The VIP List: Here’s what we’re loving this week

We’re well into the summer season now.

Even if the weather isn’t exactly, well, summery. We’re dodging rain showers between the tepid sunshine.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t have plenty to love. Here’s what we’re loving this week…

Digital Editor Bronwyn is loving…Barretstown’s Big Picnic

The annual Big Picnic is back and set to take place in Barretstown Estate, Co Kildare.

Not only is it a great day out, but it is also a way to support the life-changing work of Ireland’s largest and most established organisation providing therapeutic programmes to children affected by cancer and other serious illnesses.

There is a fantastic line-up of activities for all the family to enjoy from spectacular acts at Fossett’s Circus as well as magicians, trapeze artists, face-painting, and music. A pop-up Teddy Bear Hospital will also be on-site to nurse sick teddies back to health.

The Big Picnic takes place on July 16th between 11am and 4.30pm. You can find out all the details here.

Weekend Editor Sláine is loving…The Summer I Turned Pretty

If you didn’t have an adolescence filled with Jenny Han books then I’m afraid you really missed out!!

I devoured her books as a teen but although I’ve read and re-read her novels, the stories are finding a new way to live on, thanks to their big-screen adaptations.

The To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series was treated to a three-film adaption, and now The Summer I Turned Pretty series is getting its chance in the sun, thanks to a TV adaption on Prime Video.

The show’s first season premiered last year and was utter perfection. I don’t normally get excited about adaptions, the way I see it, if I already have a story I love in book form, then there isn’t really a need for a film or TV version. But I will be forever thankful I gave TSITP a chance.

The series did something most adaptions miss, capturing the atmosphere of the books, getting the sunshine-filled summer adventure vibes so right you can pretty much smell the suncream and ocean air. They perfectly recreated Susannah’s summer house, got the town of Cousin’s Beach just right, and the castings were just perfect.

They also made some great changes, focusing a lot more on the dynamics between other characters and not just Belly. It’s safe to say I’m a pretty big fan and have been waiting for season two all week. Now, it’s finally here and cannot wait to watch.

Digital Editor Bronwyn is loving…Sea-swimming


I have always loved the sea. Coming from a landlocked county was very unfortunate.

But at any chance I got I was in the water growing up. Especially as I spent my summers in West Kerry right beside the beach. Now as an adult we have rebranded beach days as sea-swims and I am obsessed.

I’ve spent some time in Antrim this summer, spending every morning in the water. I’ve gone surfing in Mayo. And, of course, I’ve made the pilgrimage to the Kerry sea and spent enough time in the choppy sea for my toes to turn blue.



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