It's pumpkin season again! Picking our own pumpkin has become a much loved annual tradition for my family. It's the perfect way to welcome Autumn and begin getting excited for Halloween. The children love to choose their perfect pumpkin (or not so perfect, as they always seem to feel sorry for the wonky ones that need a good home!) and with the other activities on offer too, it's a brilliant family day out. There are such a huge variety of pumpkin and gourdes on offer, it's astounding! As well as our big pumpkins to carve, I am always sure to pick a few tiny pumpkins to use in my Autumn newborn and cake smash photography sessions.
There is a good choice of pumpkin picking patches with several local farms near Salisbury offering pumpkin pick your own along with refreshments, mazes, games and lots of family-friendly craft activities. Don't forget to take your camera/ phone along too - there lots of brilliant photo opportunities!
Here are our top 5 places for pumpkin picking around Salisbury this year. Some of these are ticket only again this year, so it's worth booking early to avoid disappointment. Let the pumpkin picking commence!*
Parson's Pumpkin Patch
A small, friendly, family run pumpkin patch at Upper Farm, Milston (near Durrington). It's open weekends only from 9th to 24th October and offers a huge range of different sizes, colours and variety of pumpkins. Entrance is by pre-booked ticket only - tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.
Ansty Farm Shop
Ansty Farm Shop and PYO have their Pumpkin Picking and Pumpkin Games event running again this year on weekends from 9th October and during half term. There is a Pumpkin Trail and Games as well as a great selection of pumpkins to choose from in the shop or to pick your own from the field.
Pre-booking by telephone essential for PYO.
Find all the details on their website.
Pumpkin Pastures in Fordingbridge is open daily from 16th October until Halloween. As well as an amazing selection of pumpkins to choose from, they offer craft activities, games and refreshments and a firework display finale on 31st October (tickets only). This family run pumpkin patch also donate a proportion of their proceeds to local charities including the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal Neonatal Unit.
Entry and parking art free and pre-booking is not required for the PYO. All the details can be found on their website.
Picking Patch, Fordingbridge is open weekends from 9th October and the whole of half term week. There are lots of family friendly activities on offer as well as refreshments and a new Spooktacular Halloween Maize Maze. Tickets can be purchased online for the pumpkin patch and the maze, or if you're feeling brave, book a twilight ticket to experience the maze at its most spooky!
Visit their website for all the details.
Pumpkin Time is at Sunnyfields Farm, Totton. The farm is open on selected dates throughout October, with late opening until 9pm to allow visitors to experience the twinkling magic of the farm by night. Pumpkins from all over the world which have been submitted for the Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off will be on display together with a huge range of pick your own varieties. Refreshments are also available.
Booking is required via their website.
*Details are correct at time of print. Please check individual websites for up to date details and opening times.