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The Dillon family have lived at the Grove since the 1700 and farmed mostly cattle and sheep. We were originally tenants of the Rothwell estate, in 1903 my grandfather, also named Pat bought out the lease and demolished the original house.
He built the existing house in its more colonial style rather than Victorian or Georgian.
We have a family tree going back to 1790 which has be
en updated by each generation to the present day. There are five of us in the family today, Pat, Therese (Parents) Ben, Lucy and Joe (siblings).
All the family take an active part in the running of Grove Gardens and Open Farm.




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Event Information
At Grove we have a tradition of running great events for both adults and children alike.

We have been very successful in the delivery of key events throughout the year and there are examples of these below.



If however, you would like to run an event in Meath and would like the truly spectacular location, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact us page of the website.

We can cater for a number of one day events and would be delighted to assist in the creation of a personalised event for you .

Please browse our annual events and we look forward to hosting your event at Grove Gardens.

Halloween Spooktacular (Nightly event for adults and teenagers)
Fear surrounds the Grove, it goes beyond your imagination.
Now in its seventh year, we have gone over the edge with the biggest and scariest Halloween. Screams come above, below and all around you.
At the Grove we have brought the fear level to the ultimate FRIGHT This is one of, if not the best Halloween event in the country.
• Eerie Graveyard
• Tunnel of doom
• Haunted Wood
And much, much more
If you are able to complete the course, one will find, like most people, the experience will be a mixture of terror, fun and excitement. An event NOT TO BE MISSED
Opening Times for Nightly Event October 2009
From Saturday 24th October until Saturday 31st October incl. 2009 starting at 7.00 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. nightly.
Friendly Witch event for little children and Parents
This event is held every year during the October bank holiday weekend on Sunday and Monday from 2.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m. each afternoon
The children will help the friendly witches make their brew
Cast some spells
Visit their gardens.
Find the witch to paint your face
Have fun in their school and also meet all the farm animals, say hello to the talking birds, if you are lucky, Joey the parrot will perform a trick or two.
Prizes throughout the afternoon for the best fancy dress for children Don’t forget to do a trick and receive a treat


Easter Bunny’s Secret House
The event is held each Easter bank holiday weekend on the afternoons of Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the past seven years.
All is set in beautiful gardens and parkland.
Families will travel through the long and winding burrow until you finally arrive at bunny’s secret house, there you may have a chat and receive a treat from him.
In bunny’s garden you will find
• Talking parrots
• Easter baby chicks
• Rabbit Village
• Fairy Ring
• Magic Circle
• Bunny School
• Face painting with Chrissy the clown
• Laugh at yourself in the funny mirrors.
• Indoor and outdoor picnic areas.


Visit Santa and all his animal friends at Grove Gardens & Open Farm in its old world setting.
Experience the true meaning and spirit of Christmas. Stroll through Santa’s secret tunnel and visit his cosy log cabin where he will listen to your children’s wishes and treat them to a Christmas gift.
Make your visit even more magical as you watch your children’s faces light up as they peep in at Santa’s deer and many more tropical birds and farm animals. Talk to Joey the parrot and say hello to Bimbo, the donkey in the Live Crib.
• Write your letter to Santa with help from the elf at his post office.
• Have your face painted if you so wish.
• Watch the Santa movie
• Take along your own camera or video.
• Treat yourself to a cup of tea/coffee and mince pies in the candle lit room.
Opening Times for December 2009 from Sunday 6th December until Wednesday 23rd incl.
• Sunday 6th December from 2.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.
• Monday to Friday nightly from 5.30 p.m. until 8.00 p.m.
• Saturday and Sunday 2.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m.


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