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Egg-citing Easter Events at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Castlecomer Discovery Park has all you want and more when it comes to having fun this Easter!

New for 2017 is the Wild Things Discovery Camp – a four-day woodland activity camp for boys and girls aged 8-12 years. The camp will be jam-packed with exciting activities such as den building, rope skills, fire-making, craft with nature, pond dipping, bug hunts and much more! The camp runs 10th-13th April from 10am-2pm. Online booking in advance is required. €90 per child with a second sibling rate of €80. Daily rates not available.

Our Easter Family Trail is back this year with one of Aesop’s Fables ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ as its theme. Families can enjoy a beautiful woodland walk while trying to find the trail clues hidden on handcrafted white bunny rabbits. Return to the Visitor Centre to collect your Easter treats. Available daily 10am-4pm from 8th-23rd April. €10 per family (max. 4 children). No need to pre-book but you can purchase online in advance if desired.

Of course, Ireland’s longest over-water zipline will be open along with the Octagon High Ropes Course, Tree-Top Adventure Walk, Junior Woodland Adventure Course and Boating. Activities will open daily (weather-permitting) 8th-23rd April from 12pm-3pm. Online pre-booking required.

Castlecomer Discovery Park has all you need this Easter, visit for more information and to make a booking.

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 re-opening 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 enjoy the award winning Jarrow Café, 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 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 bio-diversity.”

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.