A few weeks ago I received a lovely voucher for the whole family to go to Tayto park and Craft of Christmas. It was a place we were to visit during the summer but never got around to it. So we settled on going last Sunday myself , the farmer and the littlest farmer . As the evenings get dark so early now and we have stock to feed and check the other two farmers stayed at home to do that so we wouldn’t be under pressure to be home by dark.
None of us had been to the park so we were all looking forward to it , we had heard stories from other families about how expensive it was so I was busy saving the two weeks before we went. The park itself is a little over two hours from our house but very, very easy to find with good roads all the way. Near the end the littlest farmer was getting a little board in the jeep . When you arrived you enter under a Tayto arch and there is a huge car park one that is tarred and one that’s just gravel.
The first thing we spotted was a lovely clean toilet building in the car park and right throughout the park there are loads of toilet blocks which with kids is great because you don’t need to go back to the one set all the time. I will give you all the prices now , it is a place to save to come for a day out . Park Entry prices : Adult 12 or 8 for month of December , under 3 yr is free , 3 – 16 years 12.00 , Students 10.00 , Family 2 adults 2 kids 40.00 , 2 adults 3 kids 50.00 and 2 adults and 4 kids 60.00 . There are eight activities in the park that cost an extra 2.00 per go . Like everywhere you go not just here coffee ‘ s and tea’s and cakes or buns are expensive , lunches are 11.95 for adults and 4.95 for kids . Everyone should go at least once but it is a day to save for and then go but it is REALLY worth it.
When we got inside the park the first person we were met by was Mr Tayto himself the littlest farmer just loved him and we bumped into him again during the day. The first place we headed for was the tour of the Tayto factory , while it wasn’t working on Sunday it was really interesting to get a look around and there was lots of info on display for you to both read and watch.
Next we headed for The Lodge and all I can say is I want this as my house . We spent 9.00 euro on coffee’s , buns and a drink for little man but it warmed us up and was a lovely place to sit for a while after our drive . The whole place was spotless and well kept , the shop is also in The lodge and like must shops the toys are a little expensive compared to an ordinary toy shop but kids don’t have to get something all the time.
After our coffee’s we headed back outside to go look at the Craft of Christmas , if you live near the park I would recommend you a visit, there is so much lovely crafts and foods to buy. We met some lovely food producers and I tried goats cheese for the first time and all I can say is YUCK 🙂 i’m sure lot’s of people loved it but it wasn’t for me. We got lovely rashers and sausages from Jim Ryan of Ryans farm which were all eaten by the farmers when we got home . We got some lovely cupcakes from Johnnie Cupcakes , they were nearly to pretty to eat. Rachel Allen was doing a cookery display as well on Sunday and on Sunday 16th Neven Maguire will be there. Once you are in the park there is no extra cost to go to Craft of Christmas . It is on Saturday and Sunday 15th and 16th and Friday and Saturday 21st and 22nd December .
After all our shopping and talking we headed back outside and to The Lodge for our lunch . The farmer had roast beef and veg , I had sea bass and veg and the littlest farmer had chicken goujons and chips. We got huge plates of dinner and all was eaten not one complaint by any of us . If you didn’t want to buy dinners up there , there are loads of picnic benches around the park and that would save a lot.
We went on slides and swings , watched the older kids , adults and teenagers go on zip wires and huge climbing frames . We watched people ride rodeo bulls , now that is funny to watch and I will get the two other farmers to try them when we bring them in the summer . The littlest farmer played in the huge sand pit with all the toys supplied , this was one spot he didn’t want to leave.
There was just so much to see and do for all age groups that we didn’t see all of it. We spent two and a half hours alone in the Craft of Christmas , it was really nice to talk to all the producers that were there.The farmers even found a tractor 🙂
If you have never been then start saving now , we will be bringing the other farmers back in the summer . It is such a clean , tidy well kept park with soooo much for all age groups to see and do . If you saved your fuel money , the entrance fee , some 2.00 euro coins and then brought your own picnic for the day it wouldn’t be that expensive . The park is no more or less expensive than any other event we have ever been at from the Dublin Horse Show to any other park but this is one we will visit again, the saving starts now :).