Kippure Adventure Centre

Manor Kilbride, Blessington, Wicklow
Tel:01-4582889

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Experience fun and adrenline outdoor activities at Kippure Estate Adventure Centre, set in the magnificent Wicklow Mountains, close to Dublin.

Kippure Estate

If you’ve ever wanted to abseil from tree-tops, leap into the unknown on a suspended trapeze, solve mind-bending missions against the clock, or learn how to rustle up a meal in the wild, Master Chef style, it’s time to head to Kippure Estate. Hidden in the midst of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, we’ve got the ideal setting for you to enjoy a wealth of great outdoor activities. Hike across the wilderness, explore at leisure, or join in with one of our many activities and team-building exercises, all led by our qualified instructors.

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Forest School at Kippure Estate

Getting children to go outdoors these days is hard when there are so many attractive electronic games for them to play indoors. But nature intended children to be outside playing and breathing lots of fresh air. It helps them sleep at night and think straight during the day; it lifts their spirits and keeps them fit and healthy.

Kippure Estate is delighted to be running Easter Camps this year right here on the estate. With 240 acres to experience the best that nature can offer we are perfectly located near Manor Kilbride, on the Sally Gap road, to give children a chance to get out into the wild but in a supported environment.

Dates:

Forest School Easter Camps for boys & girls.
8-12 years : 10-14 April 2017

Summer Camps coming in July/August for 6-8 years and 9-12 years

Forest School is all about letting children be children. They need to run around, find their feet, climb up stuff, jump off, experiment with making things, learn to use tools safely, see the risks and look after themselves, learn to respect themselves and others, learn to respect nature, share their feelings, say things out loud, not be afraid, and so much more…. All this learning happens as they follow their own interests, and develop new ones. It is child-led learning!

With direction they will :

  • build shelters
  • climb trees
  • whittle wood into usable objects
  • play games
  • erect low ropes and swings
  • light a camp fire in the Leave No Trace way
  • cook on an open fire
  • connect with nature
  • show their creative side
  • share stories and songs
  • identify plants and animals
  • and much more!

It’s really up to themselves what they want to do, we just facilitate the learning. In this way they build resilience and self-confidence which is crucial in the early stages of their lives; it sets them up for life.

Weather

Weather is not an obstacle if they are dressed properly so they will be expected to wear warm clothes, a good waterproof raincoat and rain trousers, wellies, hat and gloves and have a waterproof bag to carry a full change of clothes (just in case). They should also bring a healthy packed lunch of sandwiches and fruit (like in school please avoid ‘empty’ calories and E numbers), and bring bug spray and sun cream to cover all eventualities.

Injury

As this is an outdoor forest school where they will be running, jumping, climbing, dragging branches and generally doing all the things children enjoy, scratches or bruises may be unavoidable. We will endeavour to keep these to a minimum. All our forest school leaders are First Aid trained.

Team Spirit

We’ve got a wide range of adventurous, challenging team-building activities, all designed to get your team members actively participating and working together. At Kippure, you’ll find archery, ropes courses, orienteering, geocaching, sky-trekking and outdoor survival skills, just to name a few activities! We’ll make sure that your employees use their skills to work collaboratively as a team, and discover more about their individual strengths.

Family Fun

Whether you want to come alone or bring your family and friends, there’s always plenty to do for everyone at Kippure. Many of our activities are suitable for people of all ages; such as archery and abseiling, or our madcap pentathlon. Some events even include a tasty BBQ meal, which gives you the chance to unwind and take in the spectacular natural scenery.

If you’ve got a special occasion in mind, such as a birthday or a hen or stag do, Kippure are the venue of choice. We’ve got a wide range of packages, and there’s plenty to do, both inside and out! You can even have a themed buffet and stay overnight in our cosy, comfortable lodges or rooms. If you’re after something more indulgent, we also have plenty of pampering packages; including ‘wine and dine’ fondue and a chocolate treasure hunt.

Hen and Stag Parties

Getting married? Have your hen or stag party here at Kippure! We’ve got a huge number of fun party ideas, all of which are designed to allow you and your friends to forget the stress of organizing the wedding and spend some carefree time with family and friends. Our relaxed setting also provides the perfect location to introduce members of the party who haven’t yet met one another; ensuring that everyone becomes great friends on the big day.

If you love the Great Outdoors, we’ve got some fantastic activities. Learn how to abseil or sail across the ropes courses, or shoot a bull’s-eye at archery. We’ll also arrange your food for you, and you can select from Mexican, Indian, Italian or BBQ-themed meals. Afterwards, you can head to our welcoming bar for some drinks, before turning in for the night in our comfortable twin rooms or lodges.

Learning Outdoors

We’ve got nearly 10 years’ experience providing educational field studies to schools looking for exciting, informative learning opportunities for their students. All our studies are designed to meet curriculum requirements, as laid out by the Irish Department of Education and Skills.

Our experienced instructors are on hand to guide students in their learning, with plenty of interactive experiences and vast subject knowledge. We have courses suitable for all ages, and even young Primary students can enjoy learning about nature through our fun themed events; like our DPSM certified Celtic Warrior Training Day!

Our team are passionate about education, and we actively promote life-long learning and interactive teaching. We actively welcome not only schools, but also youth groups and organisations. Book your place today to give your students the chance to discover more about nature in this unique environment.

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Opening hours

Open all year round. Opening times vary by activity. Please call/email us for more details

Latitude: 53.1671507

Longitude: -6.3809756