It’s coming up to holiday season, and since so many Irish people come to Wexford on their holidays I thought I’d share some things to do with the kids, whether you’re local or a tourist.
Here’s five things that we love to do in North Wexford with our crew, have you any to add?
1. Spend the day at Kia Ora Farm
Located just outside Gorey this is one of the best mini farms we’ve been to. Kia Ora is constantly adding equipment, the staff are friendly and helpful, there’s lots of room for the kids to roam safely, loads of picnic tables (snacks are served in the coffee shop) and there’s a decommissioned fire engine on hand for rides, with VERY LOUD music to sing along to. We love the covered sandpits, petting the animals and the maze.
2. Go to Courtown
No, really. The kids love it- You can do a lovely explorey walk in Courtown Woods, go to the beach, go swimming and sliding in the Leisure Centre, on the high wire at Gravity Junior, play crazy golf at Pirates’ Cove or go to the playground, just remember that you MUST get an icecream, it’s the law.
We all grew up on it, one day during the summer going on the bumpers, putting coins in the penny falls and get a ’99 and a bag of chips for dinner. Nostalgia central, and the kids love it just as much as we did when we were small.
We tried the Gravity Junior course at Halloween and found it a bit scary for our five year old, but there were younger kids flying on it, know your kids and what they’ll like.
3 Go to the Beach
You’re spoiled for beaches in North Wexford, our favourite is Ballymoney North, it’s safe and sheltered. Beaches are great whatever the weather, draw pictures in the sand, collect shells and explore the rockpools. But you weren’t ever going to come to Wexford and not go to the beach.
4. Walk in the Woods at Wells House
For a fee of €8 per car there’s lots to do at Wells House for a whole family day out. Apart from the regular events all year around and the tour of the house itself (Extra charges apply). You can stroll through the woods and spot the wooden animals including the piece de resistance, my friend the Gruffalo, and count fairy doors on the way to the wishing well. With a great playground for all ages, including zip wire, a petting farm run by the NWSPCA, tea rooms and archery you can spend the full day here.
It’s located about 15 minutes south of Gorey just past Ballyedmond on the Wexford road.
5. Climb Tara Hill
The view will make it worthwhile, we’ve even pushed a buggy to the top. Bring a picnic and survey the Wexford coast from the top, or even halfway up. If you’re buggy free there are paths to wander off on.
And no mention of Duncannon beach… Our favourite place as kids – only tied with Fanore.
Don’t worry Margaret this is just the North Wexford edition, I’ve one on Duncannon and the surrounding area coming soon, one of my favourite places in the world too 🙂
This brings back so many memories: I would add fishing off Cahore pier with nets, The National Heritage Centre, the playground and skate park at Gorey, or there’s an indoor one if the weather is bad, Enniscorthy for the old fashioned shops and cinema, and another playground, but the beaches are definitely the best thing of all *sigh*
There’s a cinema in Gorey these days too. So much to do down here that I need to do a few more blogposts 🙂
Ah, I have lovely sunny memories of the beach in Riverchapel and the amusements in Courtown. I fell in the river in the woods too! Great list of ideas. I am determined to bring my girls to Wells House & Gardens this summer!
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