Do you remember Halloween as a kid? It was all about trick or treating – getting dressed up and heading out after school with your parents or friends and knocking on doors hoping someone would answer. The excitement of being given some goodies to put in your bucket and then discovering what you had when you got home was the best part of the year, apart from Christmas and birthdays, of course.
This year, because of COVID-19, trick or treating will have to be put on hold so we have to think of other ways to keep the kids entertained over the Halloween period. One thing that our eldest boy remembers from last year is our visit to The Patch MK to see the pumpkin patch so we were really excited to hear they were doing pumpkins again this year and managed to get half term tickets on the day they were released.
We got even luckier this week when Joe and Roz, the owners of The Patch MK, very kindly invited us to see the pumpkin patch a little early. Joe and Roz are so friendly and welcoming and they have clearly been working very hard to make the patch experience something everyone can enjoy, we wish them all the best in the coming weeks.. They were both very excited to tell us about the new additions to this year’s patch and we could see why, here’s a sneak peak of what to expect this year.
What’s new at The Patch MK in 2020?
Roz was on hand to guide us through the new additions to the site this year. One attraction made our eldest boy’s eyes light up! They now have 2 slides and mini climbing wall. He literally ran from the entrance to the slide in 10 seconds. As you can see our boys were very excited to try them both out.
The pumpkin patch
This is what we’ve all come to see, right? It is amazing. They have doubled the amount of pumpkins this year and it seems like there are so many more different ones; colours, shapes and sizes. You can get a great view of them all from the viewing platform. We’re looking forward to picking ours at the end of the month. You get to cart around your pumpkin haul in one of the many provided wheelbarrows. We found a couple of helpers that were emptying water out of them.
Apart from the pumpkin patch being even bigger this year, they also have a very special pumpkin house which Joe said was a real labour of love. You can tell! It is very impressive and is going to be the star attraction this year for sure. The orange house is not all orange though as they have dedicated one side of it to local charity Milton Keynes Hospital Charity which they support. The wall is made up entirely of green pumpkins to support the ‘Be Seen In Green‘ fundraiser. We have donated online to this charity, the equivalent amount to what we would have paid for this visit.
One thing that has been a big hit with visitors to The Patch MK in the couple of times we have visited is the amount of cool photos you see on social media. It’s great to document your fun with a photo or two. With that said, another addition this year is Pumpkin Alley, which is a pathway of orange leading to a pumpkin house. You feel like you are in a movie – a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, vibrant colours everywhere.
There are further opportunities to take some photos with the huge pumpkins sign, and also a vintage tractor you can sit on, as well as some themed boards to stick your head in and make some funny faces.
Being run by farmers, you will see bales of hay all over the site helping to build walkways, a bale mountain and a bale maze – the only bale related thing missing was Gareth.
The barrel rides are back again this year which is great news. I’m hoping to squeeze into one this time around as it looked like so much fun. Please note that it is cash payment only for each ride costing £2.50 per rider. Our eldest boy loves it.
Safety guidelines at The Patch MK
If you visited in the summer for the amazing sunflower patch, then you will know that the health and safety guidelines put in place were excellent and once again they have the whole area very well organised with plenty of sanitizing stations to help keep everyone safe.
How to get tickets for The Patch MK 2020?
Tickets went on sale last month for Pumpkins at The Patch MK with the majority of them being snapped up very quickly, as expected. They open the gates to the public today (10th October) and are running for the rest of the month until Saturday 31st, but be very quick with booking the last slots available because you don’t want to miss out! You can find out about available dates by clicking here.
Visiting Pumpkins at The Patch MK
The address for the pumpkin patch is: Mount Mill Farm, Milton Keynes MK19 6DG.
Once you turn into Mount Hill Farm it is well signposted and easy to follow the newly built one way road to the site. Upon arrival, there is plenty of parking and the toilets are located just to the side of the car park.
If you are visiting this year then we would recommend that you are well prepared for all weather conditions. We dressed the boys in their all-in-one waterproof jackets as we expected some rain and sure enough we did encounter a downpour – this didn’t dampen spirits though as they were very happy to explore, even in the rain. Good footwear, such as wellies or walking boots is a good idea. Last year the team were very good at making sure the pathways were not too muddy by laying straw down, but it is advisable to wear wellies or old shoes.
What refreshments are available at the pumpkin patch?
If you are visiting on a morning you will have the option of having a bacon and egg roll and if you are heading there in the afternoon you can grab a hot dog (vegan option also available) or some pumpkin soup which I can’t wait to try in a couple of weeks. Along with hot food there will be hot drinks available – tea and coffee as well as cold drinks for the kids. If you have a sweet tooth you will definitely enjoy the brownies and flapjacks on offer. There is a marquee located at the entrance which has plenty of space, perfect for a quick rest and refuel or a shelter from the rain if the weather turns.
The impressive thing about The Patch MK is that Joe, Roz and their team have thought about everything to make sure you have a great experience. Hats off to them.
We hope you all enjoy your visit to The Patch MK this year, making memories with your family and friends.
Please keep supporting local businesses in our area.
Becca & Stu