Free charity open day at Westport House to help Western Care

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Pictured at the launch of the Free Charity Open Day in aid of Western Care at Westport House’s Pirate Adventure Park, Teresa Ward (Fundraising Manager, Western Care), Barry O’Connor (CEO of Westport Estate) , Mark McDonnagh (Service User, Western Care), Austin Moran (Service User, Western Care), Sheila Burke (Service User, Western Care) and Jamie Ryder (Westport House). Photo: Michael McLaughlin

Westport House is hosting its annual open house from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

The Hughes family is opening all the rides and attractions at Pirate Adventure Park for free in the hopes you’ll dig deep for this year’s charity partner, Western Care, which provides services for people with disabilities and autism across Mayo.

Participants are encouraged to donate generously to help fund the provision of services dedicated to empowering people with a wide range of learning and related disabilities in County Mayo so that they can live full and satisfied as equal citizens.

Each participant is encouraged to donate €5 per person at the entrance and to remember to bring cash; 100% of profits will go to Western Care.

Tia Crowley, CEO of Western Care, said, “Western Care is delighted to be associated with Westport House and we appreciate their continued support of Western Care Association while providing a great day out for families in the beautiful surroundings of Westport House.

Barry O’Connor, CEO of Westport Estate, said: “Supporting our local community and ensuring we are accessible to people from all walks of life is part of Westport Estate’s core values.

“We look forward to opening our doors for free on May 29th, we hope you have fun and we encourage you to support Western Care and the great work they are doing all around Mayo.”

The Pirate Adventure Park Open Day allows unlimited all-day use of the following attractions:

• Rides including the Cannonball Run slide, Pirate Queen swing boat, Pirates Plunge Flume ride, Jump Around and mini Ferris wheel.

• Traditional activities around the lake, including Swan pedal boats and a ride on the Westport House Express Miniature Railway around the lake.

• Get active outdoors with our Rock Climbing Wall (new for 2022), Mini ZipLine, Disc Golf and Foot Golf (new for 2022) or Den Building (new for 2022).

• Indoor play areas for toddlers include Tiny Town for imaginative play and the Pirates Den, our indoor play area.

•Leave with a souvenir of your day and learn a little more about gardening by taking part in our sunflower repotting workshop (new for 2022).

• Enjoy a tour of the estate on board the Westport train and learn a little about the history of the estate as well as future developments (new for 2022).

• Carnival games include Panning for Gem Stones and Hook-a-Duck.

Westport House’s Free Charity Open Day promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family and helps a fantastic cause, so go heartily, get on board.


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