Bumper crop of Pumpkins for Walby Farm Park

As Britain faces a pumpkin shortage, Walby Farm Park has seen a bumper crop this year as owners Neil and Katie Milbourn prepare to open their Pumpkin Patch to visitors on the 1st of October.

Soaring temperatures across the UK this summer has led to fears of pumpkin shortages for autumn and Halloween festivities. The warm weather has caused the orange fruit, most commonly used for Jack-o-lanterns, to ripen earlier than usual, which has had an impact on the quality and the numbers of pumpkins that have grown.

We have been extremely lucky with the weather in Cumbria this year and the perfect combination of sunshine, warm temperatures and a dash of rain has made sure Walby Farm Park has home-grown Pumpkins aplenty ready for Halloween Fun!

Farmer Neil Milbourn comments,

“We start the process of growing our Pumpkins back in the springtime and what is often the case with farming, you just don’t know what the crop will yield each year. We have heard many reports from other farm attractions across the UK who have significantly less pumpkins this year as a result of the heatwave and soaring temperatures. However, we have been lucky to still get our fair share of rain in Cumbria, so our Pumpkin Patch is looking extremely fruitful and ready for visitors.”

Visitors are welcome to explore the Walby Farm Park Pumpkin Patch from the 1st October and pick their own Pumpkins. They can also carve them on site, leaving all the mess behind. The Pumpkin Patch is over 4 acres and has hundreds of Pumpkins, big and small, ready to be picked in time for Halloween celebrations. The Pumpkin Patch will be open every day until 31st October and throughout Half Term.

Tickets must be booked in advance from the Walby Farm Park website. FREE Pumpkin for every paying child. Additional pumpkins can be purchased on site.