Hello October! It’s time to think about Halloween and our favourite harvest time activity…. Pumpkin picking.
If you live in the Bristol area, or nearby to Bristol and are searching for the best pumpkin patches to take your children pumpkin picking, we have some ideas for you with our top 5 pumpkin picking spots locally at pumpkin patches, country parks, zoos and family friendly farms.
October is a great time to be outside, especially if you’re going pumpkin picking! It’s a lovely way to spend a beautiful fall day.
Here are some tips for a successful pumpkin picking outing
The best time to go is on an overcast day so the ground doesn’t get too dry and dusty, but bare in mind that if you go after it has been raining then the pumpkin patch can be very muddy.
Fill up your water bottle before you leave and wear comfortable shoes.
Depending on the weather, bring hats and sunscreen, or wellies and umbrellas.
Bring cash with you because some farms don’t accept card payments.
And of course, don’t forget to take pictures of all your pumpkins!
1. Avon Valley country park
Once again Avon Valley is back with an ample pumpkin patch which even novelty items like a pumpkin canon. A pumpkin festival from Oct 2-31 offers music, food, spooky actors and all things seasonal. Fair ground rides will also go down a treat with your kiddies.
2. Puxton park
Puxton park has a pumpkin patch which is free to enter. Just pay for the pumpkin You select. You can then if course pay entry if you want to have a day out at puxton park itself, which is one of our favourite places for families in the Bristol area so do try it out if you haven’t been. The patch is open on weekends and the school half term holidays.
3. Farringtons farm
Farringtons has a great pumpkin patch with a few extras so you can make a day of it. Pumpkin carving, tractor rides, story times and of course the farringtons playbarn. The farm shop will be selling pumpkin soup and pumpkin spice latte for you to enjoy.
4. Noahs ark zoo farm
Pumpkin fest 9-31 October.
This involves a pumpkin hunt. Children can take part in the farm’s Pumpkin Mystery trail with the chance to win some prizes.
Of course all the wild animals are also there to enjoy.
5. The Globe Roundabout, A4, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BB
This is a popular pumpkin picking patch near bath.
Tin can coffee is available, an 8 acre pumpkin patch, a decorated pumkin house and all the usual picking and decorating
What to do with your Pumpkins after you’ve picked them?
Okay, so you had a great day picking Pumpkins with the kids – now what? Here are a few simple ideas to use up all your Pumpkin swag. Pumpkins are ideal for both cooking and crafting around the Halloween season.
Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Halloween
Whether you want to carve a traditional Pumpkin jack – o – lantern, or go with a toddler friendly no-carve Pumpkin decorating idea, there are so many options to consider at Halloween.
Here are a few Pumpkin ideas for inspiration to get you started.
- Bing Bunny Halloween Pumpkin Carving (with template)
- Cookie Monster Pumpkin
- No Carve Pikachu Pumpkin
- 10 Stylish No Carve Pumpkin Ideas
Halloween is a spooky time of year, and one of the most exciting parts about it is picking out a pumpkin to carve. But, how do you make sure your pumpkin will last until November 1st?
Let’s take a look at some tips on selecting the perfect pumpkin and keeping it fresh for carving!
If storing outside, keep your pumpkin in a dry shady spot. A covered porch is ideal.
If storing inside, you can even keep them in the fridge.
Some people recommend coating your pumpkin in Vaseline, Petrolium jelly or soaking in bleach. You can do this either before or after carving.
Easy Pumpkin Recipes
Cupcakes, Pies, Soups, and Stews… what Pumpkin recipe will you choose this Autumn? If you have picked plenty of Pumpkins, why not try a few.
- Pumpkin and Ginger Halloween Cupcakes
- Welsh Lamb and Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Gnocchi
- Cinderella Inspired Enchanted Pumpkin Muffins
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If we have missed your favourite Bristol Pumpkin Patch, then please let us know in the comments and share your experiences.
Happy Pumpkin Picking!
This post is written by our Bristol based contributor, Helen