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We are very excited to offer new kids fun summer camps this July & August for children from 5 to 12 years old!

Children will have the opportunity to do pony riding lessons or pony grooming sessions at the start of each day, there will be one horse activity each day and then for the rest of the day they will learn all about flowers, plants, herbs, fruits, vegetables, wildlife & birds and do fun arts & crafts!

Each day for the camp week will have a specific theme!

♥ Go Green Fingers

Time to get your hands dirty…!  What is soil made of? Use your hand lens to take a closer look to find out. Take soil samples from the garden and use a pH testing kit to discover which plants grow best in different types of soil or compost. Learn about weeding, digging and planting, and make a fabulous hanging basket to take home.

♥ Eat your Garden 

Have fun picking fruit and herbs from the gardens in Festina Lente, learn all about the different herbs and fruits and their uses in our food!  And even better still then make yummy treats from the herbs and fruits you have picked – Raspberry Jam, Pesto, fruit kebabs, Toffee apples. Chocolate dipped strawberries!

♥ Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Let’s go through the gardens and wander through the woods to discover birds and beasties, trees and wild flowers. Have fun finding things from nature on our scavenger hunt and use these leaves, flowers and seeds to create a beautiful wildlife collage to take home.

Trek through the gardens, try pond dipping and search the woodland for mini-beasts- exploring biodiversity and learning about the different habitats of the wee wildlife wandering outside. Make a mini insect house to encourage these beneficial beasties to your own garden.

♥ Creative Crafts

Have you ever seen a rainbow in a bottle? You can make your own with our gorgeous coloured layered salt bottles. Then get ready to goo in the fab slime factory… make super slime from scratch and feel free to add your own colours, textures and sparkles.

♥ Picnic with the Ponies

Head off in the Festina Lente mini-bus with staff to meet our retired horses in their own private field in Glencree and check each pony and horse is doing well! Put the grooming skills you have learned during the week to good use and put on suncream on the ponies to keep them safe from the sun rays.  Learn and observe how ponies live as a herd and then have lunch with the ponies and feeding them some of their favourite foods!

The camp will run for 5 days from from 10-2pm and they will be on the following dates:

♥ Monday 3rd – Friday 7th July – Booked Up

♥ Monday 10th – Friday 14th July – Booked Up

♥ Monday 17th – Friday 21st July – Booked Up

♥ Monday 24th – Friday 28th July  – Booked Up

♥ Monday 31st July – Friday 4th August – Booked Up

♥ Tuesday 8th – Friday 11th August (€108 only camp is 4 days due to Bank Holiday on the Monday)  – Booked Up

There are only 7 spaces for each week so don’t delay booking!  Click on the date to book in your child for that week!

The cost is €135 per child for a 5 day camp and a 10% discount for each subsequent sibling.  The cost is €108 per child for the week of 8th-11th August as it is a 4 day camp and a 10% discount for each subsequent sibling.

Please Note

  • Please bring a packed snack and a packed lunch and appropriate weather gear for indoors and outdoors, we advise for your child to wear old clothes.
  • Sibling discounts only apply when booking for the same camp within the same week.
  • There are no exchanges or refunds on purchased tickets.