Events & Workshops
Discover a world of learning by doing at Airfield Estate with classes and activities for both children and adults throughout the year.
'Cruinniu' Art Exhibition
Open daily from 26th September - 11th November in the tunnel at Airfield Estate.
Curated by Margaret Meagher, this exhibition featuring the collection of 8 artists 'Cruinniu' focuses on the theme of biodiversity.
Opened by Sabina Higgins, a key advocate of biodiversity and a champion of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Explore biodiversity through the eyes of eight artists from around the country as they come together to raise awareness of their surroundings and the natural world. They identify issues of general concern to highlight both the beauty to be preserved and issues of concern to be addressed.
The work on view was produced in the artist's homes and environs, with emphasis on experimentation and exploration in various media including watercolour, oil paint, glass work, collage, printmaking, and mixed media.
The Artists exhibiting are:
Margaret Meagher, Holly Delaney, Noran Lehane, Paula Farrell, Andrea Lippert, Mícheál O´Muirthile, Sarah Walsh, Anne Murray Brown.
We look forward to welcoming the public to explore the exhibition in this comfortable airy space.
Entrance to the exhibition is free to all
Open daily from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
School Lunch Box Ideas
During this demonstration class you will learn how to make those school lunchboxes more interesting for your little ones. This class will provide you with lots of ideas for healthy packed lunches. You will leave with five recipes for healthy lunches that will include a cheesy vegetable soup, pasta salad, some bean dips, tasty sandwich fillings and crustless mini quiches.
Samples and recipe packs included..
Date: Thursday 6th October
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Tickets: €25/ €22.50 for annual pass holders
Comfort Vegetarian Food
As the nights are starting to draw in we crave richer food. This vegetarian cooking class will cover how to make a hearty bean stew, a substantial autumn vegetable salad and Swiss Chard Gratin.
You will make each dish and we will give you a recipe pack to bring home
Date: Thursday 20th October
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Tickets: €58/ €52 for annual pass holders
Halloween at Airfield Estate
The Witch's Broom has Lost it's Zoom
Enjoy a fun-packed visit to Airfield farm and gardens this Halloween and help the witch to find her broom after hers lost its zoom! Follow the witch’s trail as she searches high and low for a broom with zoom.
On arrival to Airfield, make sure to pick up your Nocturnal Habitat Trail Sheet at the ticket desk. Having helped the witch find a new broom, follow the self-guided trail to explore the habitats of our night time residents. Things that go bump in the night - Airfield’s night-time residents.
The little ones can relax while we read Room on a Room for Storytime daily at 11:30 am in Airfield house.
Visit from 22nd - 23rd October & 26th October - 6th November from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm . Last admission at 3:30 pm.
10am - Egg Collection
10:30am - Jersey Herd Milking
11:30am - Storytime (29 October - 6 November)
12pm - Airfield Heritage Tour
1:30pm - Vintage Car Talk
2pm - Airfield Heritage Tour
3pm - Food Garden Tour
This is a drop-in, self-guided seasonal addition included with a day ticket, and is FREE for annual pass holders. Tickets to visit Airfield Estate can be purchased online or at the gate.
Please note, that this is a seasonal self-guided worksheet and trail activity and is not a stand-alone event. It is created to enhance your visit to Airfield Estate during the mid-term break.
Parent and Child Brunch Class
Weekends are all about brunch! In this class, our chef will guide you through making some delicious brunch dishes, granola parfait, brown butter berry muffins and Shakshuka eggs will be on the menu!
We will provide tea, coffee and orange juice so that you can enjoy the fruits of your labour in the Inspiration Kitchen.
Recipe packs will be provided.
Date:Saturday 22nd October
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm/p>
Tickets: €52/ €46.80 for annual pass holders
Farm to Fork Lunch
This class is a unique opportunity to learn how to make a truly seasonal lunch.
Colm O'Driscoll, Head Gardener will guide you through the gardens to pick some fresh produce. Then under the guidance of our chef Lisa Davies you will make your own delicious two-course lunch that you will then enjoy in the Inspiration Kitchen.
