PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS!
WHEN ARE THE PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS?
These will be held during the second week of the Easter holidays and during the first week back after the holidays. Each session lasts an hour.
WHAT HAPPENS AT THE PUMPKIN PLANTING SESSIONS?
The first half of the session is focused on planting pumpkins. The children begin by collecting compost from the compost heap, then use that in the polytunnel to plant their seeds in colourful pots. They water them, label them and learn about how to care for them. The second half of the session is spent visiting and feeding the animals on the smallholding. This is likely to include sheep, hens, baby chicks and bunnies. At the end of the session they take their pots with their planted pumpkin seeds home to try to grow into a pumpkin.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The hour-long session costs £10 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult (there is no charge for adults). Siblings who are too young to join in are welcome to come along and watch.
WHAT AGE IS IT SUITABLE FOR?
Any child up to the end of primary school. We don't have a minimum age but to get the most out of the sessions a child would probably need to be at least 3. The children do need to be able to follow a few instructions in a group setting. However, we are happy to take younger children as long as they are accompanied by an adult who is happy to be hands on and help the child. Sometimes adults like to bring a baby to plant a pumpkin on their behalf, and we are very happy with this. If a parent/carer thinks a child will be too young to join in, they are very welcome to come and watch if an older sibling has booked.
DO YOU HAVE A TOILET?
Yes we have a composting toilet.
DO YOU HAVE A CAFE?
No we do not have refreshments available at the pumpkin planting sessions. However, we are spoilt for choice with so many lovely cafes nearby. These include the Coffee Apothecary, The Barn, The Murly Tuck, the cafes at Haddo and Formartine's. Please bring a drink for your child if they are likely to get thirsty as they may do a lot of running around.
DO YOU HAVE HAND WASHING FACILITIES?
Yes and at the end of each session we ensure that all visitors wash their hands. This is extremely important after touching the animals.
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 the 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.
WHAT SHOULD WE WEAR?
Warm clothes that can get messy and, most importantly, wellies. It can be very muddy.
CAN YOU CATER FOR SCHOOL OR PLAYGROUP VISITS?
Yes we have a small number of sessions available for groups such as primary school classes, nurseries and playgroups. A group visit would typically follow a similar format to the pumpkin planting sessions, starting with pumpkin planting and followed by a chance to visit the animals. Jenny, who runs the sessions, has PVG certification under Disclosure Scotland and a risk assessment is available on request. We may be able to accommodate group visits at other times. Please contact us for more information.