Gradual reopening for Solstice Arts Centre as restrictions ease

Solstice Arts Centre and Theatre in Navan has been opening slowly and surely over the past month, with the coffee shop opening for take away, and an exhibition on show in the foyer.

From 10th May last, an exhibition by local artist Eileen O’Sullivan has been on show, of works made by the artist in 2020 and this year.

O’Sullivan is currently working from a studio in Dublin while participating in the Turps Banana Correspondence Mentorship Course, London, and will conduct an online session on her Solstice show this Thursday.

From next week, the centre is looking at setting up outside seating and tables on the courtyard, which will facilitate socially distanced outdoor dining, and with cinemas opening up, the Solstice will be able to utilise its surround sound screen for screenings.

As restrictions hopefully ease further into July and August, the centre will look at putting together a new programme.

Ashbourne theme park and zoo, Tayto Park, will open with its attractions with a limited capacity from Monday next, 7th June.

Founder Raymond Coyle said: "We are delighted to be given the go-ahead to re-open the Tayto Park theme park on Monday. We opened our zoo the end of April and were eagerly waiting for the go-ahead for all our theme park attractions to open.

“We ask all our guests to be patient, think of fellow guests and indeed Tayto Park staff to ensure everyone can have a great and safe day out visiting Tayto Park".

Initially, admissions to the theme park and zoo (pre-booked ticket only) will be at a reduced capacity in line with health and safety protocols

There will be no admission without a pre-booked ticket. Increased capacity will be reviewed in line with guidance.

Tayto Park is encouraging guests to adhere to all government guidelines regarding social distancing and has implemented enhanced procedures and protocols for guests which will take place before and during any visit, available from the Tayto Park website.

Temperature check teams will check the temperatures of every guest upon arrival to admissions. Tayto Park has increased the number of hand sanitiser locations available throughout the park. .

All guests must sanitise their hands when getting on and off each attraction. Protective screens will be in place at till points throughout the park and contactless payment is encouraged.

Additionally, Tayto Park employees have undertaken extra training regarding the best health, safety and hygiene practices including the implementation of an advance cleaning regime and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment

Protocols, procedures, an in-depth Q and A, and a list of opened attractions is available to view on

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