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RTE TV's Nationwide to visit SOLAS Eco Garden Shop on Saturday 24 July

'Build it and they will come !' or so they say, and this is very much proving to be the case with the SOLAS Eco Garden shop in Portarlington with the news that 'Nationwide' are to visit during this Saturday (24 July 10am-2pm) Farmers market . John Carey (co-owner of SOLAS) explains "there is a huge air of excitement about the visit on Nationwide. The redevelopment of the old Butler's engineering to a bustling hive of commerce, leisure and environmental awareness is a story that is clearly resonating with people. Our objective from day one of this project was to create something that will be a destination location which can compete on a national stage."
Carey continued "the decision of one of RTE TV top rated programmes to visit us is a huge morale boost for everyone involved - owners, our staff, our farmer market stall holders and the town"

Farmer's Market

David Maher who is John's business partner explained "In particular we are delighted that the program is being filmed on a Saturday to coincide with our farmers market. This element of our garden centre has proven to be an enormous success with crowds of between 700 to 1,200 coming along each Saturday morning.  Such has been the demand from customers and stall holders that we have had to expand the numbers of custom built stalls from our original planned 8 stalls to 14 and now to 21 stalls  This weekend with see the arrival of a Mexican food stall (Republic of Grill), Irish Gelato ice cream (The Rusty Copper) and 'Healthy Hub' vegetable muffins ! along with a range of new craft people including a local artist, needle work experts, soap and candle specialists.

Maher continued "so far we have offered stalls to the exhibitors for free as we are keen to support local small producers and encourage entrepreneurship. We are currently 100% booked out with a waiting list of over 20 exhibitors hoping to join the market. Our plan is to have regulars such as our cheese, vegetable, fish each week along with a rotation of new and interesting stall holders to keep the market fresh and vibrant. We hope that the coverage will give not just a huge boost to our business but to our local farmers' market stall holders"

Overview video of SOLAS and its farmer's market



Training Courses / Food & wine
Other events happening on the day include a Rustic Hanging Basket Workshop at 12 noon (book on https://www.ecogardenshop.ie/events-training). Also a range of wines are now also available to accompany the pizza and sandwiches on offer in the 'Chill Food Court'
Maher concluded "Also the weather forecast for the weekend is a far more manageable 20 degrees, so we are hoping for good numbers to make the day a huge success"

Willow Weaving For Children Workshop

Price: €10
When: Thursday, 22nd of July at 11am
Duration: 2hrs
Capacity: Max. 12 People
Suitable for: Children
Note: Cost includes free ice-cream for each participant


Book willow weaving here

Aim of Workshop

Learn the ancient craft of weaving with willow
In this creative workshop, you will learn the basic willow weaving techniques
You'll create a unique 2D or 3D individual project to take home and enjoy
Note: All materials are provided
Suitability: Kids aged 8 to12
This willow weaving course is for beginners & no prior knowledge is required
Don't worry if you haven’t tried it before, you will see how easy it is
When: Thursday, 22nd of July at 11am
Duration: 2hrs
Capacity: Max. 12 People
All courses / workshops take place in a covid safe environment
Note: All courses & workshops must be booked online in advance

Course Content

Making Your Willow Weave Project

In this creative workshop, you'll be introduced to the ancient techniques of basket weaving with willow
You will work with willow to create unique shapes in 2D and 3D to take home & enjoy
When working with natural materials, we are working for a better planet

Notes

All materials are provided, including...
100% natural willow stems
Free ice-cream for every child taking part
Our expert staff will be on hand to give support & ideas throughout the workshop

Macramé For Beginners Workshop (Eco Friendly Shopping Bag)

Price: €35
When: Wednesday, 28th of July at 3pm
Duration: 2hrs
Capacity: Max. 12 People
Suitable for: Adults
Note: Cost includes tea / coffee & biscuits for all students

Book macrame for beginners here


Aim of Workshop

Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting techniques
In this creative workshop, you will learn the basic macramé knots
You'll create a unique re-usable shopping bag using recycled cotton rope to take home and enjoy
Note: All materials are provided
Suitability
This workshop is for beginners & no prior knowledge is required
Most suited to adults
Don't worry if you haven’t tried it before or don’t consider yourself a DIY person, you will see how easy it is
Price: €35
Note: Cost includes tea / coffee & biscuits for all students
When: Wednesday, 28th of July at 3pm
Duration: 2hrs
Capacity: Max. 12 People
All courses / workshops take place in a covid safe environment
Note: All courses & workshops must be booked online in advance

Course Content

Making Your Macrame Shopping Bag

In this creative workshop, you will learn the basic macramé knotting techniques
You'll create a unique macrame shopping bag using recycled cotton rope to take home & enjoy

Notes

All materials are provided, including...
100% recycled 3mm cotton cords
Free tea / coffee & biscuits for all participants
Our expert staff will be on hand to give support & ideas throughout the workshop
This course is hosted by Made.With.Knots