Ladyrath Lane in Co. Meath is a family run business dealing in outhouses and renovating sheds but they are known mostly for their Pumpkin Patch and seasonal events throughout the year. It was our first-time pumpkin picking at Ladyrath Lane today and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised, whilst it’s quite a small patch it had everything a kid could ask for including the mud. All. The. Mud. My lot had to be dragged out of the place. We literally had two kicking and screaming when it was time to go.
A day ticket pumpkin picking at Ladyrath Lane costs €10 per family through Eventbrite (now sold out) and while there is a charge for pumpkins and food, of course, there are no hidden charges elsewhere.
Pumpkins will set you back between €2 – €10 (the cheapest pumpkins we’ve bought from a pumpkin patch in Ireland to date) and you can carve them on site with the help of staff doing small demonstrations and carving sets and knives are child-friendly and safe and there’s plenty of them. The staff will also gut your pumpkin and best of all they’ll clean up after you too.
All activities are included in your entrance fee which includes a large bouncy castle slide, face painting, a colouring corner, the pumpkin patch itself, a large spooky carving area, lots and lots of ride-a-along cars, tractors, trikes and other toys, a couple of decorated sheds and some great photo opportunities too.
There’s also a hidden little area that I’d say most people would miss unless told was outside the back door of The Cow Shed cafe. There’s a handful of picnic benches so you can enjoy a cuppa and watch and laugh as people slip and slide through the mud with mini diggers and muc for the kids to enjoy.
There’s hot drinks, soft drinks, sweet treats and some baked goods served at the Cow Shed cafe, a renovated cowshed once used by Shirley’s grandfather. We parked up next to a log burner to heat up and dry Kenzie off a little, she was head to toe in muck. There were two little black kittens keeping shelter in the cafe and while I’m not a cat person myself the kids absolutely adored them and it added a bit of spook to the Halloween celebrations.
I simply cannot fault Ladyrath Lane. We spent just over two hours there chasing after the kids, they had an absolute ball. Yes, it was muddy on the patch itself but that just added to the fun of it all. And something that really stood out to me was how organised they were following the recent storms. At no extra cost, they organised alternative parking to avoid cars getting stuck in their fields with a bus travelling to and from a local GAA club so the kids had an extra adventure added to their day. And I have to credit the staff, each and every one of the staff there was friendly, attentive and wonderful with the kids.
We’ll most definitely be back.
Ladyrath Lane gifted us a family pass and snacks for the kids today but I was not obliged in any way to write about our time there. In fact, I bought a family ticket for next weekend and will now give it away my Facebook page tomorrow.
For more adventures around Ireland with kids check out my blog series Adventure of Eire or check our my travel group for parents in Ireland.