School is out at last and the long awaited summer sun has finally arrived. If you are looking for somewhere in Donegal to entertain the whole family for a day – then Oakfield Park is the perfect place for an adventure.
It was recently voted one of the top five parks in the whole of Ireland in the Irish Times “Best Day Out” competition and its right on your doorstep – and it has been described as the secret jewel in the heart of Donegal!
Come and visit the superb new sculpture by Locky Morris, called Longsleeper.
Made from 17 tons of oak sleepers, sitting on a spiral mound, it twists and turns itself into the sky.
To see it, why not take a trip on ‘Thomas’, on the narrow gauge railway, which winds its way along 4.5km of track around the magnificent parkland and gardens.
See the Castle Folly, and travel through beautiful woodlands and willow tunnels, past beautiful streams and lakes before returning to the station.
Now everyone will be ready to stretch their legs and explore the gardens further. Visit the magical fairy tree and place a wish – who knows if it will be granted?
In the more formal upper gardens a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden will be a treat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.
A rest stop at the ‘Oakfield Perk’ vintage tea van, for home baked goodies and a freshly brewed coffee whilst the children explore the swings and slides, will make the end to a perfect, stress free day in the outdoors.
Have a look at the Oakfield Park website or facebook page for special family events that are coming up, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays, Garden Tours or magical Fairy Days.
Gardens are open 12-6pm Wed to Sundays.
(closed Mon & Tues except Bank Hols)
Trains run at 3pm on Wed, Thurs & Fri, and 12-6pm at Weekends
For more info visit www.oakfieldpark.com or see the Oakfield Park Facebook pageTags: