East Lothian Pumpkin Patch

Pick your own pumpkins

**TICKETS FOR 2020 SESSIONS SOLD OUT**

Our tickets for 2020 picking sessions are now SOLD OUT and due to Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to release any additional tickets.

1 ticket per person wanting to access The Patch is required, regardless of age. Please check your tickets carefully. If you do not have the right number of tickets for the correct session time for which you arrive you will not be able to access The Patch. 

We are required to follow strict guidelines and procedures on The Patch this year so please make sure you read the information below for all you need to know before you visit.

Tickets

One ticket is required for each person wishing to access The Patch regardless of age. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 restrictions and limits on ticket, if you arrive with more people in your party than you have tickets for you will not all be given access to The Patch. Tickets will be checked prior to entry to the car park so please have your ticket or wallet QR code ready for scanning. You will find these in your Citizen Ticket account and they can be presented on your phone or printed out if required. If you do not have your ticket or QR code you will not be given access to The Patch and no refund will be given. If you have bought tickets for friends and family, you can transfer their tickets via your Citizen Ticket account and ticket wallet.

Each ticket has a value of £1 and is redeemable against the cost of a pumpkin on The Patch. Citizen Ticket booking fees are not redeemable.

Picking Sessions

Your ticket is for the date and session displayed only. Please check your session carefully as we are restricting numbers on The Patch in response to Covid-19 and you will not be permitted on The Patch for any other session than that for which you have booked.

Ticket Refunds

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable unless we are forced to close The Patch for reasons out with our control. In the event of cancellation, ticket holders will be offered a refund and should be requested through our ticketing provider, Citizen Ticket. We regret that we are unable to transfer your ticket to another picking session.

Arrival and Departure

Your ticket gives you access to The Patch for a two hour picking session. You may access The Patch at any time during your session. You will be permitted access to the car park no earlier than 15 minutes before your session is due to begin. A horn will sound to alert you of when your session has ended.  You must leave The Patch and car park within 15 minutes of the end of the session to allow us to clear The Patch and prepare it for the next session to begin.

How to Find Us

The Patch is located on Kilduff Farm, just outside Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The postcode for Kilduff Farm is EH39 5BD. Access to The Patch is from the B1343. The Patch and parking will be clearly signposted so you shouldn’t miss it.

Weather

This is an outdoor activity and The Patch will be open for pumpkin picking even if it is cold and wet. We will only close The Patch if for any reason we deem it unsafe for visitors or if we are forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will make the decision to close The Patch as early as possible on the day and will aim to have made the decision at least one hour before your picking session is due to begin. You must check your email and our social media before leaving for any updates from us.

What to Wear

Please remember that The Patch is in a field in autumn in Scotland! Please make sure you dress warmly and wear waterproofs if rain is forecast.  We recommend you wear wellies or sturdy boots. The Patch can get very muddy so suitable footwear is absolutely necessary.

Parking

Parking is in a stubble field. The field may get wet and muddy. Please make sure you follow the directions of our staff so that everyone is kept safe. There is no parking on any roads surrounding the farm. Please let our staff know if you have any mobility issues and they will direct you to a parking space as close to The Patch as possible.

Accessibility

The Patch is located in a field on a working farm. We have had pumpkin pickers in buggies, wheelchairs and on crutches, but due to the natural elements of the activity we cannot always guarantee accessibility. Please contact us in advance or speak to a member of staff if you require any assistance accessing The Patch and we will endeavour to do all we can to help.

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted on The Patch, with the exception of assistance dogs. Dogs my be walked in the stubble field beside the car parking area.

Refreshments

Unfortunately due to local Covid-19 restrictions we are now unable to offer catering on The Patch. We encourage you to plan to visit one of the wonderful local food and drink businesses in East Lothian either before or after your picking session. We know they would be extremely grateful for your custom. Please check restrictions directly.

Toilets

There will be portable toilets on The Patch. These will be cleaned regularly but not after each use. Please use the hand washing facilities and hand sanitiser provided. We regret that, due to the location of The Patch, we are unable to provide accessible toilets. Please ensure that only one household enters the toilets at any one time and face coverings are worn by adults and children over 12.

