Kilduff Pumpkin Festival FAQs
All you need to know about visiting The Patch
All you need to know about visiting The Patch
The Patch is at Kilduff Farm just outside Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The postcode for the farm is EH39 5BD. Access to The Patch is from the B1343. The Patch and parking will be clearly signposted so you won’t miss it!
Coming by bus? The farm is serviced by the North Berwick to Haddington route – the 121 is currently run by Eve’s Coaches.
Kilduff Farm isn’t a scheduled stop but if you make the driver aware that you are coming to The Patch they should stop to let you off. Walk up the farm drive and you can access The Patch safely from there.
The Patch will open for our pumpkin festival in October 2023 on the following dates:
Sessions will run between 9.30am & 11.30am, 12pm & 2pm and 2.30pm & 4.30pm.
We are running ASN sessions and Little Pumpkin Picker Sessions. See below for further details.
Little Pumpkin Picker Sessions will run on Friday 13th, Tuesday 24th and Friday 27th October.
Additional Support Sessions will run on Monday 16th and Friday 20th October.
You are welcome to arrive at any time during your chosen session but must leave The Patch by the end of the session time to allow us to clear The Patch and car park before the start of the next session.
Yes, the pumpkin festival is a ticketed event. You need to purchase a car parking ticket to access The Patch. Please contact us if you are intending to arrive by foot or on public transport.
We introduced ticketing to pick pumpkins in 2020 and will be continue to run our pumpkin festival on a ticketed basis. This allows us to manage numbers and ensure a safe and happy experience for all of our visitors.
Tickets are PER CAR not per person. Each ticket will admit one car and all passengers. Please see below for information on our Little Pumpkin Picker Sessions.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
You can access The Patch at any time during your session but you will be asked to leave as soon as the session ends to allow us to clear The Patch and prepare it for the next session to begin.
Please note that tickets will be limited to 2 car parking tickets per transaction and you will be required to provide contact details.
Tickets for our standard sessions and ASN session are £7 per car and permits admission of all passengers.
Tickets for Little Pumpkin Picker under 5s Sessions are £10 and permits admission of little pickers and their parents or carers.
Pumpkins are priced according to weight, ranging between £1 and £8.
Tickets are non-refundable and we regret that, due to restrictions on numbers, we are unable to transfer tickets to different picking sessions.
We aim to make our pumpkin festival as accessible as possible. Please bear in mind however that our pumpkin picking is an outdoor event located in a field on a working farm.
While we do everything we can to ensure that The Patch and car parking areas are accessible, we are at the mercy of the weather and the ground may become wet and muddy and may not be suitable for all types of wheelchair.
We are delighted to be working with Beach Wheelchairs NB again this year and will have one adult wheelchair and two junior wheelchair on The Patch for the duration of the festival. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on how to access one of these chairs during your visit.
Parking will be in a grass paddock located next to The Patch. If you have mobility issues and require accessible parking, please let one of our car parking attendants know on arrival and they will direct you to an accessible parking area.
The bale maze is designed to leave enough space for wheelchair and buggy access. We monitor ground conditions in the maze and lay straw to provide some stable ground cover in muddy areas where required.
We have wheelchair accessible portable toilets on The Patch. Please note that currently these facilities do not have a hoist or adult changing bench. We are working on that for future events. There will be a stretch tent for shelter should it be required.
While we cannot cater for all dietary requirements, we are working hard to ensure our food offering will include gluten and dairy free options.
Should you have any queries on accessibility or would like to speak to us for more information please call Lucy on 07793 600 289 or email on email@example.com. We want to make our Pumpkin Festival a memorable day out for all families and will help in any way we can.
We will be running three pumpkin picking sessions for children and adults with additional support needs and their families. We hope to create a safe, calm and happy environment for those families who need a little extra support.
ASN sessions will be held on the following dates:
Monday 16th October, 12 – 2pm
Friday 20th October 2.30 – 4.30pm
At the ASN sessions you will find:
We ask that only those families who feel they would benefit from these sessions book tickets for them.
