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This morning.

Tayto Park, Ashbourne, county Meath.

A troupe of terrifying tykes help launch ‘Tricky Trail at Tayto Park’, a brand-new family adventure experience at Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, which will open on Saturday, October 23.

Ian writes:

‘Tricky Trail at Tayto Park’ is the ultimate Halloween treasure hunt for kids. This new 45-minute experience, will be filled with spooky stories, spell casting, magical performances, and fun! Pre-bookings only.

ALSO…This October (23rd & 30th) enjoy a Halloween night out with friends and family as Tayto Park After Dark returns from 6pm – 10pm as part of a special night entry.

Tayto Park

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

From top: Drusilla the Sulawesi Black Crested Macaque, Bainne (Alpaca), Bumi (Sulawesi Black Crested Macaque); Dolly and Lemmy (Ring-Tailed Lemurs) and Babe, the park’s domestic pig.


This morning.

Tayto Theme Park and Zoo, Ashbourne, county Meath.

Ian Collins writes:

With Met Éireann forecasting warm weather to continue this week, this morning the resident animals at the Tayto Park Zoo were staying refreshed with a range of cool down treats prepared by the Tayto Park zookeepers ensuring they can also have fun in the sun!

One way to ensure animals stay comfortable during this sunny spell are frozen popsicles. As animals don’t perspire in the same way as humans, iced treats using the animal’s feed such as fresh fruit or vegetables ensure they stay hydrated.

Visitors to the Tayto Park Zoo will catch a glimpse of the Asian small-clawed otters taking full advantage of their pond, as they splash around to cool down, along with Ossie, the Tayto Park Emu bathing in cool water while the sun is shining.

Tayto Theme Park and Zoo

All pics by Emma Babington


Tayto Park, Ashbourne, County Meath

Skipper (Colin Hughes) and Scooter (Aidan Mannion) launch ‘Tayto Park Adventures’, a virtual school tour experience linked to the SESE curriculum with an all-access pass to the animal collection at the Tayto Park Zoo and its theme park attractions including, Europe’s largest inverted wooden rollercoaster, the Cù Chulainn Coaster.

Tayto Park

Pics: Karen Morgan

Free December 19-20?

At Tayto Park, Ashbourne, County Meath.

Ian Collins writes:

Christmas is in the air at Tayto Park, as Ireland’s only theme park and zoo team up with Retro Drive-In Movies to reveal a two-day Christmas movie drive-in weekend on Saturday 19 Sunday, 20 of December….

Arrive in the car, stay in the car and leave in the car, the Christmas movie drive-in at Tayto Park is safe, socially distanced and the perfect day out to get all the family in the festive spirit! Experience the magic of retro and catch Christmas classics such as Home Alone 1 & 2, The Polar Express, The Santa Claus and more on the big screen and more all from the comfort of your very own car!

Book tickets here

Tayto Park.

10 years this month.

It grew up so fast.

Ian Collins writes:

Whether it’s a Christmas gift for all the family to enjoy, or something to keep the spirits high during lockdown, to celebrate 10 years of Ireland’s only theme park and zoo, Tayto Park has announced a 48-hour sale across all gift cards from tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3.

Tayto Park is ultimate family day out, catch a ride on Europe’s largest wooden inverted wooden rollercoaster, The Cú Chulainn Coaster, take a plunge on Ireland’s largest flume attraction, The Viking Voyage, or why not put your zoo skills to the test while visiting ‘Lemur Woods’ Ireland’s largest lemur walk through or discover tigers, leopards, birds of prey and much more at the Tayto Park Zoo!

The Tayto Park sale [at link below] will include 20% OFF all gift cards, Tayto Park gift cards can be used to purchase day tickets for a date of your choice or can be used to purchase seasonal passes.

To celebrate, Tayto Park have supplied us with a (yes, one) free FAMILY pass to Tayto Park to give away.

To enter, please complete this rhyme:

It’s ten years since Tayto got its own park,

An oasis for crisp lovers to have a lark,

Vinegarishly, some expected cheese and little to savour,


Lines MUST close at 10pm.

Tayto Park

This morning.

Tayto park, Ashbourne, County Meath.

