It’s possible that the tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates back as far as the Celts, who wanted to light the way for good spirits to visit their homes as part of their autumn celebrations – so they carved vegetables such as turnips and pumpkins and placed a light inside.
The same tradition forms part of the Autumn festivities at Tatton Park this October, as they celebrate pumpkin growing, carving and eating at the Farm. With a selection of events dedicated to the most famous of autumn squashes, there’ll be something for you whether you’re looking to attract good spirits with your pumpkin lanterns or simply find delicious ways to eat them.
On Saturday 19th October Tatton Part will be hosting a Pumpkin Supper, a chance to dig in and tuck in. Choose your own pumpkin fresh from the field, then off to their Clydesdale Barn for a delicious three course pumpkin themed menu (they’ll even provide the recipes so that you can recreate the dishes at home.)
Tatton are also holding a series of ‘Pick Your Own Pumpkin’ days on 19th 20th and 27th 28th October, when you can go down to the Farm to choose your perfect pumpkin. Once you’ve picked, enjoy a refreshing pumpkin juice, a pumpkin muffin and learn how to create a warming pumpkin soup (they’ll provide you with the recipes too so you can make them at home.) The events start at 10:45 and cost £12 (please note: children attending must be aged five and above owing to the nature of the cooking activities.)
For another chance to find the perfect pumpkin, head to Tatton from 28th to 31st October at ‘The Pumpkin Patch’. You can meet all your Farmyard favourites and then choose a pumpkin fresh from the field.