Although Halloween has changed a little from when I was young, some traditions are still around. Children continue to go out guising (you only get sweets if you do a dance/joke/song etc.), we dook for apples and the kids love to dress up in different outfits. Turnips used to be the vegetable of choice to carve, but nowadays everyone has a pumpkin. Although we love our traditions everyone has to agree that carving a pumpkin is so much easier than caving a turnip! So we are quite excited that Scotland has so many pumpkin patches to choose from nowadays.
I’ve been busy putting together a list of pumpkin patches in Scotland for 2019. So if you would like to know where to find a pumpkin patch in Scotland, look no further and scroll down this list to your local area.
*if you know of any pumpkin patches that I’ve missed please do let me know*
PLEASE CHECK DATES/DETAILS ON LINKS BELOW BEFORE VISITING.
Pumpkin Patch Scotland
Loch Ness Pumpkins, Corrimony, Inverness
Most of the pumpkin patches seem to be further South in Scotland, however for those in the Highlands there’s Loch Ness Pumpkins to look forward to. It’s located just up from Drumnadrochit, so in a rather pretty area of our country too. Book tickets to visit and pick your own pumpkins and enjoy the children’s activities available.
Booking: Essential, book via Eventbrite (tickets available from 31st August, check the website for details)
Opening dates: Opens 18th-20th, 22nd-24th and 26th-27th October.
Cononsyth Farms, Angus
Over near Arbroath in Angus is Cononsyth Farm, where there will be a pumpkin patch on Saturday 26th October. Tickets for car parking can be booked via Eventbrite, check out the Cononsyth Farm Facebook page for more information nearer the time.
Booking: Essential, via EventBrite.
Opening dates: 26th October
Fairy Woods at Fedderate, Aberdeenshire
The lovely Fairy Woods at Fedderate near Mintlaw in Aberdeenshire will be open for pumpkin patch picking In the Aberdeenshire school holidays. Children can choose between finding fairies and orienteering, then enjoying hot drinks, hot dogs and marshmallows around the campfire before exploring the pumpkin patch.
Booking: Essential, bookings can be made by messaging Nikki on the Facebook page (link above).
Opening dates: Aberdeenshire school holidays, which are between 14th-25th October
Westerton Farmers, Laurencekirk
Although not quite a pumpkin patch, Westerton Farmers near Laurencekirk will have a harvest market at the farm to sell pumpkins and turnips. there will also be plenty of other stall holders, bouncy castle and other fun farm activities.
Booking: Not required
Opening dates: 26th – 27th October, 10am-4pm
Wynford Farm Park, Aberdeen
On the outskirts of Aberdeen is Wynford Farm Park, which will have it’s own pumpkin patch between 12th-31st October. Along with PYO pumpkins there will also be spooky activities for the kids to enjoy.
Booking: Can book tickets in advance or buy at the entrance
Opening dates: 12th-31st October
Arnprior Farm, Stirlingshire
One of our nearest pumpkin patches is Arnprior near Stirling. As there is only a small area to park in you need to book a parking ticket in advance, redeemable against your pumpkins. There are plenty of other activities for the kids and this year there is even a special ASN Friday.
Booking: Essential to book in advance, costs £5 for a car and this can be redeemed towards the cost of pumpkins.
Opening dates: From 12th to 27th October, some times are already sold out.
We visited the awesome Hallowild at Blairdrummond last year and a had a fantastic time visiting all the animals and taking part in the spooky Halloween activities. There was a great little pumpkin patch where you can buy your own pumpkin to take home and get Instagrammable photos!
This year there is also an Egyptian themed 3D haunted house, slime making workshops and a safari trick or treat trail amongst other activities.
Booking: Not required, however discounted tickets are currently available here at Itison for 35% off. Tickets are available at Blairdrummond Safari Park’s website from the beginning of September at usual price or turn up on the day and pay at the gate.
Opening dates: Open from 12th to 27th October
Broadslap Fruit Farm
At Dunnning in Perthshire you can visit the fantastic Broadslap Fruit Farm to PYO pumpkin. Parking is free, but you will need to get a free ticket from Eventbrite to guarantee a spot. As well as pumpkin picking there will be other entertainment for families, keep an eye on the Broadslap Facebook page for more information!
Booking: You can book the free tickets on Eventbrite and pay for whatever you pick on the day.
Opening dates: 19th & 20th and 26th & 27th October
Craigie’s Fruit Farm, Edinburgh
Craigie’s Fruit Farm on the outskirts of Edinburgh has pick your own fruit and veg throughout the year. You can come along and pick your own pumpkins from the beginning of October. Don’t forget to check out their other autumnal produce, including delicious apples, perfect for dooking for apples!
Booking: Not required
Opening dates: Open from around 7th October (check website to confirm opening date) until Halloween.
Kilduff Farm, North Berwick
If you’re in East Lothian, then head up to North Berwick and Kilduff Farm for your own PYO pumpkin patch. Guaranteed to be a good day out and you can also combine it with a refreshing autumn visit to the coast!
Booking: No booking required and parking is free
Opening dates: Open on Friday 18th – Monday 21st 10am – 4pm and Friday 25th – Sunday 27th 10am – 4pm.
Narrowboat Farm, Linlithgow
A slightly more unusual pumpkin patch can be found near Linlithgow, at Narrowboat Farm. You can simply turn up to the pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin up and take part in the many activities around the patch or book in advance for carving workshops and spooky themed narrowboat trips! Be quick if you want to book as the tickets sell out fast!
Booking: Not required for the patch, but essential for carving workshop and narrowboat trips.
Opening dates: Open weekends 19th-20th and 26th-27th October.
Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar, Fife
Cairnie fruit farm in Fife is in their 20th season of pick your own pumpkins. No need to book, you just need to grab a wheelbarrow and head down to the pumpkin patch to PYO. There will also be the usual great kids activities at Cairnie, including the Mega Maze (open until 31st October) and fun yard (which have a separate cost to PYO).
Booking: No booking required
Opening dates: From early-mid October (weather dependant) until 3rd November
Cocoabean Company, Twynholm, Dumfries and Galloway
For the first year the Cocoabean Company near Dumfries are holding a pumpkin patch just outside the main building. You will need to book tickets through the website in advance and your ticket will include full use of the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Booking: Essential to book tickets in advance.
Opening dates: From 4th-31st October, 9am-5pm
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