AUTUMN GLORY to reward yourself for your hard work. Kemps’ Horsforth-based PYO will also be open for pumpkin picking from midOctober North of York, take your pick from Spilmans in Thirsk which also has its own maize maze, and The Balloon Tree in Helmsley both of which also have plenty of seasonal offerings in their farm shops. For those in the Dales, grab a mini wheelbarrow and head for the enchanted pumpkin patch at Thornton Hall Country Park, Skipton (kemps.farm). (spilmans.co.uk), (theballoontree.co.uk), (thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk), where you can meet a host of spooky characters, including Fred Web, the giant spider, as well as some cuddlier farm animals in the barn. Meanwhile at Birchfield Family Dairies in Harrogate you can pick and carve a pumpkin before sampling one of its more than 30 flavours of homemade ice cream, including vanilla and cinder toffee and rhubarb and ginger. Who cares if it’s sub-zero outside? Searching for something even more Spooktacular? Don your cape or witch’s hat and board the ghost train at Kirklees Light Railway on October 29–31 It promises to be a ghoulish evening experience and must be booked online in advance. Or follow the Spooky Woodland Trail at Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield on October 24th to November 1st, where clues are hidden amidst spooky Halloween scenes of witches, spiders and ghostly figures. (birchfieldicecream.co.uk), (kirkleeslightrailway.com). (burtonagnes.com), N ABOVE: Squash in all their varieties at Birchfield RIGHT: Pumpkin picking days are a regular in the country calendar now in Yorkshire 40 Yorkshire Life: October 2020
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