Mock Hunt October at Bel-Air

The amazing weather has continued into October, offering extra lovely days for our mock hunts. Photos by Anna Stone (sunrise) and Helen McNeive (riding).

Good morning mockhunt October 2018

Across the stubble field Bel-Air mockhunt October 2018

Bel-Air mockhunt – 2018

Stunning September at Bel-Air

September is one of our favourite months, and often offers fantastic sunny days with blue skies. Here are some happy riders and horses at a lesson with Noni a few days ago.

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August Stubble Fields

The nights are closing in, the oats are cut and we can ride across the golden stubble fields again. Great fun and quite exciting.

Bel-Air Rideout Aug 2018


Warm June Welcome

The riders got this lovely welcome when they arrived to Bel-Air for evening lessons late in June. Thanks Helen McNeive for catching the moment and sharing the photo!

The drive to Bel-Air Equestrian Centre in the evening sun

Bel-Air Summer

Summer har really arrived. The horses love going out after work, and there is a lovely scent of honeysuckle and elder flowers in the woods – which riders probably enjoy more than the horses. Thanks Fiona for the lovely evening photo.



Bel-Air Mock Hunts in full swing

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The Bel-Air mock hunts are in full swing and both horses and riders are havng a ball, or as one of the riders said This was the best day of my life.  And with Ophelia and other wild weather this autumn, we have had amazing days for the mock hunts so far.


Getting rerady for Santa

While we ride, Santa’s helpers are busy preparing for the Christmas Wonderland, which is coming back to Bel-Air in December. All information about times, tickets etc. is available on the Santa’s Christmas Wonderland website.

Whether you want to ride, stay for a cosy weekend or just have a hot drink in the hotel, we hope to see you at Bel-Air soon!



Stetsons & Shades
Bel-Air 80th Anniversary Party
Saturday 12 August from 8.30 PM

Join us to celebrate 80 years with Bel-Air! It will be a great night out in aid of Wicklow Cancer Support Services. There will be live music, DJ, finger food and dancing at Bel-Air Hotel.

Tickets are €10 and available from Bel-Air, Classic Cuts in Ashford and at Wicklow Cancer Support.

Bel-Air memorabilia and photos will be on display on the night.

Hope to see you there!




Hunter Trials at Bel-Air Sunday 26 March

The Bel-Air hunter trials on Sunday 26 March are open to everyone. No particular age groups and no membership needed. You can walk the course from 2pm the day before. Pre-entries are taken between 2pm and 6pm on the Saturday, and you can also enter on the day. Click the image for more details about classes, times, etc.

We look forward to seeing you at Bel-Air on the day, with or without your horse. It’s a great day out and the hotel will be open for coffees, teas, a pint or something to eat.






Christmas at Bel-Air

You can really feel the holiday spirit at Bel-Air now. The beautiful tree is up, a few groups have been here for their traditional Christmas parties and we all settle happily by the fire after riding, while the horses enjoy their cosy straw beds.

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Riding schedule Dec–Jan

The riding hours at Bel-Air Equestrian Centre are a little bit different over Christmas and New Year. Click the image on the right, to view the full schedule with all events, lessons and ride-outs.

Get a voucher

If you are looking for a special gift or stocking filler, you might want to contact us for a voucher. Who wouldn’t love a short break at Bel-Air, with or without riding – or just a lesson or two?

Visit Santa

In the weeks before Christmas, you can also visit Santa’s Christmas Wonderland next to the hotel. You find all details in the section below.

We wish you a lovely Christmas, and look forward to seeing you at Bel-Air in the new year.

Maggie and Noni Law

Santa’s Christmas Wonderland at Bel-Air

As the fabulous Halloween scares left, Santa’s elves were waiting to move in. The Outback team will be running Santa’s Christmas Wonderland at Bel-Air 1st – 23rd December. Exciting, exciting! Tickets are €12 for children and adults go free.

All information on the Santa’s Christmas Wonderland Facebook page.

For bookings, contact 0873562000. (No bookings through the hotel.)








Mock hunt season at Bel-Air!

Riders and horses all agree, the Bel-Air mock hunts is the very best autumn has to offer! Lessons and ride-outs are also running as normal at the Equestrian Centre (see daily schedule here).

If you want to ask about or book horse riding, please text Noni on 087 2794392 or e-mail us on Regular ride-outs and lessons as listed in the weekly timetable.

Our riding club events, are listed on the Bel-Air Riding Club website.

And if you are thinking of Christmas already, our vouchers are popular stocking fillers.


Summer has arrived to Bel-Air!

After work chill time at Bel-Air Equestrian Centre

After work chill time at Bel-Air Equestrian Centre

It took its time this year, but summer has finally arrived and we are making the most of it at Bel-Air. Lessons and ride-outs are running as normal at the Equestrian Centre (see daily schedule here), but the horses have moved out and are enjoying long hours in the field after work, as you can see in the picture above. And Hotel Guests and Riders are enjoying their pints and tea in the suntrap behind the Hotel. Horses and riders look at each other across the fence in mutual agreement – this is a great place to be!


Bel-Air isn’t only for horse riding

There is a lot to do in the area if you don’t want to ride during your stay, or just want a few hours’ break from the horses. We have listed a small sample below. Whatever reason you have to come to Bel-Air,

We are looking forward to seeing you soon,

Maggie & Noni

Vouchers available

If you are looking for a special gift, contact us for a Bel-Air Voucher.

Devil’s Glen – one of many places to walk near Bel-Air

We have many nice walks for all types of walkers close to Bel-Air. The Devil’s Glen area offers many different options. Here is a nice introduction from The Irish Times. Please note that although Devil’s Glen is close to Ashford village and Bel-Air, you do need a car or a lift to get there.

A round of golf, maybe?

If you don’t ride horses, maybe you want to play a round of golf while your travel companions are out enjoying themselves with a Bel-Air lesson or ride-out. There are many golf courses to choose from in the area. Wicklow Golf Club has a beautiful course just by the sea and it’s less than 10 km from Bel-Air. Guests are welcome and you can book online.




Wigs & Jigs Event raised €6,826.25 for Wicklow Cancer Support

Together we raised €6,826.25 for Wicklow Cancer Support at the Wigs and Jigs event. Thank you so much, everybody who sponsored, donated prizes, attended the party, bought raffle tickets, sold tickets, invested your time or contributed in any other way.

And surely it’s no harm it was a great night too! Spectacular photos were published in the local newspapers. Highly recommended reading.

Classic Cuts in Ashford and Bel-Air Hotel and Equestrian Centre present the cheque to Wicklow Cancer Support


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