Picking Pumpkins at Kenyon Hall Farm

Picking Pumpkins at Kenyon Hall Farm

Pumpkin Picking

Whoever said Sunday mornings were easy clearly didn’t have a toddler at the time. Luna is going through such an exciting stage at the moment. She sees the world through wanderlust; everything needs to be explored, seen, tasted, touched. And so, most of our weekends are spend in the great outdoors being active and seeking out adventure.

Today our adventure took us to Kenyon Hall Farm in Warrington, Cheshire – about 30 minutes outside of Manchester.

It’s not the first time we’ve visited the farm. We actually went pumpkin picking there last year, and strawberry picking this summer, but Luna is finally starting to understand the world around her so felt this time would be different. Hosted at this time of year is their their annual pumpin festival where stories are told, face painting is offered, carving lessons taught and of course, pumpkins to be picked and bought!

Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking

We started off in the ‘greenhouse’ where pre-picked pumpkins were on display – LOTS of them. In all different shapes, sizes and shades of orange. The children’s activities made it a super cute area with hidden spooky decorations such as peering eyes through the bushes, and skeletons in the soil.

If you’re into Halloween, then you’re going to love this place in October, no matter what your age.

I’d like to say that the kids loved it the most, but truth be told I think I was the one most excited to see all the ghoulish festiveness HA! Such a groupie for Autumn…

Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking

After a good explore, we decided it was time to brave the weather. That’s right. I bet most of the images of pumpkin picking you’ve seen online involve a beautiful maize field in the sunshine, right? Well, it absolutely heaved it down with rain for us. I did have a pumpkin fancy dress outfit for Luna (because I’m THAT mum – no shame) but it was just too wet. Dang it! That wasn’t going to stop us though. Wellies and waterproofs at the ready!

We squelched our way into the pumpkin field and Luna found herself a very round, perfectly-sized but slippery pumpkin. She actually found it quite overwhelming seeing them all lay there on the ground, but it was fun to hunt.

We eventually dried off with a play on the farm’s park, a chat with the pigs, and a coffee and cake in their cafe.

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Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking
Pumpkin Picking

Yes that’s a witch’s hat made of icing on my cupcake and yes Luna’s wellies change colour when they get wet. Awesome right?

These 3 pumpkins above are the chosen ones. We picked a daddy one, a mummy one and a baby one, stuffed them in a crate, added a pumpkin carving kit and headed for the till.

(Add to that list a full chicken – the farm shop at Kenyon Hall is SO good)

They just need a good cleaning and then it’s time to decorate. I just need to think of something cool to carve now! (Suggestions in the comments please) I’ve also done a bit of a Halloween haul over the past few weeks so I’ll probably blog the lot this week if it’s something you’d like to see?

It was a lovely day out despite the weather and I’m pleased we’ve done it two years in a row now. I’m hoping it will be an ongoing tradition. I know you can buy pumpkins at the supermarket and some years that’s what we’ve done, but there’s nothing quite like making a day of it and getting some family pics. If you’re near Manchester, it’s a great farm for the ‘pick your own’ experience, with or without kids. Happy pumpkin picking everyone!

  • We haven’t made it to a pumpkin patch yet! I am hoping to get to go next weekend, it’s a fun fall activity.

  • I love taking our girls picking pumpkins. Something we looked forward to each year when they were young. Fall is just so much fun.

    • Aw that’s lovely to hear. We’re hoping to do the same and make it an annual tradition x

  • ckrusch

    We got our pumpkins a few weeks ago, we’ll carve them next weekend!

  • How fun and exciting! My family and I haven’t had a chance to pick our pumpkins, but we will definitely be doing so sometime soon. – HilLesha

    • Hope you got chance Lesha! Such a fun day

  • Rebecca Swenor

    We have never went to a pumpkin patch before to pick our pumpkins. It looks like such an awesome fun family event for sure. This is something we are going to have to do this year and the corn maze too. Thanks for sharing your awesome fun family time at the Kenyon Hall Farm.

    • Absolutely! I’d definitely recommend it 🙂

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    Looks like a ton of fun. I’ve never got to a pumpkin farm, and would love to get my kids there someday! looks like it would be so fun and they’d love to pick their own pumpkins!

  • That place looks amazing! It’s funny, because I often think I’m more excited than my kids when we do stuff like this too, but I bet they’ll look back in 20 years and still remember.

    • haha I was definitely the most excited for the day but hopefully we can make it into a yearly tradition so everyone enjoys it just as much x

  • I wish Florida had some fall spirit like this! Loving that sugar skull table cloth, btw. So colorful!

    • It’s funny because we assume here in the UK that the US goes crazy for Halloween but maybe not? x

  • Karen

    What great pics! I was just wondering what we should all do this Saturday (it’s me bday) and maybe we should go Pumpkin picking. Charlie would love that. And obviously a bit of Halloween styling would be good too 🙂

    • Hope you had a lovely birthday Karen! x

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    Omg how fun!! Hitting up the pumpkin patch is about the only thing I like about fall now that I live in the north! Weather is just too cold for me lol

    • haha i must admit, it was freezing when we went! But I was determind to get out x

  • Oh how fun! We just visited a place this weekend and got our pumpkins. I can’t wait to post about them.

  • I’ve always wanted to go to a pumpkin patch and do some carving – this looks like just great fun – wonderful images and looks like you had a fabulous time!

    • It’s fab! I must admit, I’d never been until I had my daughter. Being a mum is a great excuse to try new things!

  • That is the best pumpkin farm I have ever seen. Looks so fun. Wish I lived closer to take the kiddos.

    • It’s really lovely! I think UK farms are making much more of an effort now that the demand is there 🙂

  • I was thinking to myself wow those pumpkins look so glossy, but now I see it was raining. haha. That is so cool they let people carve pumpkins.

    • haha I wish i could say they were shiny but it was a very very wet day!

  • Looks like a fun day out. I would love to visit a Pumpkin farm some time too. The kids are getting excited for Halloween.

    • It was great thanks Geraldine. Memories made 🙂 Much better than the supermarket x

  • Looks like so much fun. I’m planning to visit a Pumpkin farm this weekend with my family. I can’t wait!

  • Chrishelle Ebner

    I would love to go pumpkin picking with my kiddos. I need to plan a Fall farm day very soon. Looks like your family had fun and ended up with some pretty nice pumpkins.

    • It was lovely! I can highly recommend

  • Amanda Love

    It’s still fun even when it rains! I like that picked different sizes, that’s just so adorable. Make a family pumpkin as well, that would be great!

  • rika agustini

    Looks like you had a fun day at the Pumpkin Farm.. My kids went to Pumpkin Farm last week and had a great time

    • Aren’t they good fun? So much better to make memories than just buy from the shop 🙂