Foraging Workshop (Sold Out)
On this workshop, you will explore the hedgerows to learn how to identify wild plants and forage for wild food on the estate. Our guides will take you around the estate showing you how to sustainably harvest what you find and give you some tips on what to look out for at different times of the year. In the second half of the workshop, you will use what you have foraged to prepare a simple snack and a herbal brew.
Nose to Tail Butchery Masterclass
A hands-on demonstration by master butcher Rick Higgins from Higgins Butchers. He’ll be showcasing a selection of cuts and focusing on the forgotten and often cheaper cuts of lamb. Luke Matthews, Airfield Estate’s Culinary Lead will be joining the class to showcase a selection of recipes and knife skills and you’ll also get tasters of what he prepares throughout the evening.
Basketmaking Workshop (Sold Out)
In this beginner basket-making course, Ronan and Elaine from Newgrange Willow Design will introduce you to the basic techniques and skills of willow weaving with step by step instructions. You’ll get to choose your own design of basket and get to make your very own masterpiece to take home!
Mother's Day Lunch
Spoil mum with a day out and a delicious lunch from Overends Kitchen this Mother's Day. Choose from a 2 or 3-course lunch which we'll be serving to the tables. You’ll enjoy a choice of starters, mains and desserts and as always, we’ll be showcasing the incredible bounty of seasonal produce from Airfield Estate.
Meadow Flowers & Summer Annuals
Annual flowers are the perfect way to add summer colour to your garden. Why not join Colm as he conducts a hands-on workshop on the annual flowers we grow at Airfield. During this course, Colm will teach you how to sow annual meadows, as well as annual flowers for the summer garden. Colm will share is favourite annuals to grow and give you all the information you require to ensure your annuals succeed.
If you've a young gardener at home, this is the perfect class for them! Set over 2.5 hours, Young Growers will be hands-on learning of what we grow at Airfield, what’s in season, taste different herbs and fruits whilst getting their hands dirty. Classes are suitable for 5-8 year olds and offer a are relaxed and fun way to learn about gardening from a young age.
Is your little one a budding chef or do they love to help out in the kitchen? If so, then our kids’ cookery classes might be right up their street! Set over 2.5 hours, they’ll begin by exploring what’s growing in the garden and then move indoors to cook up their dish. Classes are suitable for 8-12 year olds of all abilities and are relaxed, fun and hand’s-on.
Seed to Supper: Annual Edibles
Nothing is more rewarding than growing, harvesting and eating your own healthy, nutritious food. In this workshop, Kitty will focus on ten essential annual edible crops, from seed to harvest, that thrive in our Irish climate. This hands-on workshop will cover seed sowing, multi-sowing, direct sowing, pricking out, potting on, transplanting, crop cultivation and harvesting.
Explorers Science Camp
Science campers will spend a week taking on the role of a scientist, whilst at the same time, exploring the farm, gardens and natural habitats at Airfield. Perfect for inquisitive little ones, think experiments with crazy concoctions, making rain resistant shelters and building and construction. Camps are suitable for kids from age 5
Forest campers will spend the week outdoors and develop their connection with the natural world. Using Forest School principles, campers will explore the native areas of Airfield and be trained in new skills like fort building and food foraging. If you know a kid who loves nature and exploring this is the camp for them.
Campers will spend the week out and about exploring the gardens, farm and natural habitats at Airfield. Camp goers will search for mini-beasts, get to know all the animals, sow seeds and take part in loads of fun activities. This is a fun packed week for kids from 5 and up
Forest Skills Camp
Forest schoolers will use tools to build shelters and wooden crafts. They’ll forage for flora and fauna, create natural art pieces and take part in outdoor games. This course is ideal to aid confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning in a natural and safe setting.
Afternoon Garden Tea
It’s said that flowers make people feel better, happier and more helpful (Luther Burbank) and when served in the backdrop of Airfield House overlooking The Walled Garden with the most delectable afternoon tea treats you know you’re onto a good thing. Experience an Airfield Afternoon Garden Tea where each menu is inspired by the seasonal produce from the Estate.
Are you interested in keeping bees and having your own honey, but don’t know where to start? Join local beekeeper Brian O’Toole from Leinster Honey for our two-day weekend workshop giving an introduction to the fascinating world of bees. Learn about colonies, the hive structure plus much more! As part of the workshop, we will have a live bee colony on display so you will be able to see up-close inside the colony. Dates: 11th – 12th May 2019, 6th – 7th July 2019 Time: 10 am – 1.30 pm daily Price: €90 / Members price: €82
Summer Container Gardening
Regardless of your living location container gardening is a great way of adding colour and produce to a small space. During this workshop, Colm will focus on equipping you with all the knowledge needed to grow a successful container garden. Colm will share with you information on growing mediums, plant selection and maintenance practices that will help ensure your containers perform better for longer.
Perfect for animal lovers and outdoor explorers, each class will focus on the farm animals at Airfield. Set over 2.5 hours, Young Farmers will take part in practical learning and understand how all our resident animals are cared for. Classes are suitable for 8-12 year olds of all abilities and are relaxed, fun and hand’s-on.
Grow Your Own Garnish
Organic Herbs, Edible Flowers and Micro-Greens A garnish on a plate or in a tipple is like icing on the cake! It is super fun, easy, health-boosting and cost effective to grow your own and they do not require much space. In this workshop, Kitty will focus on sowing, growing, propagating, harvesting and using herbs and edible flowers, from the usual to the unusual. There will be a practical demo on growing nutrient dense micro-greens where participants will sow their own tray to take home. This workshop is guaranteed to not only jazz up your garden, patio or windowsill, but to put that extra 'grow your own' zing into summer entertaining.
Midsummer Vegetable Gardening
The thought of casting your mind forward to winter may seem slightly bonkers as we celebrate midsummer but now is the time for successional sowing and to plan your winter vegetable garden. In this workshop, top organic food grower Kitty Scully will focus on managing and maintaining an organic vegetable plot right through the summer months and share her passion for extending the season to ensure your organic garden provides nutrient packed pickings throughout the four seasons.
Field to Fork Camp
On our Field to Fork camp, children will spend the week exploring the route that food takes from the farm and garden to the table, and will put their knowledge into practice by cooking some delicious dishes. Our education team will lead campers around the estate so they can discover where milk and meat comes from and what’s growing in our food gardens. They'll encourage campers to taste new foods, use their senses to learn about fruit and vegetables and prepare healthy snacks. Age 5-8 Camp: 17-21 July | 12-16 August Age 8-12 Camp: 19-23 August After Camp Care means your child can stay at Airfield until 5.30 pm! Cost: €75 for 5 days
Produce Of The Hive
Spend a half day in the company of our Beekeeper Brian O’Toole and learn specifically about different types of Honey that can be produced, the methods of production and all about Honey (Including the recently much publicised Superfood that is Irish Heather Honey ). Get to taste these different Honey types and learn also about the other valuable produce of the Hive, pure Beeswax and medicinal Propolis.
More Veg Workshop
If you’re looking for some fresh ideas about how to bring more vegetables into your weekly diet, join us for our More Veg Workshop with Luke Matthews. He’ll be showcasing a selection of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner plates with lots of samples of each for you to try.
September is the perfect time to reflect on the gardening season past and plan for the following season. During this interactive workshop Colm will take you through a tour of Airfields gardens and share with you information on the best performing plants in the gardens. This workshop will also focus on bulb planting and sowing green manures, both essential jobs that are completed in the gardens during the Autumn period.