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Half term events taking place around Stamford, Rutland, Bourne and The Deepings

School holidays have arrived and there are plenty of activities to keep families busy throughout the week.

Halloween festivities are a big focus of what’s on offer with pumpkin picking and trails taking place across the area.

With many families turning their back on traditional trick or treating this year because of the pandemic, a pumpkin trail is taking place across Stamford.

Print and decorate a pumpkin picture
Print and decorate a pumpkin picture

Organiser Vikki Norton is encouraging families to display pumpkins in their windows from now until Halloween for people to spot on their travels around the town.

You can download and print out a paper pumpkin from The Party Lady page on Facebook to hang in your window, or get along to one of these local attractions to choose your own.

A pick your own pumpkin farm is open in Brooke for those who want to get crafty and carve a spooky face, or maybe you’d prefer to get busy in the kitchen and turn it into some tasty treats.

Rutland Pumpkins
Rutland Pumpkins

Rutland Pumpkins at Brooke is open daily from now until October 31. Sessions will run from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm each day.

Entry is free but tickets should be booked in advance at www.raddlemans.co.uk/pumpkin-patch

Pumpkin prices range from £1 to £10.

There will be a hay bale maze, hot food and refreshments for sale. Tomorrow and Sunday (October 24 and 25) Shoot It Momma photographer Lizzie Rees will be on hand to take family photos.

James MacCartney and Peta Kilian are opening Rutland Pumpkins
James MacCartney and Peta Kilian are opening Rutland Pumpkins

Bowthorpe Park Farm, at Manthorpe near Bourne, is also hosting a spooky Halloween week.

Activities kick off on Monday, October 26 until Saturday, October 31 between 10am and 4pm.

Children can choose their own pumpkin from the patch before heading over to the barn to carve a creation. It’s sure to be a hit as the youngsters get to have fun and the parents aren’t left with a mess to clean up at home.

Visitors can also see the pigs and donkeys and take a look at Bowthorpe’s oak tree which has the biggest girth of any oak in the UK.

Entry is £3.50 for adults and £2.50 for three to 17-year-olds. Children’s tickets includes a pumpkin.

Tickets must be booked in advance at www.bowthorpeparkfarm.co.uk

Rutland Water is hosting ghoulish golf at its Sykes Lane site.

There will be spooky surprises at every turn and a wickedly weird wildlife trail.

Golf costs £5 per child and includes a trick or treat goody bag. Adult golf costs £4.

There is no need to book. You can just turn up at the visitor centre to pay and play until November 1.

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