WATERTOP OPEN FARM

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25 October 2017

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Watertop Farm

Watertop Open Farm is located 6 miles outside Ballycastle in the Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland, and offers a great day out for all the family, with a variety of activities on offer, a Tea house for lunch, and camping for an overnight stay, all set in the beautiful surroundings of the north east Antrim coast.

Open: April 19th, 20th and 21st. 3rd, 4th and 5th May. 24th, 25th and 26th May. 28th June – 31st August. (closed 25th and 26th August….Lammas Fair)

Opening times: 11.00am – 5.30pm Daily

Admission to the farm: £3.00 Adults – £2.00 Children – £2.00 Senior Citizens

Trails at Glenariff Forest Park

Watertop Farm has grown into an activity based attraction, as opposed to the traditional zoo-like open farms. We have a range of activities on the farm, all of which can be seen below

Assault Course

A professionally created low-ropes assault course suitable for all the family. Contains many different obstacles to really test your stamina. Hidden in our small forest it makes for a real adventure!

Boating

Rowing boats aound a small lake area. The boats vary in size, with the smaller holding 3 people, and the larger holding 5. Life-jackets are supplied for all children.

Price: £4.00 per boat (30 mins)

Museum

Our Museum is home to a large collection of traditional Irish farming equipment and utensils. There is also a warm fire and furniture from the good old days to rest your legs. In here you can feel what farming in Ireland used to be.

Paddiwagon

A spectacular ride aboard an ex army 4×4 truck. The Paddi Wagon farm tour offers fantastic views and an incredible ride around part of the farm through the cattle and sheep. During the tour you will hear many interesting facts and stories about the farm itself, and the surrounding area of the north east coast of Ireland.

Price: £2.00 (Adult) £1.50 (Child)

Play Areas

We have a small children’s play area beside the Teahouse with a collection of fun toys. There are also swings in other areas of the farm.

Pony Trekking

Guided Horse treks around the farm mostly on gravel tracks. Suitable for children above 6 years old. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. The main trek lasts approximately  half an hour and is ideal for all ages.This mini trek gives fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. We also offer a 1 hour  trek that  is ideal for those who have ridden before or would like longer in the saddle!

We can also offer  a 1hour trek for the more experienced which is a bit more cross country and a faster pace! (age 14 +This must be pre booked and only operates with sufficient numbers)

mum Age: 12 Years (Main Trek) – 6 Years (Mini Trek)

Price: £15 (Main Trek) – £8.50 (Mini Trek)

Quad Train

A new addition to the farm is our thrilling Quad Train. Powered by our Honda Fourtrax quad, the seven dwarf’s (Sneezy, Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Happy, Bashful and Grumpy) are pulled around our off road course. Fun for all ages.

Price: £2.00 per person

Sheep Shearing

During the summer months the sheep on the farm require shearing. Visit our regular shearing demo’s ( when available) to watch a sheep being shorn and learn about the wool process and sheep farming.

Small Animals

The small animal house is home to a collection of playful farm animals. Puppies, Piglets, Lambs, Rabbits and Chicks.

Teahouse and Shop

Our shop has a wide selection of souvenirs and sweets for both children and adults alike. We also have a catered restaurant/tea room for breakfast and lunch and snacks.

Walks

Watertop is set in a beautiful area, and what better way to see it than to enjoy some of our scenic walks. The waterfall walk will take you through the trees and along the river from which the farm draws its name, as it rises to the surface only a few miles away.

During summer when the leaves are out and the sun is shining you can stop to enjoy the beautiful views on one of our many benches along the walks.

Location

Situated on the Cushendall road (A2) halfway between Cushendun and Ballycastle.

Journey from Cushendall
On your way from Cushendall, simply follow the Cushendall Road (A2) up over the moor and past the vanishing lake of Loughareema. As you pass Ballypatrick forest we are on your right hand side as the forest ends. We are signposted 100m before the entrance.

Journey from Ballycastle
When coming from Ballycastle, turn left at the Margee bridge to join the Cushendall Road (A2). We are just over 5 miles from this point. Continue through the small village of Ballyvoy and follow the road as he rises up into the hills of Carey. We are just on the left before Ballypatrick forest, and have a sign 100m down the road.

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