Get picking at these autumnal pumpkin patches.
Autumn is here, which means seasonal events like Halloween and Bonfire Night are creeping our way, plus the huge countdown to Christmas. But first on the agenda for autumn has to be Halloween. Whether you’re doing it for the ‘gram or just absolutely love getting your carve on, here’s our pick of the best pumpkin patches near Birmingham to visit this autumn.
Essington Farm in Wolverhampton has a 50-acre pick-your-own site growing about 30 different crops. Open from October 2nd, Essington Farm is ready to welcome back guests for their PYO Pumpkin season, with an unbelievable amount of pumpkins of different varieties planted (including pink, yellow, white and grey pumpkins) so there should be plenty available to pick this year. The patch is pretty spectacular, too, with a variety of sizes (starting from the size of a grapefruit) and not forgetting their gruesome knobbly variety called “goose bumps”. Guests will be able to pick their perfect pumpkin which are priced from £2 to around £10 for the largest. Tickets are strictly limited, and cost £2 with three years and under entering for free. The farm shop also offers other fruit and veg, eggs, preserves and bread and there’s also a butchery and deli, plus Country Kitchen Restaurant.
Bognop Road, Essington, Wolverhampton, WV11 2AZ
Hatton Adventure World, near Warwick, is holding a Pumpkin Spooktacular from 23rd October to 31st October. Hatton’s event kicks off over October half term, adding pumpkin picking to their already fun list of activities. Guests will be able to grab a wheel barrow and pick their perfect pumpkin, before creating a cool carving from it. The event will also have a haunted house, roaming spooky actors and performers in the ‘Zombie Marsh’ and much more! Plus older children and adults will love shooting zombies in their Laser Combat arena. There are also a range of food and drink outlets available and you can warm up with a mug of hot chocolate at one of these. Hatton will once again be awash with ghosts, ghouls, cobwebs and pumpkins this Halloween.
Hatton Adventure World, Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV35 8XA
Pumpkins R Us in Coventry is offering Pick Your Own where you can walk round and choose your own pumpkin from 25 different varieties, between 9th and 31st October. Choose from a range of pumpkins in their pumpkin patches ranging in every size, colour, pattern and shape you can imagine. Once you’ve picked you pumpkin, you can enter their spooky shop which includes Halloween gifts, hats, jewellery, make-up kits, costumes, decorations and lights. Pumpkins R Us also have carved pumpkins for sale and if you’re feeling famished after wading through the pumpkin patches, you can tuck into a tasty treat in their on-site café. A menu of ‘Fright Bites’ featuring plenty of pumpkin will be on offer including warming soups, rolls and curries made by Wilda’s Jacket Potatoes.
Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2LG
Lower Drayton Farm is one of Stafford’s best pumpkin patches for families and possibly one of the biggest with over 80,000 pumpkin seeds of various varieties planted over 12 acres. Not only do you get to hunt around for a pumpkin you can visit the animals there too! Throughout October, guests can trundle on down to the pumpkin patch with a wheelbarrow, before choosing one and heading to the carving tent to carve a perfect pumpkin creation. There will also be a pumpkin photo booth where you can take a selfie of your creations and be in the chance of a winning a prize! There will be hot food including hot dogs and home made pumpkin soup, made from those in the pumpkin patch at Lower Drayton Farm. The patch is open on weekends from 2nd October and every day from 18th October until 31st October.
Lower Drayton Lane, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5RE
More pumpkin patches to explore this autumn:
Lower Clopton, Upper Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 8LQ
Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 9SJ
Mill Lane, Great Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0RQ