The Pumpkin patch, which is based in Ardrahan, in the South of the county, opens on six dates later this month. Adults and children can come along for a fun Halloween themed day out, which includes much more than just pumpkin picking. There is fancy dress, Halloween themed games, farm animals on site, and lots more.
Galway Pumpkin Patch is operated by Caroline Whelan and her husband Gerry Quinn. The Patch is located on Ms Whelan’s family farm at Castletaylor Demesne in Ardrahan, and she is really looking forward to the event. The Ardrahan woman believes that we are all now living such fast paced lives, the Pumpkin Patch is a bit of a reprieve for a few hours.
She also thinks that people like the idea of authenticity. “My husband, who works full-time in his father’s Fruit and Vegetable business trades at a number of Farmers Markets weekly – they have got so popular; people love to come for their home grown veg. Now they are being offered a home grown pumpkin. We are not one of the big supermarket chains –people can follow us on social media and see Gerry takes great pride in his crop. Our pumpkins are grown and harvested with love.”
Castletaylor is a working farm and the animals proved a huge hit with the kids. “Last year we showcased our vintage tractor, along with some sheep, goats and a Shetland pony. This year we are hoping to add a rabbit or two to the mix! We also have two special guests who make random appearances – a pair of Alpacas! When you grow up on a farm, you forget yourself how much of a novelty that animals are to other children who don’t. We are really looking forward to the events and all we are crossing our fingers for now is for the rain to stop and a bit of fine weather to come our way!”
Galway Pumpkin Patch will open on Friday October 18th, Saturday 19th, and Sunday 20th, and Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th, and Bank Holiday Monday October 28th. Tickets must be booked in advance at www.galwaypumpkinpatch.ie You can also check out Galway Pumpkin Patch on Facebook and Instagram.