers while shopping for the freshest produce. • 10am-5pm: Opening of the new all-weather playground (open daily)
Sunday, 28th May: Pregnancy Wellness Morning. Unwind with prenatal yoga and a delightful tea or coffee break in the SOLAS Food Court. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/catrionanurturingyouandbaby.
Looking ahead, mark your calendars for: • Sunday 4th June: Craft Market • Sunday 18th June: Scruffs Dog Show – To enter your furry friend into a competition, or to book a stall at our event, contact Georgina on 0830452810 or check out the event at www.facebook.com/events/calendar.
Food @ SOLAS
If visiting our new playground this weekend, inspired by the addition of fresh fish at our farmers’ market, our food court presents special seafood dishes: Chilli and garlic gambas pil pil served with fresh crusty bread, Battered fish and chips with lime and coriander tartar sauce, and Pizza gamberi – a delicious combination of homemade tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, prawns, with a mint and chilli pesto drizzle.
SOLAS – PLANTS
Plant of the week: Osteospermum, the Cape or African daisy. This plant offers long-lasting, colourful blooms from summer to autumn, provided it’s kept well-watered in well-drained soil and full sun. Remove wilted flowers to prolong flowering.
SOLAS – Shop
Discover unique artisan-made pieces from rural Zimbabwe. Using simple tools, these craftspeople create colourful, eye-catching small garden decor sculptures from recycled metals sourced from dishwashers, washing machines, and even old car bonnets.
Join us for a fun-filled family weekend at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 RPX8. We’re open daily from 10-6pm. See you there!