Pumpkin Picking – A Halloween Spook-Tacular at the National Forest Adventure Farm

A few years ago we visited the National Forest Adventure Farm and had an amazing time at their pick your own pumpkin patch and spooky Halloween events. We went back this year and as the girls are now 4, we got even more out of the National Forest Adventure Farm as they have so much on.

[I feel I should start this review with a confession – I forgot my memory card for my camera so this review contains photos taken on my iPhone so apologies for the not as good quality]

After looking at events for Halloween, I was gobsmacked by the prices. A friend went “pumpkin picking” which was £15 for a short tractor ride to a field where there were a dozen pumpkins lay on hay. The National Forest Adventure Farm costs £11.95 per person which includes a pumpkin for each paying child. This included the tractor ride to and back from the pumpkin patch (which was a good 5-10 minutes, much to the kids delight) and the rest of the brilliant farm.

We went on Sunday after some pretty heavy rain so I would advise wearing your wellies if you are visiting, as it was quite muddy out on the pumpkin patch but as we were well prepared we didn’t mind. My only slight criticism would be to have spooky music playing on the tractor instead of chart music. It really would have added to the experience if we had been listening to Thriller or the Monster Mash opposed to Olly Murrs!

The rest of the farm includes an indoor animal area with pigs, cows, guinea pigs and other small creatures, go-karts for younger and older children, crazy golf, barrel rides, JCB digger area with ride ons and don’t even get me started on the amazing indoor soft play which alone if worth at least half of the entry price.

Alongside all of this, you can also have a go at the Broomstick training, listen to scary stories with the staff all dressed up and there is also a Spooky Hotel which you can walk through with a few scares! The girls absolutely loved this and wanted to keep going back through!

As a parent of three, any attraction where you don’t end up shelling out for stuff on top is an absolute god send so the fact all of this is included makes the price tag of under £12 a real bargain.

We hadn’t been to the NF Adventure Farm for a while and it was lovely to go back as the girls could do so much more this time which meant we were there for over 5 hours! I also feel like I should add that the food and drink prices are very reasonable, along with the selection. You often end up paying a small fortune for food and drinks but I thought that it was all really well priced.

There is also a variety of stuff to do for all weather so come rain or shine, you can still have a great day out. The sun did come out in the afternoon meaning we got to play crazy gold and the boys practised their football skills. The big bouncing pillows are always a favourite with my kids and there is a big one or a smaller for under 8’s.

The Halloween Spook-tacular event runs until Sunday 29th October. The National Forest Adventure Farm is open daily from 10am and prices can be found here. I genuinely would highly recommend it if you’re looking for half term fun in the East Midlands this October half term.


B xx
Disclosure: we received complimentary admission for the purpose of this review. All words, opinions and bit rubbish photos are all my own!

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