Curiously Creepy Pumpkin Patch
You will find the Dalkeith Country Park pumpkin patch on the lawn beside The Orangerie, between Restoration Yard and Go Ape from 14 to 29 October 2023.
Unfortunately we can’t let your four-legged friend visit the pumpkin patch for health and safety reasons.
Yes, please book your ticket online, in advance to ensure we can manage capacity and provide an excellent experience for all visitors. Entrance tickets for adults and children age 13 and above cost £3 which can be redeemed against the cost of a pumpkin. Children age 12 years and under are free, but do also require a ticket to be booked online.
Access to our curiously creepy pumpkin patch where you can select the perfect pumpkin to take home and carve for Halloween. Tickets also include entry to the ancient undercroft of The Orangerie, which is rarely opened and just waiting to be discovered.
Entrance tickets for adults and children age 13 years and above are £3 and can be redeemed against the cost of a pumpkin. Children age of 12 and under are free but still require a ticket. Please note one adult ticket can be redeemed per pumpkin.
Pumpkins will be between £3 – £9 depending on size. One adult ticket can be redeemed against the price of one pumpkin.
Grab your wellies and brolly! However, if we have to close the pumpkin patch due to weather conditions, we will be in contact to arrange a refund or transfer your tickets to a different day.
Not this year, however we would very much like to do so in the future. This year to ensure all visitors can chose their perfect pumpkin we have sourced our pumpkins from a reputable partner farm.
Pumpkins should last for several weeks if left uncarved, however obviously wildlife can get to them if left outside.
Yes. Pumpkin soup anyone?!
No, you can enjoy our curiously creepy pumpkin patch for as long as you like. The 30 min time slots are to help us manage capacity and ensure a wonderful experience for all our customers. However, you can stay longer if you wish.
The undercroft of The Orangerie will be fairly dark, although it will be illuminated with temporary lighting. It is an underground space, not usually accessible to the public, which will be decorated so visitors find it relatively creepy in a family friendly way! Parents should use their discretion when entering with young children. We think it’s suitable for age 5+ however you’ll be the best judge of what’s appropriate for your family. The curiously creepy pumpkin patch and undercroft are very much designed as a family experience. Please note the ground is slightly uneven in the undercroft and there are narrow spaces with low ceilings to explore.
The pumpkin patch is on ground level and located directly opposite the Restoration Yard car park, which has accessible parking spaces. Please note the pumpkin patch is held outdoors, on a grass surface which may be wet and muddy, depending on the weather conditions.
The undercroft of The Orangerie will be fairly dark, although it will be illuminated with temporary lighting. It is an underground space, not usually accessible to the public. Please note the ground is slightly uneven in the undercroft and there are narrow spaces with low ceilings to explore.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility.
Yes, we are offering ASN sessions on Monday 16 and Thursday 19 October at 15.00 and 15.30. These sessions will offer
- Reduced capacity
- Additional accessible parking close to the patch in the Laundry House car park
- Extra staff to help with wheelbarrows if required
- Sheltered seating area under The Orangerie
The pumpkin patch is on ground level and located directly opposite the Laundry House car park. Please note the pumpkin patch is held outdoors, on a grass surface which may be wet and muddy, depending on the weather conditions.
The undercroft of The Orangerie will be fairly dark, although it will be illuminated with temporary lighting. It is an underground space, not usually accessible to the public. Please note the ground is slightly uneven in the undercroft and there are narrow spaces with low ceilings. It may not be suitable for children with ASN, so entry is at the discretion of visitors. The pumpkin patch can still be enjoyed without entrance to the undercroft.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding accessibility.
Wrap up warmly, it is October after all! Much of the event will take place on grass, which could be muddy depending on the weather, so please wear suitable footwear.
The event will go ahead even if it rains. The only weather which may cause the event to be cancelled would be extremely high winds. In the event of the organisers having to cancel the event, an announcement will be make on the Dalkeith Country Park and Fawkes Festival websites.
