Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival
Halloween is a favourite time of year for children and adults alike! Buying your pumpkin from the supermarket is ‘ok’, but picking your own fresh pumpkin straight from the farmers field is so much more fun!
We attended the Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival again this year, it has become somewhat of a family tradition! This year was bigger and better than ever, apparently it is the biggest in the UK!
There was lots to do including corn cannons, rides and storytelling featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin, but the first thing our kids wanted to do was pick their pumpkin. Having looked at a wide variety of pumpkins, white ones, orange ones, green ‘spotty’ ones, large and small, our kids finally managed to pick one each. This year we also picked a large family pumpkin for Mum and Dad to carve and display at the front door! We thought our pumpkin was large at 20 kilos, but apparently the largest of the day was a whopping 27 kilos! It’s a good job wheel barrows were provided to help carry them.
You were able to carve your own pumpkins on-site, stencils and tools were provided, there was also a professional pumpkin carver (Christian Russell from All Carved Out) who for a small charge would carve you a master piece! This year though we decided to bring our pumpkins home for carving.
Pumpkin picking proved to be hungry work, so after we loaded the pumpkins in the car we headed over to the Witches Kitchen. On the menu there was pumpkin soup, as well as hog roast sandwiches, sausage, bacon and a Little Pumpkins menu too for the kids.
Rides & Entertainment
Today wasn’t just about choosing a pumpkin, it was a family day out, and our children very much enjoyed the rides and entertainment. There were a number of attractions including a Corn Cannon where you could shoot corn at a target, a barrel ride, a plastic duck race, and a pumpkin rodeo ‘Bucking Pumpkin’ where kids could ride a pumpkin like a bull until they fall off.
Cold Blooded Encounters were there, and our children enjoyed holding a snake and tortoise. We also met the Witch which was one of many great photo opportunities.
Our visit ended with candy floss and then a visit to the shop. There was lots of Halloween themed gifts and treats such as lollies, pumpkin chocolates, chocolate and toffee apples. In the florist there were pumpkin ornaments, outdoor decorations, and Halloween themed flowers!
We would definitely recommend Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival to anyone, it’s great family fun.