Where to Pick a Pumpkin

Where to Pick a Pumpkin

74bd5e00254113907cba8e5f61a23128.jpgHalloween is almost upon us! Although Coronavirus means that traditional 'trick or treating' might not go ahead in the same way this year, there are still lots of spooky ways to celebrate - including carving your own pumpkin! Read on to discover where to pick your pumpkin this Halloween.

Scaddows Farm Shop & Cafe Pumpkin Picking and Halloween Trail, Ticknall, Derby, DE73 7JP.​

The PYO Pumpkin Event will run from Saturday 17th October up to and including Saturday 31st October! The Farm Shop and Cafe is closed up until the Pumpkin Event. Also a free Spooky Halloween Trail for you all. No booking required - spacious car parking and queuing system to keep everyone safe during their visit. www.scaddowsfarm.co.uk

Cattows Farm, Swepstone Road, Heather, Leicestershire, LE67 2RF.
Pick your own pumpkins at the BIGGEST patch in the UK. Open from 1st October 2020, 7 days a week. You won't find a bigger selection or a more exciting day out than Cattows Farm in Leicestershire. At Cattows farm in Leicester, we will have over 170,000 pumpkins, squashes and ornamental gourds for you to choose from in 2020. Our selection includes many different varieties, such as our warty Goosebumps pumpkins, the white varieties called snowman, snowball and ghost and the ever popular mini Munchkins.  We will have 40 different varieties growing in 2020. Visiting the farm and picking your own pumpkins is a fun day out for all the family. We also have lots of other things 05a7b59425d48c69d97f4445d7d17dca.jpgyou can do at the farm. Check out our How it works page for more information on picking your own pumpkins.

Throughout October we have other activities planned such as our 3rd annual 5k charity pumpkin run, bounce to your hearts content in the inflatable fun zone, use the pedal tractors or climb bale mountain!  When visiting you can meet and feed some of the animals, and finish your visit with a well earned stop in the very popular tea room or take away coffee bar. Head to the photo gallery to see our pumpkins for yourself. Cattows Farm is open 9am-5pm 7 days a week, we can’t wait to welcome you. www.pick-your-own-pumpkins.co.uk 

Snarestone Lodge Pumpkin Farm, Lodge Farm, Measham Road, Snarestone, DE12 7DA.
Snarestone Lodge is a local farm specialising in the growing of Pumpkins! The farm grows several thousand pumpkins - as well as the largest - pumpkins in the area. Details to be announced at a later date.

Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Matlock, Near Two Dales Matlock DE4 5LH

Saturday 24 October - Sunday 01 November. This half term will see an abundance of totally NEW FANG-TASTIC FUN in the glorious outdoors of Matlock Farm Park! Every day (weather permitting), there will be a SPOOKY TRAIL for you to follow in our ENCHANTED FOREST, where you will come across some spookily fun character sets - hmmmn, who will you find?

This year we will have a c646eac895873d2044803b17b6e2ee77.jpgPUMPKIN PATCH, where you and your little one can select your own pumpkin and take it to our carving station. Children will also be able to make their own fabulous potions and spells with WITCH WANDA in her magic garden. Also new for October half term is our GREAT MUMMY WRAP SHUFFLE, a fun game for families to do with their little ones and sure to provide laughs. Every day over half term, there will be bungee trampolines, a Gruffolo Giant Slide (weather permitting) and other entertainments, provided by an independent company - small charges apply. On Halloween Weekend itself, we will also be joined by the popular There & Back Light Railway, providing lovely little steam train rides for a small charge.

Garden King, Swadlincote, Park Road, Newhall, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 0TX.

NEW FOR 2020! Pick your own pumpkins from our decorated woodland walk and enjoy fun for the whole family in a safe open air environment. There'll be plenty of pumpkins to choose from, photo areas, quizzes and more!

Our woodland walk is FREE to enter with no booking, simply pay for your pumpkins at the end. Find us within Garden King, follow signs in store. No booking required. Our woodland walk is open from 1st-31st October, 9am-5pm Mon-Sat and 10am-4pm on Sundays. No booking required, simply turn up and enjoy! Please note: This is an outdoor woodland event, please wear suitable clothing and 3e0b06b9fb2084fb7e667f032ba89623.jpgfootwear. We regret that there is no pushchair or wheelchair access due to the woodland floor. A queue may be in operation if needed to assist with social distancing measures.

Bluebell Dairy Farm, Brunswood Farm, Locko Road, Derby, DE21 7AR
Get ready to go on a spooktacular farm adventure! It’s set to be our best Halloween Event yet, jam-packed with so many spooky activities and full day entry to the Farm, all included in your ticket! ​​Head across to our Pumpkin Patch where thousands of pumpkins are ready for you to pick and take home! Choose any Pumpkin that you want, as big or small, pretty or ugly as you like!! With every full paying child ticket a FREE PUMPKIN is included but extra pumpkins can be purchased on site too.
Halloween Trails
Choose from 2 trails this year!! Go in search of monsters and beasts and join in our interactive selfie spot scenes! The Muddy Monster trail- For the more adventurous and those who don’t mind getting a bit muddy! The Mythical Beasts trail- A shorter trail for those with little legs!
Bugs & Beasties
Come face to face with your biggest fears with Tarantulas, slimy snails, crawly millipedes and other bugs and beasties! Our Professors will quiz you all on your knowledge of all things beastly and you can win points for your teams….will you be crowned the winner of our Big Bug Quiz!
The Pumpkin Dash
Do you dare enter The Pumpkin King’s Lair?? 5b12956990ef79de675c5ba3dee72c5f.jpgThe Pumpkin King has been pinching all the Pumpkins so children can’t pick any!! Can you help us get them back?? Get the Pumpkins before he gets you!!
Fancy Dress Parade
Make sure to come in your best fancy dress to enter our Fancy Dress Parades running throughout the day! The winners will receive a prize from The Pumpkin King!
All the Fun of the Farm
Get hands on with Animal Activities, from  goat grooming, sheep walking & more! Head over to the Animal Patch to make plenty of new furry friends, learn all about them, feed & stroke them too. Hop, slide & climb in the play Park, complete with jumping pillows, climbing frames, sand pit & go-karts! Take a break in the Tea Room and enjoy our delicious, homemade food, made using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.

Alice Johnson

Alice is Editor of Raring2go! magazine for Burton and Ashby in the Midlands. She is a former journalist and freelance writer and has two young daughters. 

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