The first item on our Autumn Bucket List was to visit Slindon Pumpkins. This has become a little tradition for us, as we have visited very year since Monkey was born. In fact the picture of him at 4 months old sitting in a pumpkin, is actually a Slindon Pumpkins, pumpkin! I still remember the odd look I got when I asked for a pumpkin big enough to put my baby in! Each year the display seems to get more elaborate, this year it is a tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Shoreham Lifeboat.

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

The day we visited the village was also holding its annual Apple Picking Day. Unfortunately we had already been out for most for the day in Brighton so missed the majority of this and didn’t really have much time to stop. Maybe in future years we will plan to do both at the same time. It did mean that the village was busier that usual. Slindon Pumpkins is based at the top of the village along Top Road. It gets busy, but there is on road parking or you can park in the village near the cafe and walk up giving you a chance to take in the quaintness of the village. There is a slight hill and in some places you will need to walk on the road, so for these reasons probably not an ideal walk for the very young or the elderly.

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

There is a vast range of pumpkins, squash and marrows to choose from, I love that there is always someone on hand to give you advice about the difference varieties and suggestions on cooking. They also have their own recipe booklet which you can purchase for 50p.

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

Monkey set about looking for one that he could carve, our medium pumpkin (in the back ground of the picture above) cost £3.50. Its much prettier than the ones you find in the supermarkets. Plus I don’t mind paying a little more to support a local business.

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

One of the other things which really attracts me is that you can buy small versions of most varieties. We brought some last year and Monkey played with them all the way through to Christmas. They are great for sensory play, Autumn bins, craft activities and decorations. Plus as many of them are eating varieties you can just roast them when he gets bored. Some are sold by weight, some are individually priced from 50p, the more ornate ones are £2 each.

They also have some ornamental gourds on sale. I remember how these use to fascinate me at school, one of my teachers put together a display with them one year around an art project. We all needed to draw one, and I still remember being really interested in its texture and colours. Monkey choose one which is called a Goblin Egg, a smooth white variety about twice the size of a golf ball. I think he maybe disappointed when a goblin doesn’t actually appear judging by the conversation we had on the way home!

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

All in all you probably only need 15 minutes in the actual courtyard. Taking photos, marvelling at the huge varieties and picking out the ones you want to take home to cook, play with or carve. However it is definitely worth a visit next time you are heading over to Arundel, many families go back year after year.

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

Things you need to know:

  • Open daily 10am-5pm, please check their website or call for dates
  • Address – 4 Top Road, Slindon, Arundel, BN180RP
  • www.slindonpumpkins.co.uk has photos of the previous years displays and contact details

Slindon Pumpkins Oct 2015

What activities are you up to this Autumn time to celebrate the changing of the seasons?

Mudpie xx

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37 Comments

  1. adventureswithmonster Reply

    jealous! we really want to visit a pumpkin patch but can’t find one local enough ? x

  2. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy) Reply

    I need to find a local pumpkin field for Baby to explore. I never knew there were so many varieties! x

  3. Angela Milnes Reply

    This looks like a great outing! Id love to take Sylvia to see all those pumpkins! Now I’m feeling like some pumpkin soup or better still pumpkin pie! Yum.

  4. Oh my gosh they’re amazing – I love the display! I haven’t seen any real pumpkins this year yet – it’s something i miss about the country x

  5. I have never been to a pumpkin festival before but it sounds like a fun event for a family to enjoy. Why are the best events always when it is cold lol?!

  6. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    Ahhh this is so lovely!! I’m going to google to see if there are pumpkin patches near where I live -this is a tradition I really miss from the US. The gourds are gorgeous & such reasonable prices too! x

    • They do, do it some much better in the States, really wanted to find a field full for a photo opportunity with Monkey but haven’t managed it yet!

  7. It’s really great to support local business and the colours of the pumpkins are so lovely – can’t believe all the different shapes and sizes. Wish there was somewhere like that near me 🙂

  8. Ahhh amazing! I’ve been looking for somewhere like this to go locally and we dont seem to have anything pumpkin related starting until half term week, so annoying! xx

  9. amytreasure0 Reply

    I wish we had something like this! I like the little misshapen ones the best, they would be so good for seasonal photographs x

  10. Aly Hodge (@BugBirdBee) Reply

    Awww he looks so pleased! We love squashes, so many varieties to choose from.It seems everyone has gone picking pumpkins this year.We’ll be away this for Halloween, so it’s something we’ll have to try and do next year.

  11. Michelle Murray Reply

    My friend is taking her two children pumpkin picking this weekend. It looks,lots of fun

  12. Ah this looks so cool! And the little dude is very pleased with himself. I’d love to find a place like this close to me.

  13. chloelifeunexpected Reply

    Oh wow the RNLI pumpkin picture is incredible!! What a creative idea. I really wish we had a place like this near us. I love squash. We cook with it most days in winter but it’s so expensive in our local supermarket. We don’t even have any pumpkin patches around us either which is such a shame. This looks like such a fun little venture out. We haven’t yet played with pumpkins, but we’re setting up a sensory bin next week and we’ve just bought some pumpkins for both painting and carving! I’m excited to play with them with Evie. Thank you so, so much for linking this to #whatevertheweather. xx

  14. So this is what a pumpkin festival looks like! I love the pumpkin lifeboat display, it’s amazing! We haven’t got anything like this near us, you’re lucky! Sabrina xx #mondayescapes

    • They do a different one each year and it looks better every year don’t know how they manage it! Thanks for stopping by xx

  15. This looks fab and still quite local to us! Must try and give it a visit before Halloween. I hope you are striking off other things off your Autumn bucket list 🙂 #MondayEscapes

  16. That pumpkin lifeboat looks fab! I love Autumn – we’ve already been blackberry picking, conker hunting, acorn hunting, and leaf-picking. I’m looking forward to Bonfire Night too. #DreamTeam

  17. Oh this looks fab – what a lovely thing to do together! We are Brighton based and I hadn’t heard of this, so will definitely see if the kids and hubby want to go on a little day trip…I’ve always wanted to go to Arundel. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam x

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