Lovely day out at Seaforde

It’s been more years than I care to think about since I last saw my friend Leigh- we were school friends but I haven’t seen her since then, but we’ve been chatting via Facebook and decided to meet up with our kids! She has a gorgeous daughter called Sophie who is almost exactly the same age as Ricky- only a few days between them- and we arranged to visit the butterfly house at Seaforde.

Of course, neither of us had thought to check that the place opened on a Sunday, so when we got there at about 12.30pm to find the gates shut and locked, it’s safe to say we were pretty disappointed! We wondered however if it was just too early, so decided to have some lunch before heading back.

We had lunch in the nearby village of Clough, in a place called Frenchie’s. Luckily the kids were on their best behaviour and we were able to have a lovely, relaxed lunch. Robbie I think ate more than Ricky and Soph put together- no wonder he has a fat wee tum on him! 😀

Luckily by the time we were finished with lunch, the butterfly place was open, to the children’s delight! Ricky and Sophie got on like a house on fire!


It was a very warm day- the first few weeks of May are normally about all the summer we get here- so we let the kids play outside in the playground for a while before going into the butterfly house. The house itself was SOO hot- and humid too, I think all of us wilted a bit!

The butterflies themselves are stunning but I have to say I felt a little bit dosconcerted by them flapping around the place- there were these massive black ones and it nearly felt like they were bats or something, ha ha!

They also have turtles, which roam about the place, a selection of birds, some of which are loose within the building, and a reptile section. The kids really enjoyed looking around.


After we had looked at the various creatures in the butterfly house, we investigated the gardens and maze, both of which are renowned locally. I was surprised by the numbers of tourists there- tourism is still only starting to pick up in Northern Ireland but it’s nice to see that people are finally realising that not only is it a fairly safe place to visit (especially compared to a lot of other parts of the world!) but it’s also amazingly beautiful.

Ricky initially did not want to have anything to do with the maze. I think he maybe got some claustrophobia, but soon got over it and the kids had a blast finding their way to the middle, where they shared a bit of a smooch!!


Robbie, in the meantime, had recovered from the massive lunch he’d eaten and decided that he would in fact be needing the ice cream I had bought for myself. Here are before and after pics!



It was such a treat to get out for the day with Leigh and Sophie. I hope we can do it again soon! The Belfast Children’s Festival is coming up, so I think we may plan something around that. Thanks for a lovely day, Leigh!


6 Responses to “Lovely day out at Seaforde”

  1. May 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    OH how fun! It really looks like a lovely day! What a cute pair of three year olds. The photos are so sweet! 🙂

  2. 2 Leigh
    May 12, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    It was absolutely our pleasure, what a great day !! We will definitely be doing it again, what will the gang be like at the disco !!! xx

  3. May 12, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    That third picture is so freakin’ adorable I can hardly stand it!

  4. May 13, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Oh my goodness, look at those sweethearts! Absolutely adorable kids! And I love Robbie’s ice cream face! 🙂

  5. May 13, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Awww so sweet! That looks like a really great day! I love the ice cream face, sadly enough, that’s how I look after ice cream too!

  6. May 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    GORGEOUS!! I agree with Meghan – I could just die over that third shot. Dacey is terribly, terribly jealous though.

    Fun day!

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