With the spooky season almost upon us, it's time to drag out those Halloween costumes and get your pumpkin carving knives at the ready. And if you're looking to go the extra mile this year, why not grab the kids and head off to hunt for pumpkins yourself!
Pumpkin picking is a great day out for little or big kids, and we've found three places in and around Manchester that offer this brilliant activity. Children will love choosing their very own pumpkin to take home and at the same time will get to enjoy a whole host of other Halloween fun!
Pumpkin picking at Kenyon Hall Farm
Kenyon Hall Farm Kenyon Hall Farm kick off their annual 'Pumpkin Festival' from Saturday 14th October, with free entry into their on site pumpkin patch. Choose your favourite straight from the ground (prices range from £2-£20 depending on size), or grab one of their ready made pumpkins which come in all shapes, sizes and colours. Head over to their carving workshop and go Halloween crazy! What could be better? The perfect Jack'o'Lantern to take home without having to worry about cleaning up the mess!
Where? Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington WA3 7ED How much? Entry to the pumpkin festival and pumpkin patch is free, pumpkin prices will vary between £2-£20 depending on size/weight. For more information, check out the Kenyon Hall Farm website.
Pumpkin picking at Cockfields Farm
Cockfields Farm Cockfields Farm's Halloween spookfest is a must attend event every October. Running from the 23rd October to the 5th November, as well as picking a pumpkin from the haunted pumpkin patch, kids can also enjoy a range of spooky activities including scary stories with the wicked witch in her cave, meeting an array of creepy crawlies and bugs in the haunted cavern, slime dunking buckets and loads of Halloween inspires arts and crafts. Admission costs not only give you entry into the annual spookfest but you also get to enjoy the farm's usual offerings.
Where? Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8AR How much? Children's entry - £9.95 per day, Adults entry - £6.95 per day. Check out more of what Cockfields Farm has to offer via their website.
Pumpkin picking at Garswood Pumpkin Patch
Garswood Pumpkin Patch If you're looking for some pumpkin picking on a budget then Garswood's Pumpkin Patch maybe the one for you! This family run business has been growing their pumpkins for the past three years and on the 14th and 15th October, as well as from the 21st October to the 29th October, they'll be opening their doors to Halloween lovers everywhere! Their pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes (including supersize!), and will make the perfect Jack'o'Lantern this All Hallows Eve!
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Where? Garswood Farm, Newton Road/Billinge Road, Wigan WN4 OXD How much? Admission to the patch is free and you can expect to pay between £3-£5 for your pumpkin depending on size. You can check out more information on the Garswood Farm Facebook page.