I may be almost ready to pop with only a couple of weeks left before little miss arrives but I’m taking advantage of my summer off so I loaded the kids into the car with a mini picnic and headed down the m50/N11 to Glenroe Farm Co Wicklow, to continue our Adventure’s of Eire. It’s been over three years since our last visit and it was great to see it’s still as fun as ever.
Glenroe Farm is a family run business, established in 1994. Glenroe was a well-known series that aired on RTE during 1983-2001. The famous 350-year-old thatched farm cottage, home to Dinny, Biddy and Miley Byrne still stands just within the main entrance that now hosts a mini museum of exhibitions.
There is a little petting corner on site with lots of adorable baby chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits. Kayla got to cuddle a furry little rabbit monitored by one of the keepers.
There is a huge variety of farm animals from pigs, horses, cows, sheep and there is even some sika deer at the very back of the farm. Most of the smaller animals were very friendly and eating grass from the kid’s hands.
One of the main attractions for the babogs is the huge outdoor playground overlooking the farm. It has numerous wooden climbing frames, swings and slides to keep them entertained. The kids spent just over an hour playing before we headed off on the nature walk.
We came across a beautiful sensory garden on the nature walk through the beautiful Wicklow countryside. This was actually my resting spot, I didn’t realise the walk was 1km long, probably not my brightest idea at nine months pregnant and I didn’t get to rest for long because the five-year-old started robbing flowers ‘to make perfume’.
One of the main features of the nature walk is a ‘secret garden’ filled with magical fairy doors and an enchanting little walk through an enclosed mini woodland. Little miss was in her element and her imagination really came to life when she spotted a troll bridge hidden at the back of the garden.
I’d highly recommend a picnic if you want to keep your day trip budget friendly. There is both indoor and outdoor area’s to enjoy. However, they have a lovely coffee shop selling a range of fresh toasties, teas and tasty treats. The little cafe also showcases mounted photographs of the famous ‘Glenroe’ series keeping the memory and history of the farm alive
Admission for the three of us was €14 and we spent just over three hours at the farm. I would definitely recommend Glenroe Farm as a budget friendly fun day out. A family ticket costs €25 with additional adults or children €5 and kids under 2 go free.
For more information on Glenroe Farm check out their website www.glenroefarm.com.
If you’re looking for more budget friendly days out with the babogs this summer check out my Facebook group Adventures of Eire.