Part of Experience Ards and North Down 2023. Click here to see the full programme.
A practical experience looking at preserving foods.
Would you like to roam in the natural environment of the Ulster Folk Museum to explore the seasonal cues of nature? What is growing right now? What does each plant offer? Which plants are you drawn to and why? Which wonders can we make and preserve from our foraged finds?
Join Dearbhla of The Cultured Club for this nature and seasonally focused workshop to retreat into the slower rhythm of life. Engage with nature and understand the beneficial impact this can have on our life, diet and general well-being.
During this unique and practical workshop in essential practices of the country kitchen, guests will look at different techniques used in preserving reviving traditions of the past with a modern twist.
Join this fascinating workshop at the museum as summer blooms to enjoy the environment, heritage skills and inspired learning whilst engaging with the past in a contemporary way.
Of the workshop, Dearbhla gives us further insight of what to expect on this fascinating experience:
"May offers such abundance as nature unfurls, blooms and shoots up from the earth.
Within a short distance of the leaving the diamond at the Ulster Folk Museum towards the rural landscape of the countryside walks, we find lots of plants growing in the hedgerows and wayside perfect for our seasonal remedy exploration.
We will learn of different plants to use as infusions and tinctures to soothe any summer ails or provide the energy boost we may need for these longer days.
Stopping along the way we will refresh with a foraged beverage and a demonstration with our foraged finds before returning to the Parochial Hall to continue to explore recipes made from fresh summer growth and blossom, preserving the abundance and joy of the season.
This workshop will be an engaged nature experience, with some hands on practical aspects and new tastes to appreciate the season."
All remedies and recipes will be presented post workshop via email to all participants.
Things to note
Meet at the ticket kiosk at the Ulster Folk Museum.
Minimum age is 12 yrs.
Under 18's must be accompanied by a paying adult.
This is a sampling taste- as- you- go workshop.T
This will event will take place outside in Ulster in May, so please dress prepared for all weathers.
Also some of the routes may be uneven under foot so please wear appropriate footwear.
Ulster Folk Museum has many historic buildings which aren’t completely accessible to visitors.
Due to the historic nature of their design, you’ll find uneven surfaces and stepped access to some of the older buildings and there are a variety of ground surfaces and hills around the rural parts of the museum, to be expected with it being an outdoor museum. The Ulster Folk Museum team will be there to provide assistance and guidance to anyone who needs it and mobility scooters or all-terrain wheelchairs can be booked in advance by emailing email@example.com or calling +44 (0)28 9039 5292.
With regards to the tasting workshop, please inform NMNI of any allergens by emailing Thomas Wells Thomas.Wells@nationalmuseumsni.org at the time of booking.
Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions apply.
By car: From Belfast City Centre, take the A2 towards City Airport/Bangor/Holywood, then keep left onto the Sydenham By-Pass A2. Follow the A2 for 3.7miles until you reach the museum on your left-hand side, just past the Culloden Hotel. For Sat Nav directions, please use postcode BT18 0EU. Parking is free and available for all visitors. Overflow parking is available in our lower car park as well.
By public transport: Train from Belfast/Bangor - disembark at Cultra Station. You will come across the Transport Museum first when you arrive, it is a 15 minute walk from there to the Folk Museum.
Bus - Take the 502a or the 502b Metrobus from either Belfast Waterfront or Lanyon Place Station in Belfast City Centre towards Cultra, Ulster Folk Museum. Disembark at Ulster Folk Museum and from there the 10 minute walk up to the museum is signposted. See Translink for timetables.
Online booking fee applies.
All details subject to change.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Ticket||£60.00 per ticket|
Booking fee applies.