Yesterday we were invited back to Luggwoods, not to see Santa, but to experience Luggwoods Enchanted Forest Easter Egg Hunt. Luggwoods is a firm favourite at Christmas in our house so the kids were bouncing off the walls a little more than usual once told and to top it off it was the boys birthday. The big four. So it was an extra special treat to continue the celebrations.
Luggwoods Enchanted Forest is a family run business located 3km just outside of Saggart Village in Co.Dublin and hosts the most spectacular views of Dublin City. It’s one thing I always look forward to when aboard the Luggwoods express.
It’s advised to arrive 15 minutes before your booking and that we did. There was a couple of young girls doing face painting (included in your tickets) and another girl selling bunny rabbit ears (2 for €5). The clock struck four and we were directed to the Luggwoods Express to begin our journey. There are fun and games on board with some fairytale characters before we hopped off mid-journey to do an Easter Egg hunt. A gorgeous decorated bunny trail through the forest. On arrival, all kids are given little baskets for their egg hunt and before we knew it the bunting was lowered and the kids were gone.
The eggs were plastic to some kids disappointment (I kind of laughed when I saw the Big Kids reaction) and when the baskets were filled they were to be dropped into the egg collection point towards the end. My only fault of the whole experience lies here at the egg hunt. Smaller kids struggled to keep up and by the time they got through and made there was over the bumpy forestry, there was hardly any eggs left. Now my kids didn’t bat an eyelid, nor did any kid in fairness, this was my own observation of making the event better if you get what I’m mean. So I mentioned this to one of the owners who completely agreed and she told me going forward she would make sure smaller kids and toddlers would get a head start so the older kids don’t swipe all the eggs. Another reason why I love Luggwoods in general, they took the constructive criticism on board and going forward will work to resolve it.
And then we hopped aboard the Luggwoods Express to complete our journey to greeted by the most energetic characters I’ve ever met at the Big Red Barn. There was some storytelling. We saw the tiniest of lambs, adorable chicks and some rabbits. The kids sat and had a little tea party with the Mad Hatter, and mad he was. Nuts. Had us either laughing our socks off or kids dancing till their feet fell off. The famous Luggwoods tractor was there to enjoy as well as a few other photo opportunities.
And then the main event, to meet the Easter Bunny himself. Each family gets to meet him and all children receive an egg (kids on the day received a Malteaser egg). There is a professional photographer there but you can your own photo’s too if you choose. We opted to buy one of the photos (1 x photo €10 or 2 x photo €15) as it’s very rare we get all of us in one picture with nobody crying or trying to run away. There was also a colouring table with a competition to win return passes to Luggwoods while the Mad Hatter entertained the younger kids with silly dances and groovy moves. All the character mingled and entertained the kids throughout our time in the Big Red Barn and there’s a little coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks and lights snacks.
In all our experience at Luggwoods Enchanted Forest Easter Egg Hunt lasted just under an hour and thirty minutes. It would have cost us as a larger family of six, €65.68 including booking fees have we had not been invited complimentary.
I’m gonna be honest, I hadn’t high hopes for Luggwoods Enchanted Forest Easter Egg Hunt purely because I associate Luggwoods with Santa, sparkly lights and the warm fuzzy feeling Christmas brings but boy was I wrong. All my kids left grinning from ear to ear. One opened up to a character like I’ve never seen before. The all had an absolute ball and I believe it’s worth every penny. It’s a must-do memory making day out for over the Easter holidays. I highly recommend it!
Luggwoods kindly gifted us complimentary tickets to experience Luggwoods Enchanted Forest Easter Egg Hunt. I was not obliged to do a write up on our experience there and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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