Horse Grooming

A very special half-day out designed especially for pre-school groups

“Very informative and great for the kids” - Dublin Teacher

New to Newbridge Farm for 2019, our new interactive horse-grooming demonstration and educational programme offers a fun-filled and rewarding day out for pre-school groups.

Tailored especially for children aged 3-5 years old, the half-day course includes:

  • Live grooming demonstration with the Newbridge Farm horses

  • Simple and enjoyable classroom based activities

  • Visit to Newbridge Farm, including a break for you to enjoy your snacks/lunch in the outdoor picnic area

The focus of the day is on ensuring our little visitors leave having experienced and learned more about communication, working together and caring for animals.

There is plenty of free coach parking on-site and a major children's playground located a short walk from the house in Newbridge Demesne.

Learn more by contacting our Education Coordinator at or book now by calling our dedicated Reservations Team on 061 711 222.

Our Team

"It was great to see how interested the children were." - Dublin Parent

The horse-grooming demonstrations at Newbridge are led by Christine Brooks. Raised on a large, busy farm, Christine has been working with animals from a very young age. With a degree in Equine Science from UL, almost twenty years' spent caring for top class performance horses around Europe, 16 years coaching in the pony club, and running a successful livery business, Christine has a world of experience in all aspects of the equestrian world. And with three young kids at home, she understand exactly how to capture and keep the attention of our little visitors!

Visitors are also likely to bump into the Newbridge Farmers who may be helping out with the grooming or busy at work on the farm.



The Learning Experience

"This booklet is a snapshot of the super fun and learning experiences we had in Newbridge House and Farm during the year. It shows visual evidence of how strong partnerships with parents and linking the community has better outcomes for children's learning, well-being and sense of identity and belonging (Aistear Siolta Practice Guide, NCCA 2015)." - Pat Ferrari, Early Childhood Educator

Read all about the experience Little Millers Montessori had in their Learning Experience Booklet.

Group Bookings

"The children enjoyed the day very much." - Dublin Teacher

Grooming sessions are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer and priced at €10 per child. Group leaders go free.

This includes the interactive grooming sessions, materials for classroom activites and entry to Newbridge Farm. We recommend groups allow between 2 and 2.5 hours for their visit.

Book now by calling our dedicated Shannon Heritage Reservations Team on 061 711 222.


Enjoy a gift of magic and adventure with our Annual Membership Pass

Offering cardholders unlimited access to Malahide Castle and Gardens (including the Butterfly House and Fairy Trail) and Newbridge House and Farm, our new Annual Membership Pass makes light work of great days out for all the family!

Members can also enjoy a 10% discount on entry to other Shannon Heritage properties, 10% off in the Malahide and Newbridge gift shops, and much more...

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