Pumpkinfest 2017

Pumpkins at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

Join us for our annual Pumpkinfest event on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 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. A great day out for all the family.

Castle Ward Pumpkin Fest, choose and decorate your own pumpkin

Pumpkinfest updates 

Keep up to date with changes to Pumpkinfest 2017 as we work to look after the estate after last week's storm.

Pumpkin Carving

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

Picking pumpkins is great fun
Children carrying pumpkins
Picking pumpkins is great fun

Scarecrow Competition

Create your own scarecrow at home, whether traditional or even themed to your favourite fictional character. Bring it along to Pumpkinfest and add it to the group for judgement in 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.

Fairytales in the Mansion House

Visit Castle Ward house this year and get a taste of Grimms fairy tales - tour the ground floor of the house and look for the clues in each room to discover which fairly tale is being represented.

Food & Music

Take the Pumpkin Trail around the estate, solve the clues and pick up a treat (or a trick) at the end. Trails are £1 each. Enjoy live music out on the Front Lawn and in the Stableyard and peruse the craft stalls and local food vendors. Weather permitting, you'll even be able to enjoy a fairytale-style carriage ride around the estate.

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. Down at the Farmyard, the Trail Head cafe will be serving some hot drinks and snacks to go.

Find a novel way to catch a falling leaf in the Lime Walk
A family plays in the autumn leaves at Castle Ward, Co. Down
Find a novel way to catch a falling leaf in the Lime Walk

Around the estate, enjoy the Barn which is perfect for play indoor and outdoors, have a go on the ride-on tractors outside. 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.