Autumn is without a doubt my favourite season and nothing is more autumnal than pumpkins! Every year I buy an obscene amount which decorate our home and in turn provide us with enough soup to last until at least April! Usually our pumpkins come directly from the supermarket but after a successful summer picking strawberries we couldn’t resist a trip to Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Patch. There’s something ridiculously exciting (even as an adult) about pulling on your wellies and going in search of the perfect pumpkin. As you can probably imagine I was the most excited!
With a promising weather forecast it wasn’t surprising that when we arrived the pumpkin patch was a little busier than I had anticipated. It was a Saturday lunchtime so the pumpkin festival was in full swing. That said we easily found a parking space and wasted no time hunting down the pumpkins!
Heading to the patch it was pretty evident that we were the only ones without a wheelbarrow. For a £5 deposit Farmer Copley’s will loan you your very own wheelbarrow, perfect for transporting heavy loads. Unfortunately for us the wheelbarrows were in high demand. Ever the bright spark Ryan ran back for the pushchair as I sulked over the missed photo opportunity (admit it, you all want a picture of your toddler in a wheelbarrow).
Thankfully my disappointment didn’t last long as we came face to face with a field full of the most amazing pumpkins. Hands down I have never seen so many in all my life! Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in an array of wonderful colours. Green ones, yellow ones, red ones, white ones and of course orange ones. We got stuck straight in and Rory wasted no time in finding his favourite.
Whilst we were rooting around we couldn’t help but notice the tractor rides. Rory is currently obsessed with anything tractor/digger related so was the first to point it out. As you can imagine once the tractor was in his sights there was no going back and we hurried to join the queue. As it was so busy Ryan made an executive decision to pay for our carefully selected pumpkins while Rory and I waited for our turn on the tractor.
For £3 we got to ride in our very own cart as the farmer took us on a special tour of the pumpkin patch. It was a little bumpy but Rory enjoyed waving to the boys and girls – even if he looks less than impressed in the video! In true toddler style he had a stereotypical melt down when we disembarked so I was really thankful Ryan had already paid for our pumpkins and we could make a quick getaway.
As Rory still quite small we didn’t opt to take full advantage of the festival fun but there was so much to keep the kids entertained. From pumpkin carving and the fancy dress parade to face painting and storytelling. You can even test you aim with the corn cannons!
Picking the perfect pumpkin is hard work so before heading home we popped into the Moo Cafe for a bite to eat. Again it was really busy but we managed to find a table and order our food. Ryan opted for the Yorkshire beef stew, Rory had the duo of Yorkshire pudding and gravy and I went for hog roast sandwich. To say how busy they were the food arrived really quickly and was so delicious I completely forgot to take a picture!
On the way back to the car we had to stop at the farm shop where I stumbled across the most fantastic advent calendar. Forgot chocolate, this year it’s all about the pork scratchings! Once Ryan managed to prise me away we bought Rory a tractor and headed home.
It’s safe to say our pumpkins will be the best on the street. Obviously Ryan had to choose the biggest one he could find so were yet to decide how we will carve his. Watch this space…giant pumpkin carvings coming soon!
Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Picking Festival is already in full swing. Don’t worry there’s still time to visit between the 21st and the 29th October, open everyday from 10am until 4pm. The price of your pumpkins is dependant on size ranging from £3 to £8 for pumpkins over 10kg. Remember to wear your wellies and don’t forget your fancy dress!
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