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Autumn adventures: Pumpkin picking in the Cotswolds

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Although many of you are already missing the summer months, there’s still a little sunshine shining through in the Cotswolds lately. As we enter Autumn, we’re giddy at the prospect of pumpkin picking Cotswolds style! Oh the excitement of following a pumpkin trail, being able to pick your own pumpkin and returning home for pumpkin carving!

Autumn in the Cotswolds means pumpkin season, a time when the picturesque countryside transforms into a haven of golden leaves and plump pumpkins. The tradition of pumpkin picking in this region offers an unmatched experience. So let’s get stuck in!

The Magic of pumpkin picking in the Cotswolds

From the straggly vines of Elm Farm to the expansive pumpkin field of Lower House Farm, pumpkin picking in the Cotswolds provides a delightful journey. It’s not just about the pumpkin patches; it’s about the atmosphere, the photo opportunities, and the essence of Autumn.

Top pumpkin patches to explore

Gloucestershire pumpkin patches have a charm of their own. While Lower House Farm is known for its home grown pumpkins, Elm Farm is popular for its expansive pick your own pumpkin fields. The allure of finding the perfect pumpkin amidst a sea of options is truly enchanting.

Cotswold Farm Park: A must-visit destination

Cotswold Farm Park, beyond its regular farm park admission, goes a notch higher during October. On October weekends, every visitor receives a free pumpkin token. Redeem your pumpkin token to pick pumpkins from their special patch.

The farm park also offers other October activities, including a Halloween trail and spooky face paint designs. Remember, the pumpkin token is included with your entrance fee!

Purchase a Cotswold Farm Park pumpkin for just £1.00 when you have a valid Farm Park ticket.

Pumpkin patch at Cattle Country Farm Park

Boasting thousands of pumpkins to choose from and wheelbarrows to assist with transporting your selections, the family-favourite Cattle Country Farm Park in Berkeley is the perfect spot to visit this Autumn.

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Beyond picking a pumpkin, families can capture the moment with selfies among the gourds, engage in carving and decoration activities, and delve into all the attractions the farm park provides. The best part? Access to the entire park is included with your pumpkin patch ticket. Pumpkins are priced according to size, with prices beginning at just £1.

Elm Farm PYO pumpkin patch

This year’s PYO has been announced! With no booking required and free entry, head down to the farm on the following dates:

Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th October

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th October

HALF TERM 21st October – 31st October

Find out more via their Facebook.

Gilbert’s Farm

From the 7th of October, head down to the farm for a fun family day and pick your own pumpkin! There is no booking required. Read more via the Lower House Farm website about their fourth year pumpkins!

Tips for a perfect pumpkin picking day

  1. Arrive early, especially during the half term week, to ensure you get to choose a great, plump pumpkin.
  2. Dress for the season and bring bags to carry your own pumpkins. They can get pretty heavy!
  3. If you’re into pumpkin carving, Cotswold Farm Park even has a carving station where you can decorate your own pumpkin right after picking.

Beyond the pumpkin patch: Other Autumnal attractions in the Cotswolds

There’s more to the Cotswolds than just pumpkin patches. The pumpkin trail at various farms offers a fun-filled adventure, while seasonal menus at places like Graze Cafe offer a taste of autumn. Marshmallow toasting, country pumpkins display, and half term face painting sessions are just some of the many autumnal activities available.

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Preserving your precious pumpkin: Post-picking care and ideas

Once you’ve chosen your perfect pumpkin, consider pumpkin carving designs to prepare for Halloween. From spooky face paint designs to intricate patterns, the sky’s the limit. Remember to keep your pumpkins in a cool, dry place to prolong their freshness.

Ready to go pumpkin picking in the Cotswolds?

The Cotswolds during Autumn offers more than just Instagram opportunities. From the free pumpkin token at Cotswold Farm Park to the PYO pumpkin sessions at local farms, it’s a time of celebration.

Whether you’re there for pumpkin picking, carving and decorating, or to indulge in seasonal treats and activities, the Cotswolds in Autumn is a must-visit.

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