Upcoming Events near Bloomfield House

 A Victwardian Escapade a remarkably different hen party

Take a step back in time to bygone plasures ... a delightful mix of below-stairs industriousness and upstairs luxury. 
On arrival, everyone dresses as servants to do some of the household chores, perhaps prepare a a dessert, have a chamber pot race, light the fire etc., with the emphasis very much on fun rather than work.
Then move to the dressing room and everyone changes attire to become ladies before moving upstairs to the drawing room for some parlour games, a dance and of course the inevitable photoshoot.
Finish with afternoon tea in the dining room - where you have the honour of being the guests at a rather grand tea party.
Situated at Clonard House, 10 minutes from Bloomfield House Hotel.
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Belvederes Bat walks are in association with Bat Conservation Ireland

Next scheduled Bat walks is:

Saturday 14th September  2014 at 8pm
Saturday 1st November 2014 at 7.30pm
These Bat Walks begin with an illustrated talk on Bats, dispelling all of the myths and detailing just how marvellous these tiny mammals really are.  Followed by guided bat walk with use of Bat Boxes (which allows you to hear the bats, hunt, and communicate with each other) around Belvedere parkland.

Belvedere Scarecrow Festival

Belvedere's 4th Scarecrow Festival will be held over Halloween week from 24th October to 2nd November 2014.
On Hallowe'en Weekend Belvedere hosts it's second Scarecrow Festival with local schools, 
groups and indiviuals competing for great prizes.
Traditional Harvest Figures
Humorous Scarecrows
Celebrity Scarecrows
Scary-Horror Category Scarecrow
Complete Scarecrows are to be in Belvedere by 4pm on Thurs 23rd October 2014.

Belvedere Spook Trail

Fri 24th, Sat 25th, Sun 26th & Mon 27th October 2014
Spook Walk in the Forest of Fear. Guided walks through ghostly scenarios along a 1.5km trail trough the ancient whispering woods, including;
ScareCrow Garden, Middle Earth, The Fog, Terrifying Tree House, Bad Fairy Garden, Victorian Warped Garden and finally the Haunted Belvedere House where the Wicked Earl has returned from the otherworld at the feast of Samhain.

Belvedere Trick or Treat

Sunday 26th & Monday 27th October 2014
On Bank Holiday weekend Sun and Mon at midday  Belvedere hosts it's Trick or Treat Trail through the ancient whispering woodland where thousands of goodies are hidden on the 160 acre estate but be careful not to disturb the Yeti.

Belvedere Bird Dusk Chorus & Bat Walk 

Saturday 1st November 2014
Bird Watch Ireland Join with Alex Copland of Bird Watch Ireland as he guides the last bird walk of 2014;
enjoy the Dusk Chorus where Alex will discuss native bird species and give advice on feeding garden birds over the winter… this is an excellent opportunity to ask an expert on how to help our feathered friends through the winter.

Belvedere Food & Design Winter Fair 

Belvedere will once again host the Food & Design Winter Fair on Sat 22rd & Sun 23rd November 2014.
Enjoy this tasteful Christmas market and soak up the festive atmosphere.  
Meet family and friends at this delightful event.  
Marvel at the unique Christmas decorations, jewellery, textiles, handbags, artisan crafts, candles and soaps.
Tempt yourself with delicious food and stock up on all your Christmas essential goodies.
The  Fair commences at 10.00am on Saturday morning and will close at 6pm each day.  
Entry to the Fair and Belvedere House and Gardens is free all week.

Belvedere Christmas Floral Demonstration by Richard Haslam 

Wednesday 3rd December 2014
Over the course of his career, Richard has become one the country's best-known designer florists, claiming gold medals at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and Hampton Court Flower Show, as well as arranging flowers for the papal visit to Ireland and for visiting heads of state, 
including Presidents Clinton and Bush.
Door will open at 7.30pm for mulled wine reception; Floral demonstration will begin at 8pm. 
Bookings will open from 1st October 2014 on 044-9349060
Tickets are €12 each (€10 for Season Ticket holders) 

Mullingar Arts Centre Events 2014/15

The following is a calender of events at Mullingar Arts Centre.

