A successful open day at the Wonderful Barn event was organised by the Leixlip Town Council Town Improvements committee on Easter Saturday.
Follow on from last June’s successful event at the historic venue the recent event ran from 11am to 3pm on the day. “We increased the activity and decided that a egg hunt would be ideal,” said Cllr. Anthony Larkin.
They also had the Morris Minor club present, pony rides, Leixlip fire brigade, local artists, jewellery maker, metal crafts and wood turner all displaying their wares. The Barn was open and beautiful weather prevailed.
History (by John Colgan) and nature talks took place on the hour the egg hunt proving very popular with over 300 children enjoying the clues, rhymes.Treats were handed out as families arrived with picnics a great atmosphere prevailed.
Cllr. Larkin said the exposure of the Wonderful Barn never fails to intrigue and amaze everybody. For people who have lived in the area for many years, this was their first time to visit the Barn and all enjoyed the history and experience over a thousand visitors on the day went away very happy.
Cllr. Larkin, thanking all who took part, said: “We will be asking KCC to turn this beautiful building to some public use as a matter of urgency with deterioration and vandalism taking hold we need to act now.”
The Wonderful Barn issue is regularly raised.
Work has been done on the Barn, with its rare conical shape, and the nearby house to keep it stable but a lot of money is required to turn it into the community facility or tourism venue many have called for over the years.