P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!
C'mon, it's time to prep for Halloween! Head to one of these local farms and make the kids put the legwork in before they can start carving.
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.
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, Sudbury, 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, Peterborough
The farm has ready picked pumpkins this year due to bad weather conditions so you might find some rather unusual looking fruits. After you’ve chosen your perfectly imperfect pumpkin you can head with the kids to the outdoor playground.
Freshfields Farm, Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambridge
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.
Pumpkin Festival at Willow’s Activity Farm, 17 Oct – 1 Nov
The Pumpkin Patch at Willow’s Activity Farm is ripe for the picking, with THOUSANDS of glorious orange gourds waiting for you. Choose the biggest one and purchase a carving kit, so you can create a monstrous masterpiece in the Carving Cavern to take home. But that’s not all, you can win prizes in the Pumpkin Hunt or head to the Gourds Grotto – where you can take pictures with the weird and wonderful fruits (apparently, they are technically fruit – though you wouldn’t think it!)
PYO Pumpkins, Saxby’s Cider, Farndish, 17-31 Oct
The autumnal zenith has clearly been met at the carnivalesque intersection of pumpkins and cider. Bring your wellies and head to Saxby’s Cider to p-p-pick a pumpkin and then warm up with a mulled cider while you carve it up back at home.
Pumpkin Festival, Wroxham Barns, 22 to 31 October
Get your Halloween vibes ready for this cute-as-can-be festival with free access to the fun park rides, junior farm, as well as spell and potion lessons with Wilba the Witch and a free pumpkin for every little one to get creative with inside the special carving barn. Book online here.