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Join us in Festina Lente on Monday 17th December 2018 for a time slot between 2pm – 6pm for some Festive Fun with Santa & his ponies!

Your child will get to visit with Santa, his miniature ponies & his helpers in his stable grotto!

As a gift from Santa your child will then receive a token which will allow them to get a 5 minute Pony Ride in our indoor arena with Santa helpers!  Your child will also get to create a Santa wish and put it on our Christmas wishing tree!

This year all money goes to the Festina Lente Equine Facilitated Education Programme which promotes Social, Emotional and Mental Well-being in Children from the locality. The Equine Facilitated Education Programme helps children attending DEIS schools located in areas of designated disadvantage in the Bray and Dun Laoghaire areas to develop essential life skills. Developing a child’s social and emotional competencies allows them to behave responsibly, manage their emotions, demonstrate empathy towards others and deal with difficult situations. These are essential life skills, which support a child’s well-being and positive mental health with recent studies confirming its value in promoting enhanced social and emotional well-being amongst the children who have attended.

The cost is only €20 per child and booking online is essential as spaces are limited!

The way it works is you pick and pay for which hour suits you and we will then allocate a specific time slot during that hour for our Santa visit and Pony Ride once payment is received and all details will be emailed to you!

What do we do on arrival?

Your Santa time and Pony Ride will be emailed to you after you book. Once you have parked in the car park you go directly to the Equestrian Centre to pick your child’s riding hat at your allocated time.  Please allow extra time to park your car before your allocated time slot.

Please allow sufficient time for unforeseen delays (e.g. weather, traffic etc.)

If you miss your allocated time slots we cannot guarantee that you will be facilitated at a later time. All sessions may be full and places are very limited so we cannot be responsible for any disappointments caused due to late arrivals.

Do adults need to pay?

There is no charge for adults attending with their children as the pony rides are for children under 18.  Adults will not be able to get on the pony with their child or receive their own pony ride.

Do I need to print my booking receipt?

You don’t need to print anything, we will have a lists of each child’s times to check your child’s name off against.

Am I allowed take photos?

You are more than welcome to take photos of your children and our staff but you are not allowed to take photos of other children unless you have consent of the parent\guardian of the other children.

How can I book my tickets?

The way it works is you pick and pay for which hour suits you and we will then allocate a specific time slot during that hour for our Santa visit and Pony Ride once payment is received and all details will be emailed to you!

To Book a timeslot between 1:50pm & 2:45pm click here..

To Book a timeslot between 2:50pm & 3:45pm click here..

To Book a timeslot between 3:50pm & 4:45pm click here..

To Book a timeslot between 4:50pm & 5:45pm click here..

Tickets must be booked in advance online. Cash payments or payments on the day are not accepted.

How many children can go in a group?

We only have space for 4 children for each allocated time slot.  If you book more than 4 children we will try and get them a time slot close together. Please note though we cannot guarantee families will all get the same time slots but we will try our best!

Where is Festina Lente?

Festina Lente is located in Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow,  A98 F702.  If you are coming from Bray town go over the bridge, past Bray Emmett’s GAA club and Festina Lente is located on the right hand side before Thornhill road turnoff and start of Fernhill Road , we have signs and a sandwich board outside.


What should my child wear?

Santa and the ponies will be located inside our indoor riding arena. As it is bound to be cold we advise warm clothes for everyone and it is best to wear trousers, tracksuit bottoms or leggings to make it more comfortable and safer on the pony ride.  We provide approved standard riding hats.  We do not allow open toed shoes or sandals for safety reasons.

Can I bring a buggy or pram?

Festina Lente is in a small area so they may not be needed.  We don’t allow buggies or prams in the riding arena so they will have to be left folded up outside the arena area.

Is there wheelchair accessibility?

We have access to our viewing gallery and wheelchair toilets but wheelchairs are not allowed in the riding arena.  We have a hoist to allow wheelchair users to get on our ponies, please state if your child is in a wheelchair and will need use of the hoist when booking.

Are dogs allowed?

Guide dogs and service dogs are allowed on a lead in the viewing gallery but not in the arena.  If the dog is barking or disrupting the ponies you will have to remove them from the Equestrian Centre and bring them to our gardens or your car.

What is your cancellation policy?

For cancellations on 3rd December or after that date there are no refunds. Please note a €5 administration fee applies to all refunds given before 3rd December.

If the event is cancelled by us due to factors out of our control, i.e. weather, “act of God”, or any other unforeseen reason and we cannot reschedule a new date we will offer a full refund.

Is there parking?

We have a free car park but we cannot guarantee a free space.  If space is not available you will have to park on the side of Old Connaught Avenue.

Do you have a maximum weight for children?

We can only accept bookings for children under 13 stone.

We have a small gift shop & snack bar in our Gardens where you can buy hot & cold drinks and snacks.  We sell gift vouchers in our office in the Equestrian Centre for use in any service of Festina Lente like riding lessons, gardening workshops, birthday parties or you can use them in our gift shop and garden centre.  Festina Lente also has a wide variety of Christmas Trees on sale!

Festina Lente is a registered charity so we are grateful for your support.