Review of Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival 2019
Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival has begun and they invited us along for a review. Here is what we thought.
We were kindly gifted tickets to the Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival 2019 for the purpose of an honest review. Read on for details of what our reviewer Amy and her family thought.
Review of Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival
We arrived at Cockfields farm with much anticipation- we are huge Halloween lovers and couldn’t wait to get to the pumpkin patch to choose our favourite pumpkins.
On arriving, the helpful member of staff advised us that if we went to the events barn- we would catch the Halloween disco. We followed his advice and enjoyed dancing and playing games alongside excitable mini skeletons, witches and vampires. My own children (8 & 6) weren’t dressed up on this occasion but there are prizes to be won for fantastic outfits, so it’s definitely something to consider. The Halloween discos take place throughout the day- with the last one beginning at 2pm.
After the disco we headed for the Haunted Pumpkin Patch where pumpkin picking takes place throughout the day. Here children are given a token- which they can exchange for a pumpkin. There are pumpkins of all different shapes and sizes and both of my children enjoyed taking their time to pick their favourites. My son was excited to find a pumpkin with the stem still intact as he thought it would make great hair once he carved it. The little red wheelbarrows that we dotted around the patch were a lovely touch and seemed especially popular with the smaller children.
From the pumpkin patch, we headed to the Carving Barn – stopping briefly at the pumpkin wash station on the way. The Carving barn was impressively organised with lots of carving tools, plenty of bowls for all the gooey pulp that we pulled out of our pumpkins and helpful staff on hand to support anyone who needed it. We spent a lot of time in here and really enjoyed working together to create our Halloween pumpkins.
When we had finished, we were advised that we could write our names on the back and leave our pumpkins in the barn to collect later. We were grateful of this as there was still plenty to see and do.
From the carving barn we went into the animal barn to take part in the animal sessions. Here we fed: goats, alpacas, reindeers and cows and had the opportunity to pet guinea pigs and rabbits. My 8- year- old son was particularly fascinated by the panther Chameleon in the reptile house and spent ages watching him.
After this both children spent time playing on the popular bouncy pillow before we went to decorate a Halloween mask and play in the sandpit.
Visiting the Halloween Pumpkin Festival was a really lovely way to spend the afternoon. I would definitely recommend taking wellies or boots (as the ground was muddy in places) and wrapping up to enjoy the autumn chill. We were excited to bring our pumpkins home and plan to store them somewhere cool and dry until the 31st October when they will be ready to grace our spooky doorstep.