Established in 2018, The Patch at Kilduff is an exciting family experience in the heart of East Lothian. An opportunity for children, young and old, to pick their own pumpkins right from the field. As a result of a desire to engage children (our own included) with rural life and teach them where food comes from and how it is grown, we decided to develop The Patch. Defying all odds and Covid-19 restrictions, we managed to open The Patch and welcomed lots of visitors old and new for pumpkin picking in East Lothian. Despite the restrictions, we had another wonderful year and are so looking forward to doing it all again in 2021!
So much love and passion has gone in to this pumpkin patch experience, they deserve to sell every last pumpkin that they have. My kids have already asked if we can go again next year!
The Bear and the Fox
We are passionate about using local produce and reducing food waste and want to encourage people that a pumpkin is not just for Halloween! In that vein we are committed to growing specific varieties for both carving and to cook with and sharing our knowledge on how to cook with Autumn’s star ingredient and share some delicious recipes! The Patch will re-open for pumpkin picking in October 2021 but in the meantime keep an eye out here and on social media for updates on how the pumpkins are getting on!
All you need to know about visiting The Patch
The Patch is at Kilduff Farm just outside Athelstaneford in East Lothian. The postcode for the farm is EH39 5BD. Access to The Patch is from the B1343. The Patch and parking will be clearly signposted so you won’t miss it!
Bus – the farm is on the North Berwick to Haddington route – the 121 is currently run by Eve’s Coaches. https://www.eveinfo.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/121-071019.pdf
Kilduff Farm isn’t a scheduled stop but if you make the driver aware that you are coming to The Patch they should stop to let you off. Walk up the farm drive and you can access The Patch safely from there!
The Patch will re-open for pumpkin picking in October 2021. Keep an eye here and on our social media for information on dates and ticket sales.
We will be running sessions for pumpkin picking again in 2021 and tickets will be required. Sessions will be between 9am & 11am, 12pm & 2pm and 3pm & 5pm. Each person wishing to access The Patch will require a ticket.
YES! We introduced ticketing to pick pumpkins in 2020 and will be ticketing again in 2021. This will allow us to manage numbers, adhere to Covid-19 social distancing requirements and ensure a special picking experience for all of our visitors.
Each person wanting to access The Patch will require a ticket, regardless of age. Tickets are restricted due to Covid-19 so if you don’t have the right number of tickets for your party, you won’t all be able to access The Patch.
Tickets are priced at £1 per person which will be redeemable against the cost of the pumpkins bought during your visit.
Your ticket will allow you access to The Patch during the 2 hour picking session for which you have booked. You can access The Patch at any time during your session but you will be asked to leave as soon as the session ends to allow us to clear The Patch and prepare it for the next session to begin.
Please note that tickets will be limited to 10 per person and you will be required to provide contact details to allow us to adhere to ‘Track and Trace’ requirements.
Tickets for entry are £1 per person regardless of age which is redeemable against the cost of pumpkins on The Patch. Pumpkins are priced according to weight and range between £2 and £10.
Tickets are non-refundable and we regret that, due to restrictions on numbers, we are unable to transfer tickets to different picking sessions.
The health and safety of our pumpkin pickers and staff are of upmost importance. We are and will continue to work hard to ensure we following Government guidelines in dealing with the risk of Covid-19 while still trying to ensure that everyone has fun while on The Patch.
Before you come to The Patch please ensure that you are up to date with the most recent Government guidance which can be found here:
Although The Patch is an outdoor activity, we will be putting in place various precautions not only to make sure our staff and visitors are safe, but also to make sure that the event can run safely and within the guidelines we have been set by the Government.
We have put the following precautions in place:
We have planted thousands of pumpkin seeds of lots of different varieties and each pumpkin grows in its own way so you are sure to find the perfect pumpkin to suit you. All the pumpkins will be cut from the vine and ready to lift into one of the wheelbarrows waiting on The Patch.
We plant thousands of pumpkin seeds at Kilduff Farm each year. Our culinary pumpkins are grown on a dedicated culinary patch separate from the pick your own patch. Our aim is to grow all the pumpkins we sell ourselves from seed right here at Kilduff. Pumpkins do however need certain weather conditions to grow and survive until they are harvested in Autumn. They need sunshine and warmth to ripen and encourage their skins to set.
We all know that Scottish weather doesn’t always play the game and sadly not every pumpkin survives on The Patch until picking. If weather conditions make growing pumpkins tricky, we may need to top up our numbers of carving pumpkins with pumpkins grown on other farms. We want to try to make sure that we have enough for everyone. These pumpkins will come from farms further South where conditions are warmer and dryer.
Our culinary pumpkins and squash will only ever be grown here at Kilduff.
Remember that a pumpkin is a fresh fruit and it’s made up of 90% water, so it won’t last forever. Most uncarved pumpkins will last for at least a couple of weeks (and often longer) but unfortunately some will rot after a few days of being picked. It just depends on a huge number of factors! Culinary pumpkins can usually be stored for up to 6 months.
Pumpkins like being kept clean and uncarved in a cool, dry place. As soon as you damage the skin of a pumpkin (i.e. carve it) it will start to deteriorate – it’s natural!
If you are wanting your pumpkin masterpiece to last until Halloween it is best to leave it to carve until the weekend before.
Please note that we are unable to offer refunds for pumpkins that rot.
Yes. We are encouraging the use of contactless payment this year on The Patch.
Parking for The Patch is in a stubble field near The Patch. Please note that there is no parking on the roads around the farm. While we will do everything we can to keep the field from getting too muddy, we are in Scotland and it might get very wet! If your car is as precious as Cinderella’s carriage we may not be the place for you to visit. There will be Pumpkin Patch Pals managing the traffic and parking so please follow their instructions – they are there to help and keep you safe! If you have mobility difficulties and need to park close to The Patch please let our Patch Pals know and they will direct you to a parking spot as close to The Patch as possible.
Unfortunately not! The Patch is a pooch-free place. Dogs must be left at home or if happy in the car. There are lots of lovely walks surrounding the farm and further afield in East Lothian that you can all enjoy together once you’ve visited The Patch.
Wrap up warm and wear wellies – we are in Scotland after all! The Patch will be open for picking whatever the weather (as long as snow and storms stay away). The Patch and car park may get muddy so save your white trainers for another day!
Unfortunately due to current Covid-19 restrictions we are unable to offer catering on The Patch. There will be a straw bale trail to explore and lots of opportunities to take autumn themed family photos. There will be toilets and a stretch tent for shelter too!