The pumpkin patch

Last week I found myself frantically Google-searching ‘pumpkin farms near Dundee’ after finding that the farm we usually head to for fruit picking was fully booked during the entire October holidays. I clicked through a couple of links and found a recommendation for Charleton Fruit Farm – it was a relief to discover they weren’t asking people to book ahead of time, so we made plans to visit on Monday rather than at the weekend.

It turned out to be a great day. The sun was shining and there was a huge play park for the kids, which they spent hours in – there were trampolines, an enormous fortress in which they could climb up walls and rope nets and slide down the chutes, there were double-story playhouses, a zipwire, a tunnel maze, a sandpit, a tractor tyre swing, and even a mountain of hay bales for the kids to scramble over. In addition, there were giant skittles, noughts and crosses tables, an ice cream hatch… and, thankfully, a coffee shop for caffeine-deprived adults, where we got a lovely lunch for the whole family.

What’s more, the farm clearly understands the power of user-generated social media marketing – there were plenty of photo opportunities thanks to the autumnal set-ups they had dotted around the property, along with the pumpkin patch itself. It was the perfect day, pictures or not.

Find out more about Charleton Fruit Farm on their website.


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