Top Tips for Visiting Bloom 2022 with Kids

Jill Holtz

May 23, 2022

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Bord Bia Bloom, Ireland’s annual garden festival which takes place at the Phoenix Park, is one of the top family-friendly events in Ireland, with kids going free, and plenty of activities, food and garden fun for all ages. Here our top tips for making your visit to Bloom with kids super easy and ensure you have as much fun on the day as we did!

And best of all, two children up to the age of 16 receive complimentary access to Bloom with every paying adult.

Visiting Bloom 2022 with Kids

Bloom 2022 features 19 stunning show gardens, from the Beauty and the Beast Musical Garden to the Minions Garden, designed to celebrate the release of Minions: The Rise of Gru in Irish cinemas.

It’s great to hear that two of this year’s show gardens will focus on creating accessible garden spaces, including gardens by Enable Ireland and a wheelchair-friendly garden created by 2020 Super Garden winner, Mark Hoey.

The Shared Spaces Family Garden is one of the new show gardens this year, specially designed to help people plant their own garden at home, with an easy-to-follow planting plan and planting list that can be implemented at home, according to the time, space and budget available.

To make the most of Bloom this year, follow our top tips for visiting Bloom with kids:

Plan Ahead

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Before your visit, stop by the Bloom website for detailed information. Check travel tips, whether planning to arrive by car or public transport, and download a site map to plot your route around the extensive Bloom site.

Decide which show gardens are top of your list, which events/demos you’d like to see and check out the kids’ event programme.

Top tip: The event schedule for each day differs, so do make sure to check in advance so you can plan your day out and make the most of all that’s on offer.

Plan Kids’ Activities

bord bia bloom scientific sue

Of course you’ll want some browsing time for yourself, but it’s a good idea to plan in your kids’ activities to keep them happy throughout the day.

This year there are lots of things happening at the Food Dudes Budding Bloomers Stage. The Kids Zone hosts an exciting mix of fun and games for all the family to enjoy, with programmed events every day including:

  • Scientific Sue “Science of Bubbles Show”
  • Let Me Tell You a Story About Johnny Magory
  • Children’s Books Ireland “Sparking Passion for Books”
  • Paddy Courtney’s A Buzz About Bees
  • Cool Food School’s “Incredible Edibles” Demos
  • Bolton School of Irish Dancers

Your child might also enjoy some of the demos at the Quality Kitchen stage featuring some of  Ireland’s leading chefs including Catherine Fulvio, Edward Hayden, Gary O’Hanlon and Brian McDermot. There will also be cook-alongs for kids with Neven Maguire to watch at 4.15pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Plan Refreshment Time

bord bia bloom food options

There are plenty of food options at Bloom, for example, the Food Village will feature more than 90 food producers showcasing the best of Irish food; from chocolate to smoked salmon, cheese to beetroot juice, artisan sausages, fresh vegetables and meats, coffee and jams.

There are also two on-site restaurants, Country Crest Food Fayre and Farm Shop and Bistro Bloom offering indoor and outdoor dining options with a wide range of tasty food options from artisan food trucks located around the site.

Bring snacks and back up food just in case your kids aren’t keen on the options on offer. There are plenty of spots to set up a mini picnic for them, while the dedicated Picnic Area is also a good spot to take some time out, relax and enjoy the live entertainment.

Top tip: When you first arrive, scope out what’s on offer as you go around to see what you think your kids might like and plan to come back at feeding times. It’s also a good idea to try and time your meals outside of the peak times, e.g. try an early lunch at noon with a snack later after the lunch rush has died down.

Be Prepared

visiting bloom with kids lead

Top essentials for the day:

  • Sunscreen and hats
  • Wet wipes (so handy for those messy spills)
  • Refillable water bottles, you can refill at the water stations
  • Books or toys for kids to play with when you have rest stops
  • Label coats, jumpers and backpacks with your mobile number in case any smallies get lost.

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Help with Sustainability

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Bord Bia is also running a number of sustainable initiatives at the festival, from providing a free shuttle bus service and an increased number of bicycle parking spaces, to ensuring that all food and drink packaging sold on-site is fully compostable or recyclable.

Many of the show gardens will highlight environmentally-friendly practices and systems, such as rainwater collection, pollinator-friendly planting, habitats for wildlife, and greener building materials in order to inspire visitors to make changes at home.

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