Pumpkin fun down on the farm

This Is Wiltshire: Isabel Christopher, Rhys Ponting and Jennifer Jury Isabel Christopher, Rhys Ponting and Jennifer Jury

A SMASHING good time is being had at Roves Farm this week.

Children have been flocking to the Sevenhampton farm to carve out pumpkins into different designs during Pumpkin Week, which runs until Sunday, November 4.

The farm is expecting hundreds of visitors during the popular event, which gets children involved in pumpkin carving and decorating.

There is also room for a little competition, as the finished pumpkins can be entered into a daily contest for the chance of winning a voucher for the farm’s gift shop.

And for anyone not interested by pumpkins, there is a full programme of other fun activities to take part – including meeting and feeding many of the animals, tractor and trailer rides, animal racing and children’s craft sessions.

Pippa Burr, whose dad Rupert, owns the farm, said the event had been a big success so far.

“Within the first two days of the event we had almost 300 visitors,” she said.

“So far it has been a big success – lots of children have turned up to take part and they seem to really enjoy it and have a lot of fun.

“I think what draws people to the event is that they can have a go at carving the pumpkins as part of a fun day out, and they get to leave all of the mess behind.”

A No Big Bangs Firework Display is also being held at the farm on Saturday from 5.30pm.

The event has been specially designed for young children. There will be a bonfire lit by Longbow Archers and a children’s disco is planned to follow the fireworks display.

Tickets are £7 per person, £3 for children and under threes go free. Call the visitor centre on 01793 763939.

Pumpkin days take place from 10.30am to 5pm and anyone interested in finding out more can visit www.rovesfarm.co.uk or call 01793 763939.

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