Tickets/Info from MAC on 044 93 47777 or visit there website here 

Sweet Bird of Youth

Dates: 18/09/2014 to 20/09/2014
Fading Hollywood legend Alexandra Del Lago (aka Princess Kosmonopolis) flees the disastrous premiere of her comeback film. Travelling incognito, she seeks refuge in drink, drugs and the arms of Chance Wayne, an idealistic young dreamer turned gigolo. A trip to Chance’s hometown in a bid to win back his childhood sweetheart sees their relationship of convenience unravel in Tennessee Williams’ vivid and haunting portrait of the destruction of dreams.
Tickets-  €12/€10

The Chastitute

Dates: 23/09/2014 to 24/09/2014
Presented by Tusur- a new drama group comprised of Jobseekers and Community Volunteers.
The Chastitute play is based upon the character, John Bosco, a 53 -year-old bachelor living in rural Ireland. Keane’s play portrays Bosco’s experiences with the opposite sex. He is a bachelor farmer just searching for a plain decent woman to share his life with him. Due to some religious sexual guilt, lack of social skills and lack of opportunity Bosco has lived a life of celibacy – but he does endeavor to change his situation.
There are an array of characters in the production from drunken floozy women, playboys, Dubs, socialites, interfering missionaries and also some disco dancing locals played by.
Tickets €15/€12 Available 

The Gospel According to Elvis

Dates: 25/09/2014 to 25/09/2014
The Gospel According To Elvis Show is a unique concert featuring some of the best-loved spiritual songs performed by The King.
It was no secret Elvis was a spiritual man who loved gospel music. In fact three of his 14 Grammy nominations which appear in the show were for gospel recording You’ll Never Walk Alone, He touched Me and How Great Thou Art.
In this special show singer Gary Gibson takes to the stage as Elvis in what has been described by the show’s producers as “a powerful portrayal of Elvis” in an “unforgettable night of iconic music”.
Throughout the show audiences will also hear songs such as Swing Sweet Chariot in an inspirational and uplifting performance.
Gary, who is well known as one of the Europe’s foremost Elvis tribute singers, will be joined by the Bellaire Singers and Crawford Bell and The Memphis Showband.
Tickets- €20

Mullingar Musical Society presents Oliver!

Dates: 02/10/2014 to 11/10/2014
Mullingar Musical Society presents Oliver!
Mullingar Musical Society brings vividly to life the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more.
Join Oliver, Fagin, Nancy, the Artful Dodger, Bill Sykes and others as they guide us through Lionel Bart’s sensational score with such hits as Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, OomPahPah, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.
Oliver! is show for all the family with children in the cast, this timeless classic score looks set to fulfil expectations as always.
October 2nd, 3rd, 4th @8pm
October 5th @2.30pm
October 9th, 10th, 11th @8pm 
Tickets €16/€14

The Importance of Being Wilde

Dates: 16/10/2014 to 16/10/2014
Presented by Patrick Talbot 
Author of such classics as The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, The Picture of Dorian Gray and De Profundis, Wilde went from being a celebrated literary icon to being vilified and imprisoned and dying a broken man in exile...
This play takes audiences through the scintillating peaks and appalling lows of this unique life, and features extracts from some of his most celebrated works.
Tickets- €18/€16

Young-Choon Park

Dates: 17/10/2014 to 17/10/2014
The South Korean born pianist Young-Choon Park began the study of the piano at the age of four and gave her first full recital when she was seven. She played the Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine.
The young child prodigy studied at the Juilliard School in New York and later gained the highest masters degree at the Hochschule in Munich.
She has toured extensively, giving over 50 concerts each year in Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa and the United States. She makes many return visits to major concert venues including the Birmingham Symphony Hall, St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, Belfast Waterfront Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Lincoln Centre in New York, de Doelen in Rotterdam, Frits Philips Saal in Eindhoven, Athenaeum Hall in Bucharest, Tivoli Koncertsalen in Copenhagen, Gasteig in Munich, Musikverein in Vienna and the Troldhaugen in Bergen.
Tickets- €17/€15

The Fureys

Dates: 18/10/2014 to 18/10/2014
The Fureys have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall.
The Fureys are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk based music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls of the world and they credit their musical ability to their parents, Ted and Nora, who were well known musicians themselves. They encouraged their sons to play music from a very early age and there was live traditional music in their house almost nightly.
Their emotive songs stir many emotions….tears and laughter, sadness and joy.
 A Fureys concert is always a night to remember
Tickets- €25/€22

Mondays Child

Dates: 21/10/2014 to 22/10/2014
Presented by Branstorm Theatre 
Suitable for children 4+
This sensitive and exciting play tells a simple poetic story of the unique bond between an old woman and a young girl. It explores how we make and store memories, and how these shape who we are as we discover the world around us.
Monday's Child incorporates elements of both music and dance, two characters play joyously with a treasure trove of spurious memories which perhaps ultimately belong to them both.
21st October @ 9.45am & 11am
22nd October @ 10am &11.30am
Tickets €5

