Summer at Castle Ward

Fun in the barn at Castle Ward, County Down

Planning some family time with the kids this summer and not quite sure what to do? At Castle Ward we've got summer sorted - read on for our top things to do in July and August.

Come out and Play

Family fun and games is the order of the day this summer at Castle Ward. Experience the great outdoors, learn new skills, take in that fresh air and the great outdoors with an adrenaline-filled calendar of sporting activities throughout the school holidays.

The Come out and Play trail is all about active play, families coming together to have fun and going home ‘happy tired’. Explore and enjoy the many activities we have on offer - from archery to boules, available until the end of the summer holidays.

Challenge friends and family to a game of Pinecone tennis, football, or archery!

Once you’ve conquered all the challenges you’ll have the chance to earn yourself a medal and get some great photos on our Mini Olympic podium!

When you need a rest from your sporty sessions, why not relax in the stableyard or in the tearoom Café, with hot and cold drinks, light lunches, tasty treats and of course, ice-cream.

Programme of activities: There are free play activities every day from 17 June to 29 August. Here's an overview of what's on offer:

  • Pinecone Tennis
  • In and Out assualt course 
  • Hop, Skip, Jump, Move
  • Over and Under
  • Build it Up - Create your own grand design 
  • Yoga by the shore
  • Football
  • Mini Olympic Sports Day
  • Archery 

Summer at the Barn

There's plenty of different activities to get involved with over the summer, from fun wildlife colouring in sheets to playing outside with the tractors.

Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm

Enjoy our tractors and diggers at the Barn
A family enjoying the tractors at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Enjoy our tractors and diggers at the Barn

Also at the Barn, outside you'll find lots of tractors and diggers to play with! Not the full-sized, diesel-chugging type; but junior pedal tractors, trailers and frontloads are all available at our barn. There’s room to pedal around both indoors and outdoors so they can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Pick up your map for our newly opened Secret Shore Nature Trail meandering along the Lough Shore nearby.

Balance Bikes

Cycling is an important life skill and a healthy way to explore outdoors. At Castle Ward, we've got the perfect training ground for little ones who have not yet found their wheels.

You don’t need to book  just visit our Vistor reception to recieve a helmet. Bikes are free to use - just turn up and get going!

When you come out and play at Castle Ward, you're helping us look after nature's playground.