Pumpkin cannon hits the right spot

A pumpkin-firing cannon is proving to be a hit attraction with visitors.

Friday, 22nd October 2021, 12:20 pm

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch has invested in the pumpkin cannon which shoots the pumpkins into the air, reaching distances of up to 150 metres.

Visitors can see the cannon in action every 15 minutes, as the pumpkins are blasted towards a row of square bales, which have been transformed into targets.

The pumpkin cannon is a new addition to the Berwickshire business’ diversification, which is supported by H&H Insurance Brokers.

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch.

Now in its second year, the pumpkin patch boasts around 22,000 pumpkins over the two-and-a-half acre plot of land.

Annabel Hamilton, who runs the pumpkin patch with her partner Tom Blackburn, said: “We’d seen a pumpkin cannon that was being used in Lincolnshire and the USA and thought it would be a novelty to have one here.

“It’s been really popular with visitors, especially because it shoots out the pumpkins so fast and they travel such a long way across the field.”

The pumpkin cannon uses compressed air to propel the pumpkins and is operated by a member of the onsite team.

Annabel Hamilton, who runs the St Abbs Pumpkin Patch.

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is part of Bee Edge Farm, a farming enterprise run by Annabel and her father, William.

Also on the farm is a caravan and motorhome club site which is run by Annabel’s brother Alisdair, while her mother Carol runs The Old Smiddy Coffee Shop just outside of St Abbs along with glamping pods.

H&H Insurance Brokers account executive Jade Pringle said: “We are always keen to support diversification projects for farms, and the pumpkin patch is an excellent example of a successful enterprise which has built on its success to introduce new attractions for visitors.”

Another new addition to the St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is a collection of painted round bales, which were created by artist Fleur Baxter, based in Angus. The bales depict four characters from Avengers: End Game, parts of which were filmed around St Abbs, while another represents a Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer.

The pumpkin cannon is in action at St Abbs Pumpkin Patch, near Eyemouth.

Pumpkins start at £1 for a mini pumpkin, with the money being donated to Radio Borders Cash for Kids, and up to £5 for larger varieties.

St Abbs Pumpkin Patch is open until Sunday, October 31 from 10am to 5pm. No booking required, admission free.

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One of the painted bales at the St Abbs Pumpkin Patch.