Halloween Mid Term Break at Castlecomer Discovery Park
Discover the natural world this Mid Term Break!
Autumn is known as the season of colour for a good reason! Our woodland erupts in fiery bursts of red, orange and bronze, creating beautiful landscapes for you to enjoy. In this challenging year we are all appreciating the outdoors, the fresh air, the freedom to move and get active whilst being immersed in nature. That’s why a visit to Castlecomer Discovery Park this mid term break is a must do for a day trip or if you are on staycation.
Our adventure activities are open for you to enjoy each day during the mid-term break, such as our tree top walk, octagon, archery and junior play areas. Activities are open 11.00 – 3.00 every day from 24th October to 1st November. Booking is highly recommended on www.discoverypark.ie/booking
In addition, this Halloween we are focusing on nature and family time as our theme. Get outdoors and spend some time getting up close to the natural world and the biodiversity that surrounds us.
We are running Family Bug & Nature Hunts every day during the school break (24 Oct – 1 Nov). How would your family fare as a nature detective, join us for our Bug & Nature hunts in our stunning forest. This is an activity that all the family can do and is suitable for 5 upwards. Children are natural born explorers and this activity gives them the opportunity to search out the abundance of insect life under rocks, and logs and in ponds. Bug viewers are provided and our trained guide will give you lots of interesting facts about our inspect life. The sessions last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Cost per person is €5. Hunt times are 12.00, 1.15 and 2.30.
This Halloween we have created a family friendly scavenger hunt around the park that uses the movie favourite “Monsters Inc” as its theme. Get those little feet walking through our beautiful woodlands to find the many clues along the way, take time to do a small monster craft before heading back to collect a little surprise. In a world behind our closet doors, monsters reign supreme. €7.50 per child (suitable for kids 4 – 8), adults go free.
Castlecomer Discovery Park is set on 80 acres of stunning woodland and lakes in Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. It offers a range of adventure activities including tree top walks, Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge, climbing walls, boating, archery, adventure playgrounds, woodland café and orienteering. At the hub of the site there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village and spaces for educational activities.
Visit our Tree Top Walk course nestled in the Sycamore tree tops! This stunning tree top walk is 140 metre long and gives views around the 80 acre natural woodland park. Or if you want to try something a little less daunting, why not reach new heights on our outdoor climbing wall.
For the more adventurous there Ireland’s longest zip line. The Zip Line at Castlecomer Discovery Park is 300 metres long and over 35 metres over ground at its highest point. A thrilling outdoor activity the Zip Line is accompanied by two new high-ropes courses called the Octagonal High Ropes Challenge. These are set in high in the woodlands with views over our two lakes.
Teaching children to become more active and to discover and play for themselves is important for all ages, so Castlecomer also caters for younger children, with a playground, an elf and fairy village, Our Junior Woodland Adventure course is a series of low-risk challenges where children balance and steer their way through obstacles, all situated inside a stunning, natural environment that’s second to none.
We’ve got something for everyone, with 6km of walking trails, woodland orienteering trails, pedal boats and canoes. You can also relax over a delicious cup of coffee “Canopy Café” under the trees at the elf village. Then take a walk around the craft yard, where you can meet the craft makers and find a novel gift. Recreation and Education programmes for both primary and secondary schools are also available, These are curriculum relevant, fun and engaging for teachers and their students. Book Online at www.discoverypark.ie TEL: 056 4440707
Located just over 90 minutes south of Dublin, the Castlecomer Experience in Kilkenny is a treat for the entire family.
We are a not for profit social enterprise…
Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes. It began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969. We operate on a not for profit basis and all income generated goes towards creating jobs and investing in the park to create greater rural tourism opportunities.