P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!
Autumn’s arrived, Halloween’s nearly here, it can only mean one thing: pumpkins! Here’s all the best places locally for a fun day out sourcing your own seasonal squash.
It’s Halloween and it’s time to let the kids loose on a poor old pumpkin with a Stanley knife (supervised, of course), to carve ’em into spooky lanterns. If you want to turn it into more of an adventure than merely popping into ASDA, how about picking your own at a local farm? The orange globes are ripe’n’ready and have zero food miles (bonus brownie points) so here’s the Muddy guide of the best places to nab yours in Suffolk & Cambs.
Pumpkin Jim’s, Ickleton, Cambs
You can visit Pumpkin Jim at his patch in Ickleton, Cambridge this year to get your pick of the gourds. And it’s not just pumpkins ripe for the picking, but you can put your back into some spud shovelling and take home some potatoes for dinner too. If you prefer to leave it to the pros there are food trucks including Pizza Passione and Waffle & Co on site and a play area to keep kids entertained. Pumpkin Jim’s is open during the October half-term but booking online is essential.
Undley Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, Lakenheath, Suffolk
Undley is one of the biggest (a colossal 75 acres this year to be exact) and most popular pumpkin patches in the region so you’ll want to book your tickets pronto. You can take a wheelbarrow into the field and pick your own pumpkin direct from the vine. There are also pumpkin carving demonstrations and plenty of seasonal food to tuck into too.
Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Cambs
Make that Scarewell (see what they did there?) Farm. For half-term and Halloween (23-31 Oct), Sacrewell transforms into a spooky experience, with witches and ghouls, secret maps, games, costumes, activity packs, play barn and a pumpkin patch, where you can, of course, pick your own.
Skylark Maize Maze and Fun Yard, March, Cambs
Get the kids to do the hard work for you by taking them to pick pumpkins and attend the Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard this year. The Week of Wickedness for Halloween also includes a magic show, haunted tractor rides, den building and pig racing (you know that classic halloween activity!).
Siam Hall Spooky Pumpkins, Boxford, Suffolk
Pick your own pumpkins directly from the field at Siam Hall. There will be plenty of Halloween decor and pumpkin carving to get you in the mood for the spooky season. After all that pumpkin picking you’ll have worked up an appetite so pack a lunch to enjoy in the picnic area.
Hill Farm Pick Your Own, Chesterton, Cambs
A lovely farm that’s been growing pumpkins seasonally for 25 years, so they know their onions. (ok, squashes). This year there are a whopping 21 varieties to choose from, which those in-the-know would call big, small, orange, white, ribbed, smooth, and, err, knobbly…..Follow a decorated trail to the field, choose your pumpkins, twist them off the vine, pop them in the wheelbarrow and return to the shop area for them to be priced up. Simple. After you’ve chosen your perfectly imperfect pumpkin you can head with the kids to the outdoor playground.
Freshfields Farm, Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambs
Your choice – pick your own directly from the field or choose from a large selection of pre-picked ones at this small Cambs farm. Bessie the coffee van will be on site for takeaways to reward yourself for your pumpkin picking efforts.
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