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 will have pumpkins to pick from October 9 from 10am to 5pm. 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.
Strawberry Fields, Lifton
- Strawberry Fields, Lifton, Devon, PL16 ODE
Another popular place is Strawberry Fields at Lifton. We went a couple of years ago and it gets super busy, so plan when you want to go carefully. The Pumpkin Fest will be held on October 16/ 17 and October 23-31. It will include family fun activities from pumpkin picking and carving, a mystical magic show and a haunted 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 from Saturday October 23 to Sunday October 31. Not only will there be pumpkin picking, but also a short maze with a pumpkin quiz ideal for families with younger children.
All the normal farm animals will be there so a fun time is guaranteed. It’s open from 10.30am to 5pm each day, entry is £4 per person with under 2s fee. 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.
Terawhiti Farm, South Milton
- 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 9 and 10, then again on October 16 and 17 between 10am and 4pm. 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!
You can also then grab some hot food and refreshments including a hog roast. 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 so bring wellies.
Shute Fruit and Produce, Teignmouth
- 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, Bickington
- 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 from October 16 to 31. 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. Picking days are from 10am to 5pm on October 9 and 10, October 16 and 17, then October 22 to 31. Admission is £1.00/£2.00 and can be booked online.
There you have it! Some great places to go pumpkin picking in Plymouth and nearby. Where will you go?
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