The menu will be determined by what we are harvesting that week. Recipes packs will be provided.
Space is limited as this is a special event.
Tickets €68 per person/ €61 for Annual Pass holders
Date: 30 October 2022
Time: 10 am - 2 pm
Teen Halloween Baking Workshop
We will be making some spooky treats during this baking class. We will be making spider cookies and toffee apple buns and learning some baking techniques as we go along.
Suitable for 12+ year old's.
Date: Monday 31st October
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Tickets: €42/ €37.80 for annual pass holders
Teen Cooking Workshop - 2 day
During this two-day workshop you will learn basic knife skills and kitchen safety, we'll be making food from countries spanning two continents. On the first day, we will be visiting China as we make stir-fried egg rice and sweet and sour chicken. For day two we will be travelling to Mexico as we make some delicious Mexican enchiladas and chocolate, cinnamon cookies.
Recipe packs will be provided and be sure to bring your own tubberware to bring home your creations
Date:3rd & 4th November
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Tickets: €60/ €54 for annual pass holders
Grains are an economical and nutritious way of improving your diet. If you want to learn more about bulgur, quinoa and barley, then this is the class for you. You will learn how to cook them and we will make three dishes using these delicious grains. Recipe packs will be provided.
Date: Thursday 10th November
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm/p>
Tickets: €58/ €52 for annual pass holders
This baking workshop will cover the basics of breadmaking and working with yeast. We will make perfect French dinner rolls, multiseed brown bread and cinnamon buns. A light lunch will be provided.
Date: Saturday 12th November
Time: 9:30 am - 3 pm
Tickets: €75/ €67.50 for annual pass holders
The Christmas Experience at Airfield Estate..
Having arrived home on Christmas morning from their global adventures: Ida, Flick and Myrtle the turtle are excited for their Christmas dinner. As Ledgewood Cottage fills with delicious aromas, the inquisitive trio wondered why they only eat Brussels sprouts, Bronze turkey and plum pudding with Jersey cream at Christmas.Having dispatched some postcards and taken delivery of their special gifts from Santa Claus they decided to investigate. Following a close encounter with a tale of two sprouts in Brussels, the trio enjoy the fragrance of spiced mulled wine* and drink warm Jersey chocolate milk compliments of the Claus Café. Dizzy from a spin (or two) on the Victorian carousel, they fish for frozen sprouts before helping stuff Bronze turkeys using Aunt Kitty’s legendary recipe. They sample plum pudding Jersey milk ice-cream enroute to the spice bazaar where they get creative with a ‘crafty’ turkey! Eager to record their adventures, the trio visit Santa’s woodshed for a photograph on Santa’s sleigh**, and just as they are bidding farewell to Mrs. Claus, Ida, Flick and Myrtle the turtle hear a voice calling them from downstairs … Christmas dinner is served.
* Over 18 years only
Tips for booking your tickets
Coordinate with friends and family to book into the same timeslot – up to 10 people (including babies and adults)
Annual pass holders: have your promo code to hand to use the pass holders’ discount
Have your banking app ready when booking and make sure push notifications are enabled for strong customer authentication (SCA). Airfield staff cannot process bookings on behalf of customers.
Introduction To Fermentation
During this hands-on workshop you will learn some of the basics of fermentation and have the opportunity to make some sauerkraut and kimchi to take home. You will learn how to safely sterilise jars and the difference between salting and brining. Please bring two clean jam jars or Kilner jars with you so that you can take home your fermented vegetables.
