PYO is the new BYO – FIVE Great Proper Pumpkin Patches To Visit This Autumn.
Pumpkins… once as exotic as a coconut, now littering pumpkin patch fields across the UK.
A ubiquitous symbol of Halloween, and also it seems, an opportunity for farmers across the land to cash in.
In fairness though, there is something quite fun and rather rustic about dredging through a muddy field with a wheelbarrow looking for the perfect pumpkin.
And of course, it doesn’t stop there – commercially astute cultivators across the county have erected play areas, drafted in tractor rides, decked out pumpkin carving barns, created piled-up pumpkin selfie walls and are making a killing on the back of Pumpkin-mania.
Don’t even get us started on Corn Blasters!
Here’s our pick of the pumpkin patch crop in the north of England with some first-hand, tried and tested recommendations from The Blog Squad.
Birchfield Farm near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire – tried and tested by Girl About Leeds – Kirsty Graham
For rustic autumnal fun in a beautiful hillside country setting, head for Birchfield Ice Cream Farm near Pateley Bridge, not far from the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
We love it here – it’s small, friendly, set in stunning Yorkshire countryside and has everything you need to enjoy the run-up to Halloween.
Follow the Halloween path – pick up a brightly coloured wheelbarrow en-route, and make a beeline for two pumpkin-filled fields to P.Y.O. (pick your own).
There’s plenty of pumpkins or all colours, shapes and sizes to choose from in the muddy fields, and once you’ve selected your crop, you can drag it through the mud in your wheelbarrow and give it a good wash it in the pumpkin washing facilities provided. Then head over to the on-site carving barn and get creative.
(Pumpkins are measured in size and start from as little as £2 each. There’s a small cost per child to enter the barn).
There’s a lovely (but very busy) café which serves ice creams and hot food, a mini-farm, tractor rides, a wooden adventure playground and train ride adventures. We bounced along in the fields on a train past sunflowers, sheep and a family of pigs. The pumpkins were very reasonably priced, as were the ice-creams.
Be warned, this place gets super busy so it’s best to go mid-week or on a day when the weather is a bit on the miserable side. No tickets needed.
Find out more at > https://www.farmercopleys.co.uk/
Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival in Pontefract – South Yorkshire – Tried and tested by Girl About West Yorkshire – Emma Banks
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween for the Banks Family without a trip to Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival in Pontefract.
Lyla loves it nearly as much as daddy!
From the 5th – 31st October you can meander around the UK’s largest Pumpkin Festival – apparently, they have planted a WHOPPING 120,000 pumpkins this year – so expect to see a rainbow of pumpkins and over 29 different varieties!
There’s plenty to do once you’ve P.Y.O such as carving, eating, witchy storytimes, tractor rides, face painting, magic shows, live music, an assault course and a beer and gin shed – you’ll be glad of this! They also have an award-winning farm shop on site too – it’s well worth popping in for some goodies to take home.
Tickets needed! You will be refused entry without one so plan ahead and buy yours online here: https://farmercopleys.merlintickets.co.uk/
Choose from OFF-PEAK (£2 per person) and PEAK (£4 per person) time tickets. Bring extra change for rides, face painting, pumpkins, and of course your gin. You’ll need it.
Village Pumpkins in Barlow – North Derbyshire – Tried and tested by Girl About Derbyshire, Molly Scott
We love Village Pumpkins in the pretty Peak District Village of Barlow. It’s honest, uncommercialized fun, free to park and free entry!
There is a well-stocked and well set-up field in which you P.Y.O. pumpkins and it’s really quite picturesque.
There’s a stationary tractor for the kids to sit on and some photo boards to aid with that all-important Instagram pic. Last year Village Pumpkins was home to a litter of baby piglets and there was a small range of local produce to purchase.
This is proper rustic stuff with no public loos so make sure your nippers have ‘been’ before you arrive.
For more info visit their Facebook page > www.Facebook.com/villagepumpkinsPYO
Red House Farm Pumpkin Patch – Dunham Massey – Lancashire – tried and tested by Girl About Manchester – Sarah K
This year will be our 4th year at Red House Farm to pick our own pumpkins – we love it, it’s the highlight of Halloween for the three of us.
The patch is HUGE – thousands of pumpkins appear every year. Last year we bagged a humongous pumpkin for about a fiver!
There’s also a great outdoor play area, a barn, sandpit, and a lovely café and a family of pigs who are responsible for eating any unwanted, squashed and mashed up pumpkins – nothing goes to waste here!
It opens every day from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th Oct to P.Y.O. and all the supporting acts. You don’t need to pre-book and there is no entry price, you just pay for your pumpkins and the cost depends on the size, and you can pay by card if you don’t carry cash like me.
Red House Farm is in the countryside of South Manchester, right by the beautiful National Trust park; Dunham Massey, so there’s a full day to be had if you have time.
They’re also holding their annual Halloween Spooktacular event for the little ones again this year (there’s an entry fee for this), but sadly the farm will be closing to the public on the 4th November for good so get there before it goes folks.
For more information visit https://www.redhousefarm.co.uk/
Yorkshire Pumpkins just outside of York in North Yorkshire
Choose from thousands of pumpkins between 19th and 31st October at Yorkshire Pumpkins just 10 minutes outside of York at Lodge Farm in the village of Cundall.
There’s a children’s play area and loads of hay bales so pack a picnic and P.Y.O. at Yorkshire Pumpkins.
Alternatively, hot and cold drinks and snacks are available for purchase too. There’s a children’s play area and baby changing facilities.
Entry is free for all the family and pumpkin prices vary from £1-£8 depending on size. The children’s play area is £3 per child.
Find out more at> https://www.yorkshirepumpkins.com/
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