THE PUMPKIN PATCH!
WHEN DO YOU OPEN FOR PUMPKIN PICKING?
During the October school holidays leading up to Halloween. Please note this is a ticketed event and only visitors will valid tickets will be allowed entry. Tickets will go on sale in early September.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Come along and pick your pumpkin from the patch. There will be some wheelbarrows available to help carry your pumpkin(s). As well as choosing your pumpkin there are other activities available, including visiting the animals on the smallholding, a colouring competition and hay bales to climb on.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Warm clothes and, most importantly, wellies! It can be very muddy and can get cold.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO VISIT?
Tickets cost £7, and your ticket includes a £5 voucher to use towards the cost of your pumpkin(s). Pumpkins are priced at between £1.50 and £10. Please note the minimum spend is the £5 ticket cost. You can buy as many pumpkins as you like.
MY BOOKING IS FOR A 1.5 HOUR SESSION. DO I NEED TO ARRIVE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SESSION?
No but we kindly ask you to leave by the end of your session to enable the next visitors to arrive.
DO I GET TO ACTUALLY PICK MY PUMPKIN OFF THE PLANT?
No the pumpkins will have been cut off the vines and left to "cure" (harden and turn orange). So you will be able to choose your pumpkin from the patch where it grew but you won't be able to cut it off the plant.
ARE ALL THE PUMPKINS PERFECT AND ORANGE AND ROUND?
No I'm afraid not! These are north-Scotland pumpkins, which means they are all different colours and shapes. We think they are even more beautiful when they have greens and oranges in them and aren't totally perfect!
DO YOU HAVE LOTS OF VARIETIES OF PUMPKINS?
Yes, in addition to traditional orange pumpkins we are growing white pumpkins, warty ones, small decorative ones, culinary pumpkins and others.
ARE ALL YOUR PUMPKINS GROWN ON SITE?
Our pumpkins are a mix of thousands grown on site and others provided by a farm in the south of England. All our culinary pumpkins are grown on site. In order to provide enough of the traditional orange carving pumpkins we have an arrangement with a farm in a sunnier climate.
DO YOU HAVE A TOILET?
Yes we have portaloos.
DO YOU HAVE A CAFE?
We have a stall selling pumpkin soup made from our own pumpkins, to warm you up on a chilly autumn day. If you are looking for a larger meal there are lots of lovely cafes nearby. Please ask for recommendations!
HOW DO WE FIND YOU?
We are located near Udny Green, about 9 miles north of Aberdeen. If using the sat nav, the postcode is AB41 6SP but note this will take you to a farmhouse around the corner. With this on your right, drive to the end of the road, turn right and Udny Pumpkins is first on the right. If approaching from Aberdeen, drive along the B999 towards Pitmedden. Take the left turning marked Millbank, just before the turning to Udny Station. Udny Pumpkins is just over a mile up that road on the right.
IS IT SUITABLE FOR A PUSHCHAIR/BUGGY?
The ground is grassy and can by bumpy/muddy. An offroad buggy will be fine but a sling may be a better option.
CAN I PAY BY CARD?
Yes we can take cash or card payments.
CAN I EAT MY PUMPKIN?
Definitely! The varieties grown on site have been specifically chosen because they are particularly delicious to cook with. They have been grown without the use of any chemicals and you will find that they tend to have a very thick layer of flesh. There are so many delicious ways to eat pumpkin. Please ask if you would like advice on the tastiest varieties.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD BRING?
A strong bag (such as heavy-duty shopping bag or Ikea bag) would be useful for carrying your pumpkin(s) to the car.
DO YOU ALLOW DOGS ON SITE?
Unfortunately not. We have found that many dogs like to chew pumpkins. We also have sheep and free-range chickens. And as we are a family friendly attraction we have a lot of young children on site and need to respect that some young children are frightened of dogs.
DO YOU HAVE HAND WASHING FACILITIES?
Yes we have extra hand washing facilities and plenty of hand sanitiser available.
DO YOU ALLOW SCHOOL TRIPS?
Unfortunately we cannot provide staff resources to individual school visits. However, we are happy for small groups to visit the pumpkin patch. Please book in the same way as other visitors, by purchasing one ticket for each car arriving. We cannot cater for large buses as our car park is too small. During the spring we offer structured sessions for pre-school and school groups during which time children will plant a pumpkin and visit the animals on our smallholding. Please contact us for more information.