Private Cookery Events

Private Cookery Events

Ballyknocken Cookery School and Gardens, offers the perfect activity for private cookery events. For that special occasion, birthday party, wedding anniversary, retirement party, or family gathering we are inviting family and friends to come together to cook together. In this fun hands-on relaxed cookery experience, you will be shown how to prepare and cook your own delicious three course meal from Southern Italian to Easy Entertaining menus using some of our garden produce.

Then, gather at the picnic table (weather permitting) to enjoy the fruits of your labour, as you look out on the beautiful Wicklow hills. Dining is also available in our Dining Room in Ballyknocken House or our Tayberry Barn as we can cater for any group size.

Make it even more special and hire out Ballyknocken House exclusively and create a home away from home for your perfect party night.

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Private Cookery Events

For that special occasion, birthday party, wedding anniversary, retirement party or family gathering we’ll help you create one of the best days of your lives. Cook, laugh, learn, perfect and savour great food with friends, family, colleagues, book clubs or even neighbours.

We’ll help design the perfect afternoon or evening, having the best fun in our cookery school preparing your delicious three course Southern Italian lunch or dinner. Or why not try our Gin Tea Party or for chocolate lovers our Chocolate & Bubbly cookery experience.

You also have the opportunity to stay overnight in the charming Ballyknocken Farmhouse. How could it get any better?

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Exclusive Hire

You can also exclusively hire Ballyknocken House for your group for B&B to create a home away from home for your private getaway. We have 7 bedrooms all equipped to 4* Standard reflecting the Victorian Style of the premises. Each room is tastefully decorated with some rooms featuring splendid roll-top baths.

Across the courtyard our converted Milking Parlour suite has three double/twin en suite bedrooms with its own living area.

We can host and plan your special stay with us for up to 21 guests.

Activities and attractions available

Having welcomed many wonderful private groups and parties over the years, we understand that when it comes to your family gathering or special celebration a bespoke and unique experience is most welcome. We offer our private groups the option to enjoy fun and memorable experiences such as private cookery classes, activities and exclusive hire or our 1850’s Farmhouse to create a home from home.

Whether you stay over or visit for the day you can book the following

Fun and fabulous hands-on cookery class experience in our cookery school and then sit down and enjoy a delicious meal

Gin Tea Party or Chocolate and Bubbly class

Limoncello Making or Irish Coffee Making

Outdoor activities including archery, farm games and sheepherding (can be booked as additional activities when booking a private cookery class or private getaway)

Make a great day perfect and stay with us at Ballyknocken. Our award-winning 19th Century Victorian farmhouse is so special you’ll never want to leave.

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Let’s see how we can help plan our special event, please use the enquiry form here, email us or phone us on
+353 404 44627
We would be delighted to see if we can help you. Please use the enquiry form here, email us or phone us on +353 404 44627

Yes for private groups, we can amend recipes where possible to suit dietary requirements or food allergies once we have been given enough notice and information.

Yes we can welcome group sizes from 2 to 48 in the cookery school.
Can I make changes if I need to?
Yes. We will work with you to ensure your party is just as you want it, if you find you have to make changes there are usually no problems as long as we have 21 days notice.
Is it possible to just book an activity/accommodation?

Yes. We offer both together or separately. No matter what you have in mind contact us and we will be sure to see what we can do.

“I cannot thank you and all of the team enough for the amazing night we had on Saturday night. Everyone was blown away by it and really loved it. The setting was fab – the barn was beautiful! Catherine was fantastic and had the patience of a saint with us! I really appreciate everything you all did to make it such a special night!”


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Where To Find Us

Ballyknocken Cookery School, House & Farm
Glenealy, Ashford, Co Wicklow,
A67 X720, Ireland
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