Hidden away in the countryside, somewhere between Antrim and Templepatrick, is the little known townland of Donegore. And within that there is a new venture, aimed at providing a fun and educational day out for families. I decided to write a Donegore Hill Open Farm Review, because having visited myself, I think that this hidden gem deserves to be shouted about!
On entering the premises my boys immediately spotted the outdoor play area. It was ride-on heaven for them!
Had this been the only attraction, I think my boys would still have left happy. However, there was much more to see! Outside there were a selection of animals, including a lama, a cow, pigs, and pheasants.
Though, in honesty, it’s pretty hard to draw your attention away from the stunning views! We decided to go and find Donegore Motte, which is located within the grounds. I had heard that the nature trial could become a bit mucky, so we had come prepared in our wellies!
Lucky for us, the weather was fine, and we didn’t really need our our boots. Some people were pushing buggies along the path. I’m not sure how far they went – it is quite steep in places, and the ground was uneven, supervision of children is required as advised.
I really liked all the signs on the nature trail, telling visitors about the history of the land, and providing educational signs. Perfect for getting your children to learn about plants.
If you decided to climb Donegore Motte, be warned, it is a steep climb. But when you get to the top, it’s worth it! Apparently, on a clear day it is possible to see all six counties of Ulster from the top!
Once when had finished soaking in the views we made our way back down onto the nature trial, and just as my boys were starting to complain about tired legs, another play area came into view!
Suddenly they got a new lease of life, and even I had go down the slide! Thankfully, there are no pictures of that!
When we eventually made our way back to the main building I decided a little trip to the restaurant was in order! I had a cuppa while the boys had some ice-cream. The meals are apparently all homemade on the premises, but unfortunately I didn’t try any this time!
What I liked about the cafe was the emphasis on being child friendly. It was possible to sit and watch the kids play outside, and they even had an indoor children’s play area for rainy days. Perfect for busy mum’s, dad’s and grandparents!
After that we just had time for a quick look around the petting area, before heading home.
I have to say, these are just the highlights from our visit. I was really pleasantly surprised by what was on offer, and I hope to be back!
I hope you enjoyed this Donegore Hill Open Farm Review. Why not share it with your friends and make a date in your diary to visit!