SOLAS – Circus, Chess, and Vintage and Craft Market Double Bill
SOLAS: A Weekend of High-Octane Fun
Prepare for an action-packed weekend at SOLAS, where a spectacular Circus, an intense chess tournament, and a double dose of Farmers and Craft and Vintage markets are set to create the most exhilarating weekend of the year. To add to the excitement, we’re in the process of upgrading our food court area, making it cozier and more weather-resistant, ensuring it becomes a year-round, all-weather event space.
SOLAS: A Hub for Education
SOLAS’s new Education Manager, Sundara O’Higgins, has been doing a fantastic job of running a series of education courses. These courses have garnered immense popularity among secondary schools across Leinster and beyond. In a single week in October, we’ll be welcoming students from five different secondary schools. It’s heartening to witness SOLAS maturing and evolving into a hub for eco-living, exceptional cuisine, family events, and education.
Events @ SOLAS
Thursday to Sunday:
- Roll up, Roll up! The Gerbola Circus is coming to SOLAS for five days, promising a fantastic fun day out for all the family. Showtimes are as follows: Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday at 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm & 4:30 pm.
- 10 am to 2 pm: Visit our weekly Farmers Market to explore the finest local farm produce and crafts, including ‘Croft Treats,’ whose cakes and buns have become market favorites.
Sunday 1st Oct:
- 10 am – 3 pm: Our Vintage and Craft Fair is fully booked and promises a curated mix of vintage vinyl, preloved clothing, antique homeware, and upcycled craft pieces. For stall inquiries at future events, please contact Georgina at 0830452810.
- 1st Rapid Chess Tournament: SOLAS is hosting its first Rapid Chess Tournament in conjunction with The Irish Chess Union. All proceeds will go to the Irish Heart Foundation. To secure your place, register early [here](https://www.icu.ie/events/1749 #).
- Sunday 8th Oct: Join us for another jam-packed Car Boot Sale at SOLAS. It’s €15 per car/small van. Book online here.
- Halloween & Other Events: Stay updated on our upcoming events by visiting our events page.
Food @ SOLAS
At SOLAS, our chef is always busy crafting new cakes and dishes, ranging from simple homemade cookies to red velvet cakes and coffee and pistachio cream cakes. We offer a delightful variety of vegan and vegetarian options to suit every palate. Join us in our heated outdoor café to savor our breakfast, soups, pizzas, and more.
SOLAS Food Court is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
SOLAS – PLANTS
Our featured Plant of the Week is the vibrant Cyclamen persica. These perennials emerge in autumn and bloom throughout winter, adding a burst of color to your garden. They prefer rich, well-drained soil in partial shade. Explore our stunning range in various shades, from white to magenta, available at SOLAS
SOLAS – SHOP
For those with patience and a love for challenges, consider building your own model kit. We offer a vast range of styles to suit your home and skill level. Enjoy hours of fun with step-by-step instructions to create beautiful projects. Some even include LED lights to bring your miniature model to life
The weekend weather forecast is mixed, with a possibility of rain on Saturday, but Sunday is expected to be dry.
Join us for a special autumn weekend at SOLAS Eco Garden Centre, situated in Portarlington, Co. Laois R32 RPX8. We extend a warm invitation to visit us daily from 10 am to 6 pm. We can’t wait to welcome you!