We understand the concerns that people may have about the impact of loud noise on the wildlife in The Park. We have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure that our events are as safe as possible for everyone involved – including the plants and animals living in and around The Park.
Fawkes Festival is taking place within the curtilage of Dalkeith Palace. This is a well-known events venue where we have previously hosted other festivals and large-scale events. This area sits a safe distance from the wider country park area, which is where the majority of wildlife resides.
We have specifically chosen to host the event in the Palace Bowl as there are very few animals living in this open space. Those that are local to the river area are more likely to roost further downstream.
Fawkes Festival is designed and produced by the team at GC Live and delivered by technical partners, West Lothian-based events group 21CC. It promises wickedly wonderful Halloween and fireworks events for all the family.
Fort Douglas Kids Parties
Head over to the Fort Douglas cabin. Here you will be greeted by our team and will be given the code for the gate to gain access to the stretch tent.
You can’t miss it! Look out for our bright orange tent in our picnic area in Fort Douglas.
There will be picnic tables available in your exclusive area.
Yes. You can add on our kid’s lunch boxes which include ham or cheese roll, Ribena, yoghurt, apple, pom bears & chocolate bar. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at least 48 hours in advance to allow us to make the appropriate amendments.
Party Bags can be added which include a activity book, matching pairs game, stickers, selfie frame and three triangular crayons
Our tent will be decorated however you’re welcome to bring along extra decorations as long as they can be easily removed. Please note we don’t allow pinatas or confetti.
Of course! What’s a party without cake. Why not add on one of our Fort Douglas cakes to your package.
The minimum number of children is 10 and the maximum is 20. Please book your party up to 48 hours in advance.
Our gates open at 10am for the morning session and 2pm for the afternoon session. We would recommend arriving 5 minutes before each session to be at the start of the queue.
1 adult per child will receive free access to Fort Douglas however any more than that will need to buy a Fort Douglas adult ticket via our website or pay on the day by card at the Fort Douglas cabin.
Party bookings are non-refundable. We can try and move your booking to a different date however this is subject to availability, and we must be notified 48 hours prior to your booking.
Bookings for our Spring and Summer dates (22nd April – 1st October) are now open. Please book your party up to 48 hours in advance.
Visiting with Dogs
Yes, we love dogs at Dalkeith Country Park, but please keep them on lead in our car parks, in Restoration Yard courtyard and the Palace Field until across Montagu Bridge. It is particularly important that dogs are kept on lead when near any of the farm’s livestock. When off lead, let them enjoy the freedom of our trails as long as you are able to control them when they meet other walkers, wildlife or horse-riders along their way. Please remember it is an offence for any dog owner to allow their dog to be out of control in such a way as to cause alarm or make another person apprehensive. Oh and as ever, please do pick up after your dog – bag it and bin it.
Filming & Photography, Drone & Video at Dalkeith Country Park
Filming is not permitted at Dalkeith Country Park, unless permission has been received in advance. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to request permission.
Permission should be requested before flying your drone over or within Dalkeith Country Park. Please contact us for further information.
As we are a wedding venue we are unable to allow wedding photos to be taken in The Park unless you have booked your wedding or reception at Restoration Yard.
If you would like to discuss using Dalkeith Country Park as a filming location near Edinburgh, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial photography can not be taken in Dalkeith Country Park without prior permission. A location fee maybe charged. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to use The Park as a commercial photography location.
Friends of Dalkeith
The membership costs £10 per month and is paid by direct debit. The amount shown at purchase will be slightly higher, depending on the day of the month membership is purchased. This initial payment will cover the period to the end of the following month. Subsequent payments will be £10 per month by direct debit.
The e-ticket you receive will allow access & free parking from the moment of purchase. Please bring your e-ticket to the Fort Douglas ticket cabin to be issued with your membership card. Cards are issued daily between 11am to 1pm or 3pm to 5pm.
The membership can be used by all the members of one household, however the membership card is issued with a car registration. Free parking will only be applicable to the car which is registered on the membership.
The card will have a name, car registration number and QR code on it.
No, this membership programme is separate to our Fort Douglas memberships.