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Pumpkin Patches glasgow Worth visiting with kids

Visiting Pumpkin Patch Must-to-be Fall tradition

Autumn is in full swing! The trees shimmer with warm colours and the leaves rustle pleasantly under your feet while you walk. Nature is slowly saying goodbye to us, preparing for winter, to delight us with its lush greenery in spring. The sun is getting lower, but it still warms our faces pleasantly. This is the perfect time to spend your free time outdoors.

October is the perfect time to take a trip to the pumpkin farm, where these furiously orange orbs become an attraction in their own right. Family trips to the Pumpkin Farm are becoming a must-to-be fall tradition for Scottish families. My kids count the days until they get to go and do pumpkin picking every year.

the Best Pumpkin patches glasgow and Scotland

Arnprior Farm is located 25 miles from city centre of Glasgow. Pumpkin-picking attractions here are starting off on October 10. Like most of the patches booking in advance is necessary. Arnprior Farm offers 2.5 hours slots. When visiting the Arnprior Farm will be able to grab a wheelbarrow and pick your own pumpkins. The farm has lots of activities for children and adults like face painting, quad bike rides, a kids’ maze made of kale, plus an all-weather hay bale soft play area. Moreover, at the farm you have would range of delicious food to try on. There are pop-up trucks serving churros, home-baked cakes, wood-fired pizzas, artisan Scottish beef burgers, horsebox gin truck and freshly ground artisan coffee too! Cost: £9 per car.

East Yonderton Farm is located 13 miles from Glasgow, just next to Glasgow Airport. The pumpkin picking patch at East Yonderton Farm starts on the 15th of October and will be open every day until Halloween. Days are going be divided into 5-time sessions slots, which are as follows: 9 am- 10.30 am, 10.30 am-12 pm, 12pm-1.30pm, 1.30pm-3pm, 3pm-4.30pm. Bookings begin from 1st October. You can book your visit by calling the farm daily from 9 am till 4.30. (East Yonderton Farm contact number: 01418893492 or 01418877044). with £2 booking per car or £5 per bus added to your pumpkins, which remain £1/kg. The patch is pretty spectacular. During your family visit, you will be able PYO pumpkin out of a variety of sizes and colours to pick from.  

Craigie’s Farm Dali and Cafe is located near Edinburgh, 40 miles away from Glasgow. Although this pumpkin patch is further away than the other pumpkin farms, you and your kids will be glad to visit this place. Apart from picking your our perfect pumpkin you can grab your basket and get picking apples and sunflowers as well! At Craigie’s Farm’s Café, you can buy a range of food homemade products: jams, juices, meat, cheeses, groceries, as well as gifts and hampers. To keep kids entertained Craigie’s Farm has a brand new timber play area. To pick your own pumpkins you need to book entry voucher. Adult PYO Pumpkin entry voucher cost £3-£4 and child entry voucher for kids from walking age to 15 years old cost £1.50-£2.

Mill Park Pumpkin Patch is located in Neilston, 12 miles from the Centre of Glasgow.  Pumpkin picking is running over 2 weekends, Saturdays and Sundays this year. (15th, 16th, 22nd and 23rd of October). Apart from picking your perfect pumpkin to carve. You can watch the bale art display, the tractor and combine harvester will be displayed as well.  Mill Park Tuck shop will also be returning this year.  To attract younger kids there is also a play plan. Mill Park Pumpkin Patch is child and dog friendly. 

Scotland’s Theme Park at the Strathclyde Country Park in Motherwell is located 11 miles from the City Centre of GlasgowAll activities take place between the 8th and 31st of OctoberI can honestly say this is one of the best Halloween events for families with a wide range of activities. From the hunt around for a pumpkin, children can take part in the theme park’s pumpkin treasure trail, listen to Folksy Theatre’s storytelling performance and also attend one of their Halloween Arts and Crafts sessions. What’s more, there are also pumpkin bashing games and  Pumpkin Express.  Clyde Valley Pumpkin Festival is worth every penny.

To visit the D’s Pumpkin festival you need to purchase online ticketes priced per person at £8.50 which includes a hot drink voucher and £10.95 which includes a free pumpkin. Children under 2 years old goes free. 

Why you should consider visiting the pumpkin patch Glasgow with your kids?

Pumpkin patches are a great choice for a family day out with kids. Those outdoor PYO experiences are great to engage children in learning and growing. Most pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches provide kids with the freedom to roam and pick their own fruits and pumpkins which gives them a sense of independence and pride. It is such a great opportunity to learn about pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables that grow on the farms/ Children will also have the opportunity to see farm equipment, plants and feed animals. 

Pumpkin Picking Patches Scotland

10 tips before visiting Pumpkin patch Glasgow with kids

Nevertheless, as a mother of three children, I know from experience that wherever place to choose for visiting this autumn is also  better to prepare for this trip.

1. Book Pumpkin Farm in Advance

Before you visit the pumpkin farm you need to buy a ticket in advance. You will not enter the farm without a reserved place in advance. I know tickets usually sell out at the speed of light. Therefore, if you plan such an autumn family trip, book it in the middle of September. In most cases, farms offer 2.5 hours slots. I always try to book on the first days after opening. Closer to Halloween farms became busier and busier.

2. Have fun but fallow the rules

 Visiting the pumpkin patch should be a fun day for the family. However, each pumpkin farm you go to with your children has rules that must be followed. Prior to our trip I always try to discuss the rules and expectations with the children.

3. Plan your outfit for pumpkin picking

Our outfit is one of the things that I plan quite meticulously.  Clothes must be comfortable, warm and rainproof. We all know the Scottish weather. Within 2 hours on the farm, we can experience hail, rain and wonderful sun. It might start cool and wet in the morning and be hot and sunny in the afternoon!! But, there is nothing worse than getting cold. Then, even the best attractions lose their charm. So, the weather can change quickly in the fall, so it’s always a good idea to layer your clothing. We wear a tank top or t-shirt with a cardigan or light waterproof jacket. It can be easily taken off if it gets too warm. And if it gets chilly, you can put the coat back on. The colours of our clothes are important as well.  I never do matching outfits. And I always try to coordinate 3 or 4 autumn colours avoiding clothes with pictures/logos.

4. footwear for muddy puddles

 There is likely to be mud on the pumpkin field.  Ankle boots and wellies  are all great choices for your pumping pricing trip. You’ll want to walk around the pumpkin patch comfortably,  

5. bring some snacks and drinks

In spite of the fact that you will be able to buy drinks and food on the farm, I would recommend taking water and light snacks with you anyway.

6. pocket full of coins

I would advise bringing cash and coins with you. Some children’s attractions may be payable with coins.

7.wet Wipes - Life Saver

My must-to-be! Before we get to the entrance gate my kids are covered with mud. Are you kids this same?

8. gloves

The last two years in a row I’ve forgotten to take gloves and each of us had frozen hands. Gloves! It’s worth having!

9. Spare clothes

 I always have spare clothes in the trunk of my car. Dry socks and shoes, additional trousers.

10. Don't forget Camera to Capture your family memories

Your trip to the pumpkin farm is a great opportunity to take family photos. I usually take my camera with me, but current mobile phones have great built-in cameras. My advice: while taking pictures of children, get down to the height of the child’s eyes. Don’t make the kids pose, just try to capture them while they play. Make sure to take a selfie with the children and give the camera to the ground floor so that you are also present in the pictures.

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