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16 September 2020

Pick Your Own Pumpkins - 7 Places To Visit In Northamptonshire

Whether you're hoping to cook or carve them, pumpkin picking is a fun family experience for autumn. It may only be the start of September but with limited places available, due to social distancing, now is the ideal time to book your tickets and start the countdown to Halloween.

Here are a selection of the best spots in Northamptonshire to collect your giant orange veg this October...





Overstone Grange Farm have 9 different varieties of pumpkins and squash spread across 5 acres of land for 2020. There is no fee for parking or entry which means you can take advantage of the refreshments available there instead! They have seating, games and even allocated sessions for SEN customers or those requiring a quieter visit - they've really thought of everything. Just don't forget your wellies as it may get a little muddy!


The Saxby Cider PYO starts on 13th October and runs daily right up until 31st giving you plenty of time to arrange a trip. Tickets are just £2.50 per car, which includes entry for all of the occupants, and with their own delicious cider and apple juice on sale you can definitely make a real morning or afternoon out of your visit to Wellingborough. 


Welford Christmas Tree Farm are opening their gates to the public this year enabling you to purchase your pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes. Entry is free (but tickets are essential) and there is the option to pay £3.50 per child to join in with the 'Spooky Family Pumpkin Hunt' which takes you around the beautiful plantation to discover themed scenes. Afterwards you can cosy up in the tipi cafe for a warm drink and homemade treat.


Mini Meadows is a great place to visit with the little ones this half term. Not only do they have an array of cute farm animals to see but for an additional £7.50 per booking your family can grab a wheelbarrow, select a pumpkin from the patch and carve it before exploring the 'Trick or Treat' trail. There's also a cafe and soft play area so the kids can burn off any extra energy before heading home - extra pumpkins to take away are £3 each.


West Lodge Farm Park really has Halloween in mind with their planned event this October! You collect your pumpkin passport upon arrival, grab your pumpkin and get messy scooping it out ready for the tealight. Your witches and wizards can then enjoy wand making, a spooky walkway, tractor ride and a ghost story in the barn. All of this is on top of the usual fun of the farm from 17th October.


Wappenham Farm in Towcester costs just £3pp (under 2s are free) to enter and there is far more to discover than pumpkin picking alone. Children and adults alike can collect clues from the farm to unravel a witch's spell, listen to Halloween tales and pick up some goodies in the shop. There are goats, pigs, hens, ducks and sheep to meet and greet too during your visit.


Smiths Farm Shop has over 30 years experience growing pumpkins and within just a short few weeks they will once again be on display to the general public. You don't need a ticket for here, you can just turn up when it's most convenient for your family or when visiting the farm shop, take a stroll and pick your pumpkin from the grassed area outside. With staff to hand to tell you about cooking your pick and the seeds it could be an educational experience too for many and provide some fresh ideas for the kitchen.





Looking for somewhere slightly further afield? Head over to The Patch in Milton Keynes (also known as Mount Mill Farm) where there are over 30,000 pumpkins to choose from along with a bale maze, bale mountain, 'The Beastly' barrel train, viewing platform and plenty of great photo opportunities. A family of 4 is just £5.95 which is really great value.



Will you be going to a pumpkin patch? Is there somewhere else in Northamptonshire that you would recommend?


 
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  1. We went to Saxby’s Cider in Farndish last year. Great pumpkins. Nice people. And yes, of course, a chance to sample and buy their lovely cider. My favourite is the Plum.

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