It doesn’t get more Christmassy than this.
If sipping mulled wine while creating gorgeous, handmade decorations for your home sounds like your idea of heaven, put Lismore Castle in Waterford on your ‘must-visit’ list this month.
About one hour’s drive from Cork, the castle is hosting a hands-on festive workshop where participants can construct and decorate their own Christmas wreath.
Lush winter foliage will be provided from the castle gardens, as will all other materials, and mulled wine and seasonal treats will be served while you get to work.
Not only is this workshop a fabulous excuse for a little festive road trip, it also offers an opportunity for a stroll around the Lismore Castle Gardens, said to be the oldest continually cultivated gardens in Ireland. In the lower gardens you’ll find the Yew Tree Walk, where Edmund Spenser is said to have written ‘The Faerie Queen’ in around 1590.
Pick up a plant and sculpture map to help you find your own route and don’t forget to stop at The Riding House to pick up castle-made jams, chutneys and apple juice.
The workshop (€30) is suitable for adults only and it takes place on Wednesday, December 6th from 10:30am until 1pm. Book your tickets here.