Discovery Park News


  2. Christmas at Castlecomer Discovery Park 





  1. Wild Craft Saturday

    This 6 week course is aimed at 8 – 12-year-olds and encourages children to explore structures, textures, colours and relationships between materials. Mosses, berries, grass and leaf fibres, bark, willow and clay can be used to create artworks by weaving, dyeing, building, drawing and painting.
    Our tutor will use games to engage the senses of sight, sound and touch to stimulate the imagination and encourage expression.
    Suitable for ages 8 – 12  €90 for six sessions

    9th / 16th/ 23rd/30th September

    7th/14th October

  2. Free Talk  with Ronan McGreevy

    “You could not call it war. It is murder” – the Battle of Le Pilly and the missing 162 men from the south-east slaughtered in the First World War.
    Saturday October 14th

  3. Ronan McGreevy is an Irish Times journalist and videographer. He is the author of Wherever the Firing Line Extends: Ireland and the Western Front which has been described as the “superlative and definitive account of Ireland in World War 1”. He is the editor of Centenary, Ireland remembers 1916, the official State book for the Easter Rising commemorations. He is also the editor of Was it for This? Reflections on the Easter Rising.
  4. Canoeing for Beginners Course at Castlecomer Discovery Park

    Castlecomer Discovery Park is delighted to offer a new “Canoeing for Beginners” Course.  Learn to canoe

    with our 6 week recognised Level 1 & 2 Canoeing skills award course. Suited for beginners and water enthusiasts, this course aims to teach you to canoe safely and competently in grade 1 water and assist in basic rescues. 

    We have two courses, one for participants 12+ and the other for adult groups 18+. 
    12 + Begins Tuesday September 5th and runs for the following five Tuesdays Price €120.
    18+ Begins Thursday September 7th and runs for the following five Thursdays Price €120.
    Book on line at

  5. Mushroom Hunt – Savour Kilkenny Event with Castlecomer Discovery Park

Sunday 29th October 2017 9.30

We are delighted to be part of Savour Kilkenny this year with our Mushroom Hunt with Ireland’s premier mycologist, Bill O’Dea of  Learn what to look for and how to identify mushrooms, we will be heading to the woodlands to forage and then back to identify and cook up.  €45 per person book on


New! Visit The Canopy Cafe!

The Elf Village at Castlecomer Discovery Park has always been a popular destination, but now you have even more reasons to visit…The Canopy Cafe. Enjoy delicious coffee, panini’s, kids meals, light lunches and more. This is what summer is all about, eating al fresco under the trees with friends and family.





This Weekend Opening Times


Opening times for activities for this weekend 25th & 26th March 2017 (weather permitting)

Saturday all activities open at 11.00 a.m – 15.00 p.m

Sunday all activities open 11.00 a.m  – 15.00 p.m

Castlecomer Discovery Park Reopens activities this St. Patrick’s Weekend

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We are being blessed with some very mild Spring weather,  so why not get out and enjoy it! We are reopening of the Tree Top Walk Activities here at Castlecomer Discovery Park starting this St. Patrick’s weekend and each weekend from now on.

Discover your inner climber while conquering your inner fear, walking high above the tree tops, ten metres above the ground. This 140-metre long course gives a spectacular view around the Park, to those brave enough!!

We’ve got something for everyone, with 6km of walking trails, 2 fishing lakes, our fascinating interactive coal mining exhibition. You can also relax and stroll around the craft yard, meet the craft makers and find a novel gift.    /  TEL: 056 4440707

Castlecomer Discovery Park scoops top award

Left to Right: Mick Power (Coillte), Andrew Doyle (Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture ) Michael Brooke (Chairman Castlecomer Discovery Park), Fergal Leamy (CEO Coillte), Bernie Brennan (RDS President).

Left to Right: Mick Power (Coillte), Andrew Doyle (Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture ) Michael Brooke (Chairman Castlecomer Discovery Park), Fergal Leamy (CEO Coillte), Bernie Brennan (RDS President).

Castlecomer Discovery Park was in the celebratory mood last Friday 3rd March when they scooped the top prize at the RDS Irish Forestry Awards under the Community Woodland category.

This award is designed to encourage and reward projects involving community woodlands which have been established and managed in a way which is sustainable and beneficial to the landscape, local people, biodiversity & economy.

On taking first prize Michael Brooke, Chairman of Castlecomer Discovery Park commented “We are thrilled to receive this award. I am particularly delighted for our team who work so hard to keep the woodland to such a high standard, employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture which encourage environmental protection and encouragement of biodiversity.”

Castlecomer Discovery Park currently has over 7,000 primary and secondary students taking part in their education programmes each year. The programmes nurture a respect and understanding of biodiversity. The primary school programme is linked to Discovery Primary Science and the SESE curriculum.  The secondary school programme covers curriculum related subjects including science, maths, geography and business.