Things to do in Harrogate

Halloween fun at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

It can’t have escaped your attention that us greedy sisters are big fans of Autumn, and of course Halloween is one of the many reasons that this is our favourite season.

We love to compete in trying to carve the best pumpkin, and it wouldn’t be Halloween without a candle-lit pumpkin glowing beside the front door (unless you’re talking about our early childhood when us Yorkshire folk carved a turnip instead!).

We’ve visited Birchfield Ice Cream Farm in all seasons, from their Lambing Live in the spring, to Pick Your Own strawberries in the summer, so we were very pleased to discover they now also have a pumpkin patch, as well as a brand new cafe.

As you enter you collect a wheelbarrow then make your way down to the pumpkin patch set amid the rolling Nidderdale hills.

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There were hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, which proved difficult for someone as indecisive as myself. After satisfying myself that I had pick the most round, unblemished pumpkin, we returned to the start to have it sized. Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

There are carving workshops on-site but we prefer to do ours at home so we headed to the new cafe instead. It was the first day of opening so inevitably it was busy and the service a little slow, but there was a good atmosphere and a tempting menu. I settled on a quiche Lorraine with buttered new potatoes, whilst the greedy husband had ham, egg and chips. He was delighted that they were ‘proper farmer’s sized portions’ and it definitely wasn’t quantity over quality as the food was delicious. The homemade chips were particularly good, I think next time I might just order a huge bowl of those!

We couldn’t leave without also sampling one of their renowned ice creams and chose the toffee apple and cinnamon flavour.  Birchfield Ice Cream Farm Birchfield Ice Cream Farm Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

The pumpkin festival is on daily from 21st-31st October 10am-4pm.

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