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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys

Halloween is becoming bigger and bigger every year in the UK. For a few years now I have been seeing insta photos of pumpkin fields and have been longing to go myself. So, as I have a week off work we have finally got the chance to go pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys.

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys

The farm is in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, so not too far from Leeds for us. The pumpkin festival runs from the 6th October up to the 31st October. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes, colours and sizes, are grown especially for pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys.

The festival, including car parking, is free and you just pay for your pumpkins. You can even carve them on site and leave all the stringy mess there!

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - pumpkins in the field


Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - pumpkins in the fields

This is my first time pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys (or anywhere) so I had no idea of what to expect. First the site is huge! There are several fields full of pumpkins and there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. The pumpkins are pre-picked and laid out in the fields, I'm not sure if this is what all pumpkin farms do but it did surprise me.

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - Ellie holding our pumpkin in the fields

You can spend as much or as little time there as you want. We walked through all the fields looking at the different pumpkins and just enjoying being outdoors and were there around an hour. There are rides for smaller ones and stalls with food and treats but we didn't visit them.

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - Me holding our pumpkin in the fields

The pumpkin we have chosen is classed as "small" so is just £4. Ellie enjoys carving them so we brought it home to do here. How fab is our Jack Skellington pumpkin?

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - pumpkin carved as Jack Skellington

Whilst you can get a pumpkin in the supermarket for a couple of pounds it is nothing like going pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys. Although Ellie is 15 we still had a fun hour walking around choosing our pumpkin. I'm sure little ones would love it even more. Hopefully it can be a pre Halloween tradition for us for a few more years. 

Pumpkin picking at Farmer Copleys - sitting on a pumpkin

Have you ever been pumpkin picking?

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