Thanks to Rathwood inviting us to one of their other events I was off on a trip with Elsa. Great excuse to throw on a costume. One of the things that’s great about Rathwood is it’s pretty much a straight drive on the N81 for me. On arrival we checked in at the event desk and all the kids were given a paper bag with their names on it and a money box shoe (obviously I mean glass slipper) inside to be decorated later. The Cinderella Tea Party started off with Prince Charming arriving and explaining what happened and asking all the boys and girls to help find Cinderella who lost her glass slipper (cue my little Prince Charming thinking he was the main star of the show and was up there standing beside him).
The first stop was to head off to an area to paint the glass slippers. The tables were all laid out with brushes, paint and water. The tables were a bit high for smaller kids. My almost 4 year old could manage it and then thank god for daddy’s knee the other guy got a go at what he calls painting. Slippers painted we were off, leaving them to dry in the bags to collect after the adventure. Everyone hopped on the Rathwood Express and it was off to find Cinderella.
Long story short we find a sleeping someone in a shed. Turns out it’s the Fairy Godmother who joins us on our hunt. Followed by a quick drive around we then happen to find Cinderella and reunite her with her glass slipper and the prince. Then it’s off for afternoon tea.
The afternoon tea was lovely. It was set up on a tier display and filled with buns, cake, chocolates and sandwiches. Prince Charming came around with hot chocolate or there was an option to have juice. Cinderella comes around to each table and spends some time talking to all the kids. My two were too busy eating to pay attention to her! The kids also get a photo opportunity with the Price, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother. The cast are all great with kids. My little guy kept going back for Cinderella cuddles!!
The events lasted around 40 minutes. It was raining and we didn’t actually go to goose lake I presume due to the rain so this would have cut the time short. It was still long enough and left plenty of time to enjoy the food. The kids also get a voucher for a small tub of vanilla ice cream in the restaurant. We had a lovely day out. My advice is if you have costumes at home let them dress up, most of the girls were in princess dresses and looked lovely.
The price for tickets is €4 for adults, €12 for children and 0 – 12 months are free. The Cinderella Tea Party runs at various times throughout the year. You can check out their other events or book the Cinderella train here.
Disclaimer – I was given complimentary tickets from Rathwood for the Cinderella Tea Party Train in return for a review post. As always all opinions are my own and honest.