Shopping & Country Pursuits - it’s all happening here on the 30th October
There is going to be so much to see and do on the day and not taking from the racing which is front and centre. Make some time to browse and shop in our specially selected Shopping & Craft Village where there is everything from luxury clothing from Magee who are celebrating 200 years this year, diamonds from McDowells - the Happy Ring house, art in the making from John Fitzgerald, Wildlife photography, interiors for your home, country and sports wear to kids clothes and gifts and not forgetting something for your pooch!
As we are a very special country Fair there will be demonstrations on art of fishing and fly tying, gun dog retrieval and falconry. We are also to hear from Michael Goulding and his exhibition hive to see the busy honey bees at work and learn about the Irish honey bee as well as the Irish Deer Society.
So much for everyone including a great Kids Zone with crafts, bouncy castles, games and animals from the Agriaware Mobile Farm, complete with everything from chickens to cows.
Shopping Village Exhibitors to look forward to at the Point to Point & Country Fair at Dowth
1) Magee 1866
Established in 1866 as a small drapers shop in Donegal, buying and selling handwoven tweeds, internationally renowned Magee1866 are still designing and weaving luxury fabrics in Donegal – the ever-changing land and seascapes surrounding Donegal inspire colours and designs. Marrying the best of traditional style with the finest of yarns– cashmere, lambswool, alpaca, silk and linen, Magee 1866 clothing embodies heritage chic with a contemporary twist. See www.magee1866.com for more details.
2) Carol Sheridan Interiors:
Carol Sheridan of Carol Sheridan Interiors will be showcasing her wide range of luxury interiors, from soft furnishing and accessories to bespoke lighting, all with inviting country-chic elements. Peruse at your leisure, equestrian inspired and heritage-chic interiors, perfect for creating a cosy and inviting country home.
3) Mc Dowell’s Jewellers
Mc Dowell’s Jewellers, known and loved for their exquisite range of diamond rings, gold and silver jewellery, pearls and watches, will be showcasing some of their fine jewellery ranges and equestrian-themed accessories as they celebrate 145 years as one of Ireland’s leading Jewellers. See www.mcdowellsjewellers.comfor more details.
4) John Fitzgerald Art
John Fitzgerald, lives and works in Co Meath and has a keenunderstanding of the different techniques used in completing a design from initial concept sketches, observation, and studying 3 dimensional form. John’s work is in high demand in Ireland and the Uk, specialising in Equine scenes of all genres, he captures the perfect essence of any scene. In addition to exhibiting at the Dowth Point to Point & Country Fair, John will be painting live and capturing the action. See www.johnfitzgeraldart.ie for more details.
5)Siobhán English Photography:
At the Siobhán English Photography stand, browse through a wide variety of images and prints, specialising in horses and dogswhich best capture Siobhán’s love for hunting and country pursuits. Siobhán also takes private commissions and a sells a range of photographic accessories as part of her “Country Collection” See www.siobhanenglishphotography.com for more details.
Navan-based, Chislers children’s clothing and gift specialists have earned a loyal customer following over the past 20 years for quality children's clothing and toys. Known for brands such as Hatley Raincoats, Emile et Rose, A Dee and Mayoral, Chislers has something for every child, from specialist occasion-wear to stylish raincoats, perfect for outdoor fun! See www.chislersboutique.comfor more details.
7) Lucy O’ Gorman Ceramics
In her Willow Farm studio outside Slane village Lucy O’Gormandesigns and creates her unique ceramic pieces, drawing inspiration from her rural setting and the historical landmarks that scatter the Boyne Valley. A member and exhibitor in the Slane Craft Collective, Lucy’s pottery, ranges from functional, dishwasher and microwave safe crockery and tableware to sculptural and commissioned pieces. Lucy's own technique of using glass in her pottery gives her work a distinctive and vibrant effect.
8) Swaggles Hand Made Dog Collars:
Inspired by a love of dogs, art and design, to create unique products for dog lovers wanting something fun and funky, yet comfortable, practical and durable. All Swaggles collars, leads and accessories are handmade in Co Wexford. They have been extensively trialled and worn daily by energetic Border terriers and German Shepherds. Perfect for gifting or updating your pooch’s country-chic wardrobe, See www.swagglesdogcollars.com for more details.
9) Sticks By J.D.
Observe the craftsmanship and time honoured skills of John Daly Navan and his range of bespoke and hand crafted walking sticks.
10) Sports Den Navan:
Sports Den is one of the leading country sport specialist sports stores in Ireland. Stocking a wide range of brands including Barbour (featured image), Aigle, Hunter and Le Chameau Wellingtons, you will be stylish this winter, whatever the Irish weather decides to do. See www.sportsden.ie for more details.
The RDA (Riding For The Disabled) is an Irish Voluntary Organisation which offers the opportunity of therapeutic and recreational horse riding or carriage driving to any person, with a physical or intellectual disability. Benefits for riders and drivers who participate in this sport learn skills, increase their self confidence, improve posture, coordination and balance, improve their self awareness and ability to interact socially in a group, become more motivated to learn and achieve their personal goals and ambitions. Members from Meath branches of the Riding for the Disabled Assosiation will be generating awareness and selling cards and notebooks in the shopping area to raise funds. See http://rdai.org for more information.
Be sure to visit the animals at the Agriaware Mobile Farm, complete with everything from chickens to cows.
13) Gun Dog Retrieval Demonstrations with Champion trainer Séan Diamond:
Séan Diamond has been trialing labradors since 2008. Hecurrently has made up one Irish Field Trial Champion, Copperbirch Mandella, and have trained four Field Trial Winnersand has received numerous awards over the past 8 years for both field trials and working tests. Séan and his working dogs have represented Ireland at International team events including The World Cup, the CLA gamefair, Chatsworth and Anglesey in Wales. Over the course of these events Séan has had top Irish dog on five occasions with Field Trial winner “Doohooma Lad”.During the open season, while competing, Séan manages a team of dogs for picking up at driven shoots. To see Séan and his champion dogs at work, be sure to visit the Gun Dog Retrieval Demonstrations.
14) Flytiers Demonstation:
Learn about the art of fishing and fly tying with practical demonstrations.
15) The Irish Deer Society.
Set up to monitor legislation and activities of organisations which may impact on the Irish Deer, The Deer Society will be raising awareness about their organisation, deer habitats and best management practices. The Irish Deer Society are dedicated to improving the welfare of wild deer in Ireland.
16) Royal County Bee Keepers Assosiation:
Visit Michael Goulding and his exhibition hive to see the busy honey bees at work and learn about the Irish honey bee.
17) Newgrange Falconry
Meet the beautiful birds including a Golden Eagle from Newgrange Falconry and learn about the ancient art of falconry at the Newgrange Falconry exhibit.