Family Days Out Column: I’ve found the purr-fect cat café

Family travel blogger Faye Shearwood shares spook-tacular events that your little monsters will enjoy and a location that feline fanatics will love.

As the evenings draw in and the leaves fall from trees, we’re looking forward to our favourite season (after summer of course). Autumn!

Now that restrictions have fully eased we can’t wait to celebrate Halloween this year; with trick or treating, pumpkin carving
and much much more.

So, for this issue, I thought I’d share some upcoming spook-tacular events – all situated in and around MK. Perfect merriment for your little monsters!

First up, The Patch MK offers BOO-tiful insta worthy shots, a pumpkin house, barrel train, bale maze, fresh food and a giant pumpkin patch (with over 80,000 to choose from).

Open weekends during October then daily from 20th – 31st, tickets must be booked online in advance.

Next, just 10 minutes down the road, Lillingstone Pick Your Own has a maize maze, tractor trailer, pony rides, farm animals and two pumpkin patches bursting with pumpkins and squashes.

Open weekends from 9th October then from 23rd-31st, tickets also need to be booked online in advance.

Then from 4.30pm – late on Saturday 30th October, the Halloween ghost train returns to Caldecotte Miniature Railway.

Always a firm favourite of ours, and still priced at a bargain £1 for 2 trips around the track, I highly recommend getting there early. Fancy dress encouraged!

From The Mursley Pumpkin Festival at Mursley Farm Shop, to a Pumpkin Spooktacular at Mead Open Farm and Pumpkin Hocus Pocus at Thrift Farm, it looks set to be a fangtastic spooky season in Milton Keynes this year. Happy Halloween!

Now for something entirely different… my son and I visited the Bedford Cat Café (situated on the main high street) on a rainy day recently and it was purr-fect (OK I’ll stop with the puns now)!

Choose from a delicious selection of light bites, sandwiches, cakes and hot drinks whilst a whole host of feline friends saunter, sleep and play amongst the tables.

All of the cats come from a rescue centre and you are free to wander around, stroke and interact with them.

In order to protect the welfare of the cats entrance is strictly for children aged six and above, and proof of age for all children aged 10 and under must be shown on arrival.

Let me know what you’ve been up to this Halloween on my Instagram page @meandbeau_travels. Until next time!

For family adventures in Buckinghamshire and beyond, follow Faye on Instagram @meandbeau_travels

This feature was published in the October/November 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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