The trend for Pumpkin Picking has made its way across the pond from America, becoming more and more popular in the UK each year. And no wonder we love it – pumpkin picking is a really wholesome and fun activity to do with children of all ages. Often set on beautiful farms, there’s usually a great play area and a lovely cafe to keep the whole family entertained all day. At BabyBreaks we have listed five of our favourite places for Pumpkin Picking, so all you need to do is grab your wellies and wheelbarrow, and off you go!
1. Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
This award-winning farm offers a whole host of activities, aside from pumpkin picking. With over 300 farm animals and over 40 activities, this is a great day out, catering to a wide range of ages. There’s an Indoor Farmyard with animal feeding and petting, soft play, a Peter Rabbit Adventure Playground and much more. Their Pumpkin themed activities include Pick Your Own and a Carving Cavern with arts and crafts activities. Lastly, there’s a prize for the best carved pumpkin each day, so let your creative flair run wild!
Address: Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF
2. Craigie’s Farm, Edinburgh
The closest farm to Edinburgh, this feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It’s not just pumpkins here, you can also pick apples & blackberries – perfect ingredients for a crumble! After picking your fresh produce, the kids can enjoy tractor rides, an outdoor play area and a Nature Detective Trail. They will also be delighted to meet chickens, sheep, ponies and pygmy goats too. Lastly, don’t miss the fantastic farm shop, featuring the best of Scotland’s Larder from smoked salmon to chutneys, cheeses and bread.
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3. Farrington’s Cowtastic Farm Park, Somerset
Now in its fourth year, Farrington’s Farm’s Pumpkin Festival has a staggering 20,000 pumpkins to pick, so you’re sure to find the perfect one! There’s also Pumpkin Carving, Spookey Story Time, a Spookey Movie, and a School of Spooky Stuff where you can make monster costumes and magic potions. Plus, the amazing Playbarn offers even more fun afterwards, and is especially useful if the weather turns wet. After all that activity, you can warm up next to the cosy log burner in The Udder Room Cafe, refuelling with homemade quiche or soup, a full English Breakfast or a slab of cake.
Address: Main St, Farrington Gurney BS39 6UB
4. Cotswold Farm Park, Gloucestershire
The home of farmer Adam Henson (from the BBC’s Countryfile) is a wonderful place to spend the day, receiving rave reviews from parents for its fun activities. Farm tours, tractor rides, bottle feeding lambs and handling ducklings are just a few of the fun activities that lie in store. During October their Halloween Land has a pumpkin patch for pick your own, a craft area for decorating, and fun activities like Halloween themed face painting.
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Address: Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL
5. Birchfield Ice Cream Farm, Yorkshire
Few things promise to get the kids as excited as ice cream, so this is the perfect spot to treat them to a fantastic day out! This picturesque working dairy farm in North Yorkshire is home to a herd of Jersey cows, as well as Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and grazing sheep. Their Pumpkin Festival has thousands of pumpkins to pick, a carving area and the opportunity to feed your discarded pumpkin bits to the pigs! Of course the ice cream parlour is a must visit afterwards, where you can enjoy sundaes, waffles and wholesome savoury dishes like ham egg and chips.
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