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Family Days Out For Easter 2023

Whisk the family away for a glamping adventure in Laois this Easter, and you’ll discover some great days out on the doorstep…

After a long winter, it’s great to have a mini-adventure over the Easter holidays. And it’s hard to beat a night or two of glamping in Laois. Located in the Midlands of Ireland, there are loads of family friendly days out nearby – from meeting baby animals at the pet farm to exploring ancient ruins, climbing a giant treehouse or cycling in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

There are plenty of Easter Egg Hunts & activities for smallies too.

We’ve picked out a few of our favourite family friendly Easter activities for you here…

Little girl in a pink shirt patting a friendly donkey at Castleview Open Farm in Co. Laois
    Castleview Open Farm

    For a real sense of spring, why not take a visit to our favourite local pet farm?

    Families can feed the pretty ponies, donkeys, & pygmy goats, and fall in love with the newborn lambs & and fluffy bunnies!

    There’s also a playground, a maze, crazy golf & a little go-kart track, and a café.

    It’s ideal for kids under 12.

    Open Thursdays to Sundays (11am to 6pm) throughout the Easter Break 

    www.castleviewopenfarm.ie

    Mother & chlld having fun on the junior ropes course at Castlecomer Discovery Park
    Castlecomer Discovery Park

    There’s something for all ages at Castlecomer.

    Little ones will love the fairy & elf village, and mini-ropes challenge, while older kids can try the high ropes, archery, pedal boast across the lake, or even a whizz on Ireland’s longest over water zipline.

    There’s also a fun, minions-themed Easter trail, (suitable ages 4-9), which includes a variety of simple things to make and do, as well as a hike through the Discovery Park to find the clues.

    Open 25th March – 16th April (Easter 2023)

    www.discoverypark.ie

    Giant wooden treehouse with two turrets at Birr Castle, Ireland
    Birr Castle Easter Hunt

    Birr Castle Easter Egg Hunt has a host of colourful characters to lead your kids on an Easter adventure.

    Families can meet the Easter Bunny & Friends, and receive an Easter Egg from the Mad Hatter!

    While there, you can explore the stunning spring gardens, the space & science centre, and the giant treehouse is a must-see!

    Easter Egg Hunt takes place on the 9th & 10th April (Easter 2023)

    www.birrcastle.com

    Small girl running up the hill to the ruined hill fort at the Rock of Dunamaise, Co. Laois
    The Rock of Dunamaise

    OK, so you won’t find a chocolate egg, nor the Easter bunny up here, but the ruins of the ancient hill fort are well worth a visit. Annd the views over Laois & the neighbouring counties are spectacular.

    To make a day of it, travel on to Stradbally for lunch. Take an atmospheric walk to see the mass rock at Oakvale Woods too.

    (Open Daily, Free Entry, Free Parking)

    A boy & girl of 10 and 12 sitting astride a log over a stream in the Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Laois
    Slieve Bloom Mountains

    Again, Easter eggs will be thin on the ground here, but you’ll be spoilt for choice in terms of family friendly walks, hikes & mountain bike trails in the Slieve Blooms.

    Favourite spots include: Glenbarrow Falls, Monicknew river walk, the Ridge of Capard, and the Catholes pools for wild swimming!

    Bring a picnic or try The Falls Café at Glenbarrow (Open at weekends).

    Always Open. Free to visit.

    See www.slievebloom.ie

    Hire bikes at www.bloomeriders.ie or www.midirelandadventure.ie

      After an eggciting (sorry!) day out, you can come back to a cosy hobbit house at the glampsite and light up the campfire. It’s always fun to toast a few marshmallows under the stars.

      And of course, Easter egg chocolate is just perfect for making s’mores!

      Glamp in style at  www.glampingunderthestars.ie

      Happy Easter!

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