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  • Writer's pictureWendy Hanna Graham

Five Family friendly things to do in Mourne this easter

The countryside has had its first burst of bright yellow blooms, the baby lambs bleat and there are hints of new life all around. Nature is nudging us to get outdoors for an awe-inspiring awakening.

If you’re in search of a traditional Easter this year or on the hunt for something new to do then you may be surprised at what you can find in the majestic Kingdom of Mourne.


‘The Close’ as its known to locals is the perfect location for an eggs-tra special Easter Monday. This picturesque cluster of traditional cottages are nestled in the heart of the Mournes and date back to the 1600, s. The beautifully restored setting will play host to an Easter Egg Hunt and Fun Day, where eager eyes can search for eggs, get creative crafting, and enjoy the delights of the annual duck derby.

Booking necessary – 02841765999


It could be out of a fairy-tale, but this chocolate factory is as real as it gets. A family run, fully functioning, bean to bar chocolate factory. See how this artisan, sustainably sourced chocolate becomes an award-winning product and experience the sights, smells and sounds of Mournes very own Chocolate Factory. Ps- Keep an eye out for some fabulous floral eggs and perhaps a fluffy tail or two! Open daily 10 am-4pm (Mon-Sat)


Visit the herd and learn all about how these furry fellows came to be in Cranfield. Join Pamela and Peter for a meet and mingle Easter Egg Hunt with a difference and enjoy an amazing Alpaca experience this Easter. A perfect event for big and little kids alike.


If you’re in search of a big hill this Easter then look no further than Silent Valley. Its hard to believe that this tranquil haven was once echoed with noise from engines rattling and tools tapping in as the Dam was being constructed. You’ll find unrivalled views here as well as nature trails, a coffee shop, museum, duck pond and pop-up gift shop [a pop up shop by Good Craic Gifts!!!] Don’t forget your eggs!


If any species on the planet represents new life in all its glory, then its most definitely the butterfly. Seaford Tropical Butterfly House is home to thee most beautiful variety of butterfly and they are ready to impress. Enjoy a day exploring in the garden maze, let the kids burn off a bit of that Easter sugar rush and soak up the serenity of the 400-year-old Seaford Butterfly House and surroundings. Open 7 days – booking essential.

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