November has officially begun and slowly but surely Christmas festivities are starting to seep into our social feeds. Whether you’re pushing the festive season to the back of your mind or you’ve already put up your tree, we are going to ease you into the holiday activities. This week we’ve got a range of art festivals, gigs and winter reads to get you through your week!
Pick Up Your Copy of GALWAYnow Magazine

Settle into the winter spirit with our new magazine. Our winter edition (and final issue of 2021!) hit shelves yesterday. From gift ideas from local businesses and stunning fashion shoots to top tips for taking care of your pet, it is packed to the brim with all you need to get ready for Christmas. Pick up your copy at newsagents and shops across Galway and the west of Ireland.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by GALWAYnow (@galway_now)

There’s Nothing Here But Flesh And Bone, There’s Nothing More: TULCA Festival

24 artists including Sophia Al-Maria, Claire Biddles and Renèe Helèna Browne will come together to create bespoke pieces of art for the Tulca Visual Arts Festival. The artists were chosen through an open call which closed in April or they were invited directly. The festival will gently unfold across different sites in the city from November 5th to 21st. The pieces will explore a number of themes from soft affection to immortal loves to necessary resistance. To volunteer or more information visit TULCA Festival of Visual Arts.

See Róisín O Live At Monroe’s

Already having a triumphant year, Róisín O adds to her success with a nationwide tour. Beginning in Kerry, the Irish folk singer will travel across Ireland with hit songs like Heart + Bones and Still Gold just a taste of what to expect. She will also be the supporting act for The Coronas from October to December however, this will be her first solo tour in 4 years. Róisín’s electric energy and renowned talent is always a crowd pleaser and she is guaranteed to be a show not to miss in 2022. Tickets for her highly anticipated tour are on sale here.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Monroe’s Galway (@monroesgalway)

Eat, Laugh and Learn with Cookalicious

Want the night off cooking? Known most for their fun and inclusive cooking class, Cookalicious has a tempting and tasty online cookalong for tweens and teens every Friday. Cepta, chef and founder of Cookalicious will guide them to cook a full-on-flavour feast that the whole family can enjoy. For just €20 you will receive a recipe pack, cook a delicious meal and learn life-long skills. There are many other classes to take including Tasty Tapas, Winter Curries and Vibrant Vegetarian so there’s something for everyone. Take a look at what’s available here.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Cepta Mahon (@cookaliciousgalway)

Alice’s Enchanted Garden

An animated light show spectacular opens at Loughcrew House and Gardens, Meath this month. Walk through the stunning gardens while taking in the spectacular light, sound and colour projection depicting Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, from her magical adventure to the charming characters. Treats for all the family are available in the Enchanted Garden including hot chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, mulled wine, hot food and snacks. The walk is 1km long and enthralling for the whole family. Open from Thursday to Sunday, every weekend from the 11th November until Thursday 23 December. Tickets are on sale online here. 

Listen to The Promenade Podcast

Promenade is a collection of sixteen stories from around the world dealing with memories and the stories they trigger. From the sound of the sea reminding you of an old romance, to the smell of a perfume in Paris making you yearn for home or a bar of soap reminding you of a loved one – memories can be triggered by the oddest of things. The podcast is now available on all streaming services.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Promenade (@promenadestories)