So quickly, that I’ve barely had time to look out my Autumn clothes and cosy scarves. I’m still in denial that it’s not August any more.
There’s a lot going on at the moment so I’ve not been able to celebrate Autumn as much as I’d like but I definitely wanted to make sure that I went back to Arnprior Pumpkins in Stirlingshire for our annual pumpkin picking experience.
Arnprior Pumpkins is nestled in a cute tiny village called Arnprior (obviously!) and sits next to the main road into the village. It took me about 45/50 minutes to drive there. On your way, you’ll be greeted by hand painted signs telling you you’re nearly there.
Since we were there last, it seems to have boomed in popularity. Thankfully the car park had been made bigger (it was still full when we arrived!) but there was an overflow car park that was only a small walk to the field. It’s great to see so many people going.
This year Arnprior Pumpkins had alpaca treks, face painting, stonebaked pizzas, gift stalls as well as the usual kale maze and turnip and tattie digging. Unfortunately the weather had been quite rough on the pumpkin patch when we went, meaning it was very muddy and not as green as the year before. I think quite a few people were shocked with the mud but it is important to remember that it’s a farm you’re going to. Bring wellies and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty – the amount of people I saw wearing good clothes and white shoes. If you want a clean experience, you’re best to go to a shop but it won’t be as fun!
The pumpkins are great quality and absolutely massive. I bounded over to the pumpkin I wanted and had to go into a weightlifting stance just to lift it – a size you won’t find at your local supermarket.
Arnprior Pumpkins is family run and I think they do a tremendous job at running an event and having all these people from far away visiting their small village.
They genuinely care that people enjoy their pumpkin picking experience, and change things to suit feedback. Which is one of the reasons I like to return to Arnprior, sort of feels like you’re visiting family you only see in the Autumn.
The pumpkins have been heaved home, now all is left to give them a quick wash and decorate them. The pumpkin innards won’t be binned, I’m going to attempt pumpkin soup with them!