The Patch

Our plan for the patch

Established in 2018, The Patch at Kilduff is an exciting new 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 2018 we planted 5,000 pumpkin seeds, all by hand, and ended up with 8,000 pumpkins of all different shapes sizes and colours ready to be picked right from the field in which they were grown.

 

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

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 2019 but in the meantime keep an eye out here and on social media for updates on how the pumpkins are getting on!

Pictures from the Patch

Pictures from the Patch

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. The Patch and parking will be clearly signposted so you won’t miss it!

When can we pick pumpkins?

The Patch will be open on the following dates and times in October 2019:

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th & Monday 21st – 10am to 4pm

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th – 10am to 4pm

The Patch will be open until the last Kilduff pumpkin is sold.  Keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for most up to date information.

How do I pick a pumpkin?

We have planted 5000 pumpkin plants 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.

How much does visiting The Patch cost?

Entry to The Patch is free as is the bale maze and all the other fun stuff on The Patch. Pumpkins are priced according to weight and range between £2 and £10.

Do you take cards?

Yes, but cash is also welcome!

Where can we park?

There is plenty of parking in the stubble field next to 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. There are however 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?

Our friends at Sinclair & Rice will be selling hot drinks and tasty treats from their refurbished horsebox, ‘Bluebell’. There is a straw bale maze to explore and lots of opportunities to take autumn themed family photos. There will be loos too!