It’s possible that the tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back as far as the Celts, who wanted to light the way for good spirits to visit their homes as part of their autumn celebrations - so they carved vegetables such as turnips and pumpkins and placed a light inside.
The same tradition forms part of the Autumn festivities at Tatton Park this October, as we celebrate pumpkin growing, carving and eating at the Farm!
We have a series of events dedicated to the most famous of autumn squashes, so whether you’re looking to attract good spirits with your pumpkin lanterns or simply find delicious ways to eat them, there’s sure to be something for you!
On Saturday 19 October we’re holding a Pumpkin Supper – a chance to dig in and tuck in! You’ll choose your own pumpkin fresh from the field, then it’s off to our Clydesdale Barn for a delicious three course pumpkin themed menu – and we’ll provide the recipes so that you can recreate the delicious dishes back home.
The cost is £25 per person, including a three course meal, entry to the Farm and Tatton Park. The supper starts at 5pm, and there’s access to the Farm from noon.
We’re also holding a series of ‘Pick Your Own Pumpkin’ days on 19/20 and 27/28 October, when you can come down to the Farm to choose your perfect pumpkin! Once you’ve picked your favourite, join us for a refreshing pumpkin juice and a yummy pumpkin muffin and learn how to create a warming pumpkin soup – and we’ll provide you with the recipes too so you can make them at home. And of course you’re welcome to take your pumpkin with you ready to carve for Halloween – don’t forget to share your pictures with us!
The events start at 10.45 and cost £12 – children attending must be aged five and above owing to the nature of the cooking activities.
For more information on either event and to book places please call 01625 374 428.
Or for another chance to find the perfect pumpkin, join us on 28-31 October at ‘The Pumpkin Patch’. You can meet all your Farmyard favourites then choose a pumpkin, fresh from the field - so prepare to get your hands dirty! Once you’ve picked your perfect pumpkin, you’re welcome to take it home to carve for Halloween – and we’d love to see your lanterns, so don’t forget to share your pictures with us, and be entered our pumpkin competition!
Numbers are limited, so please visit tattonpark.org.uk to book your place. Pumpkin picking times are 11.30 and 1.30 daily, and prices are £10 per person (includes pumpkin, Farm entry and park entry).
These activities are outdoors, and areas of the farm are cobbled so good footwear is essential!
The Farm at Tatton Park is open from 12pm - 5pm (last entry 4pm).
Find more information at tattonpark.org.uk/autumnadventures