Conal Callen- A Bit on the Side

Dates: 24/10/2014 to 25/10/2014
Yes, after their last fantastic sell out performance Conal Gallen returns with his hilarious comedy play A Bit On The Side to The Mullingar Arts Centre on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October. 
All the action takes place in the household of Willie and Bridie Murphy, a couple who have fought the war of marriage for over 30 years. It's a love story unlike any other, wandering feet, wandering eyes, wandering's all here! Throw in a hapless TV repair man and a sassy insurance saleswoman and its a perfect recipe for comedy gold! 
So come along and see Bridie, Willie, Dick and Cynthia for their last visit to Mullingar. It's guaranteed to be a fantastic night, you will be laughing from start to finish! Early booking strongly advised.
Early purchase is advised. 
Tickets €25

The Great Hunger

Dates: 31/10/2014 to 31/10/2014
Presented by Terry O'Dea
Generally considered to be Patrick Kavanagh’s finest work, "The Great Hunger" sharply delineates a life of economic and imaginative privation. A large part of the hunger the poem describes is sexual; its protagonist is bachelor farmer Patrick Maguire who has spent years at his mother’s beck and call. When she finally dies aged 91, he himself is 65 and has missed the boat in terms of finding a wife and having a family of his own, a source of acute sorrow and regret to him.
Peter Duffy himself grew up on a small Monaghan farm so has a ready affinity for Kavanagh’s material which informs and shines through his absorbing interpretation of the work.
Tickets €18/€16

Jersey Boys

Dates: 01/11/2014 to 01/11/2014
Presented by Pat Egan 
A Celebration of The Jersey Boys
The Ragdolls will take you on a musical journey through the well known career of one of the most successful bands of all time Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
Having all listened to the classic songs such as Sherry, Walk Like A Man, Oh! What a Night and many more..... The Ragdolls recreate the iconic sound of the Jersey Boys.
By the end of the first half you will be "hanging on" to your seats and "beggin" for more!
This is a show you do not want to miss!
Tickets- €20/€18

Yesterday Once More. The Music Of The Carpenters

Dates: 07/11/2014 to 07/11/2014
Presented by David Hull Promotions
During their 14-year career, the Carpenters - Karen and Richard - recorded 11 albums, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and a television series.Together, they produced a distinctively soft musical style that lead them to become two of the best-selling music artists of all time.
This concert offers you the opportunity to relive all their classics in the company of Kim Dickinson and her band. As a young girl Kim was touched both by Karen Carpenter’s breathtaking voice and by the wonderful arrangements of The Carpenter’s beautiful songs.  The uncanny likeness of her voice to Karen Carpenters transports her audience back to the '70's as the delivers the songs that made The Carpenters famous such as 'Close To You', 'Superstar', 'For All We Know' and 'Top Of The World'.
A show guaranteed to delight Carpenters fans everywhere.
Tickets €20/€18


Dates: 08/11/2014 to 08/11/2014
Presented by David Hull Promotions
Yet even Count Dracula’s unnerving appearance and the frightened reaction of the local peasants fail to warn Jonathan Harker, a young man fromEngland, about his host.
Little does Jonathan know that this is a land where babies are snatched for their blood and wolves howl menacingly from the forest where reality is far more frightening than superstition.
What’s more, it’s going to be up to him to stop the world’s most bloodthirsty predator.
Using multiple cameras,backing screens, projections, surround sound and a newly commissioned score, this solo tour de force will make audiences scream. 
If you think ‘The Woman in Black’ was scary… be prepared to be petrified!
Tickets €18/€15

Robert Mizzell

Dates: 13/11/2014 to 13/11/2014
Presented by Tommy Swarbrigg 
Robert has made Ireland his home for over 20 years. He served his apprenticeship in Country Music since he first arrived here, and is now a top Country Artist in Ireland and the UK. He has released 9 solo studio albums and a full length DVD to date, and is constantly touring Ireland and the UK with his band “The Country Kings”. He was voted “Ireland’s Favourite Country Music Singer” earlier this year in a poll conducted by RSVP Magazine.
Tickets €20/€17.50

Donal Skehan- Kitchen Hero Two

Dates: 14/11/2014 to 14/11/2014
2014 is shaping up to be one hell of a busy year for Kitchen Hero Donal Skehan. He has not one but two RTE TV Series airing this year.  Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen starts in June and Donal’s Irish Feast airs this Autumn. If that wasn’t enough Donal is also the lead presenter on Junior Materchef on BBC 1 and his Grandmas Boy TV Show debuts worldwide on the Fox International Network later this summer.
Last year Donal was the first ever Irish chef to tour a ”live” cookery show around Ireland. He enjoyed himself so much he has decided to do it again! His Kitchen Hero Two Tour hits the road this November and will see him cook up delicious, everyday, simple HomeCooked meals live on stage, with lots of fun, loads of food and lashings of audience participation!
Apart from the tour, TV shows, blogs, video channels, magazines and god knows what else Donal's brand new food range, SKOFF Pies are now on sale in all good Irish supermarkets. 
Donal Skehan, Kitchen Hero Two, The HomeCooked Tour
Nationwide this November! 
Tickets- €20

Barbara Dickson

Dates: 19/11/2014 to 19/11/2014
Presented by David Hull promotions.
Barbara Dickson is one the most successful recording artistes of recent times. It is a career that has seen her achieve six platinum, eleven gold, seven silver albums and two Olivier awards for her work in the theatre. She is delighted to be touring Ireland with her talented keyboard player and vocalist Nick Holland. 
The  show features an eclectic mix of musical moods from classic singer-songwriter material, traditional music and some of Barbara’s ‘greatest hits’ including ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and ‘The Caravan Song’.
Tickets €25

The Midlands Toy Show: Live

Dates: 23/11/2014 to 23/11/2014
Right before the Late, Late Toy Show, the Mullingar Arts Centre is home to the Midlands' own toy show; and all for a good cause.
Tickets €12/€5

The Far Off Hill

Dates: 26/11/2014 to 27/11/2014
Presented by Nomad Theatre Network and Loco and Reckless Productions
Set in a sleepy town in rural Ireland, everything is set to change in the lives of Patrick Clancy and his three daughters. A looming eye operation, a daughter soon to leave for the convent,  the arrival of the young and devilishly handsome Pierce Hegarty, the gloomy presence of Harold Mahoney - the biggest moaner in Ireland - ever…
Will the Clancy household be able to withstand the pressure?
This revival of Lennox Robinson’s classic comedy from 1928 is given new life under the direction of award-winning Mikel Murfi (creator of The Man in the Woman’s Shoes).
Tickets- €18/€15

Phil Coulter

Dates: 28/11/2014 to 28/11/2014
Presented by Pat Egan
Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artistes of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the Boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones.
He has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of Great Irish Songs  - the anthems ‘The Town I Loved So Well’ and ‘Ireland’s Call’ and the haunting ‘Scorn Not His Simplicity’ and ‘Steal Away’.
Phil will be joined by his special guest Geraldine Branagan for an unforgettable evening of music & song.
Tickets- €25

Midland Wind Symphony

Dates: 30/11/2014 to 30/11/2014
Tickets €10

Mullingar Panto Group presents Sleeping Beauty

Dates: 04/12/2014 to 21/12/2014
Presented by Mullingar Panto Group.
Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil with Maleficent- who declares that before her 16th birthday she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. 
To try and prevent this, the King places her into hiding, in the care of 3 good-natured but not too bright fairies!
Fun for all the family.
Early purchase is advised to avoid disappointment.
Dec. 4th @7.30pm €10
Dec. 5th @ 7.30pm €15/€12
Dec. 6th @ 7.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 7th @ 2.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 11th @ 7.30pm €15/€12
Dec. 12th @7.30pm €17/14
Dec. 13th @2.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 13th @7.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 14th @14.30pm €17€14
Dec. 17th @7.30pm €15/€12
Dec.18th @7.30pm €15/€12
Dec.19th @7.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 20th @ 2.30pm €17/€14
Dec. 20th @ 7.30pm €17/€14
Dec 21st  @2.30pm €17/€14

ABBA Forever

Dates: 07/12/2014 to 07/12/2014
It’s been a long wait, but well worth it, to see ABBA Forever, The Show back in Mullingar Arts Centre. They were a sensation when they first visited us. Quite simple, the best ABBA voices you will hear anywhere!
It’s always party time when ABBA are about, but when it’s the 40th anniversary of their launch on to the world stage at The Eurovision Song contest,  then that’s a real excuse for a party! Every favourite is here. Not to be missed.
Get your glad rags on, brush up on the lyrics, don the dancing boots and come to the best party in town!
Tickets €15/€12.50

Vladimirs Viennese Christmas

Dates: 15/12/2014 to 15/12/2014
Join Vladimir as he adds a festive glow to some of the most beautiful classical melodies from the Romantic era, together with a flurry of seasonal evergreens to get you set for the most wonderful time of the year. Hear perennial favourites like In Dulci Jubilo and Little Road to Bethlehem.
Also performing on stage will be special guest stars, soprano Claudia Boyle, tenor Sean Costello as well as Vladimir’s musically gifted family - The Jablokovs. With music from the Strauss Family, Franz Lehar and Christmas songs you know and love, this is the perfect start to the holiday celebrations.
Having featured on The Late Late Show and Nationwide, and guested on RTE Lyric, Radio 1 and Today FM, Vladimir's charming personality and instrumental virtuosity have already made him a firm favourite all over the country. Don't miss this one night only opportunity to kick off Christmaswith him and his magical music.
Tickets €25/€23

Red Hurley & His Musicians- O Holy Night

Dates: 23/12/2014 to 23/12/2014
O Holy Night is a magical evening of Seasonal, Christmas and Spiritual favourites starring Irelands Greatest Ever Voice, Red Hurley, with his musicians. 
For this special Christmas show Red & His Musicians will perform their interpretation of such seasonal classic as Silent Night, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, When A Child Is Born and many others. Red will also sing a selection of his favourite Spiritual Hits such as Something Inside So Strong, How Great Thou Art, The Living Years and many more.
O Holy Night starring Red Hurley is the perfect way to start off a musical festive season!
Tickets- €20/€18

Flash Harry

Dates: 28/12/2014 to 28/12/2014
Presented by David Hull Promotions 
Queen formed in 1971 and their music has rocked the world across every continent since then. When it comes to a night of rock defining entertainment, there is no better tribute than ‘Flash Harry’. 
The band has entertained audiences across Ireland, UK and America for twenty years. For one night only ‘Flash Harry’ recreate the magic of Queen so come and party to classic tracks including ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘I Want To Break Free’, ‘A Kind Of Magic’ and ‘Radio Ga Ga’ – a guaranteed good night out.
Tickets- €17/€14

The Showband Show

Dates: 10/01/2015 to 10/01/2015
Presented by Tommy Swarbrigg promotions. 
Tickets €25
Irelands most popular Showband Show.
Now in its 5th year this show is a complete sell out right around the country and booking will be heavy, so get your tickets fast! 
This is the BIGGEST and BEST line up yet!
RTÉ’s Ronan Collins as host and compère, singing his renowned tributes to The Great Joe Dolan and Dickie Rock and more!
Roly Daniels - a living Legend of showbiz for the past 40 years. Roly is one of the most successful artists in his adopted home of Ireland. The recipient of many lifetime achievement awards, Daniels has recorded such hits as "Hello Darling", the "Fighting Side of Me", "Sunny Tennessee", "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and "Mr. Jones". Initially performing with the Memphis Showband, he later played with the Nevada Showband for many years and then went out on his own and became a huge solo star!
Eileen Reid - Quite simply the biggest female vocalist of the Showband era, her smash hit songs “Are You Teasing Me” and “I Gave My Wedding Dress Away” remain the most requested songs of the period and The Cadets Showband were one of the biggest of all, for many years. She comes out of retirement to join the show for the very first time. A real treat for Showband fans everywhere.
Paddy Cole - Back in the show this year by overwhelming popular request. Was with the Capitol Showband and The Big Eight, but went on to become a household name in his own right. Multi instrumentalist and entertainer supreme!
Lorraine McDonald - one of the brightest talents to emerge from the latter days of the Showband Boom. Ex The Showband Show. A multi talented musician and vocalist and daughter of Joe Dolan trumpet player, Frankie McDonald.
The Conquerors Showband - One of the greatest Showbands of them all and still packing them in everywhere they go. The Galway boys sang “Baby Blue” and many more.
Tommy and Jimmy Swarbrigg -  Eurovision stars who performed for Ireland in 1975 and 1977. 20 hit records throughout their career, including “Looking Through The Eyes Of A Beautiful Girl” If Ma Could See Me Now” It’s Nice To Be In Love Again” “That’s What Friends Are For” etc.  The very first showband singers to write and record all of their own material.
The show’s exciting finale is an ALL Cast Salute to the Showband Era - all of the stars join in for a medley of songs from the unique Showband Years!  Bringing you back in time to this magical musical period.