One of our absolute favourite places to visit for easy outdoor fun on a weekend is our local Pick-Your-Own fruit farm. It's a perfect example of diversification, as not only does Hendrewennol have all the usual berries to harvest during the Summer months, but it also has a themed maize maze (this year in the shape of Wales with famous Welsh castles scattered throughout), large sandpit, and a hay-bale maze. You can visit for free to enjoy the play areas, entry to the maize maze is just a few pounds each.
Last year we discovered that they also grew PYO pumpkins, and I may have gone overboard with the 14 that we ended up taking home. This year we were determined not to get so carried away!
It turns out that we were late to the game and there weren't many pumpkins left, so I didn't need to be worried about becoming carried away. Apparently on the one day of the year that the owner thought they'd be quiet, they sold hundreds of pumpkins within a few hours! However, we were able to pick some nice green specimens which were on the turn to orange; meaning they'll be perfect for the 31st.
We were told that we wouldn't need a cutting implement (just as well as I'd forgotten our pen-knife) as the pumpkins would just snap off. Not quite if you're only five years old, and so The Boy set to work pulling, twisting and eventually stamping on the stalks. The funniest moment was when he'd been twisting the stalk for so long without it giving, that he was on the verge of admitting defeat. I picked up the pumpkin to help him and we discovered it had already been snapped off the plant and just had a really long stalk!
Afterwards, Mr. TBaM decided to try and teach The Boy how to play chess which gave me an opportunity to go and explore the shop and goodies inside; I even managed to bagsy some nice props at a cut-down price.
It was then that I discovered that during the week of half-term, Hendrewennol are hosting a Hallowe'en extravaganza with a spooky maze inhabitated by ghostly figures (actors being employed), pumpkin carving, broomstick making, nature trails and a wood-fired pizza oven. I snapped up our places straight away and we're really looking forward to exploring a Hendrewennol Hallowe'en.