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Come join acclaimed gardener Gareth Austin on a winter woodland tour of the
gardens and grounds of Ballyscullion Park. Located in Bellaghy, Co Derry
Ballyscullion Park covers 400 acres (mostly in wood) and offers a rare-glimpse into something
truly special. On site there is fully restored Coach Houses, a 4 acre walled
garden, a 1840 house and some ancient woodland....which houses the
ruins of a Palace once built as a sister palace to Downhill...used recently for
filming the award winning Game of Thrones TV series. (check out a blog post of my previous visit here)
On the tour we will walk through the walled garden, with its extensive perennials borders, manicured
lawns, built in gazebo pavillions and household kitchen garden, then onto the
woodland paths and finally ending up in the outdoor arena.
The walk will last approx 4 hours, and be generously hosted by Mr+Mrs Mulholland, owners of
Families are more than welcome, dogs too (but poop-and-scoop and only on leads).
After the tour acclaimed chef Emmet McCourt (emmets website) will perform a cookery demonstration using foraged mushrooms, and other seasonal delights...as only Emmet could....which we all get to devour!
This is an event not to be missed. Cost per head is £20, kids free.
Date sun 25th november
Time 10am start
5Now theres a cost here of £20 per head, different from out previous trips, but there is a cost in the chef, food and materials for this one. But the Mulhollands are offering a brave days worth of fun between the house, gardens, ancient woodlands, foraging etc etc and then the cookery demo in the house's kitchen I think it's fabulous value for money.
Leave a comment on the blog below if you can make it. Just pay on the day please. Numbers limited to 30 so please share and put your name down if you want to go.
so full details:
Date 25th Nov
Time 10am start
Guided tour of Ballyscullion House - Approx 1.5 hour
Guided Tour of Gardens and Coach Houses - Approx 1 hour
Wodoland Walk incl ruins and forage - approx 1 hour
Cookery Demo back in the great kitchen - approx 1 hour
Clothing: Its November, its Northern Ireland.....I'd suggest you bring your wellies/boots with you for the gardens and woodland part.
Kids - Yeah, i'll have mines
Dogs - yeah but not in the house and poop-a-scoop please
Parking- Lots on site, but perhaps we'll look at car pooling if folks are travelling from afar?
Cost: £20 per head, no charge for kids. - pay on the day.
Numbers: Limited to 30.
(Bellaghy is on the main derry-Belfast road, turn-off is up beside Toome Bridge, give yourself about 30 mins from Derry)
After the tour and cooking is all over, mr and mrs mulholland are happy for folsk to do more exploring on the grounds, perhaps consider exploring the lough and the other areas which involve a serious treck....defo an entire day out....