The Pumpkin Spooktacular week gets underway next month (Hatton Adventure World photo)
With the summer well and truly over and autumn upon us, eyes are now turning towards the festivities of Halloween.
The spooky holiday will be upon us soon and kids will already be planning their costumes and trick or treating routes.
A Halloween staple is pumpkin carving and it’s always a competition to pick the plumpest one available.
There’s a number of pumpkin picking patches across the Midlands that can help you on your quest to pick the perfect pumpkin.
BirminghamWorld looks over the options near to the city.
Essington Farm, Wolverhampton
The pick your own pumpkin experience at Essington Farm returns on October 2.
The farm has a wide variety of pumpkins available, including; Becky, Racer, Rocket, Rival, Golden Medal, Cargo and Kratos, as well as a few unusual ones including pink, yellow, white and grey pumpkins.
You will need to pre-book in advance and tickets will start from Saturday 2 October and will be available all throughout the month.
Manor Farm Fruits, Tamworth
Pumpkin Fest 2021 gets underway at Manor Fruits Farm on Saturday October 2.
This year, the farm have grown 8 acres of pumpkins, producing over 60,000 pumpkins, squashes and gourds ready for the festivities.
so, whether you want to carve a large pumpkin, make a delicious pumpkin pie or simply decorate your house and garden with little pumpkins, Manor Farm Fruits will have you covered.
Pumpkins will range in price from 50p for the Mini Munchkins to £15+ for the Monster pumpkins.
All bookings must be made online before you can attend.
Lower Drayton Farm, Stafford
The pick your own event at Lower Drayton Farm in Penkbridge gets underway this Saturday and once you’ve picked yours you can head to the pumpkin carving tent and get creative.
The farm has planted over 80,000 pumpkin seeds of various varieties, over 12 acres, making it one of the largest pumpkin fields in the area.
Hot food including hotdogs and pumpkin soup will also be provided by the Pear Tree Farm, as well as soft drinks, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
You will need to pre-book - you can find out more here.
Hatton Adventure World, Warwick
Hatton’s spookiest event of the year is back - running from 23 – 31 October, this spooktacular event is bursting with Halloween fun and activities.
You’ll be able to pick your own free pumpkin from 10am to 5pm (one free pumpkin per child). You can also explore the Haunted House, brave the Zombie Marsh, ride the Bewitching Tractor Safari, enter a Fancy Dress Competition, be entertained by the Magic and Mayhem Illusion Show, plus many more thrills and chills to discover .
Lower Clopton Farm, Upper Quinton
Pumpkin picking will also be back at Lower Clopton Farm in Warwickshire this year.
The events will get underway on Saturday 9 October and run until 30 October, running from 10am to 3pm.
No booking is required for the PYO Pumpkins at Lower Clopton, and payment is taken at the trailer at the start of the field with cash or card accepted.
Pumpkins R Us, Kenilworth
Booking is now open for the Pumpkins R Us event at Stoneleigh Park in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
This patch has every size, colour and shape of pumpkin you can imagine and all of them are grown on the family farm.
The events will be located in Hall 1 - on the main drive through the Stoneleigh Estate.
Ticket prices are £3 per person (under 4s free and do not need a ticket) and £10 for a family ticket (two adults and two children aged 4-16).
And if you’re planning a Halloween party this year, decorations and ghoulish goodies will be on sale, and an on-site cafe will be serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and tasty snacks.
Woods Barn, Shirley
From Saturday 16th October 2021 until November 1st Woods Barn is running its annual pumpkin picking and carving events.
Open daily from 10am – 7pm you can pick up pumpkins and - and there will be some Christmas decorations available too for those who like to plan a bit further ahead.
Bookings are not required for pumpkin picking or carving. But carving will be on a first come first serve basis. Of course, if the tables are full you can always take your pumpkin home to carve.
Pumpkins cost from £1.50 to £20. Pumpkin carving costs £5 per pumpkin (you have to buy a pumpkin separately.
The venue requests that customers wear appropriate footwear.
More details and Woods Barn bookings here
Canalside Farm, Great Haywood
The pick your own pumpkin experience will begin at Canalside Farm in Great Haywood on Saturday 9 October and run until 30 October.
The farm will also have a choice of orange, green, yellow and white pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose from.
There will be family games alongside the pumpkin patch, as well as a new UV Maze, Farmer Chris’ Spooky Tractor and Halloween face painter.
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