24 October 2016

Pumpkin Picking For Halloween!

Pumpkin Picking at Kenyon Hall

Location: Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington, England

It's just one week to go until the spookiest occasion of the year arrives, so in preparation yesterday I headed over to Kenyon Hall Farm to visit their pumpkin patch! Based in Warrington, the farm was pretty hard to get to and I and my boyfriend resorted to climbing over gates and cutting through fields to get there, but once we arrived it was well worth the epic journey. The farm has a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own, a tent with loads of pre-picked pumpkins to choose from as well as a maze to wander around and get lost in. Choosing your own pumpkin fresh from the patch and carving it yourself is definitely the ultimate autumnal activity in the run-up to Halloween, and wrapped up wearing my fluffy coat and boots I loved embracing the excitement of being at the farm!

CAT Footwear

The Pumpkin Patch
Luckily, we had crisp autumn weather shining above as we headed over to the patch, which has loads of pumpkins all different shapes and sizes to choose from. No dogs are allowed on the patch, but there are plenty of people all digging in and pulling their pumpkins straight out of the soil before marching them to the slaughter - the pumpkin carving tent. It definitely gets you in the mood for Halloween selecting your pumpkin from the patch rather than your local Tesco, so if you can get down to one before next Monday you definitely should!

Maize
Maize
Maize Maze
Maize Maze

The Maze of Maize
After visiting the patch, you can take your pumpkin into a tent within the farm to start carving, or you can go and get yourself lost in the maze of maize. The crops grow quite tall and although they look pretty lush and green, they also look quite menacing and reminiscent of horror movies - a perfect setting in the lead up to Halloween. At the end of the maze, look out for the photo cut out that you can put your face in and get your all important photo to show you made it out alive!

Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Pumpkins

The Pumpkin Festival
Heading back to the main hall where we came in, there is a huge range of pumpkins already picked from the patch if you didn't find what you wanted outside. They're sorted into size order and priced accordingly, costing between £1-£10. I bought a pumpkin for just £2 and it was quite a good size, so don't worry if you want one but don't feel like splurging too much - or you've got a few little ones with you that you need to treat! The £10 pumpkins, however, do look incredible, they're absolutely huge and look like something that was conjured up by a witch!

Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Pumpkins
Pumpkins

Pumpkin Carving
After selecting and paying for your pumpkin, you can then head over to carve your pumpkin. It costs £3 to enter the tent and carve, but I'd really recommend carving your pumpkin at the farm just for the Halloween atmosphere! There are tools and buckets to put your pumpkin pulp in provided on tables, and Winnie the Witch keeps the kids occupied telling spooky stories too. Carving my pumpkin at the farm was probably my favourite part of my visit, and it was definitely the best activity to do to get me in the mood for Halloween.

Pumpkin Carving
Carving Tools
Pumpkin Carving

Farm Shop & Cafe
Finally, after running around the patch, a maze, and selecting and carving our pumpkins, it was time for some well-deserved food! Of course, visiting a pumpkin farm, and since I've never had it before, I opted for pumpkin soup which tasted incredible. There are loads to choose from and buy in the cafe and shop, from fresh eggs, milk, and meat, to pies, soups, and sandwiches. If you're not fancying a big lunch, there's also a selection of hot drinks and baked treats too.

Bewitching Banana Cupcake

I loved my day at Kenyon Hall Farm, and if you're looking for a fun autumnal activity to do in the run up to Halloween then I'd definitely recommend it if you're based in the North West. I would say that if you don't have a car, it is quite difficult to get too and I was lucky that myself and my boyfriend had no trouble just cutting through fields and climbing over gates else, to be honest, I really don't know how we would have got there. Apart from the awkward location, if you really want to do a Halloween themed activity, I think the farm is probably one of the best things you could this week.

To check out things like opening times & pumpkin availability
check Kenyon Hall Farm's website at www.kenyonhall.co.uk.

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