Determined not to be held back by winter cold’s and grey skies any longer, we decided one March day to visit Carnfunnock Country Park. Their website looks great and promises lots of activities for children of all ages, although it does say to phone in advance to find out which attractions are open. We didn’t do this which in hindsight was mistake. Still being classed as out of season, and being a Sunday morning, the only staffed areas which were open were the cafes.
So what did we do? Well, there is no denying that the location of this attraction would be hard to beat. The views over the Irish sea are stunning, even on a grey day.
If you grew in Northern Ireland, I don’t believe you haven’t sat and watched the sea while eating an ice cream, with your coat buttoned up to your neck, on at least one occasion! You have to make the most of what you’ve got after all!
After admiring the view we walked towards the Fun Zone where they was an, albeit closed, crazy golf and miniature train. Being 3 years old Lewis was not very happy that he could not use these facilities, however we were able to distract him with the large play park just beyond.
The above pictures show just one corner of the park. There were climbing frames to suit all ages, swings, rock climbing boulders, multiple slides and various other activities. As you can see we even managed to find something suitable for baby Aaron. He loved the gentle swaying motion of the netted swing!
Lewis was slightly distracted by the mini Silverstone beside the park, but it’s just as well that wasn’t open as the sign indicated this was only suitable for children over the age of 6.
After fulfilling ourselves of the playground, we went to find a picnic bench to enjoy our packed lunch. There are picnic benches dotted throughout the park and some even have barbeque trays (I presume to use with mini disposable BBQ’s).
I really wanted to investigate the Maze, however we did not get that far.
My overall impression is that this is a lovely setting for Carnfunnock Country Park. There is loads more to do that we didn’t explore and activities such as a nature trail which may be more suited to older children. I plan to go back in the Summer, when hopefully all the attractions will be open and we can see Carnfunnock realise it’s true potential with the sun shining!
After leaving we decided to go for a short drive North up part of the Coast Road. I wanted to share some of the views with you.
These pictures were taken from a moving car, on an overcast day, and I can assure you they are even more beautiful in reality.