Up until 2 years ago I had never been to a pumpkin patch in my life, I didn’t even know we had any local. After getting insanely jealous of everyone’s pumpkin patch Instagram photos (yes I’m one of them..) I had to find one! There are actually a few local ones including Essington Farm which we have visited previously and plan to again this year. Ava was only 8 months old last year so didn’t really have a clue what was going on, we did get some cute pictures though! Now that Ava is a fully fledged toddler I’ve got lots of autumnal days out planned.
Pumpkin picking at Essington Farm
The first of our pumpkin filled days out was a trip to Essington Farm on Sunday. This was the very first pumpkin patch we went to 2 years ago when I was pregnant with Ava so we were really excited to take her with us this time. This Is a great low-cost day out for kids, they offer free tractor-trailer rides down to one of the pumpkin patches, plus inside a poly tunnel they had mini ride on tractors and a fun Halloween inspired photo booth set up as well as props dotted around, Ava was particularly fascinated with the skeletons.
If you didn’t fancy getting mucky in the fields they do have a good selection of pre picked pumpkins for sale as well as toffee/chocolate apples and drinks available in the poly tunnel.
The farm shop is amazing and stocks a wide range of local produce. There is also restaurant on site which I would suggest booking in advance for as it was fully booked when we went. We picked up some yummy items from the deli instead and had ourselves a little picnic outside.
The pick your own is open on weekends and there is a pumpkin festival taking place on Sunday 22nd October, with face painting, pumpkin carving and a local food fair. The farm shop and restaurant is open daily.
Essington Farm is not far away from The Hollybush garden centre, we always call in there on the way home. They do the best Christmas displays, plus there’s a little aquarium to walk through, which kids will love.