Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Exploring East Cork - Leahys Open Farm

In my bid to explore my locality more I have decided to document our exploring and adventures here on the blog. East Cork has so much to offer and hopefully I can help to promote the area I am proud to call my home and maybe anyone looking to visit this end of the country will find these posts helpful when looking for something to do or places to go.

The month of March saw us getting out and about a bit more than usual in order to make up for the disaster month that was February which we spent mostly housebound. One place that Luke was eager to visit was Leahys Open Farm in Dungourney, not too far from Midleton here in Co Cork. 
I made the mistake however of telling Luke on the Monday before the Friday we were due to go which meant every morning he woke he insisted we go to the farm!

We eventually got to go on the Friday and we set off that morning, it's about a 35 minute drive from Cobh. We had already been there at Christmas time to the Santa village and were eager to get back there on a fine day to explore the rest of the grounds. Thankfully the sun decided to shine.

The goats were pretty friendly guys, Luke was very impressed with their effort. (Can you spot the eager goat at the fence?!)

Luke managed to find his way out the maze easier than I could. Think I'll stick to watching from a height in future. Great low size maze for all the kiddies to enjoy without feeling too trapped!

Stopping for some climbing along the way.

And the facilities aren't just for kids, Grandad's love them too ;)

I'm not entirely sure who was having more fun here, Luke or his Grandad, both very busy doing what they do best together "working and digging". This digger park was a great addition too, Luke spent ages there "working" and digging up the sand. 

How cute are these 2?!

Perfectly posing for a picture.

"Aw look at the baby horse?!" Not quite a baby horse Luke, but a small sized one, the very cute Falabella pony.

Again, slides are for Grandad's as well as the kids!

5 times this little daredevil ran to the top and flew down this slide!

A train made of barrels, very creative! We went on a quick spin around the farm, Luke wanted to go more than once but once was enough for Mum!

A squeal of delight when he saw this old style fire engine, yes there was screams of resistance as we tried to get him off it again.

Tractors, old and new, he thinks they are just super.

Claragh's Garden

Nan's Nook  Museum, lots of antiques on display to give us an insight into life "back then". 

My mother was able to recall owning a bike similar back in the day, yes we mocked her being old!

As well as all of the amenities outside, there is also a soft play area inside too, The Indoor Play Barn, next to the cafe area and a playground at the front of the farm next to the car park. At certain times of the day they have Petting time with the animals, we missed it this time around but back in December Luke was very brave and held a mouse. There is the Farmer's Fun House that has indoor go karting and other play areas. There is also the Fairy Fort garden, the Crannog as pictured above and crazy golf. 

Opening times are 11am - 6pm and costs €9 per person. I think it's a fantastic price for what they offer, you could hours in there. It's a bright and clean place where the kids can take offer and go exploring while the adults get to enjoy the farm surroundings. The cafe offers the usual tea / coffee as well as panini's, toasties, burgers and kids meals. The staff are also super nice and friendly which always makes a huge difference to any kind of day out excursion such as this.

Highly recommended, perfect on a sunny day and even on a rainy day, just put on those waterproofs and some wellies! 

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