Moat’s Art Hub

The Moat Theatre hosts a vast range of community and arts based programmes.  Many are weekly events, others slightly less frequent.

Please keep an eye out for new additions to our programmes, and please, if in doubt, ring or email to confirm  


Adult Art Classes

10.30am – 12.00am

Every Tuesday from 10.30am at the Moat Theatre.
Paint for pleasure ! All levels welcome !

More information: Fidelma Barton 0872301310 or Sarah Gallagher 0876618505



Art Class

Humpty Dumpty Baby and Toddler Playgroup

Every second Tuesday 10am – 11.30am

Some free play and meet local parents and guardians for a chat and a coffee.

More information: Jean Rowan 0872992751 or by Facebook (Cuidiú Naas)


Creative Journalling Club

12.00pm – 1.00pm

Every Tuesday from 12-1pm at the Moat Theatre. Relax and take time out with like minded people while you make art or write in your journal or bring along your own craft and create together. Suitable for beginners.

If journaling is not your thing and you are working on some other creative project, please come along and create alongside us. If you don’t want to create at all join us for the chat.

This is a welcome space for all 💕

Mary Power Cooney’s Theatrics

From 3.00pm

Mary Power-Cooney’s Theatrics is based at Naas’s fantastic Moat Theatre.

The theatre group was set up in 2001 to introduce young children to poetry and play-acting. Over the years, it has metamorphosed into a theatrical tour de force. Thousands of children have been stage struck as a result of the opportunities they have been given to take to the boards and perform in their town’s beautiful theatre.

After-school drama workshops are held weekly on Tuesday afternoons in the Moat Theatre as follows:


3pm-4pm​ 5-7 year olds.
4.15-5.15pm​ 8-10 year olds
5.30-6.30pm​ 11-15 year olds

These workshops explore drama in a fun way using a proven mix of improvisation, theatre games, scripted scenes, process drama, song and dance. Yes, everyone is catered for! And yes, the performance is a highlight of every year.


Messy Play

10.30am – 12.00pm

Only when the weather is too bad to be outside

Rediscover the Power of Play!
Educational, sensory & wooden Toys for all ages.

When DISCOVERY PLAYTIME was born in 2017, founder, Mireia (Mia) was running workshops for babies, toddlers and children with autism with the idea of promoting learning through play experiences where kids could learn and improve basic life skills while parents get to spend quality time with their kids and socialise in a safe and fun environment.

Join our Messy Play session in The Moat Theatre, Naas on Wednesdays. Suitable for babies and toddlers before they start preschool.

Arrive at 10.00am. and don’t forget to bring spare clothes in case they get wet or very messy!

The Moat Writers


The Moat Writers is a writing collective based in Naas, County Kildare. We meet at The Moat Theatre or via Zoom.

The Moat Writers used the months of Lock Down to compile their first anthology. The resulting book, called The Voices, was launched in The Moat Theatre by renowned Kildare author John MacKenna.

The Voices is a collection of work written since the formation of the group in November 2019. The writers, frequent guests with Clem Ryan on KFM, have selected their personal favourites — short stories to intrigue and grip, poems and verses to make the reader laugh and cry, and proses pieces for reflection and meditation.



10.00am – 12.00pm

The Irish name Cuidiú means care and support for all parents with bumps or babes, tots or teens. We are a parent-to-parent support charity run by volunteer parents.

Cuidiúʼs motto is education and support for parenthood. Our aim is to provide information to parents which allows them to make informed choices about pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and to provide a supportive background to empower parents to act upon their decisions.

We help thousands of families each year through pregnancy, birth, early days of parenthood and beyond. We offer antenatal and postnatal courses, local support and reliable information to help all parents.

We meet at The Moat Theatre every Thursday at 10.00am.

Ginger’s BBQ

10.30am – 7.00pm

We combine innovation and expertise to guarantee a gourmet sensation that never fails to delight. Nathan Dimond has 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry as a classically trained professional chef. He has cooked in and managed kitchens in five-star hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants, presidential households, and private clients’ homes. Nathan has applied his accumulated expertise and passion for excellent food to create Ginger’s Event Catering, a unique and versatile solution that promises to provide an exceptional dining experience, whatever your needs.

Ginger’s BBQ food truck offers exciting street food-style menus developed based on Nathan’s love of BBQ and slow cooking. He has explored Asian and South American flavours to guarantee a delicious gourmet experience. Ginger’s food truck can be found at the Moat Theatre every Thursday from 10.30am – 7.00pm


Naas Country Market

9.45am- 12.15pm

Naas Country Market established in 1952. Has run successfully in different locations in Naas town. It supplies a large range of products, produced locally. Fresh vegetables as they come in season, free range eggs, crafts, plants and fresh flowers, and home baking savoury and sweet e.g. pizza, quiches, salad produce, cakes, gluten free products, jams and sauces.

Local produce, veg, eggs, flowers, plants, jams, chutneys, honey, breads, cakes, savouries and crafts, 9.45am- 12.15pm every Friday

Olivia's Cakes & Bakes



10.00am – 11.40am

A music school providing one-to-one private lessons in a number of musical instruments and singing, as well as group classes for parents and young children, and choir training.

At Ceola, our ethos is to inspire the love of music and performance. The thriving music community at Ceola is made up of over 150 students of all ages, from novice to advanced. Based in the heart of Sallins, Ceola is a modern building and provides separate teaching rooms for all our students. We also provide one to one private education in Piano, Cello, Violin, Ukulele, Guitar, Singing, Harp, and Music Therapy.

Join us in the Auditorium from 10.00am – 11.40am


Naas Craft Market




10.00am – 11.30am – Sunday’s

We are both delighted and excited to welcome you to the MOAT Theatre in Naas, Co. Kildare for a 90 minute Yoga Class – “Hatha then Chill”. This class will begin with some basic breathwork, and then move through a strong steady flow challenging both body and mind until we meet our two peak poses. We will then slow down, focus on longer holds, relax the heart and finish the class with a revitalising meditation. It will be the perfect combination of work and chill and you will leave feeling refreshed, revitalised and ready for the day.

The Cafe will be open in the Moat Theatre afterwards and there will be a few from class hanging around for a cup of tea after if you wish to join. Open invite – all welcome.

Places are limited by the space so reserve early.

Sip and Paint with Sharon

Join local Naas artist Sharon Fidgeon for two hours of painting fun!
Whether it’s a date night, a night out with a friend, or just some alone time for yourself, you will thoroughly enjoy this experience. Previous guests have claimed they can’t paint at all but have left with a beautiful piece of art. No experience necessary: just be ready to have a great time!
All art materials provided, guidance from Sharon along with two glasses of wine, or alcohol free beverage are all included in the price.
AND if there is something special you’d like to paint, print it out in Black & White on A4 paper and bring it along!

Naas Record Fair

Step away from the chocolate and please join us for our first fair in the fabulous Moat theatre, Naas, for a diverse selection of traders carrying a wide variety of vinyl records, CDs and tapes.
Free in and all welcome for a fun day out of digging, browsing, trading and banter!
Free parking in Abbey st car park adjacent to venue and coffee shop on-site.
We hope to meet several times a year at The Moat Theatre.

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