When the Summer holidays are in full swing, its time to soak up as much outdoor play time as possible. Kilkenny has a great variety of places to visit to suit small children, as well as the older ones! From Parks, gardens and woodlands, Kilkenny is all about encouraging movement, creative thinking and fun for kids…. Here is our list of fun outdoor activities for kids this Summer:
Nore Valley Park
For children who adore animals, Nore Valley Park offers families an opportunity to bottle feed the baby kids and lambs, or handle a small rabbit. Picnics are encouraged and a small on-site shop offers coffee and tea and home baked treats. They also have archery, mini golf, go karts and picnics are encouraged and a coffee shop offers coffee and tea and home baked treats.
Kilkenny Castle Parklands
Kilkenny Castle Park comprises of an incredible 21 hectares of land providing the ideal spot for a picnic no matter how big (or small) the family are!! The park also has one of Kilkenny’s only outdoor cinemas which runs throughout the summer; woodland walks & a superb children’s playground with swings, slides, bridges and benches for adults too and is open until 8.30pm during the summer.
Pack a picnic and explore the Kilkenny countryside with a visit to Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum. This beauty spot overlooks the River Nore Valley and the picturesque village of Inistioge and is a haven for small kids who love to run and explore! Features include a walled & rockery garden, a collection of rare and exotic trees in the arboretum and much more including many tranquil woodland walks and picnic tables.
Castlecomer Discovery Park
For families who love an adrenalin filled day followed by a picnic, then Castlecomer Discovery Park is the ideal place. The 80-acre activity park features a wide range of exhilarating activities for all ages, from the fun and challenging tree-top walk high amongst the sycamore trees to archery and zip lines. For the smaller children, there’s a playground, an elf and fairy village, a giant bouncing net and a Junior Woodland Adventure Course with new low ropes, where children navigate a series of low-risk challenges, balancing and steering their way through the obstacles.