Get a takeaway or plant some veggies, paint with nature or practice mindfulness at sunrise, whatever mode you find yourself in this weekend, we’ve got something new for you to try with our Top Things To Do this Bank holiday weekend. 
1) Take Part in a Free Guided Meditation Session

Over the last year, in response to the rising need for mental health supports, The Sanctuary, located in Dublin City, have introduced free community online meditation sessions, a selection of live broadcasted wellbeing courses and self-care resources. They are now happy to announce that The Dawn Chorus is back for 2021. On Sunday Morning, May 2nd at 4.30am, The Sanctuary will host and broadcast this special sunrise event live from their city centre location with a fantastic programme of guests. The Sanctuary’s MD Jane Negrych, will lead a mindful practice, with yoga teacher Riana Walsh. Members of The Dublin Gospel Choir will follow these practices with a response to the birdsong followed by a reading by Spoken word poet, Stephen James Smith and a Tea meditation. Enrol today at https://www.sanctuary.ie/the-dawn-chorus-2021/

2) Attend The Online Webinar ‘Painting With Nature

Enjoy painting? What about watercolor painting using natural paints made from plants? In this virtual program, the Environmental Volunteers staff and volunteers will teach you how to make your own paints using plants, allowing you to create your own sustainable art. The program will begin with an interactive instruction on how to use plants to make paints, and transition into a painting session where you can have fun experimenting with these natural colors painting whatever you want. Sign up on Eventbrite to join in on Sat, 1 at 7pm.

3) Join an Interactive Feis

In association with Town Hall Theatre Galway, Galway Theatre Festival presents to you an interactive and live digital dance performance where you decide the winner. ‘The Competition’ is an innovative exploration of competitive Irish dance feiseanna, where the ultimate decision of who walks away in first place will lie in your hands. During this light-hearted look inside the world of competition, 4 dancers and 2 musicians will navigate their way through 5 rounds of intense rivalry and battle it out to win your vote using an online voting system. ‘The Competition… An interactive feis’ will premiere on May 1, 8pm, live from the Town Hall Theatre Galway as part of the Galway Theatre Festival 2021 programme. Tickets are €10 and are available to purchase from www.tht.ie

4) Order a Meal to Go From Ard Bia

Ard Bia is back with a twist bringing; fresh bakes, take-away coffee, breakfast, lunch to go, weekend brunch full of flavour and great natural wines to enjoy at home. Their menu is updated regularly and click & collect orders can be made online at ardbia.com or through their Instagram page. Some of their breakfast options include crispy pork and fried egg bap or goats cheese and veggie filo parcel. The lunch menu features a chicken shawarma pita, daily soup or fish tacos. The Ard Bia shop will also be open, stocking cupboard favourites; jams, chutneys and chocolate. Why not treat your tastebuds this weekend and try out something from this Galway hotspot.

5) Plant some veggies!

This is a great time of year to start planting vegetables and there is something for everyone no matter how big or small your garden is or whether you have space indoors or outdoors. Carrots, lettuce and peas are great for planting outside this time of year, and tomatoes make the ideal windowsill vegetable. It’s great to get outdoors whenever we get a spell of fine weather and whether you are a novice or pro, you can produce tasty home-grown produce for all your cookery needs like the team at Green Earth Organics.

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