The best places to pick up a pump­kin

With Hal­loween just around the cor­ner, here’s our pick of the best places to get your own...

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By EMMA GILL @fam­i­ly­manc

EVERY­ONE loves a good pump­kin for Hal­loween and it’s even more ex­cit­ing if you can pick your own.

Pump­kin fes­ti­vals and events are run­ning at var­i­ous sites in and around Greater Manch­ester where kid­dies can pick their own to take home – and en­joy a host of other ac­tiv­i­ties too.

Here’s where you can take the fam­ily for some fun...

Red House Farm, Dun­ham Massey

The farm has been grow­ing thou­sands of pump­kins this year and they’re now ready for pick­ing.

The Pick Your Own Pump­kin event is run­ning across this week­end, next week­end and over half-term.

Pump­kins are priced ac­cord­ing to size, start­ing from £2 each, and farm boss Jonny He­witt says there are ‘some whop­pers this year.’

From Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20, the Hal­loween fun be­gins in earnest with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing the Spook hunt, bar­rel train, in­flat­a­bles, climb­ing wall and fancy dress com­pe­ti­tion all run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 28, priced £9.95 per child.

New for this year are Wiz­ard­ing Work­shops run­ning from Oc­to­ber 25 to 28. These are book­able on­line – cost­ing £15 for an adult and child ticket and ad­di­tional child tick­ets £10.

Visit red­house­ for more de­tails. Red House Farm, Red­house Lane, Dun­ham Massey, WA14 5RL.

Hal­loween Pump­kin Fes­ti­val, Cock­fields Farm, Ash­ton

Fam­i­lies can pick their own pump­kins at Cock­fields Farm in Ash­ton as part of its Hal­loween Pump­kin Fes­ti­val.

As well as the usual sched­ule of an­i­mal ac­tiv­i­ties there’ll be the chance to pick your own pump­kin from the pump­kin patch and carve it in the Carv­ing Cave. There’ll also be Hal­loween-themed crafts and mask mak­ing, fam­ily shows and the chance to blast the witches with the new corn canon.

The event runs from Oc­to­ber 27 to 31. Tick­ets are £6.95 for adults and £9.95 for chil­dren. Cock­fields Farm, Lees New Road, Ash­ton, OL6 8AR.

Hal­loween Fam­ily Fes­ti­val, Haigh Wood­land Park, Wigan

The Haigh Hal­loween Fam­ily Fes­ti­val is run­ning for the first time this year.

Promis­ing a witch’s brew of pump­kins, duck ap­ple, bats and ghost­busters, it’s on from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26 to Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

Haunted Wood­land Pump­kin Pickin’ costs £4.50 a ses­sion and the price in­cludes the pump­kin.

Also in the woods will be a num­ber of (child-friendly) ‘live’ ghosts and ghouls adding some­thing dif­fer­ent to the Hal­loween hunt.

There will be paid for carv­ing and crafts in the craft mar­quee as well as a num­ber of free ac­tiv­i­ties – in­clud­ing a bat walk and kids’ fancy dress disco. Visit haigh­wood­land­ for more de­tails. Haigh Wood­land Park, School Lane, Wigan, WN21PE.

Grange Farm, Low­ton

Pump­kins are also ready for the pick­ing at Grange Farm in Low­ton.

You can pick your own from the field and there are craft days run­ning at the venue this week­end.

The events run from 11am to 4pm and there’s no need to book.

There are some spe­cial pump­kin hunts planned for lit­tle ones, from 10am to noon, on Oc­to­ber 16, 18, 23 and 25.

And two Hal­loween Cin­ema Night in the Barn events, with Ho­cus Po­cus on Oc­to­ber 19 and Ghost­busters on Oc­to­ber 26.

There’ll be trac­tor rides and fun fair rides across half-term, from Oc­to­ber 20 to 28, pump­kin carv­ing on Oc­to­ber 26, 27 and 28, and a fancy dress Hal­loween disco on Oc­to­ber 30.

For more de­tails or to book tick­ets call 01925 290062 or visit the farm’s Face­book page. Grange Farm, Stone Cross Lane, Low­ton, WA3 1JU.

Kenyon Hall Farm, War­ring­ton

This year’s Pump­kin Fes­ti­val at Kenyon Hall Farm is run­ning un­til Oc­to­ber 28.

Thou­sands of vis­i­tors turn out each year to pick the pump­kins, which range in price from £2 to £15 de­pend­ing on size.

En­try into the carv­ing area costs £3 per pump­kin. You don’t need to book, so just turn up on the day be­tween 9.30am and 5.30pm, or from 8.30am dur­ing half-term week.

The farm is post­ing reg­u­lar up­dates on its Face­book page where it will tell peo­ple if stocks are run­ning low. Kenyon Hall Farm, Win­wick Lane, Croft, War­ring­ton, WA3 7ED.

Gar­swood Pump­kin Patch

Gar­swood Pump­kin Patch is a fam­i­lyrun busi­ness which has been grow­ing pump­kins for the last five years.

This year it is open­ing up the fields to the gen­eral pub­lic, so you can go along and have a fun day out while pick­ing a pump­kin.

Fam­i­lies can pick their own pump­kins be­tween the hours of 10am and 4pm this week­end and then from Oc­to­ber 20 to Oc­to­ber 30.

Prices range from £3 to £5 de­pend­ing on size.

Keep an eye on its Face­book page for up­dates. New­ton Road/Billinge Road, Wigan, WN4 OXD.

Roby Mill Pump­kin Patch

Roby Mill is an ur­ban farm in Wigan and has loads of pump­kins ready for the pick­ing this year.

In ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional or­ange pump­kins, there’ll be some gi­ant bright white ‘ghost’ pump­kins avail­able too.

The patch is open 10am to 5pm daily un­til Oc­to­ber 31.

Ad­mis­sion and park­ing are free and pump­kins are priced ac­cord­ing to size with the small­est ones start­ing off at £2.

Vis­i­tors should wear wellies.

Keep an eye on the farm’s Face­book page for more de­tails com­ing soon. John­sons Farm, Laf­ford Lane, Uphol­land, Wigan, WN8 0QY.

Red House Farm

Grange Farm

Kenyon Hall Farm

Cock­fields Farm

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