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 8 of our favourite places for Pumpkin Picking, so all you need to do is grab your wellies and wheelbarrow, and off you go!
1. Tulleys Pumpkin Farm, West Sussex
This Pick Your Own (PYO) pumpkin farm is located in Crawley and has over 20 acres of pumpkins waiting for your family to choose yours to take home. Children will love this farm and will beg you to stay for sure. Make sure to pre-book your day. Cost of entry starts at £2 per child/adult. Children under 2 go free.
The PYO sessions will be open from Saturday 26th September until 31st October 2020.
2. 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!
This year, the festival runs from 17th October 2020 until 1st November 2020. It is advisable to pre-book your tickets here.
Address: Coursers Rd, St Albans AL4 0PF
3. Foxes Farm in Basildon and Colchester
Foxes Farm is predominantly are pumpkins wholesalers which produce thousands of pumpkins every year and work a lot with supermarkets or retailers. However, pumpkin patches are open to the public with limited availability due to the Covid-19 situation. Make sure you pre-book your PYO session at either Basildon or Colchester farms. There are also some great educational videos for kids to learn how to grow and harvest pumpkins.
4. 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.
Check out our suggestions of more child-friendly activities in Edinburgh.
5. 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.
This year, the pumpkin picking starts on the 3rd October 2020 and runs until 31st October 2020. Make sure to pre-book your visit to the Farm here.
Address: Main St, Farrington Gurney BS39 6UB
6. 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
7. 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.
The festival opens on Saturday 3rd October and finishes on the 31st October. The farm is open from 10am until 4pm so plenty of time to pick your perfect pumpkin to bring home!
8. Cammas Hall Fam, Essex
With over 20 varieties of pumpkins, Cammas Hall Farm makes a great day out for families to pick and choose their own pumpkin to eat or decorate their home ready for Halloween festivities. PYO sessions start on Thursday 1st October until the 31st October. To pre-book your tickets or table, it’s right here.
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