ActivitiesThere is much to see and do in Ferns and surrounding areas from adventurous activities to sedate walking and storeytelling. Visit Nearby Attractions to plan a fun filled holiday.
Local Activities in Ferns
Camogie ClubFerns Camogie Club is currently in its 14th year having reformed in 1997, it has approximately 160 members.There are presently teams covering all grades from under-8 up to senior.
Over the past few years the club has been thriving with great improvements in the under-age section, the senior team won a senior B county title in 2010 - a first for the parish. Anyone is welcome to get involved in a playing capacity or even helping out with fundraising etc. The club chairperson is Geraldine Murphy and can be contacted on 087-0550213.
Corn Loft Centre. Art and Creative Writing WorkshopsTomsallagh, Ferns
Ferns offers watercolour painting workshops and creative writing workshops. See www.cornloft.ie for details of upcoming events.
GAAFerns St. Aidans is the local GAA club, carrying on a tradition of playing our national games of hurling and gaelic football which dates right back to 1886, just a short time after the GAA itself was founded.
They are proud of their club facilities, where there are three full-sized adult pitches (one of which is the exact dimensions of Croke Park, and so is regularly used by county teams for training) as well as a smaller, underage, pitch. They also have a hurling wall for practice sessions, a clubhouse with four dressing rooms and a meeting room, two tennis courts for those who fancy a different ball game from time to time, and a walkway around the grounds which people are welcome to use for exercise. There are no dogs allowed on the grounds for health and safety reasons.
Mind you, all those facilities are needed, as we field so many teams in hurling, football, and camogie at all age groups from under-8 right up to adult level. We estimate there are in the region of 300 players involved in the club altogether. All in all, the club has been playing our games for more than 125 years - so here's to the next 125! Visit their website www.fernsgaa.com for information on their activities.
GPAFerns GPA was formed in 1963. The club has over 90 members and is probably one of the largest Game Preservation clubs in the country. During the year we run and participate in many events and activities.
Clay pigeon shoots are held mainly during the summer months and are great social and sporting events. Ferns GPA host BBQ shoots, Wexford RGC league shoots, Charity shoots and other casual shoots during the year. Over the years, Ferns GPA members have been very successful and have represented the club, county and country with great distinction.
We have a very active game rearing programme, rearing and releasing on average 800 pheasants every year. We have developed game release pens in local woods at Kilbora and our members work very hard every year to ensure the birds are of good quality and get the best start possible. Vermin control is also very important as predators such as grey crows, foxes, magpies and mink must be controlled to ensure the pheasants are given the best possible chance of survival and we also help native species of red squirrel by controlling the invasive non-native and aggressive grey squirrel. Without this rearing programme, the countryside would not be as plentiful with beautiful and magnificent pheasants.
GPA website www.fernsgpa.com and also a Facebook page. The website contains history, activities, photos and news about the club. Should anybody wish to join, just contact any committee member.
HorseshoesDoranís Bridge Horsehoe Club was formed in 1970. This is a traditional Irish sport. The season runs from May to October and they play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9p.m. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings they play from May to mid June on the green in Parc Mhuire and on Thursday evenings from Mid June to October in Milltown.If you would like to watch a game of horseshoes or want more information, contact Richard Collier on 086-3163211.
MotocrossMotocross events ranging from practice sessions to championship events take place in Ferns. This is a type of motorcycle racing in enclosed off road circuits and is a great spectator sport. Visit the Motocross website for more information on the sport, track location and event dates.
Nearby Activities: AdventurousAll items are in alphabetical order
Abseiling, Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre,Ramsgrange Co. Wexford
Experience the thrill and excitement of reaching the top of your first climb.
Castle ArchersWells House, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford.
Enjoy this fantastic sport that is suitable for everyone, no matter age or ability. Experience Irelandís First 3D Field Archery Coarse in the beautiful setting of the 450 acre estate of Wells House.
Coasteering, Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre,Ramsgrange Co. Wexford
After a safety briefing you are led along the slippery rocks, helping out your fellow team mates through a series of team games. The session will also include some rock scrambling, rock traversing, rock hopping, swimming into caves.