Date: Thursday 17th November
Time: 6:30 - 8 pm
Tickets: €58/ €52 for annual pass holders
Contemporary Dried Christmas Wreath Workshop
Make and take home a contemporary dried wreath foraged from Airfield Gardens. In this workshop, Vivienne Brophy, (link to bio) Airfield Gardens florist, will demonstrate and guide you in making a natural wreath made with foraged twigs, dried foliage, grasses and seed heads from Airfield Gardens to hang in your home at Christmas. Advice on making twig structure, selection and quantity of dried material, wire work techniques, finishing and decoration will be provided. Natural plant dyed ribbon will be provided or bring your own favourite ribbon to decorate. Date: 3rd December, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Price: €45/€40 for annual pass holders Vivienne Brophy BIO Vivienne Brophy, architect and florist, collaborates with Airfield Estate in the demonstration and teaching of sustainable floral design principles. Working alongside the Airfield garden team, and utilising their seasonal and organically grown spring bulbs, summer flowers, autumn seed heads and dried winter foliage as the basis for her floral displays. Inspired by a career researching and lecturing on architectural sustainability in UCD, Vivienne is dedicated to applying the sustainable principle of ‘less is more’ to floristry. She undertook the career floristry course in McQueens Flower School London.
ASD Friendly and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Friendly Christmas Experience
Enjoy a truly magical visit to The Christmas Experience 2022 at Airfield Estate, Dundrum.
After a busy year, our team of elves can’t wait to welcome you and yours to enjoy a fun-filled visit with Santa.
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Santa visits: Saturday 10th December 2022 (ISL Interpreter)
ASD-friendly Santa visits: Sunday 11th December 2022
Please only book these sessions if you require the additional supports
You’re invited to follow the adventurers Ida & Flick as they continue their journey to learn all about their Christmas dinner!
Having arrived home from last years global adventures on Christmas morning, Ida, Flick and Myrtle the turtle are excited for their Christmas dinner. As Ledgewood Cottage fills with delicious aromas, the inquisitive trio wonder why they only eat Brussels sprouts, Bronze turkey and plum pudding with Jersey cream at Christmas, so they decide to investigate!
Spend some time writing postcards in the Ledgewood Cottage library, before visiting Santa in Airfield House and taking delivery of your special gifts.
Following your visit to Santa use your trail map to track the trios’ adventures. Be prepared for a close encounter while planting sprouts in Brussels, before dropping into the Claus Café to enjoy complimentary, warm Jersey milk chocolate, and fragrant spiced mulled wine**
Dizzy from a spin (or two) on the Victorian carousel, you can fish for frozen sprouts before helping to stuff Bronze turkeys in the Elves Kitchen, using Aunt Kitty’s legendary recipe.
Enroute to the Spice Bazaar, sample some Jersey milk, plum pudding ice-cream before getting creative with a ‘crafty’ turkey!
Finally, before heading home, stop by Mrs. Claus’ workroom, or visit Santa’s woolshed and capture memoires of your adventures with a family photograph on Santa’s magical sleigh*
Let the adventure commence…
* Optional extra: cost of €10 per printed photograph, additional copies are €5.
** Over 18 years only.
This truly unique experience, set over 5-acres of mature garden in the environs of Airfield House will take approximately 60 minutes. Following your visit to Santa, the experience is primarily self-guided, allowing you to mingle and explore at your leisure. Santa’s elves will be on hand throughout to ensure you navigate the experience enjoyable. Almost 50% of the experience is set out-of-doors, so don’t forget to dress appropriately.
Fresh Foliage Christmas Wreath Workshop
Make and take home a contemporary fresh foliage wreath from Airfield Gardens. In this workshop, Vivienne Brophy, (link to bio) Airfield Gardens Florist, will demonstrate and guide you in making a contemporary foliage wreath from Airfield Gardens to hang on your door for Christmas. Advice on appropriate wire structure, mossing v. foam, selection, quantity and conditioning of foliage, wire work techniques, finishing and decoration, maintenance and watering will be provided. Natural plant dyed ribbon will be provided or bring your own favourite ribbon to decorate. Date: 18th December 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Tickets: €45/€40 for annual pass holders Vivienne Brophy BIO Vivienne Brophy, architect and florist, collaborates with Airfield Estate in the demonstration and teaching of sustainable floral design principles. Working alongside the Airfield garden team, and utilising their seasonal and organically grown spring bulbs, summer flowers, autumn seed heads and dried winter foliage as the basis for her floral displays. Inspired by a career researching and lecturing on architectural sustainability in UCD, Vivienne is dedicated to applying the sustainable principle of ‘less is more’ to floristry. She undertook the career floristry course in McQueens Flower School London.