This one Sunday started with me wanting to head to the beach, but the rest of the family had other ideas. Charlotte wanted to go to the park, Oli wanted to stay in and play monopoly, the Man wanted to also stay in and watch the cricket and Dylan (non-verbal for those who don’t regularly read the blog) I’m sure would have also loved to have gone to the beach.
One thing for sure I wasn’t going to stay in with the weather looking so nice outside, so I took to Google (it just never lets you down does it) and looked at things to do in Limerick hoping I could try and please the rest of the family, and I came across Fairy Wood, Castleconnell (directions here) which wasn’t that far away and had a park which is always a winner with the kids. Charlotte LOVED the idea of heading somewhere called ‘Fairy Woods’ so much so that she insisted on dressing up as a fairy.
We parked up right next to the park which the kids enjoyed playing in; they have the luxury of practically having it to themselves, mornings to tend to be quieter than the afternoon around these places.
I kicked myself for not being more prepared with bringing a picnic along; these tables were the perfect spot for nibbles. I’m thinking possibly a breakfast picnic one weekend, complete with jam croissants, Pain au Chocolat and fresh OJ, she says knowing full well it would be a trip to the shop on the way for a croissant multipack.
One thing which is a huge hit with the kids is a gym park, and they were excited to discover one here, Dylan loves playing on them, I know I know they’re not really for kids, but with supervision, they can enjoy them. I just love seeing these around green spaces; they are a free gym to those who could otherwise not afford a membership or simply for those more into outdoor workouts.
We then continued to walk along the river path, taking so many sights in as we strolled along. There was plenty of instaworthy poses to be had along the way from these steps to the stepping stones in the river. A personal recommendation would be to wear trainers for the stepping stones as it was no fun trying to go from step to step wearing sandals, I was unimpressed to see the camera had been rolling in case I fell in. There’s lots of nature to be found when you’re taking the time to look for it; the kids enjoyed spotting dragonflies, something they had never seen before.
The Fairy Woods was waiting for us just beyond the bridge; the houses were just scattered all over the trees, which made looking for them a fun task. I loved the addition of all the bug hotels, which was something different from the fairy accessories.
Coming across a mysterious staircase, do you go up it? Of course, you do if you’re my kids. We came out at the back of the Castle Oaks Hotel, and their garden, which I can imagine is a fantastic afternoon tea spot.
We turned around not long this and headed back towards the car, of course having another play in the park which had indeed got busier since we left it earlier on.
Fairy Woods was a fantastic way to spend a weekend morning/afternoon, and there is something to entertain everyone, young and old. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and it will now be a place that we will regularly frequent.