Forest Park, CourtownWeb: www.gravityforestpark.ie
Zip Wire, High or Low Aerial Trekking, Fan Descender, Climbing Wall, Gravity is a new and exiting high ropes adventure course open all year round sevens days a week. The course will exhilarate and test your limits of self confidence and skill.
Harbour ThrillsSeaview, Murrintown, Co Wexford,
Ph: +353 (0)85 7329787
Seal Watching and fast Boat Trips around the beautiful estuary of Wexford. Enjoy the birds and coastal wildlife along this uninhabited part of the Irish coast line.
Pirates CoveCourtown Harbour
Ph: +353-53-9425555 Fax: +353-53-9425556
Pirates Cove offers extensive family entertainment including 10 pin bowling centre, fun cave, adventure golf and childrenís carting.
Quad Attack Adventure CentreClonroche, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Visit the track @ quad attack for adventurous cross country driving on all terrain vehicles/quad bikes over a rugged 80 acre cross country course in all seasons. All indoor crazy corral includes sumo wrestling, bungee burst & rodeo bull with a bouncy castle for the little Ďuns.
Sea KayakingPh: +353-51-389550
This is probably our most popular trip, here you get time to relax and safely enjoy the coast from sea level as we peacefully glide along. You will explore bays and inlets and venture out into the open sea where you can ride the waves.
Shielbaggan Outdoor Education CentreRamsgrange Co. Wexford
Offer a great day for the whole family all over Co. Wexford, Offering Sea Kayaking, Coasteering, Whitewater Kayaking, Rock climbing, Abesailing, Archery, Surfing, Orienteering, Team Challenge and coasteering.
Strike Force PaintballRathnure Enniscorthy
The only forest paintball and laser-tag in the South East. Fastest growing fun sport in the world. Great action games played in different themed areas.
Surf the Waves in Wexford, how steady are your feet and balance, well here is the test, no need to fly to Hawaii we have it all here in Wexford
White Water AdventuresPh: +353-51-389550
On this river trip you will encounter beautiful calm stretches of scenic river valley, as well weirs, waterfalls and rapids. Plenty of challenges for the adventurous river explorer, shooting weirs and rapids and having splash battles. You meet with your instructor at 2pm and will get back at 6pm.
Blackstairs BluesA Blues festival in nearby historic Enniscorthy. This festival takes place in September each year. Find out more at www.blackstairsblues.com
Strawberry FestivalThe Strawberry Festival takes place in Enniscorthy every year in June. It includes street music throughout the festival, fun fair, a farmers market and the bi-annual craft fair (which will begin running before the festival commences).Visit:www.wexfordstrawberryfestival.com for up to date information.
Wexford Festival Opera,Wexford Opera House,
Ph: +353 53 91 22 400
Box office: +353 53 91 22 144
Callsave: 1850 4 OPERA
The world renowned Wexford Opera Festival is well worth a visit. Held in October each year, it has been running since 1951.
FishingFor information on sea angling, contact email@example.com/sea or Ph: 1890FISH24
Bunclody Fishing & Golf Club,Carrigduff, Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
Courtown Harbour Sea Angling CentreSouth East Angling Ireland Ė Sportfishing Centre, St. Johnís Rd. Wexford
Horseriding & Racing
BALLYCANEW RIDING CENTREBallycanew, Gorey, Co Wexford
Tel: 087 2770355
- Ballycanew Riding Centre is AIRE Approved
- Indoor and Outdoor Arena
- Lessons from Beginners to Advanced
- Farmland Treks/Showjumping/Cross Country
BELMOUNT EQUESTRIAN CENTREBoley Lower, Camolin, Enniscorthy Co.Wexford.
Tel: 053 9383993
- A.I.R.E Approved Family run riding school open every day. Located just 2 minutes from Camolin village nested in beautiful countryside adjacent to Camolin's 400-acre forest perfect for trekking.
- Indoor Arena and 2 Outdoor Arenas
- Lessons for all Levels, private or group in show jumping
- Dressage and Cross-Country by our BHS qualified staff
- Unregistered shows/Birthday parties/Action packed pony camps run during all school holidays and mid-term breaks
- Accommodation can be arranged
- Pre-booking is essential
BUTTERFLY FARM EQUESTRIAN CENTRERaheen, Ballyduff, Camolin, Co.Wexford.
