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BREAKING NEWS: Pumpkins bigger than normal in time for Halloween

By Mark Gorton at

Local farmers are predicting a bumper crop of giant, smashing pumpkins this year thanks to almost perfect weather conditions over the summer months.

At Church Farm in Thurstaston, workers have discovered that their pumpkins are much larger than they anticipated they would be several weeks ago.

Every year, the award-winning farm, which has been run by former firefighter Steve Ledsham and his family for the past 24 years, grows over 2000 organic pumpkins as part of it popular Halloween extravaganza.

Church Farm worker Abbey

Steve said: “Our team noticed a few weeks ago that the pumpkins were a lot bigger than previous years.

“Over the summer months we had a lot of wet and warm weather, which has meant perfect growing conditions for pumpkins.

“I think we are going to have some absolute whoppers by the time they are ready to harvest in early October.”

The Church Farm Halloween event runs every day throughout October half term, from Saturday October 21st – 29th. It will also run during weekends on October 7th – 8th and 14-15th.

Among the attractions this year are:

  • ·      Pumpkin picking
  • ·      Weird Science puppet show
  • ·      The beastly barrel train ride with monsters
  • ·      Bird of Prey display
  • ·      Pumpkin pies, pecan pies, pumpkin-spiced scones and other treats available at the Munch Coffee Shop

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The Halloween event also includes access to all the usual farm attractions for the day too. Race around the pedal go-kart track, see the farm animals or mess about on the huge indoor beach.

There are local, organic fruit and vegetables for sale in the farm shop as well as delicious treats for both adults and children alike in the coffee shop, including the popular ice cream parlour.

There’s no need to book for Halloween Half-Term – just turn up and purchase tickets on the day.

Tickets cost £5.50 for adults, under 3s £4.50, over 3s £5 and chilldren under one year old go free. Family admission (2 adults and 2 children) is £20.

Please note pumpkin picking, the beastly barrel train ride, crazy golf and face painting have additional charges.

For more information call 0151 648 7838 or click or tap here.

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