Payment

We are encouraging the use of contactless payment on The Patch this year.

Covid-19

We have been working closely with East Lothian Council Environmental Health Team to ensure that The Patch is a safe place to visit. We are following Government guidance on Covid-19 and have put in place an extensive list of safety precautions to help prevent transmission of the virus, including the following:

  • Restricted numbers on The Patch at any one time.
  • Strict cleaning and sanitising procedures.
  • Physical distancing and rules on mixing of groups.
  • Face coverings will be required for adults and children over 12 in areas where physical distancing is difficult, including queuing to pay, toilets and the straw bale trail.
  • Hand washing facilities in the toilets and hand sanitiser located at various points on The Patch.

Please do not visit The Patch if you or any of your family have experienced any Covid-19 symptoms within 14 days of the date of your picking session.

We ask that you follow all guidance and requests made by our staff who are there to help keep everyone safe. Please make yourself aware of the most up to date Government guidance before you visit.

https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

Please note that your contact details will be stored and may be shared in line with NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect.

Conduct

Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult over 18.

Visitors will be asked to leave The Patch in the event of abusive or antisocial behaviour, or in the event of failure to adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions including social distancing and use of face coverings where required.

THANK YOU

We know this year has been tricky for most and we are very aware that we will be asking you to follow lots of ‘rules’ when you come to pick your pumpkins this year. We are doing all we can to keep our visitors, staff and family safe in these uncertain times. We thank you for your co-operation and, as always, for your support.

We would be delighted if you would share your visit with us on social media – tag us on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #pumpkinrevolution and #kilduffpumpkins .

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Our plan for the patch

Established in 2018, The Patch at Kilduff is an exciting family experience in the heart of East Lothian. An opportunity for children, young and old, to pick their own pumpkins right from the field. As a result of a desire to engage children (our own included) with rural life and teach them where food comes from and how it is grown, we decided to develop The Patch. In 2019 we welcomed over 7,000 visitors to pick pumpkins over two weekends in October. We were absolutely delighted with the response and can’t wait to welcome visitors again when the Patch reopens in October 2020.

 

Pumpkins in East Lothian

So much love and passion has gone in to this pumpkin patch experience, they deserve to sell every last pumpkin that they have. My kids have already asked if we can go again next year!
The Bear and the Fox
Picking Pumpkins in East Lothian

What’s Next

We are passionate about using local produce and reducing food waste and want to encourage people that a pumpkin is not just for Halloween! In that vein we are committed to growing specific varieties for both carving and to cook with. The Patch will re-open for pumpkin picking in October 2020 but in the meantime keep an eye out here and on social media for updates on how the pumpkins are getting on!

FAQs about The Patch

All you need to know about visiting The Patch

Where is 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!

Bus – the farm is on the North Berwick to Haddington route – the 121 is currently run by Eve’s Coaches.  https://www.eveinfo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/121-071019.pdf

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!

When is The Patch open for pumpkin picking?

The Patch will be open on the following dates and times in October 2020:

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th & Monday 19th October

Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th & Monday 26th October

Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October

We are introducing sessions for pumpkin picking in 2020 and tickets will be required. Sessions will be between 9am & 11am, 12pm & 2pm and 3pm & 5pm. Each person wishing to access The Patch will require a ticket.

 

Do I need a ticket to pick a pumpkin?

YES!  We have introduced ticketing to pick pumpkins in 2020. This will allow us to manage numbers, adhere to Covid-19 social distancing requirements and ensure a special picking experience for all of our visitors.

Each person wanting to access The Patch will require a ticket, regardless of age. Tickets are restricted due to Covid-19 so if you don’t have the right number of tickets for your party, you won’t all be able to access The Patch.

Tickets are priced at £1 per person which will be redeemable against the cost of the pumpkins bought during your visit.

Your ticket will allow you access to The Patch during the 2 hour picking session for which you have booked. 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 10 per person and you will be required to provide contact details to allow us to adhere to ‘Track and Trace’ requirements.

 

How much does visiting The Patch cost?

Tickets for entry are £1 per person regardless of age which is redeemable against the cost of pumpkins on The Patch. Pumpkins are priced according to weight and range between £2 and £10.

Tickets are non-refundable and we regret that, due to restrictions on numbers, we are unable to transfer tickets to different picking sessions.

What measures do you have in place for Covid-19?

The health and safety of our pumpkin pickers and staff are of upmost importance. We are and will continue to work hard to ensure we  following Government guidelines in dealing with the risk of Covid-19 while still trying to ensure that everyone has fun while on The Patch.

Before you come to The Patch please ensure that you are up to date with the most recent Government guidance which can be found here:

https://www.gov.scot/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

Although The Patch is an outdoor activity, we will be putting in place various precautions not only to make sure our staff and visitors are safe, but also to make sure that the event can run safely and within the guidelines we have been set by the Government.

We have put the following precautions in place:

  • You will be required to adhere to social distancing requirements and we ask that you and your household keep two meters between you and other households
  • 6 people in a maximum of two households can meet outside. Children do not count towards the 6. This rule should be adhered to on The Patch and staff will remind you of this if required.
  • We will have one way systems in operation in certain areas on The Patch, including the bale trail. Please keep an eye out on signage to keep you right.
  • Socially distanced queuing will be in operation where necessary and our staff will be on hand to help with this.
  • Face coverings will be required while queuing to pay, buy food, use the toilets and for adults in the maze. We ask that where possible only one person queues to allow us to limit contact between our visitors.
  • Our staff will be wearing masks where social distancing is difficult.
  • There will be hand sanitiser stations located throughout The Patch and we will have strict cleaning protocols for pay stations, weighing stations and toilet facilities.

How do I pick a pumpkin?

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.

Where are the pumpkins that you sell grown?

We plant thousands of pumpkin seeds at Kilduff Farm each year.  Our culinary pumpkins are grown on a dedicated culinary patch separate from the pick your own patch. Our aim is to grow all the pumpkins we sell ourselves from seed right here at Kilduff. Pumpkins do however 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.

We all know that 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 with pumpkins grown on other farms. We want to try to make sure that we have enough for everyone. These pumpkins will come from farms further South where conditions are warmer and dryer.

How should I look after my pumpkin when I get it home?

Remember that a pumpkin is a fresh fruit and it’s made up of 90% water, 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 just 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.

Do you take cards?

Yes. We are encouraging the use of contactless payment this year on The Patch.

Where do we park?

Parking for The Patch is in a stubble field near The Patch. Please note that there is no parking on the roads around the farm. While we will do everything we can to keep the field 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 Pumpkin Patch Pals 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 Patch Pals know and they will direct you to a parking spot as close to The Patch as possible.

Can we bring our dog along for the fun?

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.

What should we wear?

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). The Patch and car park may get muddy so save your white trainers for another day!

What else is on The Patch?

Unfortunately due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to offer catering on The Patch. There will be a straw bale trail to explore and lots of opportunities to take autumn themed family photos. There will be toilets and a stretch tent for shelter too!

What are your T&Cs?

  • Entry to The Patch is strictly by ticket only.
  • Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to a different day or time slot.
  • As an outdoor event, The Patch will be open for pumpkin picking even if it is cold and wet. We will only close The Patch if it becomes unsafe for visitors or if we are forced to close due to Covid-19 restrictions. We will make the decision to close The Patch as early as possible on the day and will aim to have made the decision at least one hour before your picking session is due to begin. You must check your email and our social media before leaving for any updates from us.
  • Visitors will be required to follow Covid-19 precautions while on The Patch.
  • In the event of cancellation, ticket holders will be offered a refund and should be requested through our ticketing provider, Citizen Ticket.
  • Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult over 18.
  • Visitors will be asked to leave The Patch in the event of abusive or antisocial behavior, or in the event of failure to adhere to Covid-19 safety precautions including social distancing and use of face coverings where required.
  • Dogs will not be allowed on The Patch.
  • Kilduff Farm cannot accept liability for personal damage, loss or injury or damage to vehicles sustained as a result of negligence or unforeseen actions of ticket holders or other visitors.

 

Pictures from the Patch

Pictures from the Patch

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