It’s that time of year where we might be lamenting the end of the good weather, but Halloween isn’t too far off and it’s time to go pumpkin picking in Plymouth.
If you’ve not taken your kids before, they’re in for a treat. And it seems to have become a real ‘thing’, doesn’t it?
Rather than just buy one from the supermarket to carve, head to one of the many pumpkin patches near Plymouth and make a day of it. If nothing else – you can get some great photos (if your kids are more obliging than mine!)
There aren’t many actually IN Plymouth itself mainly because, er, it’s a big city. But our favourite is right on the edge at Yealmpton, and there are loads if you are prepared to travel for a bit.
Pumpkin Patches in Plymouth and nearby
Pips Pick Your Own
- Kitley Farm, Yealmpton, Plymouth, PL8 2LT
Based at Yealmpton on the edge of Plymouth, Pips Pick Your Own is awesome! They have pumpkins to pick from October 1 from 10am to 5pm. Then every day until they are sold out. But don’t leave it too late, as this place is POPULAR. You can also grab some honey from Pips’ bees whilst you’re there, and this year they have a huge trick or treat shop too. Top tip, go after school and you’ll have the place to yourselves – perfect for those pics. And on Friday October 6, they are open until 9pm for you to pick your pumpkin by torchlight! Don your Halloween fancy dress and have a spooky time. There will also be a food truck there so why not make an evening of it?
- Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon, PL16 ODE
Another popular place is Strawberry Fields at Lifton. It gets super busy, but luckily they are selling tickets again this year so should be less hectic. The Pumpkin Fest will be held on October 7/8, 14/15 and October 21-29. It will include family fun activities from pumpkin picking and carving, a mesmerising magic show and a pirate maize maze. Buy your tickets beforehand here.
Amazing Cornish Maize Maze
- Smeaton Farm, Pillaton, Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6RZ
The Pumpkin Patch at the Amazing Cornish Maize Maze at Pillaton near Saltash will take place on October 14/15 and then October 21-31. Not only will there be pumpkin picking, but also a short maze with a pumpkin quiz ideal for families with younger children. It will be open from 10.30am to 5pm and costs £5 per person, under 2s free. Pumpkins cost £1 for a small one, £2.50 for medium and £4 for large. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance as it’s set to be busy. This is one of the best ways to do pumpkin picking in Plymouth and nearby.
And on Saturday October 28, the Halloween Maze of Horrors will be opened at timed slots from 6pm. It’s not for the faint-hearted and costs £16.50 each. Find out more details on their website.
- Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
Pennywell Farm is having its very own Pumpkin Patch again this year. From September 30 to October 29, everyone is invited to meet Paddy the Pumpkin and his friends who have left clues all around the farm. Follow the trail and answer the quiz questions. You can then roam around the pumpkin patch and find your own locally grown pumpkin to buy and take home. This year there is also live music, marshmallow toasting, a scarecrow dress-up competition, a pumpkin colouring competition, and different stickers to earn and collect.
- South Milton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 3JT
Head through the South Hams to South Milton and Terawhiti Farm for a fun day of pumpkin picking. It’s taking place on October 7/8, then again on October 14/15. According to the farm’s Facebook page there will be big ones, small ones, warty ones and ghost pumpkins. The patch is even bigger than ever with over 10,000 to choose from!
There will also be a chance to ride the Pumpkin Express, tackle the Bale Run, have your face painted and try your hand at the coconut shy. Fancy dress is also welcome – just to make those pictures even better! Admission is free, and no need to book. Remember it’s cash only, and likely to be muddy if wet so bring wellies.
Shute Fruit and Produce
- Shute Farm, Bishopsteignton, Teignmouth, TQ14 9PN
Keep an eye on Shute Fruit and Produce’s picking today page of their website for full details of their pumpkin patch when it’s announced. Then pick, pick, pick!
Devon Pumpkin Picking
- Stoneford Farm, Bickington, TQ12 6LH
If you’re no good with a camera but dream of some fabulous pumpkin patch photos, head to Devon Pumpkin Picking and a professional photographer can do it for you! The patch just off the A38 at Bickington will be open October 7/8, 14/15 then October 21 to 29 from 10am to 4pm. There’s no need to book. See their website for details about a photography session.
The Jolly Pumpkin
- Silverston, Exeter, EX5 4DU
As the name suggests, kids will be in for a jolly fun day out at the Jolly Pumpkin near Exeter. With over 50 varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd to choose from, kids will love the wrinkly ones, knobbly ones, and shiny pumpkins to take home. There is also a maize maze to explore. Picking days are from 10am to 5pm on October 7/8, 14/15 then October 21 to 29. Admission is £1.25 and can be booked online.
The Surfing Cow
- South Battisborough Farm, Holbeton, PL8 1JY
Spooky season at the Surfing Cow near Holbeton starts on October 7/8. The pumpkin patch will also be open on October 14/15 and 21/22. A Torchlight Maize Maze will be open every Saturday which you need to book for. Find out more here.
There you have it! Some great places to go pumpkin picking in Plymouth and nearby. Where will you go?
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