Where to pick your pumpkins in Warwickshire
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 Sainsburys, 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 Warwickshire.
The Barn at Berryfields, Meriden
Like your pumpkins with a mulled wine? Us too. Head down to The Barn for pumpkin picking (with loads of varieties available) then when you’re finished the heated tipi is waiting serving hot food and more importantly, with a full bar – remember to take a change of shoes though as muddy stilettos (or wellies) aren’t allowed inside. Entry is £2 per person and dogs on leads are welcome too.
Hilltop Farm, Hunningham
Muddy faves Hilltop Farm Shop have been nurturing thousands of these orange beauties ready for Halloween. The field (the one next to the car park) is open every weekend – just make sure you pack your wellies if it’s been raining. Tickets are £2 each and under 2’s go free.
Red Road Garden Centre, Kineton
Pumpkins not enough? Along with two fields to PYO and loads of grab and go offerings, Red Road also has beetroot, chard, apples and pears prime for the picking. Entry is free, you just pay by weight.
The Pumpkin Patch, Wolvey
This is the place for that perfect insta-shot, while on a local working farm no less. Grab your wellies, you’re gonna need ‘em. There’s 7 acres with more than 20,000 pumpkins and squashes (enough for you?) of all different shapes and sizes. Entry is £2 per car with £1 from each booking going to local premature baby charity Adapt, pre-booking is essential. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome too.
Glebe Farm Sunflowers, Lower Brailes
You’ll know Glebe Farm from it’s fields full of huge sunflowers throughout summer. If you haven’t picked yourself a bunch from there, frankly, what have you been doing? Anyway – it’s the first year they’ve branched out into pumpkins so there’s just the one small field and dates are being made available gradually – booking in advance is essential.
Pumpkins R Us, Stoneleigh
Sploshing around in a cold, muddy field not really your thing? Hey, that’s ok. Head to the National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh for some dry and clean pumpkin picking fun. It’s been kitted out for Halloween too and there’s an onsite cafe so you can stop for sustenance (because PYO is tiring).
Malt Kiln Farm Shop, Stretton-under-Fosse
You can spend a good few hours wheeling your barrow around here and the farm shop and café is just lovely to wander around afterwards. There’s also a play area for little ones to have a run about. Entry is £5 per car which is redeemable against anything you pick. Online booking is advised.
Umberslade Estate, Solihull
If you haven’t been to Umberslade Estate it’s really got that away from it all vibe, with huge trees as far as the eye can see. Grab a pumpkin and see what else is on offer. Child entry for £7.50 (adults go free – revolutionary!) includes access to the coffee shop, parts of the farm park and the outdoor play area. Oh, and a pumpkin, obvs.
The Pumpkin Place, Wolston
Not only can you PYO here, it has a bale maze. Oh my gourd (sorry). There’s also cute photo opps for the family. Tickets are £1 per vehicle and then pay your your pickings afterwards.
Poplars Farm Shop, Nuneaton
It’s a little bit quiet on the pumpkin-picking front in North Warks, but Poplars has us covered with tractor rides, a spooky maze, pumpkin bowling alley, streetfood vendors and along with PYO pumpkins there’s sweetcorn and potatoes. You can also grab some maize free of charge to add a little je ne sais quois to your autumnal décor. It’s a little bit more expensive with a £2 booking fee per person but you can make an afternoon of it here.
Hatton Country World, Hatton
Hatton has gone all out this year with spooky trailer rides, a haunted house, magic show, zombie marsh and pumpkin carving. It’s pretty steep (£19.95 for adults and children) but that includes entry to Hatton Adventure World (with it’s cute fluffy farm animals). Wake up early and make a day of it.
Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge
This one’s a bit of a jaunt (around an hour’s drive away) but it’s a fun day out for little ones. Set in 750 acres there’s pumpkin picking (12 acres of it, so you’ll find a good one!), a pumpkin carving tent, massive indoor soft play and toddler zone, farm animals, zip wires and toboggans, to name a few.