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Mid-term fun at Loughcrew

This Halloween mid-term break we have loads going on at Loughcrew.

Alice Through The Looking Glass Screenings

All throughout the mid-term break we will be showing Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass in our pop-up cinema. Screenings will be at 11am and 3pm daily from October 29th to November 6th.

mid-term movie at Loughcrew

Price of admission is €8 per person. This includes the movie, popcorn and entry to Loughcrew Gardens. Loughcrew Gardens are home to may of the characters from Alice in Wonderland so the little ones can get to meet the characters for themselves!

Two hours of adventure activities for €20 this mid-term break!

This great deal is available from October 29th to November 6th.

Activities include;
Rock Climbing
Witches Ropes
Crystal Maze
Assault Course
Crannóg Challenge

Mid-term activities at Loughcrew

Minimum age is 7 years old. Minimum group size is 4 people. Activities start at 10am and 2pm daily.

Booking is essential to avail of the two hour adventure offer. To book email info@loughcrew.com or phone 049 854 1356.

Autumn Equinox Festival 2016

Summer is over, the kids are all back in school and the Autumn Equinox is on us once again.

Here is a full listing of this year’s festival!

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To get a taste of the Autumn Equinox in Loughcrew below is a look back to the Spring Equinox earlier this year with John Creedon.


Creative Writing in Business Course

Creative Writing in Business
Residential Course from Dark Angels, 19 – 22 October 2016
Loughcrew Estate, Oldcastle, County Meath
Loughcrew House is pleased to host the first Creative Writing in Business Course by Dark Angels in Ireland. Read all about it before and contact Dark Angels through the details below to book.
Want to take your writing to a different level? Seeking ways to jolt a passive reader to attention, or just eager to become a better writer or storyteller? This intensive foundation course is  for anyone whose job involves effective communication. Freelance copywriting, communications, brand management, corporate affairs, marketing and many more areas of management and creative consultancy – these are all typical areas of work for Dark Angels participants.

This is the first Dark Angels course to be hosted in Ireland. Based on a series of residential writing courses conceived by writers John Simmons, Stuart Delves and Jamie Jauncey, these highly successful courses explore different ways to use words more imaginatively within the business environment.

 Front of Loughcrew House
What’s involved?
The course explores how to inject colour, personality and freshness into your writing, business or personal.  It provides practical ways to apply imaginative thinking to stories and narrative writing, as well as business and brand communications. 
This course follows an Intensive Foundation format with an introductory session on the first evening followed by creative exercises, collaborative projects, one to one sessions with tutors and personal pieces. Personal development is fundamental to all creative writing and it is also an important aspect of all Dark Angels courses.

 Dining area and living room
The price is €1,895 or £1,495 per person (or special sole trader rate of €1,200 or £950) and includes accommodation and food.
Want to know more? Contact gillian.colhoun@designwriter.com. Or check out the Dark Angels website, http://www.dark-angels.org.uk/index.html.
What they’ve said:

“Too often as communicators with a marketing objective, we’re focused on functional writing. We know the ‘craft’ and the ‘theory’ – but it’s the ‘spark’ that makes all the difference. A creative approach to business writing is critical now that audiences are more cynical, and very capable at switching off to marketing messages. To leapfrog over those barriers requires us to think creatively, to engage people at a more human and honest level, and to flex our imaginative muscles. The course reminded me that I had those muscles – and helped me to exercise them.”

“Dark Angels is a strong mix of good stuff for mind, body and soul. If you like the idea you’re bound to love the people it brings together. And it can set the course of careers. Now I know what good writing can do, how much it is valued, what a writer can aspire to be, and how to find pleasure in each moment of my working life.”

Loughcrew Adventure Summer Camps 2016

It’s that time of the year again. School is finishing up which means that you’re going to have to put up with a lot of “I’m bored, what can I do”. You want them to get out and play like we did when we were their age but games consoles and TV make it a constant struggle. There’s only so many times you can kick a ball up against a wall, play hide and seek, make mud pies and play on the swings. So what about sending them to a summer camp for a few days?

GAA Cul Camps and FAI Soccer Camps are often a good call to get the children out for a few days, they’re well run, they’re reasonably priced, the kids get some nice bags to bring home with them but what if your children don’t like sport? What if they’re bored of training every week? What if you want them to develop their communication skills and help them conquer their fears?

The solution to all these questions is Loughcrew Adventure Summer Camps.

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At Loughcrew we limit the numbers (about 25) in each summer camp to ensure that we can give adequate attention to everyone who attends. The advantage of this is by the end of the camp, each child will know every other child in their group. They’ll get loads of goes on each activities and they won’t have to wait around for long. The children will be led by our experienced instructors, who possess years of training in adventure activities as well as first aid training. We have a 1:10 ratio of instructors to children.

One of the major advantages of doing a Loughcrew summer camp is learning to conquer your fears. We support and challenge children to engage in activities high off the ground such as rock climbing and zip lining as well as activities surrounding water such as our crannog challenge and raft building, increasing children’s confidence in the process.

For details of activities and prices see the image below.

Summer Camp


To book call 049 854 1356 or email info@loughcrew.com


New Zipline at Loughcrew Adventure Centre!!!

We are delighted to announce that we have a brand new zipline coming soon to Loughcrew. Construction is almost complete on the higher (12m high), longer (160m long) and more scenic zipline!

If you thought the original zipline was great, be prepared to be blown away (not literally, we promise!!:P). Our new zip begins 12 metres (yes 12!) up the same tree as the Canopy Climb. The end of your journey is at another tree just beside the old zipline.

You will of course be secured with the finest of harnesses and helmets while you zip through the Loughcrew skyline. Our experienced instructors will ensure that you have a great time. Your journey on the zip will last about than 20 seconds so you’ll be able to take in all the views of Loughcrew Gardens along the way.