Tel: 087 7666618
- Two Outdoor Runner and Sand-surfaced arenas
- Woodland Hacking Courses Qualified Instruction
- Training for BHS - PC Exams and BHS I
- Instructors Dressage Show Jumping Cross-Country and Polo Crosse,
- All levels catered for
- Private and Group lessons provided
- S.J.A.I and unregistered shows
- Equine Physical Therapist Special Needs riders are welcome
- Beginners welcome
- BHS and AIRE approved Pony Camps available during all school holidays
Wexford RacecourseTelephone+353 (0)53 914 2307
Fax:+353 (0)53 914 3207
Website: www.wexfordraces.ieAddress: Wexford Racecourse, Bettyville, Newtown Road, Co Wexford, Republic of Ireland
The racing features a mixture of flat, hurdles and national hunt. Visit the Wexford Racecourse website for information on fixtures.
Enniscorthy Greyhound TrackShowgrounds, Ross Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
Tel: 053 9233172
Regular race nights every Monday & Thursday with free parking.
Admission prices are Adults Ä10, Under 12ís & Students Free, OAPís Ä5 with track pass
Gorey Driving Range and Golf and Pro shopKnockmullen,
Ph+353 (0)53 943 0832
28 Tee off areas. Two Storey Driving facilities. Automatic Tees. Hi-tech Ground Lighting. All Weather Putting Greens. Refreshments and Tuition
Bunclody Golf & FishingCarrigduff,Bunclody, Co. Wexford.
This 18 hole golf course is set in 300 acres of breathtaking parklands in the former Hall-Dare Estate. It runs over 7,000 yards and is the highest point to date in the ascending design career of Jeff Howes.
Ballymoney Golf ClubBallymoney, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
Ph: 053 94 21976
An 18 hole golf course that is open to the public. It is open for green fees at all times and offers great value for money.
Courtown Golf Club CourtownCourtown Golf Club, Courtown, Gorey, Co. Wexford.
PH: (053 94) 25166
Golf Club offers a testing round of golf in a pleasantly mature, wooded environment. Courtown boasts a superb 18 hole layout,
Enniscorthy Golf ClubPh: + 353 (0)53 9233191
Gorey Golf ClubKnockavota, Gorey,Co.Wexford
PH: (053 94) 20313
This is a Par 3 Golf course set on 22 acres and laid out to Bord Failte. Snooker, darts, drinks and snacks are also on offer. The course is suitable for all weather conditions so leagues and competitions are held all year round.
Knockroe Golf CoursePH: 053 94 24691
Knockroe Golf Course is owned and run by Tony Kinsella and is located just under a five minute drive from Courtown Harbour in Middletown. Set amid a beautiful background in the heart of the countryside Knockroe Golf Course offers a great golfing day out for everyone.
Tara Glen Golf ClubBallymoney,
Ph: 053 94 25413
Fax: 053 94 25612
Tara Glen Golf Club is located in the picturesque setting of Ballymoney. It offers a wonderful 9 hole course that is hugely enjoyable to play. It is open to the public.
With six championship courses, County Wexford is a golfers paradise.www.wexfordgolfclub
Walking/HikingAt local level we have a range of scenic and pleasant walks to suit all levels of interest and ability. A pleasant stroll around our village using our heritage flyer as a guide (flyer also available in local shops or contact our heritage officer @ firstname.lastname@example.org.) could pass a very leisurely hour or two. A walk in our local Kilbora Wood can be as challenging or as leisurely as you like, work is currently ongoing in developing a walking trail in this area so watch this space.
For information and maps for a variety of walks in Wexford including:
- Sli na Slainte Walks
- National Trail Looped Walks
- Forest Walks
- Heritage Walks
- Mountain Walks
- Coastal Walks
- Wexford Walkers
- Shelmalier Walking Club
Ar mBreacha House of StorytellingRaheen
Phone: +353 (0)53 9244148
Fax: 53 9244458
In an old thatched farmhouse in Ballyduff, Camolin, Co. Wexford every first Tuesday night of each month and every Tuesday night of July and August, the local people gather to tell their stories, sing their songs and play their music.
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