Last weekend Airfield Estate in Dundrum invited us along to explore and experience their educational and recreational 38 acre urban farm located minutes from Dundrum Shopping Centre as part of our Adventures of Eire series.
There was no dilly-dallying we were straight off to the farm guided by very attentive staff. We found chickens, donkeys, cows, pigs, goats, sheep and lots of adorable lambs. It is lambing season after all. The farm produces meat, milk and eggs daily to their on site restaurant – a real field to fork experience.
We arrived just in time for the Jersey herd milking and tasting. And it was the highlight of the morning for us. Frankie and Kayla were fascinated with how the milk was collected. Milk collected from the cows is pasteurized on site and then used in their restaurant and cafe. The kids said the milk tasted ‘just like cream’.
They have two play area’s on the grounds. In the grey barn kids can take on the role of being a farmer, a gardener or a chef. And there’s Naturescape, an interactive play area for 4-12 year olds which includes a zip wire, balance beams, climbing frame and tunnel.
One thing I must say I loved about the farm was all the educational signs about farming, animals and nature. I have to admit I was surprised by some of the facts.
Airfield Estate have a massive food garden and they are committed to the production and consumption of local, seasonal home-grown food. You’ll find beds upon beds of fruit and vegetables in operation and it’s all consumed in their restaurant.
There is a little maze for the kids, the gardeners have planted apple tree’s along the wire so in a few years when they are fully grown it will be an apple tree maze, I thought that was pretty cool!
The landscaped gardens, each one unique and a picture to look at, a peaceful and tranquil little spot (when Frankie was quiet). We couldn’t find Airfields resident Robin Redbreast though… Frankie probably scared it off!
There was even some vintage cars on display for daddy…
We spend three hours rambling around Airfield, we explored the gardens, the woodlands and the farm. We stuffed our bellies and most of all we had a really fun and educational experience. We did miss the house tour, egg collecting and the farmyard feeding so we’ll be definitely be back during the summer to do them. Pop this little treasure of a place onto your summer bucket list!
Admission is €10 per adult and €5 for children over three. There is family prices also available. For more information check out their website.
We received a family pass for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.