Eating Facilities

Photograph of food on a barbeque

For visitors who want to eat in Carnfunnock, there is a cafe and snack stop offering a range of food options. Additionally drinks, ice-cream and confectionery are available from the Family Fun Zone and Driving Range.

Several barbecue sites, catering for groups of any size from families to large parties, are available for hire. There are also many picnic areas throughout the park, for visitors to bring along their own picnic, with some tables offering facilities to use disposable barbecues.

Onsite Catering

Visitor Centre cafe (Parklands Cafe)

Parklands Cafe at Carnfunnock can accommodate up to 40 customers inside and the adjacent outside terrace, with its dramatic views of the Antrim Coast, is for their patrons use only. Private parties can be catered for by arrangement.

Parklands has its own dedicated website so for full details including menus and opening hours.

Activity Centre Snack Stop (Parklands Cafe)

With the maritime themed playground proving ever popular, the adjacent building has been colourfully refurbished and is now a Snack Stop, operated privately. Visitors can enjoy hot drinks and snacks including sandwiches, hot dogs, sausage rolls and scones. For those with a sweet tooth, there are a wide variety of cakes, tray-bakes, crisps and chocolate bars on offer, as well as ice-cream and lollies. So why not drop in for a coffee and snack this summer whilst visiting the playground and the other marvellous facilities within Carnfunnock.

Hireable Covered BBQ areas

Activity Centre Covered BBQ

This area is available for private hire only and includes picnic tables and chairs as well as night lights and a power point for CD players, kettle etc. It can accommodate up to 75 people. Fuel, charcoal and cooking utensils are not provided. A maximum of 2 cars are permitted to drive along the adjacent lane to drop off materials and charcoal may be kept in the Activity Centre store but not fresh food.  There is no water tap available and you are advised to bring along jugs / basins to have them filled by Activity Centre staff.

This area must be booked and paid for in advance at the Visitor Centre. Payment is based on group size, type of use and number of grids required. If it is hired for a picnic (and no grills are required) the picnic rate will apply. If there are back to back bookings groups are requested to leave the BBQ lit for the next group. An additional charge will be incurred if this area is required after 9.00pm.

All groups hiring this area must adhere to the health and safety guidelines contained within the Carnfunnock Country Park BBQ Hire Guide, which can be downloaded below.

Games Field Covered BBQ

This private hire sheltered area, located close to the Family Fun Zone, was constructed in 2012. *It can accommodate up to 150 people and includes picnic tables as well as night lights and a power point for CD players, kettle etc. Fuel, charcoal and cooking utensils are not provided. A maximum of 2 cars are permitted to drive along the adjacent laneway to drop off materials and charcoal may be kept in the Activity Centre store but not fresh food. There is no water tap available and you are advised to bring along jugs / basins to have them filled by Activity Centre staff.

This area must be booked and paid for in advance at the Visitor Centre. Payment is based on group size, type of use and number of grids (up to 3) required. If it is hired for a picnic (and no grills are required) the picnic rate will apply. If there are back to back bookings groups are requested to leave the BBQ lit for the next group. An additional charge will be incurred if this area is required after 9.00pm. All groups hiring this area must adhere to the BBQ Hire Conditions and health and safety guidelines contained within the Carnfunnock Country Park BBQ Hire Guide, which can both be downloaded below.

*Funded by Northern Ireland Regional Development Programme (Measure 3.3).

Unsheltered Hireable BBQs areas

Permanent built brick BBQs (with separate grids)

These are located at:

  • the Visitor Centre veranda - approx. 8 picnic tables available;
  • the lower car park - approx.8 picnic tables available.

Charges are based on the number of grids required i.e. payment for 50 individuals = 1 grid, payment for 100+ individuals = 2 grids.

Mobile BBQs

These can be located at the former Lions House Garden Picnic Area, Games Field or Upper Car Park picnic area.

Any hired BBQs must be booked and paid for in advance at the Visitor Centre. All groups hiring these areas must adhere to our BBQ Hire Booking Conditions and to the health and safety guidelines contained within the Carnfunnock Country Park BBQ Hire Guide, which can both be downloaded below.

Picnics / Disposable BBQs

Picnic tables are available throughout the Park for anyone wishing to bring packed lunches.

Many of our picnic tables contain grills for using disposable BBQs. These are located in the main car park, at the Visitor Centre, in the games field and at dedicated picnic areas alongside the main entrance road. These areas cannot be pre-booked unless for permanent BBQ hire.

If you bring disposable BBQs to the Park we would ask that you approach staff to arrange for their safe disposal and to ensure that they are not left on grass or picnic tables, as this can cause scorch marks. Please do not dispose of these BBQs within litter or dog bins as this can create a fire hazard - dedicated disposable BBQ bins are provided in some picnic areas.