Slieve Aughty Centre
Slieve Aughty Centre is a family run 4 star guest house and restaurant, equestrian centre and event venue in County Galway.
Set on 17 acres and surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of forest, Slieve Aughty Centre offers a wide range of activities for children of all ages in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
Book an hour or two of horse riding, bring a donkey for a walk, or visit during a special event.
For a great family day out, book the Slieve Aughty Experience and check out the Enchanted Forest. Small children can go on a short lead rein on a quiet pony, and treks are tailored to the rider’s abilities, so no experience is necessary.
The new Slieve Aughty Experience includes a trip to the Enchanted Forest, where the fairy folk live and play, animals to pet, toddler playground, self-guided walks of 2-7 km, face painting, and self serve arts and crafts, all for only €5 per person.
Children ages 5 and up can take a pony to the Enchanted Forest or have a longer 40 minute ride around the property. Pony rides are €10 or €15 euro and are led by our staff, so no experience is necessary! Open Thursday to Sunday 12 to 6 Sept to June and 12-6 daily in the summer.
For more advanced equestrians and horse crazy older “kids”, take advantage of the extensive cross country course and large all weather arena for some lessons or schooling, on your own horse or on theirs. Pony camps by the half day and full day are available for ages 5 and up throughout the summer.
2018 Christmas Festival Dates
Visit Santa Galway
Saturdays and Sundays December 1st-23rd,
Family Festival: 12-2 or 3-5pm
The Three Towers Organic Restaurant: 11am-6pm
Every year, Santa plans a stop at Slieve Aughty Centre. Visit Santa in Galway this year with lots of fun and a focus on family and nature.
If you have visited Santa in Galway at Slieve Aughty before, 2018 brings lots of wonderful changes. Families book a half hour time slot to see Santa in a group with other families in a cosy seating area in The Three Towers. Santa will tell stories and invite each child to come and sit with him, receive their letters personally, and give each child a gift. Before or after your Santa visit there are lots of other things to do and you have 2 hours (either 12-2 or 3-5) to enjoy the festival activities.
Pet Santa’s “pony” reindeer, or even better, take a spin on one of them in the sand arena, see what the fairy folk are up to for Christmas in the Enchanted Forest, pet the farm animals, browse the Christmas Shop, and enjoy the festive music. The kids can make some crafts, get their faces painted, and meet the wise owl as he appears throughout the day (all included in your entry cost!). Your 2 hours will fly by with so much to see and do!
Homemade delicious organic food and drink will be available all day at The Three Tower Organic Kitchen, open 11am to 6pm.
Now in its 13th year, visit Santa in Galway with an authentic focus on family.
“Of all the Christmas events my children have been to, they will remember the festival at Slieve Aughty Centre over any other. The festival truly captures the spirit and magic of Christmas in a way that more commercial events cannot achieve.”
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€3/baby up to 23mths
€17.50/child (2-12 years)
Been to the festival before? Ask us about a loyalty discount!
We proudly make every effort to avoid plastic and battery operated toys so common these days and instead seek to find unique gifts that children can interact with and enjoy creatively.
• If you book a Santa visit between 12 and 2pm this allows you festival entry from 12-2pm. If you book a Santa visit between 3 and 5pm, this allows you festival entry from 3-5pm.
• The Three Towers Organic Restaurant will be open from 11am to 6pm every Saturday and Sunday. Please allow enough time for a sit-down meal if you would like to eat before your Santa visit as we are 100% organic and homemade - we don't do fast food, we do healthy organic homemade food as fast as we can.
• Please note that some of the fantastic activities on offer are outdoors. We highly recommend wellies and rain gear, including trousers for the young children, to fully enjoy the experience.
• The festival does not cancel for weather.
• We offer a group experience with Santa - there will be no one on one Santa visits available.
• Please be on time - once Santa's group sessions have started late arrivals will not be admitted.
• Full payment is due at the time of booking.
• Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
• No one will be admitted without a ticket.
Book Santa for a private event! For groups of 20 or more, organise a special day out for your company, scout or school, or family. Dinner parties are also available for groups. Contact us at 090 97 45 2 46 for more information and bookings.
With a full service restaurant, make a family party of it!
Combine horse riding with a delicious meal, fresh pizzas fired in the clay oven, or book a pancake birthday party for a special boy or girl.
Parties are customised to your needs and budget and can include a variety of activities such as horse riding, donkey games, teambuilding, walking, arts and crafts, and more.
The food at the centre is home-made and organic, with most fruits and vegetables recently pulled from their own garden.
The Slieve Aughty chickens provide fresh eggs and close neighbours supply cheese and other products. Everything is made by hand and is fresh and delicious. The staff are also proud to offer fair trade products, including tea and coffee.
Festivals & Events
Although Slieve Aughty is a fun, unique place to visit any time of the year, their festivals are especially wonderful.
They host 4 fantastic festivals a year, Easter, Summer Solstice, Halloween and Christmas. Each one is a family event with loads to do in a welcoming, warm, non-commercial environment.
The Easter and Halloween Festivals include a charity ride to support activities in the local community, and their Santa won the Best Santa award in 2010
Slieve Aughty Centre Opening Times
- Riding Centre
Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 3pm to 6pm
Sunday 11am to 2pm and 3pm to 5pm
- The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen Café Open:
June to September Daily 12pm to 6pm
October to May - Thursday to Sunday 12pm to 6pm
Buffet lunch at 2, Dinner at 7pm - booking essential.
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