The October half term break is over. The trees look all glam in their burnt oranges and crimsons. Fingers and ears are crying out for gloves and hats. Yep, we’re well and truly into autumn. Or, my favourite Americanism – fall. Americans do this time of year so well. I’m so jealous of my Yankee friends when their Insta feeds fill with cute pictures of their kids down on the pumpkin patch. So when I found out that we actually have a real life patch near us I was crazy excited. At the pumpkin patch at Arnprior Farm we could finally live out all my fall dreams!
My two older boys had not one but two weeks off for the October break. To say cabin fever was taking hold by the end of the second week would not be exaggerating. Middle Son can get a bit stir crazy, so for family sanity I try to get him outside most days. As soon as I heard about the pumpkin patch at Arnprior Farm, we pulled on our wellies and off we went.
down on the pumpkin patch
The pumpkin patch at Arnprior Farm was just as I had always hoped a pumpkin patch would be. We were allowed to wander about and choose our pumpkin, and Middle Son loved looking at all the different colours, shapes and sizes. It took him a while to make up his mind.
In between wandering around the pumpkins, we let ourselves get lost in the Kale Maze. We had to admit defeat though, and double back! There were hay bales to climb as well (with a little help from mum), and you can even dig your own potatoes or pull your own turnips. We refuelled with hotdogs from the food truck, before lugging our carefully selected pumpkins home.
the pumpkin patch at arnprior farm – the details
There’s still time to get down to the pumpkin patch – it’s open this weekend, 28-29th October, 10am-4pm. Parking is free, but it gets really busy so check the Facebook page to make sure you can get in. It’s free to get in, you just pay for your pumpkins (the kale maze is an extra £1). The pumpkins are more expensive than the ones you get in the supermarket, but worth it for the experience!
There was a Scottish twist on an American classic though – mud. Lots of mud! Sadly, crisps autumn days are often overshadowed by rainy ones here. Rain plus a lot of welly-clad feet makes for a very squidgy terrain. I can’t stress this enough – w e a r y o u r w e l l i e s !!! And if you’re precious about them, don’t wear your finest Hunter ones.
Also, bring a bag to carry your pumpkin in. It makes it easier when kid wrangling, and also means less mud all over your hands. Baby wipes and alcohol gel are a must too, especially if you plan on grabbing some food.
We can’t wait until next year to go again!
This isn’t a sponsored post. We just think this place is amazing!