Get Your Teens Cooking with Dublin Cookery School

As a parent of a pre-schooler I am yet to discover the wonders of what to do with him once the summer holidays hit. But I know enough mums and dads with children of all school ages who really dread the summer holidays and how they are going to keep them occupied enough not to hear the words “I’m bored”. Planning for the summer holidays is no doubt underway in some homes already. Well, parents of teens in and around Dublin who may be too old for traditional summer camps, I’ve got you covered. Why not get your teens cooking with Dublin Cookery School this summer on one of their Growing Gourmets courses.get your teens cooking with dublin cookery school

 

For quite a number of years now the Dublin Cookery School has run two week-long summer courses for teens aged between 12 and 16, both in June, in a bid to get them cooking and interested in getting into the kitchen more.

I became aware of these courses when a colleague of my mum’s mentioned that her son was too old for summer camps but was desperate to attend something like it. That’s where Dublin Cookery School came into play.

The aim of Growing Gourmets over the course of the week is to not only improve the teens cooking skills, but also introduce them to new techniques in the kitchen while discovering new tastes and recipes they can recreate at home.

This could be a win-win situation. As their confidence increases while mastering new skills, you could find the kitchen taken over and a range of new dishes being served up as they learn to make things like Soda Bread (my person favourite), Thai Meatballs and Lemon Drizzle cake.get your teens cooking with dublin cookery school get your teens cooking with dublin cookery school

Classes are small and held in a fun and relaxed environment where you can be guaranteed lots of one to one interaction between your teen and the friendly and supportive tutors. The programs are unique and could be just the ticket to start off the summer holidays for your teens. It’s like a summer camp with a food playground.

It’s also a great way to strike a balance between teaching your teens a great life skill while creating some fun-filled memories too. The teen son of my mum’s work colleague absolutely loved his week at Dublin Cookery School.get your teens cooking with dublin cookery school

There are two courses in June this year. The first is a four-day course (6th June) and the second is a five-day course (19th June), costing €250 and €295 respectively. Each day lasts from 10am until 3pm.

Lunch and a recipe book are provided, as are all ingredients, so there’s no need to worry about additional costs like sending ingredients or lunch/snacks with your teens. Dublin Cookery School is located in Brookfield Terrace, Blackrock, close to both the DART line and bus stops.

So, if you have a budding Jamie Oliver or Darina Allen, why not get your teens cooking with Dublin Cookery School this summer. BattleKid enjoys being in the kitchen with both myself and Lolo, a retired chef, and were he older, I’d be looking into something like this for him!

For more information about the course or to book a place for your teens, please visit the Dublin Cookery School website.

And what better way to get your teens cooking with Dublin Cookery School than with some supplies. The lovely people at Dublin Cookery School have kindly offered one of my Irish readers the chance to win a copy of From Lynda’s Table cookbook, the owner of Dublin Cookery School, and a Dublin Cookery School goodie bag too. To be in with a chance to enter, please click the widget below and follow the instructions. And good luck!Lynda's cookbook

Win a cookbook and goodie bag with Dublin Cookery School

Cath x

*All images have kindly been provided by Dublin Cookery School.

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to my Republic of Ireland readers only.
  • On winner will be picked at random and notified within 5 days.
  • The winner will receive their prize direct from the Dublin Cookery School.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • The prize is a From Lynda’s Table Cookbook and goodie bag which includes an apron and mitts, cookie cutters, decorative cupcake papers and icing nozzles to get you started with baking.
  • Competition closes on Thursday 25th May 2017.
  • Although this competition is broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.

Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

I’ve been lucky enough to have the chance to review two more adult puzzles from Ravensburger. The 1000 piece Used Car Lot puzzle was very enjoyable and easier to do than the previous 1000 piece I reviewed. I also reviewed a lovely 500 piece, A Day at the Beach. Both puzzles are aimed at those aged 10+ and both are easy enough to do.used car lot puzzle a day at the beach puzzle

Now that I’ve had the chance to complete and review them it’s time to let one of my readers win them. If you’d like to get your hands on both puzzles, simply follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck. Please note that both puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews. They are otherwise like new.

Win Two Puzzles from Ravensburger

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Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 4th May 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win both puzzles and receive them directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the puzzles have been opened and completed once for the purpose of the reviews.

Win a Family Day Pass to Geronimo 2017 Festival

Geronimo, the UK’s largest children’s festival, kicks off on 27th to 29th May 2017. Action-packed with more performances, activities and acts than in its previous two years, families can also enjoy camping on-site in the stunning grounds of Arley Hall, Cheshire for a fun weekend.geronimo 2017 festival

From the Geronimo Festival Circus to the legendary Justin Fletcher, Mr Bloom and Andy Day, there will lots of acts, performers and activities to keep the kids entertained for hours.geronimo 2017 festival geronimo 2017 festival

Guinness World Record holder Jez Avery will also be there performing his world class PRO BMX and Mountain bike Stunts at The Show Ground Arena, which I know BattleKid would love to see as he is bike mad, whether it be the cycling or motor type!

There will be a sound track to enjoy for all Geronimo festival goers from Mr. Wilson’s Second Liners, a New Orleans funeral street parade meets 90s club classics rave, to Rockin’ Rhinos ‘rocked-up nursery rhyme remixes.geronimo 2017 festival

Brand new to Geronimo 2017 is the Digital Zone, where older children can meet their favourite YouTubers and Gamers as well as try their hand at all the latest technology.

There will also be an inflatable assault course, Parkour workshops, plus the UK’s first fully mobile, interactive 30 metre-long trailer cave. Little monkeys can enjoy the four climbing towers and a digital traverse wall, and are sure to be pooped by the end of the day!geronimo 2017 festival geronimo 2017 festival geronimo 2017 festival geronimo 2017 festival

For Tiny tots there are signing classes and sensory activities, along with Little Learners, the award-winning messy play and mark making class. Younger children can get their groove on at Dance Baby Sling.

To keep everyone fueled throughout the festival, there will be a huge range of food stalls, artisan burger and wood-fired pizza vans, which I personally like the sound of. Even the fussiest of eaters will find something to ensure they can carry on enjoying the fun at Geronimo 2017!

For the first year ever families can now camp in the specially designed child friendly campsite. The campsite features both options to either bring your own tent, caravan or motorhome, or take advantage of the many glamping options. With the option of booking all the kit needed to camp and the promise to be pitched with friends regardless of group size or when you arrive, all that grown-ups need to worry about is making sure they get to see as much of the Geronimo Festival as they can.

Like the sound of all of that? Well, I have 1 Family Day Pass to attend the Geronimo 2017 Festival, either on Sunday 28th May or Bank Holiday Monday 29th May, on offer for one of my lucky readers. The winner will win a Family Day Pass to this year’s Geronimo Festival and are sure to have a jam-packed day of fun!

To enter simply follow the instructions in the competition widget below. And for further information about the Geronimo Festival and to book tickets, please visit www.geronimofest.com.

1 x Family Day Pass to Geronimo festival 2017

Good luck everyone!

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • 1 winner will win a Family Day Pass to either Sunday 28th May or Bank Holiday Monday 29th May 2017 for this year’s Geronimo Festival. The date must be specified at the time of confirming their prize.
  • A Family pass admits 4 people, one person in the group must be over 18 (NB children under the age of 2 years do not require a ticket).
  • Travel, parking and accommodation are not included.
  • There is no cash alternative, and the prize is non-refundable and non transferable.
  • ID will be required at the time of collecting the ticket wristband upon arrival.
  • Open to my UK readers only.
  • Competition closes on Thursday 20th April 2017.
  • The winner will be chosen at random and notified within 5 days of the end of the competition.
  • The winner will receive their tickets/instructions from Carousel PR to allow them to collect their wristbands upon arrival on their selected day.
  • Although this competition will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.

Mothers Day Gifts Giveaway

I recently wrote a post about some lovely, unique items I had found as ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. I was kindly gifted the items from the featured companies. However, I thought I would share this kindness with you, my readers. So, to celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday, I am giving away four of the items I received as part of my Mother’s Day Gift Guide, in my Mothers Day gifts giveaway. I have retained one as a present for my own Mum, as I couldn’t resist, and also the personalised gifts I created and ordered. Everything else featured is up for grabs.mothers day gifts giveaway

Included in this Mothers Day gifts giveaway is the Morning Sidekick Journal, two FARMERS Welsh Lavender products (perfect for popping in your handbag), a Maisie-Jane necklace lanyard and a Pretty Little Treat Bath Scents Gift Set, which is absolutely lovely, especially if you like all things vintage.

If you’d like to be in with a chance to win these items, then follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck!

Mother’s Day Gift Giveaway

 

Cath x

Please note: the items have been opened and photographed for the purpose of the gift guide post. They are otherwise like new.

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Thursday 30th March 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the complete prize and receive it directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the items have been opened the purpose of the gift guide blog post but are otherwise as new.mothers day gifts giveaway

Glittering Gemstones Puzzle from Ravensburger Giveaway

I was recently given the chance to review a 1000 piece Glittering Gemstones puzzle from Ravensburger and have reviewed it on the blog. This puzzle was certainly challenging and tricky but I completed it none the less. It is certainly the next level up from the previous 500 piece puzzles I have reviewed. And now it’s your turn.glittering gemstones puzzle

If you’d like to try and complete this 1000 piece puzzle from Ravensburger, then click through the widget below to enter to win it. Please note that the puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the blog review but is like new otherwise.

Glittering Gemstones Ravensburger Puzzle Giveaway

Best of luck and I’d love to hear back from the winner if they find it as challenging as I did!

Cath x

Terms and conditions:

  • Open to UK and Ireland.
  • Giveaway closes at 23.59GMT on Wednesday 29th March 2017.
  • One winner, chosen at random, will win the puzzle and receive it directly from me.
  • The winner will be notified within 5 days and will receive their prize within 28 days of the competition ending.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • Although this giveaway will be broadcast on my Facebook page, it is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook.
  • As mentioned the puzzle has been opened and completed once for the purpose of the review.