Castle Ward Pumpkin Fest, choose and decorate your own pumpkin

Join us for our annual Pumpkinfest event on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 October for a fabulous autumn adventure. Pick, scoop out and carve a pumpkin, enter a scarecrow into the scarecrow competition and solve the clues on the trail.

Select one of over 2,000 pumpkins and draw your own spooky face or design a totally different artistic creation*, then head over to the scooping station to make sure your gourd is ready for carving! One of our team of staff and vounteers will then do all the dangerous carving with sharp tools so you don't have to.
*Although they're very good, they aren't trained artists, so don't make it too complicated for them!

Pumpkin Prices

Small £2, Medium £3, Large £4

Pumpkins waiting patiently for collection
Pumpkins waiting for collection at Pumpkinfest, Castle Ward
Pumpkins waiting patiently for collection

Scarecrow Competition

Create your own scarecrow at home and bring it along to add to the Scarecrow competition. We will be taking into consideration inventiveness, best dressed and overall scarecrow-iness. Registration opens at 10am until 3pm with judging at 3.10pm. Categories are under 12s and over12s.
Please make sure your scarecrow has a tag with your name, age and contact number.

Prepare your creations for the Scarecrow Competition
Paddington Bear in scarecrow form at Pumpkinfest, Castle Ward
Prepare your creations for the Scarecrow Competition

Discover stories in the mansion house

Visit the house to see our fantastic autumn displays
A specially carved pumpkin at Pumpkinfest, Castle Ward
Visit the house to see our fantastic autumn displays

Follow the yellow brick road to Castle Ward mansion house over the weekend and discover the story of a girl and her friends on a journey to Oz.

Trails and Crafts

Take the Scarecrow Trail around the estate, solve the clues and pick up a treat (or a trick) at the end, or join in with the Autumn and scarecrow themed crafts in the Theatre to keep everyone busy.

Take the Scarecrow Trail around the estate
Scarecrow Trail signposts at Castle Ward
Take the Scarecrow Trail around the estate

Enjoy live music out on the Front Lawn and in the Stableyard. Weather permitting, you'll even be able to enjoy a fairytale-style carriage ride around the estate.

Food and Drinks

At the Stableyard, visit the Coach House Tea-room for a variety of tasty lunches and snacks, browse the Second-hand Bookshop to pick up a bargain and visit the Gift Shop to pick up a few gifts for friends, family or yourself. We'll have plenty of  tasty food treats from local caterers too! 

Down at the Farmyard, the new Slaughterhouse Shop will be open for all your GoT gifts!

Discover Autumn adventures at Castle Ward
Castle Ward on a busy Pumpkinfest day
Discover Autumn adventures at Castle Ward

Around the estate, enjoy the Barn which is perfect for play. Visit the Adventure and Woodland Playgrounds where both older and younger children will find plenty to explore. 

After the madness of Pumpkinfest, why not take a breather on an autumn stroll around the estate and our 34km of trails. Visit Temple Water or Strangford lough to appreciate the natural beauty of the changing colours at Castle Ward.

Please note entry to Castle Ward is via the Strangford Road only.