Today we were lucky to be invited along to Ardmore Open Farm,Ardmore,Co.Waterford.The sun was shining and the farm overlooks Ardmore Bay and the Irish Sea. Opened in June 2013,on the site of an old farm,it is a child’s playground.Both educational and entertaining,they have over 60 different species and 100 different animals.
We had such a lovely morning,we saw some of the usual animals you would see on a farm,Ponies,(they had a beautiful white pony),Donkeys,Pigs,Goats,Sheep and Hens.To the more unusual,such as White Owls, Lammas,Deer,Hampshire Down Sheep and Chipmunks,to name but a few.
Some parts of the fields were empty,however I was told that some animals are put inside for winter,and in the summer months are outside. Amelia loves birds,so when we stumbled across a big aviary I was thrilled.Her mouth was open the whole time we were in there,staring at the multicoloured birds,we also saw chipmunks, rabbits and guinea pigs.
There is a playground outside,so Amelia had a go on the swings,soft play area inside for over 4’s and a smaller one for younger children.Here you can host Birthday parties,there is loads of space for kids to run around.At Christmas they have a Christmas Grotto,with Santa Clause,which has been very popular. Highly recommended for school tours.
After all this,we sat down to give Amelia her lunch.We had some tea and a snack.Two things that have to be mentioned here,very reasonably priced for refreshments and extremely clean. We sat in front of a lovely log stove.Amelia wore her farm animal dress from Mothercare.
Something that I was delighted to see,and mums & dads,you will understand this!A toilet in the baby changing room,it makes life so much easier.
All in all we had a wonderful time at Ardmore Open Farm,Amelia May have been a bit too young (almost 1), to fully understand it,but we will defiantly be back. We had great fun (crazy parents),singing Old MacDonald as we went around,so that Amelia would recognise the animals. I would recommend ages 2 +, for your child to really enjoy it.If you are passing it near beautiful Ardmore,this is one not to be missed.
Thank you to Bridget Collins and staff for having us,we had a great morning.