Come along to the Ring of Gullion Lúnasa Festival 2021 and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, culture and heritage of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This festival is part of the Mourne-Gullion-Strangford Aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark of events and is funded by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. To find a full list of events visit www.ringofgullion.org.
This 3-hour workshop for adults or older children, takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Bluebell Lane Glamping, nestled at the foot of Slieve Gullion. Participants will learn to make a foraging basket using natural rope and locally-sourced driftwood. The skills learned can be adapted for home basket making using other materials, such as textile waste, yarn or natural plant materials. All materials are provided. You will learn simple basket making techniques and a level of dexterity (and patience) is required.
Each workshop is limited to 10 baskets to allow time for one to one help, however adults are welcome to bring an older child or other family member and make one together.
With berry baskets made, you might like to join the foraging class in the afternoon with Brian Hoey of Mountain Ways Ireland, or wait until September when Ring of Gullion’s forests and lanes are bursting with wild fruit. The group will be working under cover. Please bring along refreshments as it can get hot during August.
The basket making technique of twining has been used since ancient times to weave food-carrying vessels from vines, grasses and brambles. The ancient Celts were knowledgeable about the best plants to use and would have developed these important skills and their own traditional and personal styles.
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