Tuesday, December 06, 2016

The Causey Christmas Experience

Over the past 10 years we’ve been to many Christmas experiences around Ireland and further afield, most years we do more than one experience over the festive season. We’ve been to Causey Farm Christmas Experience many times and each year it gets better & better this year we were invited down and I have to say they’ve outdone themselves. 

Where is Causey Farm?

Causey Farm is located in between Kells & Athboy in Co Meath about 40 minutes drive from Dublin or if like us you live near Athy it’s roughly an hour and a half drive. If you’re not driving you can take a Busáras bus to Kells & hop in a local taxi for the 5 mile journey to the farm.

What is Causey Farm?

It’s a family run farm that’s still owned and run by the Murtagh Family descendants of the local Kings/Chieftains of Co Meath. Today they are kings of their craft with three generations of the Murtagh family pitching in to make the farm a wonderful warm welcoming environment for young and old alike.

There’s always something to do on Causey Farm no matter the season, during the summer you can take the children on a Farm Experience day where you can milk a cow, paint a mural, participate in a bodhrán workshop, cut turf or just go bog jumping (how fun does that sound?!). They’ve lots of events and experiences to choose from on their website www.causey.ie. They even host hen parties and run the award winning Farmafobia in October; we haven’t been brave enough to visit that yet!

What’s Causey Christmas Experience really like?

Honestly?! It’s fantastic, as I said we’ve been a few times over the years but this year was the best so far. It’s billed as an hour and a half experience that guides you around the farm, where you’ll visit lots of places like the post office, the control centre, the elves bedroom and their workshop complete with lots of toys. Along the way you’ll get to meet a few farm animals, some you’re used to seeing on farms in Ireland others well let’s just say he had the hump all day! So be sure to bring comfy footwear, willies if you have them and wrap up warm.

Ground Control to Major Nick

There’s ample free parking available onsite, when you arrive be sure to check in at reception in the gift shop first then you’ll have time to run to the loo which is conveniently located in the front courtyard. I know I was glad to see the loo as my 5 little ones needed it after the car journey! They’ve a café onsite where you can purchase a range of delicious fresh homemade produce or just grab a tea of coffee to warm up.

I don’t want to spoil the surprises so I won’t tell you exactly what happens during the experience but I will tell you be sure to try the hot homemade mince pies which are served at the start of your journey around the farm, they are divine. As with all of these Christmas days out the staff/elves really can make or break the whole experience, the staff at Causey were fantastic and abundant, everywhere we looked there were lovely smiling elves ready to chat with the children. 

This year saw a few additions to the experience from previous years and it’s magical, I particularly loved the cottage with the roaring turf fire where we were regaled with stories old Irish traditions before the children got to make a wish while helping to stir the Christmas pudding.

It’s the first Christmas Experience we’ve been to that not only are you encouraged to take photos on the way around but they advise you to ask any elf to take a family photo of you, they’ll be happy to oblige. The only exception to this is when you’re with Santa; they’ve a professional photographer on hand to snap that special shot. 

Our visit lasted just under 2 hours as the children were having so much fun at snowball alley and the mirror maze. Sure there are little tweaks that can be made to enhance the visit like try to cut the wait time in the shop but really it’s nothing that’d put us off visiting again. I bought some fab decorations and blankets for the children in the shop as their prices are very reasonable. I would however have loved to be able to buy a Causey Farm ornament for our travel tree as a reminder of our wonderful experience.

How much is the Causey Christmas Experience?

Adults: €14, Children aged 2-12: €22, Toddlers aged 12-23 months: €8 & Babies 0-11 months are free of charge. 

We were invited so our trip was complimentary, it would have cost is €138 as we’re a family of 2 adults & 5 children. I feel this is a very fair price for the experience and the quality of the toys the children receive from Santa for those reasons we will be visiting again in the coming years.

Have you been to Causey Christmas Experience? What did you think?

(Edited to add: 
Huge thanks for all the messages about
our typo in the fifth paragraph, 
no idea how it slipped past both
of us but we laughed so hard that it's staying!)