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John Saul Picnic, 3rd August 2015

August 07, 2015

Falling in love… the old fashioned way

Yes… we fell in love with the John Saul Picnic, the old fashioned way. We explored, we had fun and we fell in love with every part of the day… 


The rain stopped, the blue skies arrived and even the sun came out just in time for the John Saul Picnic and Vintage Fair 2015 over the August bank holiday weekend. Lots of happy smiling faces came out to enjoy the day. There is something very special about driving up the long driveway to Castlemartyr Resort, it truly is a little piece of heaven. This time we were greeted with smiling faces, heavenly smells, vintage carousels, music and lots of laughter. As soon as we set eyes on the festival, we knew we were going to have an amazing day and we couldn’t wait to get out to explore. It truly is a great day out, not only for all vintage lovers but it is a great day out with family and friends. There were lots to do throughout the day including threshing, field games, pottery, amusements and lots more. The front paddocks of Castlemartyr Resort transformed into a festival of entertainment and events.

We couldn’t help it, our noses brought us straight to the amazing food stalls. The scrumptious smells drifted around the lawn and drew us in. We were spoiled for choice with all the different food stalls to tickle your taste buds. Stir Fry, hot dogs, burgers, gourmet sausages, delicious roasts etc. Onto dessert… they knew how to win our heart! They even catered for our sweet tooth with ice creams, crepes, donuts and chocolate… the list is endless. Each treat was as delicious as the next. We saw a few people treating themselves to the Castlemartyr Picnic Afternoon Tea with a selection of the regions foods and drinks. Now that was a great idea. Next year, I will have to bring some of my friends and enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn with them.

It was great to see families enjoying their food and picnics, while relaxing on a blanket or hay bales on the lawn. What more could you want… the perfect family day out, relaxing in the sunshine, devouring sublime food while the kids dance and play around the hay bales. Perfection.


I have a soft spot for vintage gems so the ‘Le Chat Noir Vintage Fair’ was a real treat for me. A vintage heaven that consisted of the perfect combination of vintage, retro fashion, home items and antiques. We could have spent all day admiring all the amazing gems at the stalls. We also admired the art gallery, which lay beside the ‘Le Chat Noir Vintage Fair’. A mixture of paintings and photography took our breath away. The style as you walked around the vintage stalls was something you could not miss. A touch of elegance and vintage all in one. It was a great idea to give prizes for best dressed as it allowed people to go all out and dress up for the day. The winners of best dressed was an amazing little girl who was dressed to perfection in beautiful vintage style winning best dressed junior, along with the lady in red who won best dress lady and not forgetting the man who won best beard!


We are all big kids at heart so one of our favourite parts of the picnic was the Teddy Bear Hospital. Your little ones brought in their teddy bear and the nurse stitched it back up or put a bandage on it and made it all better again. The expressions on the little kids faces at this stall were just priceless. Sometimes the little things steal the show and this most certainly stole the show at the year’s festival. Both big kids and little kids would agree.


The horse and carts was another item, which captured our interest. There is something about these that just makes a vintage festival. It’s like going back in time and entering a world of elegance and tranquility. There were displays taking place all day on the lawn, while also having an old-fashioned country race on the back of the lawn. It was truly amazing to see the race through the fields and even through the water. It was something very different and new to this year’s festival.


There was truly something for all ages, including a sports day, puppet show, vintage cars, horse drawn carriages, a pottery station and even a vintage heaven of wonderland inside. Vintage cars were very popular throughout the day. We fell in love with a few and we even think we found our new OnTheQT car!!

History Lesson! Sometimes you go to these events and enjoy the day but you forget the story behind them. We decided to fill you in a little:
-> One of Castlemartyr’s most famous sons, Irish horticulturalist John Saul was born in Castlemartyr in 1819 and went on to have an influential and successful career as a highly respected horticulturalist in Washington D.C. His grandfather, Barnabas Saul, and father, James Saul, had worked as gardeners on Castlemartyr Estate too, so to celebrate that connection with Castlemartyr Resort’s magnificent gardens, the 3rd Annual John Saul Picnic & Vintage Fair at Castlemartyr Resort most definately put those same gardens to the best possible use!

What made they day even better was the fact money raised was going towards a great cause. The day was in aid of ‘My Place’, Midleton and money raised goes towards a local initiative set up to build a youth café and community facility. It was a perfect day of happiness in a perfect location.

A day full of adventures, smiles, vintage gems and most of all love… yes we fell in love with this festival and we cannot wait to go back again next year.

Fall in love the old fashioned way…

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