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P-p-p-pick up a pumpkin!

Cobbs Farm PYO 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 Berkshire and just over the border.

PYO Pumpkin, Cobbs Farm Shop Hungerford, Sat 10 – Sat 31 Oct

Cobbs Farm PYO pumpkin

Slime and seeds – pumpkin carving is a nightmare, but it definitely keeps the kids busy for a bit. Head to Cobbs Farm and pick your own pumpkin. Check in at the new bus café, you have one hour to find your perfect pumpkin. Then head home for creative carving, or paint it (much easier. Entry is £3.50 per child! On your marks, get set… PICK.

Crockford Bridge Farm, Addleston, Surrey

If you can’t be bothered traipsing around a field while your kids umm and ahh over which orange ball they’ll being taking a knife to it, Crockford Bridge Farm offers pre-harvested pumpkins.

Millets Farm, Frillford, Oxon 

You’ll have to pre-book tickets to pluck your pumpkin from Millets’ fields (17 – 31 Oct). It’s £1 to enter and PYO prices vary by size, plus you can pick up a carving kit from the Farm Shop. Keep your eyes peeled for the giant spider protecting the patch.

Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe

As part of the sensory farm’s Halloween Festival (24 Oct – 1 Nov), little ones can use a mini wheelbarrow to pick their pumpkin, for a small additional charge, from the cute Pumpkin Patch Garden. There’ll also be carving workshops and Wilomena Witch’s Wicked Walk trail around the farm. It’s best to book for all events.

Peterley Manor Farm, Great Missenden , Oxon

New to the PYO pumpkin scene last year, you can pick ’em direct from the patch, which is free to enter (17, 18, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Oct), with pumpkins priced on weight. You don’t have to book or wear a mask when picking, but you’ll need to cover up to pay for your crops in the shop. If you don’t fancy traipsing through the fields you can also choose a ready-picked one from the barn.

Weedon Hill Farm, Aylesbury

Farmer Paul at Weedon Hill Farm, just an eight minute drive from Aylesbury centre, nurtures pumpkins from little seeds in greenhouses before planting them in the fields. Prices start from 50p and stock nearly sold out completely last year so get down pronto to get the best pick of the patch (open Thurs – Sun until 31 Oct, plus everyday over half term).

Green Dragon Eco-Farm, Hogshaw, Bucks

Over half term (24 Oct – 1 Nov) kids will be able to pick their own with the help of Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland, then decorate it in the barn. This year the pumpkin experience is included with entry to the farm (£9.50/child, £10.50/adult) which will also give you access to other ghoulish activities like crafts, trails and all the usual farmy fun. Booking advised.

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