Pick Your Own Pumpkins

PUMPKINS PLANS FOR 2019: 19/20 and 26/27 October

Building on the huge success of Halloween 2018, we’ve planted out 450 Pumpkin plants which should give us about 1500 Pumpkins to pick from in 2019. We’ve also got plans to increase the spooky fun at Narrowboat Farm with more activities.

The popular spooky cruises will be back with our friends from Linlithgow Union Canal Society. We will also be offering short canal cruises on site during the two weekends before Halloween with our friends from Bridge 19-40 Canal Society.

Stay tuned for more updates here and on our social media feeds…

May 2019: 450 Pumpkin plants planted out

Early July 2019: Bees pollinating/Vines spreading/First Pumpkins forming after a slow start


Here are some highlights from 2018 Pumpkin picking at Narrowboat Farm 🙂

Come and enjoy some family fun this Halloween at Narrowboat Farm and pick your own pumpkins. Grown right here on site, we have 1000 Jack O’Lanterns waiting to be carved by you!

PYO Pumpkin Details:

When: the field will be open for picking from 10am until 6pm, from 19th – 31st October 2018.

How: no need to book (unless you want to take part in a complimentary carving workshop), simply wear warm clothes and select your favourite pumpkin from the field. When you arrive, you can follow the signs a very short distance in to the pumpkin patch, select your pumpkin(s) and pay as you leave the patch. We will have a few wheelbarrows available if you pick a monster, and a few sets of spare wellies although the pumpkins themselves are sat on weed matting so it shouldn’t be too swampy.

How Much: Pumpkins cost between £3 and £9, depending on size. We accept card payments as well as cash. The carving workshops are available at no extra charge for pumpkins purchased at Narrowboat Farm (places limited, booking form below).

What Else Is There To Do
It’s not just pumpkin picking at Narrowboat Farm, you can sit in a tractor and pretend to be a farmer, you can play our field games, you can sit in our mini-cinema and enjoy some Halloween cartoons. And of course you can’t leave without proudly displaying your pumpkins and getting snapped as a ghost, pumpkin, monster or bat!

We do not serve food or drink on site, but just around the corner is the Park Bistro who are open for a tasty Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner or a mug of something warm.

Where: Narrowboat Farm is easy to find. It is 2 miles East of Linlithgow, a 30 minute walk/canoe or 10 minute cycle from Linlithgow train station along the canal. At the Park Bistro, you cross the canal bridge and take a sharp left along the B-road, past two small cottages and into the field with the polytunnel. EH49 6QY for your satnav (although that might take you to the Park Bistro). Find us on Google maps.

Carving workshops: SORRY, NOW FULLY BOOKED
We are running ‘free’ carving workshops for pumpkins purchased on site

Our friends at Linlithgow Union Canal Society will be running four spooky-themed boat trips out to Narrowboat Farm from Linlithgow on the weekend before Halloween. The boat trips will be about 2.5 hours for the return trip, including time for you to pick your pumpkin and carve it here. Not only that, but the boat trip will be hosted by a talented storyteller from Eureka Edinburgh and some tasty Halloween treats will even be supplied 🙂 These boat trips will be very popular and places are strictly limited so make sure you click here to book your place now! The trips cost £10 for adults and £5 for children, and do not include pumpkins which will be available to pick and purchase on site.

Our Pumpkins
Here you can follow the story of our pumpkins from seed to carving:

early May 2018: 300 organic ‘Jack O’Lantern’ seeds sown:

late May 2018: 285 surviving seedlings planted out in the field:

June 2018: first blossoms and teeny fruits:

early July 2018: vines spreading and fruits growing during the hot spell:

late July 2018: pumpkins approaching football size already and vines have covered the whole patch…

early August 2018: growinng bigger and bigger, and some have even started to ripen!

late August 2018: doing some test carving on ripened pumpkins

early September 2018: the plants are dying back naturally to reveal ripe pumpkins

late September 2018: the pumpkins have been snipped off the dead plants and sat upright to ripen in the sunshine

early October 2018: treating the pumpkins to dry bottoms as the weather turns Autumnal, 200 in the polytunnel too to make sure there are healthy pumpkins for the last few days of picking…

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