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Give 'em pumpkin to talk about! Hallowe'en goodies squashed into Cammas Hall Fruit Farm




Stay ahead of the carve this Hallowe'en and pick your own pumpkin at Cammas Hall Fruit Farm.

This is the farm's fifth spooktacular season and this year, the team at the Hatfield Broad Oak site have created their most elaborate display to date.

The popular tourist attraction - which comprises of a PYO farm, shop, tea barn and Maize Maze - has experienced its most challenging year amid the coronavirus crisis but the team have ploughed forwards and managed to grow more than twenty different varieties of pumpkin and winter squash - including the knobbly Goosebumps, the pure white Polar Bear and the huge Atlantic Giant.

Indie reporter Cat Barkley and her son Rory at Cammas Hall Farm
Indie reporter Cat Barkley and her son Rory at Cammas Hall Farm

Farmer Jonathan Lukies said: "It has been a difficult few months for everyone and this year we wanted to create our most spectacular pumpkin patch yet to offer a uplifting family experience.

"Our array of pumpkin varieties means there’s something for everyone here at the farm. We have of course implemented new safety measures but we’ve made sure that this does not detract from the magic of the patch."

This year, the farm is unable to put on its tractor and trailer rides, owing to the social distancing restrictions - and unfortunately, dogs are not permitted to enter the site - so the team have compensated by going wild with their spooky decorations, providing visitors with fa-boo-lous photo opportunities in their largest ever ready-picked pumpkin patch.

Rory Barkley at Cammas Hall Farm(42642604)
Rory Barkley at Cammas Hall Farm(42642604)

The farm shop is stocked with carving accessories and plenty of Halloween goodies so visitors can make sure their home is as bewitching as possible on October 31.

There will also be recipe cards available for customers to make the most of their pumpkin purchases.

The Maize Maze has been cut with paths two metres wide. It will contain two new pumpkin-themed games to play in the mini-maize and main maize: Ghost Hunt and Tooth Scary.

One entrance fee covers both mazes on the six-acre site and visitors will find a straw bale mountain and tyre mountains to climb. They can also enjoy the farm's trademark ghoulish humour along the way.

There will be a small reward for everyone who finds their way out and the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw.

In previous years, Cammas Hall have asked the wider community to get involved in their Hallowe'en fun, and this year is no different.Various local charities, community groups and nearby businesses have been invited to decorate a pumpkin that reflects their organisation and say a few words about themselves. This all forms part of the farm's spooky display.

All food and drink will be offered on a takeaway-only basis. The Cabin and The Tea Barn will be open each day from 9am to 4pm for breakfasts, lunches, Grandma Pam’s cakes and light refreshments.

Cat and Rory get ready to select their favourite pumpkin
Cat and Rory get ready to select their favourite pumpkin

On weekends and during half term there will be an even greater choice for customers; the barbecue and pizza oven will be fired up, plus warming, seasonal treats - including mulled apple juice, pumpkin spiced lattes, chocolate orange hot chocolates and bowls of butternut squash soup - will be on sale.

The Halloween activities at Cammas Hall will be running until Saturday, October 31 and the farm is open every day except Monday, October 19.

Fore more information, visit www.cammashall.co.uk . For pumpkin and squash recipes, plus pumpkin carving ideas, visit www.pinterest.co.uk/cammashallfarm/boards

Pumpkin factfile

  • Pumpkins store well and uncarved they can last for up to three months so there’s no need to wait until the last minute to visit.
  • Store away from direct sunlight.
  • Store in a cool, ventilated place, but protect from frost.
  • Store pumpkins on a piece of cloth or cardboard and not on hard non-porous surface or directly onto wood.
  • Do not use the stalk as a handle as this can cause damage.

Charges:

  • Entrance to the Pumpkin Patch: £2 per person with pre-booking, redeemable at checkout against the cost of your pumpkin/squash.
  • Pumpkins: Charged at 90p per kilo. 10% discount on purchases of 10kg or more.
  • Squash: £1.50 each or 4 for £5.
  • Maize Maze: £3.50 per person or £3 per person for groups of four or more. Under 2s free. No pre-booking required.
  • Craft activities: from £1.95


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