2014 Some major changes have been added this year, with plans to develop further over the next few years. Ballycross for many years has improved the farm from extending the shop and adding our waffle /coffee bar with out door courtyard seating areas and also the farm trails.
This year we are adding more animals, an extra trail and petting area ,out door hand wash area and a new entrance area with new car parking. Our wooden walkway between the chicken pens has been extended to take in new paddocks for our new animals Emus, Alpacas and hopefully some deer in the near future. Our Emus and Alpacas are still babies at the moment and are housed in and around the immediate courtyard. We also have two new baby pigs which will be housed at the old chicken house. We also have added to our birds with Cockateils, a Red Rump
Eastern Rosella and of course our usual budgies.
Ballycross is also providing some homemade crafts such as jewellery and other clay crafts.
THINGS TO COME:
Other attractions will be added through the year. We hope to create a tractor track with toy ride on tractors, A wall of outdoor blackboards for children to draw on and a toddler play hut . We hope that all these additions will be finished by Halloween.
This year also sees a major change of adding an admission charge. This charge covers entry into tha courtyard and animal areas with apple bin maze and also entry to the farm trails.
Free entry will be continued into the Farm shop and Gift shop areas for those only wishing to purchase items. Also some seating will be available for people only wishing to have a coffee/Waffle.
Admission for Adults is €3.50 and Children €2.50
Family rate 2 Adults and 4 children €15
Season Pass :
Family : 2 adults and up to 4 children €60 ( each extra additional child €15 )
Adult : €30
O.A.P/ students: €25
Term and Conditions. *Non Transferable Ticket. ID may be requested. *Entry is for the season stated and within Opening Times stated. *This ticket is valid for general entry to the farm its animals and trails. *No damage or unauthorised picking of apples *When viewing animals please refrain from breaking foliage off trees to feed our animals. *Season tickets are for 12 months starting in August of each year. *Ballycross Apple Farm Ltd. reserves the right: -To open and close as it sees fit to do so. -To reserve the right to refuse admission if they so deem that persons behaviour is inappropriate. We ask our customers to please respect our farm.
2013 Change to our shop layout:
We have moved the apple produce shop into the back processing area so our customers can view the machinery we use during the week to grade, bottle and label juices and also grade the apples.
We have also re-arranged our gift shop with children's toys downstairs and general giftware upstairs.
Tractor Rides to Pick ypur own pumpkins at Halloween
2012 started Horse and cart rides throuh the farm.
Paddy and Bobby our two new horses, they are brothers . Paddy's job is to pull a hay trailer. Paddy and the trailer with Christian at the reins will be doing trips around the farm . Bobby is still young and a stallion but eventually he will be helping Paddy pull the trailer.