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13 Prized Patches for Pumpkin Picking in Cheshire 2021

By Jenny Schippers – 7th September 2021
Pumpkin Picking in Cheshire

13 Prized Patches for Pumpkin Picking in Cheshire 2021

 

With the change of the seasons, the leaves begin to turn a spectrum of browns and golds; there is a chill in the air and October waits patiently just around the corner. It won’t be long before the residents of Cheshire are dusting off their winter knits once again, pulling on their wellies and heading out into the muddy fields in the pursuit of hand-select a perfect pumpkin for the Halloween season.

Every year the interest in pumpkin picking appears to grow and grow with predictions that this coming season will be the busiest yet as we all begin to enjoy more normal activities while remaining safe and socially distanced. Many farms and smaller offerings around Cheshire and the wider Northwest region go to great lengths to entice visitors in with not just their amazing quality home-grown pumpkins but also a range of family-friendly activities to suit all ages.

So, with that in mind, I have done all the hard work for you and compiled 15 prized patches to going pumpkin picking in Cheshire this year (2021). While some offerings have not confirmed their opening dates and visitor information yet, many have already begun to take pre-bookings and release their opening information.

*Please note, the below information was correct at the time of writing but always check on the farm’s relevant social media pages for updates before visiting.

 

1. Kenyon Hall Farm – https://www.kenyonhall.co.uk/

Address: Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington, ​WA3 7ED

 

Now the biggest pumpkin picking destination in the North of England, Kenyon Hall Farm really knows how to do it well! All visitors to the pumpkin picking areas (inside and outside) will need to pre-book a ticket in advance. The cost is £2 each for adults and children (babies under 18 months free). Included in this price is access to the pumpkin patch, the indoor pumpkin displays, pumpkin-tastic photo backdrops, and carving displays.

Access to the carving den is an additional cost on the day. The farm shop, outdoor cafe, play area, and toilets are all open. Tickets must be booked in advance for their opening dates 1st-31st October 2021.

 

2. Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm Facebook Page

Address: Ash Farm Station Road, Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 5SG

 

Working with Red House Farm in 2020, this unique collaboration is yet to confirm their 2021 offering but pumpkins and homemade ice cream, what’s not to love about that combination?!

The farm often has a selection of hot food on offer, the Vintage Angel Design on-site shop and ice-cream parlour. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating available and the location is close to NT Dunham Massey, so it is easy to combine the two for a wonderful family day out.

Keep an eye on their Facebook Page for pumpkin picking updates!

 

3. Malpas PYO Pumpkins & StrawberriesFacebook page

Address: Agden, Malpas, Cheshire SY13 4RB

 

This family-run business prides itself on being the original PYO pumpkin offering in Cheshire, now into their 11th year it comprises a Maize Maze, featuring over 100 scarecrows and Harry Potter area. There are hundreds of pumpkins to choose from as well as a Halloween shop and café together with a bouncy castle and toy mini diggers (an additional £1.50 to play).

Dogs are welcome on leads, there are toilets on site, and no booking is required. Opening times for pumpkin picking are as follows:

Saturday 9th October

Sunday 10th October

Saturday 16th October

Sunday 17th October

Saturday 23rd October

Sunday 24th October

Monday 25th October

Tuesday 26th October

Wednesday 27th October

Thursday 28th October

Friday 29th October

Saturday 30th October

Sunday 31st October (until 1.00pm).

4. The Haylofthttp://thehayloftcheshire.co.uk/

Address: Sandy Lane, Bold, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 3XP

 

Opening its pumpkin patch for its 6th year, The Hayloft is a family-run tearoom, featuring an outdoor play area, and animal enclosures. It is a lovely place to visit year-round and during October transforms for PYO pumpkins and sweetcorn (pay for what you pick) together with a spooky maze (£3.50 adult/ child, £2.50 under 18 months free), tractor rides, and a miniature railway.

Dogs on leads are welcome, there are full facilities on-site and no pre-booking is required. Opening its 30-acre patch 25th and 26th September from 10 am and then daily from 2nd – 31st October 2021 until 7 pm to include ‘twilight’ picking.

 

5. Bellis Brothers Farm Shophttps://www.bellisbrothers.co.uk/

Address: Wrexham Road Farm, Wrexham LL13 9YU

 

Located (just) over the Welsh border in Holt this independent farm shop and garden centre is only 9 miles from both Wrexham and Chester. There is a large onsite restaurant and plenty of opportunities to shop in its gift department. Booking for PYO pumpkins has yet to be confirmed for 2021 so ensure you keep an eye on social media and their website for details.

 

6. Benty Farm Tearooms – Benty Farm Tea Rooms – Pick Your Own

Address: 3a School Lane, Thurstaston, Wirral, CH61 0HH (access on foot – 5/10 mins walk)

 

Through a woodland pathway, Benty Farm Tearooms comes into view, an oasis for traditional teas and homemade cakes. Alongside these quaint family-run tea rooms on the Wirral peninsula, the neighbouring field is awash with PYO pumpkins. Pay for what you pick, this is a small yet perfectly formed pumpkin patch in old Cheshire. Collect a wheelbarrow and head into the field before enjoying a delightful cream tea as a reward.

