Having had the kids cooped up in the house for the past few days [with Nils being away with the car all week] they were dying to get out of the house and visit a playground. Having heard about Newbridge House & Farm before, we set out to see what it was like.
Stephen Fry was filming a movie there while we were there, but stayed away from it.
It is located in Donabate, about 1/2 hour from our house. Just past the airport on the M50 towards Belfast. The demesne consists of approximately 370 acres of pastureland, woodland walks, traditional farm, a deer park, lime kiln ruins of Lanistown Castle, watercourses, a playground and a tea room. We didn’t go in th house, but I think it would be like a typical National Trust home in the UK – which I’m sure I’d love.
As it is still winter, we knew the farm aprt would be closed but set of anyway. It was rather cold and foggy but for the hour we were their, the kids had fun and we will be back in the good weather. Nils brought Maebh’s scoot bike which has been in the UK so she had to ride it – Soren had a go too but way too small. Working on getting him a proper bike and teaching him to ride it.
As you’ll see in the photos, the playground is amazing – it’s huge and offers all the fun things like the giant slides, ride on bike thing which Soren loves and a zip line, of course.
Picture a hampster wheel – now see the kids spin like hampsters.
Of course Soren was all over the zip line…
Maebh didn’t like it so much this time.
After some playing here, we walked around a bit and up to some of the animals …. again as it’s winter we didn’t see them all but the sheep had some personality… and the one guy with horns and the funny tongue kept bashing the fence with the female on the other side. She was the biggest sheep I’ve ever seen in my life so perhaps she was pregant?
Would we go back – YES!
Favorite part for the kids: Awesome playground!