Halloween is approaching fast so why not throw some wellies in the car and have some fun with the whole family picking your own pumpkins this weekend? Local farms make this a real occasion, with lots of weird and wonderful varieties to choose from and it’s a fun photo opportunity! If you fancy a walk, there are Halloween and Gruffalo trails to follow or for something cosier, check out the screenings at the Haunted Drive in Cinema.
♥ It is a beautiful time of year to visit Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. From Saturday 17th October to Sunday 1st November it’s the annual Pumpkin Festival. Enjoy pumpkin spotting in the autumnal gardens, walk through the inspirational pumpkin carving grotto, visit the cosy Hygge Hut and buy pumpkins and carving sets to take home. Then warm up with hot food and drink from Otto’s Café. Don’t miss the den building woods, hedge maze and adventure playground! Entry to the gardens is via pre-booked tickets online. (Not open Mondays and Tuesdays)
♥ There are up to 8 different movies showing a day at Tulleys Haunted Drive In Cinema between now and Sunday 8th November. The giant screen will be showing spook-tacular films and a whole host of family favourites such as Trolls, Frozen II and Home Alone. Dine in your car with food from Bentleys Steak House and experience a pre-film fire & light show. This weekend choose from Scoob!, Dolittle and Jumanji, among others.
♥ Lower Laysden Farm near Goudhurst is open this weekend for pick your own pumpkins. Entry to the patch will be by pre-booked ticket only. Tickets cost £2 per person and under 3’s are free. They have set up contactless payment stations outside and wheelbarrows handles will be cleaned after each use with extra sanitiser available. There is a lovely crop of pumpkins to choose from in all shapes and sizes with prices starting from £1 and they have a great selection of freshly made cakes in the farm shop, with outside seating.
♥ Pumpkin Moon, Maidstone have 80 varieties of pick your own pumpkins, squash and gourd in all shapes, sizes and colours for you to choose from this weekend. You’ll can also find your way through a small maize maze and buy hot food & drinks from the stalls. This year Pumpkin Moon are introducing a ticketing system to ensure the safety of both visitors and staff. Ticket prices are £1.50 and children under 3 are free. Fancy dress encouraged! Visit out post here for more PYO Pumpkin venues around Kent and East Sussex.
♥ Prepare to be spooked on the Halloween trail into the rare species woodland at Reuthe’s ‘The Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks’. Complete the trail (suited to toddlers and pre-teens) to win a treat, best fancy dress wins a prize too! £5 per trail guide – book in advance or collect from Basecamp Café throughout October. There will also be free family pumpkin carving and there’s a fairy trail great for little ones open every day.
♥ Head to the Pantiles Market this weekend to shop up to 18 stalls with room for outdoor, social distancing. Local distillers Murray & Yeatman Gin are supplying hand sanitizer stations throughout the market. If it’s a warm day this is great spot for sitting outside one of the many cafes with coffee and cake watching the world go by.
♥ Slightly further afield, Wakehurst (Haywards Heath) invites you to embark on the Gruffalo trail into the woods. Follow the marks and clues to discovering the secret world of animals (free with garden entry and suitable for all ages). For the 3 and overs find all the ingredients needed to make a delicious Gruffalo crumble and collect your reward (£4 per person). There’s more to discover in the 500 acres of gardens, woodland and nature reserve for families, from a Tree Trunk Trek to The Millennium Seed Bank. Book your garden tickets online before you travel – children 16 and under are free!
Have you made plans for October Half Term and Halloween yet? Check out our Half Term Guide!