Lord knows I love a pumpkin patch, there’s something so wonderful and wholesome about it. It’s also a great excuse to drag the kids from their devices at this time of the year. So grab your wellies (you’ll need them). I’ve been out and about nice and early this year in order to find you the Best Pumpkins, munchkins, squashes and gordes Norfolk and Suffolk have to offer. All the details are accurate at time of writing but please do check their websites and facebook groups before you visit in case of new or changing restrictions. Here’s The Best Pumpkin Patches 2020.
Algy’s Pumpkin Patch
We go to Algy’s every year as its close, very friendly and has a lovely little farm shop. Not to mention the best popcorn in Norfolk. Pumpkins are charged by a self service sizer. I love the fact that they trust you to tot them up and head to the till. They also have some little photo op booths and a great variety of pumpkins and munchkins. Look out for their stone baked pizzas on some nights, weekends and half term.
Alby Crafts Pumpkin Patch
New for this year and open from Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 October 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm. Alby It’s one of Mum’s favourite places for us to visit because of the tea room and gift shops. They boast Thousands of pumpkins and squashes to choose from in addition to pumpkin themed games & photo booths. I’m definitely going to go take a look.
We popped to The Tacons on the way back from Hirstys Farm and it’s a big-gun I can tell you, pumpkins as far as the eye can see. It has a small farm shop with some lovely products including refillable washing products, but not much else. What else do you really need though when you have that selection to choose from! Pumpkins are charged based on weight. Open weekends through October & then daily from Half Term on-wards. 10am to 4pm.
Hirstys Halloween Hoot
Hirsty’s is a great place to go if you’re looking for something else to occupy the kids as well as pumpkin picking. That being said you can pay £2.50 and just visit the patch but I know I wouldn’t get away with that one with the kids. We visited Sunday and some of the attractions weren’t running but we were assured that between 22nd October – 1st November 2020 (Covid allowing) everything will be up and running. You can Pick a Pumpkin – Carve it on site (great, no mess) Get your face painted, enjoy all the other play equipment and maybe win a prize for best costume and best pumpkin. You can also Join the Pumpkin Queen for a walk through the maze to scare away all the crows!
Undley is a very popular pumpkin patch and this year its their 21st birthday. Its Open throughout October (on weekends and at half term) and Set within farmland on a 75-acre site. Theres PYO pumpkins, an especially created themed maize maze (which celebrates NHS and Key workers), donkey rides, inflatables a hay bale tower, delicious refreshments and other attractions. Take a look at some photos of us last year here. Owing to social distancing, indoor space will be at a premium if it rains and is very limited so please remember to bring umbrellas. You must book for this one as numbers will be limited.
Old hall farm
Ive not been to Old Hall Farm but many of my pals have and I’ve seen their very instagrammable shots. Old hall farm is open Daily from October 10 to November 1, from 10am to 4pm
A small Cost of £1.50 for over-16s, £1 for under-16s applies but its free for under-fours. I believe this does include a trail around the farm. Pumpkins are priced by size with lots of options available and the shop and café open as usual. Customers will be expected to follow all social distancing guidelines and no dogs are allowed due to the livestock on the farm.
The Pumpkin house
Another very instagrammale Pumpkin patch mostly owing to the custom-built Pumpkin House built in 2018. Its back for a third year at Brooke hill farm where customers can select one from the shelving made out of scaffolding boards, with different sizes on offer. To keep customers safe there will be lots of hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system and only one group allowed in the house at a time.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 4pm another lovely local farm near in Rackheath who have thrown open their fields . There are lots of pumpkins to pick in the field at White House Farm and a lovely little farm shop packed with local goodies. You can also get a warming coffee and cake here in their café. Yum Yum.
Hill farm is Open for P.Y.O. Pumpkins from Monday 5th October.When you arrive, please check into the shop (face mask to be worn) and USE our Sanitiser. Only 4 people allowed in the shop at any one time.
There’s a Special weekend for Pumpkin Posers on Saturday 17th from 10 – 2 Perfect pose photography will be attending. If you would like a photo taken, dress up in your spookiest costumes, and have some fun! Sorry, no DOGS are allowed on the field at this one.
Neatherton Pumpkin Patch
Now this is one im very interested in attending as its at a steakhouse. Neatherton Steakhouse is inviting us to join them this Halloween for pumpkin picking in their garden! There will be hundreds of pumpkins to choose from, along with face painting, photographer should you wish to capture the moment, a selection of hot food and drinks and of course pumpkin soup! Its open from Monday the 26th of October until Saturday the 31st of October 10-5pm.
Frogs Farm Suffolk
Frogs Farm Suffolk is open 24-31st October, pre-booked slots only! Email email@example.com with your requested time slot between 10am-4pm on that week and instructions will be sent back to you! Now this one does come at a charge of 5 pound per car! The price is for entry, barrow hire, enchanted forest and carving area. You get an hour long slot and this doesn’t include a pumpkin. I must be honest and say I haven’t been so do let me know if its worth the fiver up front. There’s hotdogs and hot drinks on sale. The pumpkins are priced from £3.00 for carving pumpkins and they seem to have a very active, bubbly social media presence.
Ha Ha Farm in Strumpshaw
This one seems like a bit of a hidden treasure plus its free entry and parking, woooohoooo! Starting 16th October, there’s pumpkin picking & all things spooky at thehahafarm. Woodland Scavenger hunt, spooky story time and under cover carving. The PYO is open from 10-4pm and there’s hot drinks and cakes too. That’s no laughing matter, get it Ha Ha Farm, Ha Ha, oh dear taxi for Cook.
I hope you have fun, tell me in comments or on my social media pages what you thought of my Best Pumpkin Patches 2020.