Halloween is on the horizon and kids across the country and beyond are excited to dress up, party and play trick or treat! I don’t really need to dress up, seeing my without my make up would frighten all the neighbours! If you aren’t in the mood yet or if you are looking for some inspiration, I recommend a visit to Llynclys Pumpkin Farm near Oswestry, we had a great day there today!
This was our second visit and we really enjoyed it. As you approach the farm along the main road, you can’t miss it as the wall surrounding the farm is decorated with dozens of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! You can even find some hidden within the wall itself, and Elsi our 6 year old daughter was squeaking with excitement as she spotted all the pumpkins from the car!
This is a real farm, and you simply park in the field next to the farm entrance. When we arrived at 11:30 it was busy, but plenty of spaces to park. There were kids in buggy’s and others being pushed around in wheelbarrows, everyone was really excited to choose the ‘perfect’ pumpkin to take home! Entry is free and the parking too!
You can choose from the pumpkins that have already been picked and cleaned up and you can find these in the barn or in the numerous crates around the yard, or you can go to the field and pick your own pumpkin straight from the ground!
Prices vary from 50p for the ‘baby pumpkins’ as Elsi called them to the massive ones for £4. There are plenty of wheelbarrows and crates to help you carry them to the car, and have a few wheelbarrow races along the way!
We giggled a lot as we trawled through the pumpkins, they literally came in all shapes and sizes and all colours under the sun, including some painted ones in red, gold and silver which Elsi loved!
This year they had a catering company on the yard cooking up some bacon rolls and sausage baps, which pleased Elsi and Gareth and I really enjoyed the spiced pumpkin soup. There were plenty of sweet treats too and the farm shop sells a great variety of local produce from veg to meat to spices and more.
They have arranged a variety of activities to entertain the kids over the Halloween period. Today, there was a storyteller performing Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, one of our favourite books for this time of year! The kids joined in and played the characters and helped the storytelling witch to mix up the potion in the cauldron. They played a few games with the beloved parachute at the end. It was all free of charge!
Shropshire based Baby Bird Shropshire Crafts was in charge of the craft workshops today, and children could choose two activities for £1.50 – great value! Elsi made a spooky finger puppet and a spooky window decoration to take home, Gareth enjoyed this too and was surprised how therapeutic colouring can be *Note to self, buy colouring book for Gareth’s Christmas stocking!
What a great and fuss free day out again this year, We now have 9 pumpkins to design and decorate and plenty of tasty pumpkins to make my own spiced pumpkin soup! It’s certainly put us in the mood for Halloween, and it was the perfect way to spend a cheap and cheerful family day together! Same again next year!
Visit Llynclys Farm’s Facebook Page to take a look at the daily activities between now and Halloween and don’t forget to share your photos with us!
By Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru