Picking the perfect pumpkin at Thornton Hall Country Park

It's the October half term holidays and parents across East Lancashire will be desperately trying to think of activities to keep the children entertained.

Pick a pumpkin and find a giant spider at the farm this Halloween
Pick a pumpkin and find a giant spider at the farm this Halloween

With trick-or-treating out of the question due to COVID-19, why not experience some Halloween fun by visiting the award-winning Thornton Hall Country Park.

The farm, perfectly situated in Thornton-in-Craven (near Skipton), is hosting a number of fun-packed Halloween activities, including picking your own pumpkin.

Pumpkin picking is available until November 1st and allows youngsters to grab their own mini wheelbarrow and see the farm's giant spider; Fred Web, plus spooky characters in their enchanted pumpkin patch.

A farm spokesman said: "After picking your pumpkin, wash off your wellies in our fun wellie wash, and head over to our show area for spooky demonstrations and shows.

"Our animal barn will be open so you can meet all our friendly animals: all included with your pumpkin picking ticket. Rooster's Diner is open, serving your delicious home-made food in our barn area so make sure you come hungry!"

Other Halloween-related activities on offer include Spooky Fields where little ones can experience a drive-thru adventure to help Farmer Bradley find the ghost.

A spokesman added: "Armed with ghost hunting maps, you and the little ones will drive across 160 acres of spooky trails and meet some spooky friends along the way. Can your little ones become our next ghostbusters and help us on our mission?! Roosters Diner will be serving delicious homemade food which will be delivered as a takeaway to your car."

And if you are after more spooky goings-on, Fear Fields is a new, COVID-safe drive-thru scare experience where guests drive across 160 acres of farmland into seven scare zones. Each scare zone is a themed area based on the fictional history of Thornton Hall State Hospital.

Guests get to meet a range of scary characters from the state hospital including, Sister Smile and her psychopathic in-mates, flesh eating zombies and come across a forgotten circus run by a breed of killer clowns.

The final date for sale is Monday, October 26th - all other dates for this event are now sold out.

Ticket prices vary for each event. To buy tickets or for information about prices/book tickets, please log onto https://www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk/