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  • A special message from the North Pole

    “As a magical treat this year, myself and Mrs Claus are once again delighted to invite one very lucky family to join us at our Lough Gur Winter Retreat on Friday 15 th December, and share a magical evening, where you and your immediate family will get the opportunity to come and have supper with me, followed by photographs, gifts and stories. To be in with a chance to attend this magical evening, all you have to do is purchase one of our tickets. You can enter as many times as you like and each entry costs €10.  The event sale will remain open until Saturday 9th December and the Winner will be announced on Sunday 10th December 2023.
    This magical evening will include:-
    • Two hours with Santa, Mrs Claus and his elves at his Lough Gur Winter Retreat
    • Hot and cold buffet-style Christmas supper menu to include sweet deserts, (Vegetarian/Vegan/Coeliac options will be available if requested in advance)
    • Magical stories read by Santa himself, Mrs Claus and their elves.
    • The evening will be photographed by Keith Wiseman Photography
    • Children will receive a gift from Santa
    • Children will also receive a personalised keepsake to remember this special evening
  • Historical journal by Lough Gur Historical Society with a wide variety of topics covered.
  • The Lough Gur Santa visits will take place on the following weekend dates:

    • 26th November announcing our Magical Santa supper prize winner. (Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket
    • 25th & 26th November
    • 2nd & 3rd December (Sensory Morning will happen on Saturday 2nd Dec at 9.00am – 11.00am )
    • 9 & 10th December
    • 16th & 17th of December.

    What to Expect on Your Visit?

    A visit to Santa at Lough Gur starts when you arrive to register at Santa's winter retreat at Loughgur’s Heritage Centre.  Here you will get to meet Mrs Claus, and her helpers and have an opportunity to take some photos, see her beautiful kitchen and maybe even get to hear some funny stories of Santa.

    Each child will then meet Santa himself where they will be enthralled by stories and chat. You can be sure that he will pass the beard pulling test as he is, of course the real deal as verified by our younger visitors from previous years.  Every child will receive a gift from Santa before they leave.

    Complimentary Tea/coffee with mince pies for the adults and hot chocolate and cookies for the younger visitors will be served  during your visit in the Heritage Centre.

    When your visit to Santa is over you will have time to enjoy the other magical aspects of Lough Gur including Santa’s sleigh where you can sit and look out over Lough Gur Lake, it is the perfect place for a photo opportunity.  You will also get to visit the playground (weather permitting).  The playground will be open exclusively for Santa's special guests.

    If you do want a stress free, traditional Santa visit then this is the option for you.  All proceeds from the event go to Lough Gur Development. A non profit community organisation working to preserve and protect the area of Lough Gur. All children must be supervised at all times.

    Sensory Morning Saturday December 02nd 9:00am to 11.00am

    The Lough Gur Santa experience is dedicating the morning of December 3rd 2023 from 9.00am to 11.00am. This morning is specifically only for families with children sensory needs.

    Wins a Magical Supper with Santa for your Family. 

    One very lucky family will have a change to win an evening with Santa and Mrs. Claus us at our Lough Gur Winter Retreat on Friday 15th December. Share a magical evening, where you and your immediate family will get the opportunity to come and have supper with Santa, followed by photographs, gifts and stories. To be in with a chance to attend this magical evening, purchase a ticket on check-out or click here to purchase a ticket now.

    Santa Photos

    Our professional photographer Keith Wiseman will be on hand to capture all the magical moments. The photograph package is not part of your Santa booking fee.  Note, this service is an additional optional service and there will be an extra cost on the day payable directly to our photographer.

    Does your party have more than 5 children?

    If you are making a booking for more than 5 children, please book and pay for the number of children you require, then contact us directly at loughgursanta23@gmail.com  with the details of additional children. Please quote your reference number at all times.

    So that we have the correct details please ensure to provide the Name, Age & Gender of each child attending Santa in the form below.
  • The lakefront tour typically takes 30 minutes and allow a further 30 minutes for the exhibition. Includes Audio guide, trail map, Enjoy Lough Gur lakefront taking in information on Bouchiers Castle, Bolin island (Cranóg), Hangmans rock and entrance to the Heritage Centre.
    • Self Guided
    • Booking times are flexible.
    For special bookings check out other tour options or please contact the Heritage Centre. Phone + 353 61 385 186  or email info@loughgur.com
  • Lough Gur Heritage Centre exhibition visit. The Interpretative centre includes audio visuals, touch screens, audio guides along with informative exhibition panels. A member of staff will be available to assist your group with interpretation of the exhibition.
    • Individual entry
    • No Minimum Group size
  • €35.00 includes €5 shipping price Lough Gur is one of the richest landscapes of field monuments in Ireland and the lake and hinterland have been the focus of archaeological research including excavation and survey over the past 150 years. Many portable antiquities have been recovered from the lake and the surrounding countryside. The information gleaned from the results of excavations, surveys and from the finds is gathered together here to present a synthesis of the archaeology of Lough Gur. The archaeology of Lough Gur is set within the context of archaeological research in Ireland over the past 70 years and where possible a chronology and interpretation of sites is presented.
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    The Farm by Lough Gur

    20.00
    The Farm by Lough Gur was first published in London in 1937 and quickly reprinted. It was well received in England and a best-seller in Dublin. Set in rural Ireland in the 19th-century, this is the true story of a family that lived on a farm by Lough Gur in County Limerick, a world in itself. The master with his men, the mistress with her maids, all worked in happy unity. The four little girls, growing up in this contented atmosphere, dreamed of saints and fairies. Their real and their dream world fused into an idyllic background for growing, learning and loving.

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