The date for PYO Pumpkins is yet to be confirmed for 2021 so keep an eye on their website and social media for updates. This offering does not require pre-booking but parking is limited and please bear in mind the initial woodland walk to access the site.

 

7. Dunham Pumpkins – Home | The Dunham Pumpkin Patch (dunhampumpkins.co.uk)

Address: Henshall Lane, Dunham Massey, WA14 5SL

 

A brand new offering in 2020, and reopening for its second year, Dunham Pumpkins is a family-run initiative founded by The Hewitt family and not to be confused with any of the other  Dunham Massey offerings! The family plant over 20,000 pumpkins in the shadows of their apple orchard (of Dunham Massey Cider fame) at Boundary Farm before cutting them and delivering them to the site for choosing.

Less of a traditional muddy stomp through the patch and more of a perusal of perfectly lined up pumpkins, this is a great option for those with smaller and less patient children. Pre-booking is now available on their website and the £5.62 per car cost is deducted from the overall cost of the pumpkins that are picked. Opening dates are 25th/26th September, weekends throughout October and every day during the final week before Halloween.

 

8. Claremont Farm – Claremont Farm – Cafe & Farmshop, The Wirral

Address: PYO Strawberry Field, past Farm Shop, over the motorway bridge and first gate on the left – Claremont Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Wirral, CH63 4JB

 

Considered the most popular PYO on The Wirral, Claremont Farm is a hugely successful farm shop, café, and PYO. The homegrown pumpkins are for sale in the farm shop, or you can make your way to the PYO Strawberry field (address details above) to pick directly from the field. Prebooking is not required, and you pay for what you pick, the maximum cost being £7 for a pumpkin regardless of its final weight.

Opening times and visitor information has not yet been confirmed for 2021 so keep an eye on their website and social media for updates. Dogs on leads are welcome around the edge of the field.

 

9. Wheelock Hall Farm – Home | Wheelock Hall Farm

Address: Wheelock, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 4RE

 

Situated just outside the pretty market town of Sandbach, Wheelock Hall Farm is an all-year-round destination for families with an onsite café, farm shop, indoor and outdoor play areas together with farm animals, and a garden centre. Their pumpkin picking offering has more of an American vibe whereby the pumpkins are placed in a ‘patch’ allowing for younger children to get involved in the selection process. There are also plenty of photo opportunities to be had with the pumpkin displays around the farm.

Opening times and visitor information has not yet been confirmed for 2021 so keep an eye on their website and social media for updates.

 

10. Smithills Open Farm – Smithills Open Farm | Smithills Open Farm

Address: Smithills Dean Road, Bolton, BL1 7NS

 

Slightly outside the Cheshire boundary but a worthy offering to include, Smithills Open Farm knows how to go all out at Halloween! Alongside their traditional pumpkin picking on 16th/17th and 23rd-31st October priced at £5 per pumpkin (tickets must be booked in advance), their team don fancy dress and include extras for the 23rd-31st October dates including spooky sweet hunts, fancy dress competitions, and photo opportunities.

The pumpkin picking extravaganza is an additional cost to the entrance fee and both must be paid to guarantee entrance to the patch. All activities for the Halloween Special (23-31st Oct) are included in the general admission price.

 

11. Partridge Pumpkin Patch – Partridge Pumpkin Patch | Lakeside Cafe at Partridge Lakes (partridgelakescafe.co.uk)

Address: Glaziers Lane, Culcheth, Warrington, WA3 4AQ

 

The new kid on the block in Warrington; the Partridge Pumpkin Patch located at the delightful Partridge Fisheries opens for its first season of PYO pumpkins direct from the fields. Offering photo opportunities and fun for all the family, pick a pumpkin and then head to the lakeside café for a hot drink and food.

Opening daily from 16th October 9 am – 4 pm, tickets are £2 per person, under 1s free and must be booked in advance. There is no fixed time to arrive during the day to pick and the pumpkins are priced at 3 for £10 regardless of size.

 

12. Grange Farm – Facebook Page

Address: Stonecross Lane, Lowton, Warrington, WA3 1JU

 

The site of the recently opened and hugely impressive The Barn restaurant and tearooms, Grange Farm at Lowton is a farm shop, garden centre and PYO offering that is high on my list to visit! This year’s pumpkin picking has yet to be confirmed but remains hugely popular. Keep an eye on their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on opening dates and visitor information.

 

13. Libby’s Patch – Home – Libby’s Patch (libbyspatch.com)

Address: Shellow Lane, Macclesfield, SK11 9RS

 

A fantastic offering in East Cheshire, Libby’s Patch is newly recommended, and I am unsure how I did not know it existed before now! Situated in rolling countryside near Gawsworth, in the shadows of the Peak District National Park, Libby’s patch is a popular spot among locals that come to select their pumpkin from the traditional patch run by Dan and Bethan Thornicroft. Onsite there is a takeaway van, photo opportunities, and animals to spot.

Open daily from the 2nd of October, prebooking is required and you pay £2.50 per car.

 

Here are a few more prized patches to go pumpkin picking in Cheshire:

 

Don’t forget to tag me in your pumpkin pictures on Instagram at @girlabout.cheshire and for more Autumnal inspiration take a read of my favourite Autumn Walks in Cheshire blog.

Happy Pumpkin Picking!

Jenny x

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