Loughcrew Music and Opera Festival 2016

The Loughcrew Music and Opera Festival is back again for 2016! This year we have two unique performances.

Loughcrew Opera

‘Pigalle ! Chansons de Paris’

Thursday 23rd June at 8 pm

Derby Browne: Chanteuse ~ David Wray: Clavier

Derek McKenna: Accordion ~ George Fleeton: Realisation

Derby Browne’s show ‘Pigalle!’ is packed with music from the cabarets and cafes of Paris; with romantic interludes from Parisian tea-shops, carnivals and market-places. Portraying the diminutive chanteuse’s life of poverty from the depths of Paris’ slums to worldwide fame and notoriety. Romance, poverty, success, murder and music – Pigalle has all of the ingredients to transport an audience back to the murky yet glamorous era of 1930’s/40’s Paris.

Tickets: €35

A Parisan Platter of  Cheese, Salad and Dessert will be available for €20 per person, pre booking essential.

Opera Festival 2016

Opera Festival 2016

Book below or call 049 8541356


An Evening of Love, Lust and Intrigue

A Gala evening featuring music from Mostly Mozart Operas including Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute.
Performed by Norah King, Elinor Rolfe Johnson, Jochem Van Ast and Andrew Mayor with Anthony Ingle on piano

Friday 24th & Saturday 25th June 8.0pm

You don’t have to head to Dublin’s seedy underworld for an evening of love, lust and intrigue. All the mystery and drama will be in plain sight on June the 24th & 25th when Opera A La Carte takes to the stage at the Loughcrew Opera Festival. For 2 nights only opera fans will be able to watch this spectacular Gala directed by Nicholas Heath, including some of Mozart’s most well-known operas such as Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute.

Tickets: €59

For Friday and Saturday nights a Mozart picnic will be available at €30 for 2 people

Book below or call 049 8541356

Loughcrew Opera Festival 2016 -‘Pigalle ! Chansons de Paris’

Loughcrew Opera Festival 2016 -An Evening of Love, Lust and Intrigue

Midweek Afternoon Tea

Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop is the perfect place to relax midweek. Whether you are catching up with friends, having a business meeting or resting while the kids are at school, our midweek afternoon tea is perfect for you.

Afternoon Tea Loughcrew

Our afternoon tea includes delicious sandwiches, a tasty selection of deserts and tea/coffee. The price for midweek afternoon tea is just €10 per person.

While you’re at Loughcrew, why not walk around the breathtaking 17th and 19th century landscape of Loughcrew Gardens or take an adventurous walk to Lough Creebh. 

There is also a small playground located at the Coffee Shop for the children to play and explore. This playground contains a mini climbing wall to give the children a taste of what is located in the adventure centre.

Afternoon Tea Loughcrew


Lough Creebh Lake Walk

Looking for somewhere new to take your dog for a walk? Or are you just looking for a place to explore with your family? Lough Creebh (also known as Lough Craobh) is one of the hidden gems in the North Meath hinterland where you might embark on your next adventure.

Located on the grounds of the historic Loughcrew Estate, Lough Creebh is hidden within the woodlands and out of view.

Lough Creebh
Local historian Malachy Hand leads a guided tour to Lough Creebh

Recently new signs and arrows have been erected in the small forest to guide you along your walk. The woodland is also home to a network of tunnels dating back centuries. The tunnels are still visible today.

Lough Creebh
Tunnels near Lough Creebh

The walk is quite a hilly one so be sure to bring some good walking shoes. When you get to Lough Creebh and the top of the woodland walk, the views are so rewarding!

Lough Creebh
View from Lough Creebh walk
Lough Creebh
View from Lough Creebh walk

The walk begins at Loughcrew Gardens and Coffee Shop. Entry to Loughcrew Gardens is just €6 for adults, inclusive of access to the lake walk. Once you have finished your walk, enjoy a nice warm beverage and a slice of cake in  Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop.



Loughcrew Opera and Music Festival 2016

Save the dates the 23rd and 24th of June 2016 because the Loughcrew Opera and Music Festival is back again! Following the staging of the hugely impressive “Puccini Scandal” in Loughcrew House in 2015, we are delighted to announce another great lineup for 2016!

Loughcrew House will play host to two different performances this year!

On Thursday 23rd June -
“PIGALLE!  Chansons de Paris”
The Music of Edith Piaf
with the Derby Brown French Ensemble
Loughcrew Opera
Derby Brown
On Friday 24th, Saturday 25th  June -
“An Evening of Love, Lust and Intrigue”
Performed by Opera a la Carte
Loughcrew Opera
Full details and booking arrangements to follow


Tree Week 2016

This week (March 6th-13th) is Tree Week! In association with The Tree Council of Ireland, The ESB and Coilte celebrate the natural pride of Ireland.

The yew trees found in Loughcrew Gardens are said to be among the eldest known trees in the country. That’s why you should celebrate Tree Week with us  this Saturday the 12th of March in Loughcrew Gardens.

Tree Week - Yew Tree Loughcrew

Come along and climb one of the  magnificent trees  at  Loughcrew Gardens and Adventure centre or use the Tree top zip line. To have some fun on these activities come along from 11am :)

Loughcrew Adventure Course | Zip Line

Tree Week Adventure Centre
Our newest activity, the Canopy Climb!

In the Loughcrew Gardens Coffee Shop  there will be a workshop on the Lore and Legends of the unique collection of trees at Loughcrew gardens by Cathleen Brady Ecoendeavours. There is a lot to learn about the humble tree so come along and make a day of it at.


For more information on Tree Week see http://treecouncil.ie/meath/