My Times To Treasure post this week is going to be bit different. It isn’t a round up of what we did at the weekend, but rather a review of one of our activities.
It’s that time of year where Halloween is nearly upon us, so what does that mean? Pumpkins of course! I’ve seen lots of fellow bloggers posting photos on Instagram of their pumpkins and I was desperate to get in on the action. I don’t remember there being as much hype around pumpkin picking last year, but it certainly seems like the thing to do this year!
I had a look around and the closest pumpkin patch to us was Foxes Farm Produce in Basildon. It’s one of two sites they have – the other being in Colchester. They have a Facebook page which is great. All the information you need is on there, including a sat nav postcode to get there easily, prices of pumpkins and refreshments available.
The patch opened at 10. We arrived at 10.30 and it was already quite busy. There were assistants helping to direct people in the car park and although it was busy, there was plenty of parking room. Entry to the patch is free, which I think is fantastic.
The patch itself was massive. To the left is a whole field of pumpkins and to the right is the corn field. We started out by having a wonder round the pumpkins. Alfie was in his element having a walk around the muddy field. He stopped at all the pumpkins and was touching them, and trying to pick them up.
There were some great props set up for photo opportunities, including a load of hay bales to sit on, a pumpkin pile up, and a big hay stack in the corn field. We had a great morning just walking round and trying to pick the best pumpkins whilst getting lots of lovely photos. There were even wheelbarrows to help you carry your picked pumpkins around! The corn field was fab to walk around as well, although we didn’t pick any corn to take home in the end.
We eventually chose our pumpkins, and made our way to leave. There was a hot refreshments stall at the exit which looked great, although we didn’t purchase anything from it. At the exit, there were assistants who judged your pumpkins and charged you by the size of them. We had a large, a medium and a small so it cost us £9 for the three. All in all we spent about an hour and a half at the patch. Although it wasn’t a very long activity, if you had more children, or older children, you could probably spend more time there if you wanted to.
We then went home and had a lovely afternoon carving our pumpkins! Alfie got involved by helping to draw on his design and scoop out the inside of the pumpkin. Unfortunately he also tried to eat a lot of it!
When it got dark, we lit our candles to place inside our pumpkins. Alfie was amazed by the spooky shapes the lights made in the dark.
It was a really fun activity to do, and something I’d really recommend! Foxes Farm Produce pumpkin patch is open during half-term this week, so if you’re stuck for something to do with the kids, I’d highly recommend checking it out!
Have you visited a pumpkin patch this Autumn?