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RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE PRESENTS

A WILDE CHRISTMAS A spectacular programme of yuletide events inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 'Stories for Children'

NOVEMBER 30TH TO DECEMBER 22ND Book your Christmas experience now at www.eventbrite.com


A WILDE CHRISTMAS Russborough House is transformed this Christmas into a winter wonderland. With an array of attractions including spectacular house tours, a Christmas market, art, theatre, craft and music events, there is something for all the family. This year’s decor is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s Stories for Children and we are very lucky to host an exhibition of original illustrations by P J Lynch, come along on December 8th to meet the artist. The Happy Prince, Selfish Giant and the Nightingale and the Rose all feature in our displays. Book early for your choice of house tour, visit our exclusive gift shop and sample the festive menu in the cafe. House tours – Saturday & Sunday, every hour from 11am-5pm. Monday to Friday, every hour from 12pm-4pm. Family tour at 3pm daily and 11am weekends, twilight tours at 4pm and 5pm (weekends only).

FAMILY TOUR

TWILIGHT TOUR

Our guides will lead you on a

As night falls, experience our

festive adventure through

enchanting Christmas Twilight Tour

Russborough’s elegant interiors on

at 4pm each day and an additional

a fun and child-friendly tour.

tour at 5pm on Saturdays and

Introduce children to the classic

Sundays. Enjoy a mince pie, mulled

tales of The Happy Prince and The

wine or hot chocolate in the cafe

Selfish Giant as well as learning

beforehand and browse the

about Christmas traditions in

exclusive decorations in the gift

bygone times. Family Tours 3pm

shop while you discover the magic

each day with additional family

of Christmas at Russborough.

tours at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays.

GIFT SHOP

TEA ROOMS Russborough’s cafe looks so welcoming on wet and dark days and is the perfect place to while

We have a wide selection of

away the afternoon in the warmth

beautiful and exclusive products in

before your house tour. As evening

our shop, including decorations

approaches it takes on a lovely

inspired by our theme. With limited

glow all to itself. With mince pies

quantities available, our unique

and mulled wine as well as

decorations are sure to sell out in a

delicious seasonal dishes on the

flash. Grab your baubles today and

menu, we invite you to indulge

be a trend setter this Christmas.

yourself with a Christmas treat. To

Open each day from 10am-5pm.

discuss group bookings phone: 045-857497. Open each day from 10am - 5pm.


NOVEMBER 30TH 3PM CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCHING ON EVENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH KALEIDOSCOPE

The magic of Christmas will descend on Russborough on Saturday November 30th when the lights on our tree are officially switched on. Sponsored by Kaleidoscope, one lucky child will be selected to push the button - just pop your name in the hat on arrival! Our Christmas house tours begin on the 30th so why not combine this event with a preview of the house.

DECEMBER 1ST CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP

Block Print Workshop inspired by the Wilde Stories for Children with Me and The Moon. Join us for a very special process art workshop celebrating A Wilde Christmas at Russborough. 5-8 year olds: 2-3pm | 9-14 year olds: 3.30-4.30pm | 1 hour workshop:

€8 
(online

special) or

€10

(at the

door) Book online at www.meandthemoon.ie. Call (01) 202 1522 or email info@meandthemoon.ie

DECEMBER 6TH & 13TH - 11.30AM RHSI WILD WREATH-MAKING WORKSHOP

These workshops will teach you to design and create your very own custom wreath. Organised by Karen Robinson, RHSI member and chair of AOIFA, with expert advice on sourcing wild material and professional tuition. Two-hour workshop,

€45

pp with materials

included, limited availability. Combine with a house tour for

€55.

DECEMBER 6TH - 7PM AN EVENING WITH OSCAR WILDE

Written and performed by thespian Richard Lynch, this is a unique introduction to the works of Oscar Wilde. Enjoy his sparkling humour and wit, tinged with a certain pity and sadness, learn about his life and loves and leave enchanted. Tickets house tour for

€25.

€15.

Combine with a

PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES ALONG WITH A FAMILY OR TWILIGHT TOUR BOOK NOW ON EVENTBRITE.IE


DECEMBER 7TH HIPPODROME CHRISTMAS MARKET

Join us in the hippodrome between 12pm and 4pm and see it transformed into a festive Christmas market. Pick up some Christmas presents, enjoy a mince pie or two, get your face painted and visit Santa, all while supporting the campaign for a Community Pool for West WIcklow. This is sure to be a busy day so book your house tour early.

DECEMBER 7TH & 15TH LAMBERT THEATRE'S GINGERBREAD MAN PUPPET SHOW

In this age-old tale, Miriam Lambert (of the late lamented Lambert Puppet Theatre in Dublin) brings her unique and creative style of puppetry to Russborough. A theatrical joy for children and adults alike. Two performances on each of the days at 12pm and 2pm. Tickets

€5.

Limited availability. Why not combine with a

family tour at 11am or 3pm?

DECEMBER 8TH, 3PM P J LYNCH - ILLUSTRATIONS FROM OSCAR WILDE’S STORIES FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER FAVOURITES.

Join us for the official opening of this exhibition of original artwork from Stories for Children, the wonderful illustrations which inspired our theme. P J is one of Ireland’s best known illustrators and was Laureate na N’Og from 2016-18. Free event. DECEMBER 14TH 11AM - 12PM FAMILY WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SARAH WEBB, WRITER AND CHAMPION OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS Join Sarah Webb at Russborough for this fun, interactive story workshop: Big House Tales - Family Story Generator. Are your family story fit? Can you create crazy characters and plot fiendishly difficult plots? You’re about to find out! There will be creative thinking, drawing and lots of fun. Come with ideas and enthusiasm and leave with your very own family story.

€25

per family of 4 (to a maximum of 30 people)

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2PM - 4PM WRITING AND ILLUSTRATING FOR CHILDREN & GETTING PUBLISHED WITH AWARD-WINNING CHILDREN’S WRITER, SARAH WEBB. Want to write or illustrate for children but don’t know where to start. This workshop is for you. Come with questions and leave with answers. During the workshop we will cover: an overview of the world of children’s books – including word count, layout (for picture books), genres and age groups; creating compelling characters; plotting and the story arc; rewriting and editing; illustrating a picture book - do you need to provide the pictures as well as the text? (the answer is no - find out why); the world of agents, editors and children's publishing, and much more. A maximum of 15 participants.

€40.

€30

pp, combine with a house tour for

DECEMBER 14TH NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND/ APOLLO PROJECT WORKSHOP Creativity, education and wellbeing are at the heart of Apollo Project, with an emphasis on collaborating and partnering with young people to co-create vibrant and fun experiences. A Wilde Christmas at Russborough is inspired by stories and what better story to tell this year than the story of Photography. Moment in Time:

A Legacy of Photographs | Works

from the Bank of America Collection presents iconic photographs which explore the history of photography at the National Gallery of Ireland. This treasure, unknown to many, is a chance to see first-hand, incredible 3D images and videos of black and white photography, as well as portraits of iconic people in history, all taken by Sir Alfred Beit himself. Come and enjoy this unique tour celebrating photography, take photos while you’re here of the festively decorated house and even share a warm drink and mince pie to finish off this festive event. Max 20 tickets available,

€5

per ticket (refreshments

not included). Advance booking required 15TH DECEMBER - 6.30PM WEST WICKLOW VOICES CHRISTMAS CONCERT West Wicklow Voices is led by conductor Conor O’Reilly and have performed with an eclectic array of singers and musicians. Tickets House Tour for

€35.

€25.

Combine with


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

30 01 06

06 07 07 08

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCHING ON EVENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH KALEIDOSCOPE

CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOPS WITH ME & THE MOON

RHSI WILD CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

13 14 14

RHSI WILD CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP

FAMILY WRITING WORKSHOP WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHOR, SARAH WEBB.

CHILDREN'S BOOK ILLUSTRATION & WRITING WORKSHOP WITH CHILDREN'S AUTHOR, SARAH WEBB.

AN EVENING WITH OSCAR WILDE

HIPPODROME CHRISTMAS MARKET - WEST WICKLOW POOL INITIATIVE

LAMBERT THEATRE'S GINGERBREAD MAN PUPPET SHOW 12PM AND 2PM

PJ LYNCH ILLUSTRATIONS FROM OSCAR WILDE’S STORIES FOR CHILDREN AND OTHER FAVOURITES.

14 15 15

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND/ APOLLO PROJECTS WORKSHOP

LAMBERT THEATRE'S GINGERBREAD MAN PUPPET SHOW 12PM AND 2PM

WEST WICKLOW VOICES CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Bookings for all events at www.eventbrite.com


NOV 18TH TO DEC 22ND

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ARE YOU A WILDE CHILD? FIND OUT AT RUSSBOROUGH'S SPECTACULAR YULETIDE EVENT INSPIRED BY OSCAR WILDE’S 'STORIES FOR CHILDREN' SPECIAL

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OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF OUR CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME KALEIDOSCOPE LIGHTS UP CHRISTMAS SATURDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - 3PM TO 4PM Arrive from 3pm and pop your name in the hat, join in the Christmas carol sing-along, tour the house, enjoy a hot chocolate or get a sneaky peek at the Christmas gift shop while waiting to see if you’re the lucky name that gets selected to light up the Russborough tree.There’ll be a free draw with lots of wonderful prizes (hint – it’s sponsored by Kaleidoscope!) DEC 1 - OSCAR WILDE'S 'STORIES FOR CHILDREN' BLOCK PRINT WORKSHOP DEC 7 - VISIT SANTA, FUN & FACE PAINTING AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET DEC 7 & 15 - LAMBERT THEATRE'S THE GINGERBREAD MAN PUPPET SHOW DEC 14 - BIG HOUSE TALES INTERACTIVE FAMILY WRITING WORKSHOP

NOV 30TH TO DEC 22ND Book now on eventbrite.com

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Wilde Christmas at Russborough House  

Russborough House and Parklands present a spectacular programme of yuletide events inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 'Stories for Children'.

Wilde Christmas at Russborough House  

Russborough House and Parklands present a spectacular programme of yuletide events inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 'Stories for Children'.

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