We are delighted to be supported by Beach Wheelchairs NB at our pumpkin festival ASN again this year.
Beach Wheelchairs are kindly lending us three of their Hippocampe Beach Wheelchairs for the duration of the festival to help make our pumpkin picking sessions and activities on The Patch more accessible.
There will be two children/young adult Hippocampe chairs and one adult chair available for use. See information on the chairs here.
Some things to note:
Our hugely popular Little Pumpkin Picker sessions for under 5s are back for 2023! An opportunity to bring your wee pumpkin pickers to pick a pumpkin and run off some energy while the big kids are at school.
Tickets are £10 and allow entry to under 5s with their parents or carers.
These sessions will be held on:
At our Little Pumpkin Picker sessions you will find:
Parking for the pumpkin festival is in a grass paddock adjacent to The Patch or on the farm steading, depending on weather and ground conditions. Please note that there is no parking on the roads around the farm.
While we will do everything we can to keep the car parks from getting too muddy, we are in Scotland and it might get very wet! If your car is as precious as Cinderella’s carriage we may not be the place for you to visit.
There will be members of staff managing the traffic and parking so please follow their instructions – they are there to help and keep you safe.
If you have mobility difficulties and need to park close to The Patch please let our staff know and they will direct you to a parking spot as close as possible.
We have planted thousands of pumpkin seeds of lots of different varieties and each pumpkin grows in its own way so you are sure to find the perfect pumpkin to suit you.
All the pumpkins will be cut from the vine and ready to lift into one of the wheelbarrows waiting on The Patch.
We sow thousands of pumpkin seeds and on the farm each year. Our aim is to grow all the pumpkins we sell ourselves from seed right here at Kilduff.
Pumpkins need certain weather conditions to grow and survive until they are harvested in Autumn. They need sunshine and warmth to ripen and encourage their skins to set. However Scottish weather doesn’t always play the game and sadly not every pumpkin survives on The Patch until picking.
If weather conditions make growing pumpkins tricky, we may need to top up our numbers of carving pumpkins with pumpkins grown on other farms. These pumpkins will come from farms further South where conditions are warmer and dryer.
Our culinary pumpkins are grown on a dedicated culinary patch separate from the pick your own patch. The culinary pumpkins we sell will only ever be grown here at Kilduff Farm.
We have had a great growing season this year and are delighted to have grown each and every pumpkin that will be picked from The Patch in 2023 right here at Kilduff.
Yes, we accept contactless and cash payments on The Patch.
Unfortunately not. The Patch is a pooch-free place. Dogs must be left at home or, if happy, in the car.
There are lots of lovely walks surrounding the farm and further afield in East Lothian that you can all enjoy together once you’ve visited The Patch.
Wrap up warm and wear wellies – we are in Scotland after all!
The Patch will be open for picking whatever the weather (as long as snow and storms stay away) so please dress appropriately. Children always have a better time on The Patch when they are cosy and dry.
The Patch and car park may get muddy so save your white trainers for another day!
Our Pumpkin Festival is a celebration of all things Autumn!
We will have food trucks, our straw bale maze, autumn family photo opportunities and lots of other exciting festival fun and games to keep everyone entertained.
Our stretch tent will be back for shelter as well as toilet facilities, including wheelchair accessible toilets.
Remember that a pumpkin is fresh produce, so it won’t last forever. Most uncarved pumpkins will last for at least a couple of weeks (and often longer) but unfortunately some will rot after a few days of being picked. It all depends on a huge number of factors. Culinary pumpkins can usually be stored for up to 6 months.
Pumpkins like being kept clean and uncarved in a cool, dry place. As soon as you damage the skin of a pumpkin (i.e. carve it) it will start to deteriorate – it’s natural!
If you are wanting your pumpkin masterpiece to last until Halloween it is best to leave it to carve until the weekend before. Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for pumpkins that rot.