We’ve had an amazing start to the spooky season as on Sunday we went pumpkin picking at Lower Drayton Farm! It was Elijah’s first time pumpkin picking and as you can see from the photos, he absolutely loved it! He enjoyed counting the pumpkins, pushing the wheelbarrow, jumping up and down in muddy puddles, waving and saying hello to the farm animals, playing on the play area, and, of course, the tractor ride to the pumpkin patch!
The pumpkin patch is a massive 12 acres and is one of the largest pumpkin fields in the area! Lower Drayton Farm planted over 80,000 pumpkin seeds of various varieties so you will have no trouble finding your perfect pumpkin! Huge pumpkins, small pumpkins, perfectly formed pumpkins, white pumpkins – Lower Drayton Farm have got them all! If you would like to carve your pumpkin while you’re at the farm, they have a carving tent with plenty of benches and all the supplies you will need.
You can also pick carrots, sweetcorn, and the sunflower heads for free! You can put the sunflower heads in your back garden when you get home for a lovely treat for birds! The staff onsite are super friendly, offering advice on how to pick the vegetables, how to best prepare them, and even the ladies at Pear Tree Farm catering offering their advice on the sweetest pumpkins to pick and providing the recipe for their bestselling pumpkin soup!
In addition to pumpkin and vegetable picking, there are a few animals to see including donkeys, pigs, and goats; there is a small outdoor play area with play equipment, swings, and a zipline; and an indoor room with a few soft play animals, a little play kitchen, rocking horse, a few footballs, and big Lego-like bricks (this is a great place to shelter, in addition to the pumpkin carving bell tent, if the weather takes a turn).
As well as the pumpkin patch itself being a great backdrop for autumnal family photos, there are so many other photo opportunities from hay bale pumpkins, hay bales decorated with pumpkins, a red tractor, and the star of the show, incy wincy spider; the creative team at Lower Drayton Farm have put loads of effort into making their Halloween event spook-tacular!
We couldn’t resist the yummy food too! We had chocolate muffins, brownies, lemon cake, a cheese burger, and a sausage roll! Elijah really enjoyed the sausage roll and his cupcake. Pear Tree Farm catering also sell shortbread, hotdogs, pumpkin soup, and have a selection of hot and cold drinks. We overheard so many people compliment the pumpkin soup, so much that it had sold out! So we will definitely be getting some next year.
If you would also like to combine PYO Pumpkins with @PLAY admission which includes a large animal viewing barn, a fire engine to explore, digger fun, water play, toddlers’ pedal tractors, bouncy pillows, sand pit, role play village, and a huge indoor soft play, separate tickets are needed. See here for more info.
If you live relatively local, I would recommend doing the PYO Pumpkins and @PLAY on separate days to really get the most out of each. We spent three hours at the PYO Pumpkin event and that was without us carving our pumpkins!
PYO Pumpkins Important Information
🎟 £7pp (under 2s free). Pre-booking required. Each ticket includes one pumpkin per person. Additional pumpkins can be purchased on the day.
🌭 Hotdogs, burgers, homemade pumpkin soup, cakes, and hot and cold drinks available.
⏰ Every weekend from Sat 2nd October then daily from Mon 18th-31st October.
📍 The Pumpkin Patch, Lower Drayton Farm, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5RE.
⭐️ Remember to wrap up warm, wear wellies, and take gloves as the pumpkin stems are prickly. And, of course, have fun and make amazing memories!
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