A pair of lemurs (pics 1-2), a mob of meerkats (pics 4-6) and an owl (Pic 3) getting into the Halloween spirit at Tayto Park this morning, enjoying a Halloween inspired breakfast ahead of the official opening of ‘The Wicked Adventures at Tayto Park’ this weekend, a brand new kids attraction for Halloween.

On Halloween, Thursday, October 31 kids can get into the park for free if they are in full Halloween costume.

Tayto Park

Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

Who’s at the door?

Last week, with a FREE family pass to visit Tayto Park this Halloween to giveaway, we asked you to name YOUR most memorable (or least memorable) house-to-house Halloween collection moment.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Optimus Grime writes:

Hands down it was mam telling all the trick or treaters to congregate at the back door. In the midst of no one answering the door my dad appeared on the roof over the back door in a crucifix pose wearing a facially deformed mask and a long black coat. Cue utter chaos!

The average age of the group was 6 years old! No one ever called to our house again for trick or treat….I suppose they saved money in the long run!

Runner Up:

Not Himselfe writes:

‘One Halloween manys a year ago in 80s Dublin my dad decided to dress as Evil Santy. He reckoned it would be hilarious to hide under the car and reach out and grab at kids coming up the driveway to the house.

He crawled under on his belly and squeezed himself in as best he could. Anyway, after about 10 minutes when the novelty wore off (the kids were wide to his antics and he had to take a slash due to consumption of many beverages) he tried to crawl out from underneath said car only to find his jolly red suit snagged! No amount of manoeuvering could get him out.

A neighbor rocked up with a jack but he was so well snagged he couldn’t move. Oh how we laughed.After about an hour of throwing peanuts at him and the entire neighborhood coming by for a good laugh we decided we might have to actually help him get out.

Eventually the Fire Brigade, who happened to be around the corner doing what they do on Halloween night, had to come over and free him.Best Halloween ever!’


DOC writes

Last year most of the children had been at the house between 7.30-8pm One turned up at a quarter to nine and he said: ‘I am your PERIOD. That is why i am LATE!’
I fell around the place laughing…

Thanks all.

Last week: No Tricks, All Treat

Tayto Park

Top, from left:  Rian Ledwidge, Frida Maguire, Alba Keogh and Kyle Mc Donnell at Tayto Park in Ashbourne, Co. Meath, as the park announced a brand new kids attraction for Halloween – The Wicked Adventures at Tayto Park

Theres never anything  to do on Halloween.

Until now!

Ian Collins writes:

Tayto Park, Ireland’s favourite theme park and zoo located in Ashbourne, County. Meath, is excited to announce a brand-new kids attraction for Halloween – The Wicked Adventures at Tayto Park, which opens Saturday, October 18

On arrival at The Wicked Adventures at Tayto Park, transform into your favourite Halloween character at the Tayto Park Face Painting Hut, before stepping inside the Wicked Witches Lair where the spooktacular adventure trail begins.

..creep through the mysterious passageways of the pumpkin walkthrough and say hello to some of your favourite Halloween characters, but be prepared for a trick or a treat!

The magic and fun continues at the Wacky Wizard’s Mansion, be amazed by spooky magicians and learn some beastly breaking dancing, zombie zumba and much more before partying like a mon-star at the Wacky Wizard’s Mansion disco!

We have ONE (yes, one) FREE Family pass for up four people to giveaway to a Broadsheet reader.

To enter, Just tell us your most memorable (or least memorable) house-to-house Halloween collection moment.

Lines MUST close at 3.33pm Extended until 6.06pm MIDNIGHT.

Tayto Park


This morning.

Tayto Park, Ashbourne, County Meath

Reilly (top left) and Ellie (top right), Ambassador Dogs for Irish Guide Dogs, with (above from left) Founder of Tayto Park, Raymond Coyle; Nick Palmer, Irish Guide Dogs; and John Burke, Irish Guide Dogs, announcing news that two special awareness days for Irish Guide Dogs will take place at the park next Wednesday and Thursday with “an array of activities to support and raise funds”. In addition Tayto Park donated €5,000 to the charity.


Irish Guide Dogs

Tayto Park

Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland