It’s October so time to go “Pumpkin Picking”! Actually, we hadn’t planned to pick our pumpkins this early but as we were going to be at Heatherton World of Activities, Pembrokeshire, for Rebecca’s birthday, we thought we may as well visit their Pumpkin Patch while we were there. Take a look:
Visiting Heatherton World of Activities, Pembrokeshire
Heatherton World Of Adventures (Sat Nav postcode: SA70 8RJ) can be found along the B4318 between Carew and Tenby. It’s close to our other favourite attractions- Manor House Wildlife Park and The Dinosaur Park. Along this road, it is well signposted and there are two free car parks to choose from. I usually park in the large overflow car park “across the road”. However, out of season, there are usually plenty of spaces left in the smaller main car park.
Book in Advance
Heatherton is free to enter but there are charges for each activity. Due to Covid-19 they now have a daily visitor allocation so you must book in advance to visit. Certain activities, such as the Escape Rooms, Tree Tops Trail and Pumpkin Patch have to be booked in advance separately. For all other activities, you can buy credit passes online in advance and then just choose your activities as you explore the park. I do find Heatherton is more affordable when you plan in advance what activities you want to go on so you can work out how many tokens you’ll need and get the most affordable Credit Pass. It’s also a good idea to look at the map and familiarise yourself with which side of the park your chosen activities are on.
Dogs Are Welcome
Dogs are welcome at Heatherton and they even have their own Dog Agility Course to keep them entertained.
There are plenty of toilets on both sides of the park. Accessible toilets can be found in the main reception, next to the bumper boats and opposite our Tree Tops Sky Tower (“over the road”).
Read more about Disabled Access at Heatherton.
Visiting the Pumpkin Patch at Heatherton World of Adventure, Pembrokeshire
When you arrive at Heatherton, head to Reception to change your online tickets into Pumpkin Patch tokens. Then follow the signs and head through the underpass to the Pumpkin Patch. Entry to the Pumpkin Patch costs £1 per person. The Pumpkin Patch is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and every day throughout half term.
Pumpkin Sizer and Prices
At the entrance, you can see the Pumpkin sizer and prices. This is handy so you know which size pumpkin to look for or what price to expect at the end. There are also plenty of wheelbarrows to push so you can easily carry your pumpkins.
Lots of Surprises Along the Way
The best thing about this Pumpkin Trail was that it was accessible all the way round by a flat path. Along the way, there were a few spooky surprises.
There were some lovely pumpkins ready cut and the friendly staff offered to cut us any of the ready pumpkins that were still growing on the vine. There is also a field full of baby pumpkins not quite ready to be picked so there will be even more fresh pumpkins in a couple of weeks. They were a very healthy crop of pumpkins.
Cousins Cerys and Caitlyn share the wheelbarrow pushing.
They made some scarecrow friends along the way too!
We enjoyed walking around and looking at the pumpkins.
One of the ghosts looked strangely familiar!
It’s just Izzy!
The oldest and youngest daughters on the hay bale.
It’s always fun to jump off hay bales.
Birthday girl, Rebecca on the hay bale.
We also found some huge hay bale spiders, I’m glad the huge spiders we’ve found in our house recently aren’t this big. It’s that time of year for them, isn’t it?
Three spiders and four girls.
Hay Bale Sofa
About halfway around, it was time for a rest on the hay bale sofa.
Move over kids, let the grown-ups rest too!
Aunty Ceri and Uncle Lexy on the hay bale sofa.
A family pic! It’s such a shame Danny is so busy working at the moment. We may wonder why he’s not in these family photos when we look back! It’s good for him though and he’s enjoying work.
It was finally Rebecca’s turn to push the wheelbarrow. To be honest there were enough wheelbarrows for the kids to use one each but we thought one per family was fairer. I’m glad they have so many as when we’ve picked pumpkins in the past at other places there either haven’t been enough wheelbarrows, or you had to bring your own (we’ve bought a sledge in the past) or the field has been too muddy and uneven for wheels. It’s hard carrying pumpkins around, especially when you choose large, heavy ones.
We were so lucky with the weather as we’ve had a lot of heavy rain here recently. During our visit to Heatherton, there was only one quick shower while we were in the pumpkin field. The rain stopped before I even had the chance to get my coat out of my bag to put on. The ground was dry too, we didn’t get muddy at all which is unusual for us while pumpkin picking!
A friendly member of staff offered to take a group photo of us all. We had to have a family photo with one of our favourite families- The Addams Family. As readers know, I love Morticia! This artwork is by local artist, Goose Fruit Studio.
At the end of the trail, we sized our pumpkins and paid for them. They were very fair and tried to squeeze our pumpkins into the smaller slot where they could. With younger children who are learning to measure you could also bring a tape measure or different lengths of string to practice measuring too while you’re looking at the pumpkins.
We had a lovely time in the Pumpkin Patch at Heatherton. For our family of five (it sounds strange writing that as we’re usually six), it came to £19 (£5 admission and £14 pumpkins). We have paid less for pumpkins at other places but under £20 for 5 people was worth it for an afternoon of fun.
We were impressed with the convenience of the pumpkin patch, the lovely photo opportunities and the friendliness of the staff. Apparently, they will also have delicious Halloween hot chocolate and treats on sale soon too.
Visit Heatherton Pumpkin Patch at Half Term
The Heatherton Pumpkin Patch will be even more fun to visit during half term as there will be extra activities, such as a Scarecrow Trail and Mysterious Maze.
“Will you find all the amazing Scarecrows hidden around the park? Each one has been designed and created by a local school or club! There’s no need to book the trail – simply pick up your trail sheet from reception or the Craft Shack Café and get hunting!
A £1 donation per trail sheet will go to the Owen James Trust Fund, helping five-year-old Owen from Pembroke who lives with Pitt Hopkins Syndrome – a very rare genetic disorder.”
“What’s around the next corner in our Mysterious Maze this half term? Will you find your way to the spooky centre?? Head for our Hedge Maze to find out! (Hedge maze is 1 credit per person)”
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