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October: the month synonymous with crisp leaves, rediscovering cosy knits and those perfect little pumpkins.
If, like me, you love a photo opportunity of your little one, then couple it with the seasonal theme of pumpkins. Your little pumpkin in a field of pumpkins – what could be cuter? And we know just where to go for the best Autumnal pick-your-own pumpkin patch in Devon, just in time for Halloween. Don’t forget to tag us on instagram with your gorgeous pics – we can’t wait to see them. #littledevonlife
- Lifton Farm Shop Pumpkin Fest week
- Shute Fruit and Produce
- Dart’s Farm Pumpkin Festival
- West Town Farm
- Thornes Farm Shop
- Pips pick your own pumpkin day
- Riverford’s Pumpkin Day
Lifton Farm Shop Pumpkin Fest week
Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October 9-5
Gone are the summer strawberries and now Lifton Farm shop is dedicated to eleventythousand pumpkins. A spectacular sight with pumpkins adorning hanging baskets, dens made of pumpkins, tractors with trailers full of pumpkins, not to mention the actual areas for picking – the growing fields and the pumpkin patches with endless rows of the little orange things. Lifton really do know a thing or two about fantastic displays – they won Gold and Platinum for that spectacular, massive display of ‘Peter Rabbit at Lifton Farm Shop’ stand at 2018 Devon County Show – wow what a sight!
Head along during half term – Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October , grab a wheelbarrow and let the fun begin. Wheelbarrow rides, or letting the little one in charge of the chariot – it’s your call, but soon it will be filled with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes ready for carving, eating or displaying. Head over for a weighing/measuring for the final price (pumpkins start from just £1). A timetable of pumpkin themed events will keep you well and truly entertained (some have charges) including Spookley the Square pumpkin Film, the Maize Maze which is still standing, pumpkin carving sessions, pumpkin magic shows, a bouncy castle and the fantastic ride on the pumpkin tractor trailer. There is a fancy dress competition too so let the kids choose their outfits all in the name of Halloween!
To continue the day, enjoy the great food at the restaurant/café which, along with the Farm shop, won Gold for South West Café/Tea Room in the Taste of the West 2017. “This farm shop café is fantastic and is full of fabulous food – most of it is grown on the farm. The staff are all really knowledgeable and efficient, and the café itself is well lit and nicely decorated.” Shop for ingredients for dinner and gifts in the farm shop and, before heading back in the car, let the little ones enjoy the play park, if they haven’t already.
Lifton also host a fantastic fireworks evening on Wednesday 31st October with proceeds going to BBC Children in Need.
Address: Lifton Farm Shop, Lifton, PL16 0DEShute Fruit and Produce
From mid-October 11-5pm
Not as large or as well publicised, but Shute Fruit and Produce is a family-run farm by farm by Lori Reich and David Lamboll, who also grow pumpkins that are ready for picking generally by mid-October. October hours are 11-5 but is closed when wet as there are no buildings (including toilets) available for the public – so come dressed for the weather (and with an empty bladder)!
Shute Farm is a working farm so has lots of space for little ones to stretch their legs, tractors to watch (but not to ride on), and picnic benches for you to enjoy a snack or lunch brought from home. On a sunny day Shute Fruit and Produce pick your own farm is a glorious place to spend an hour or two with your little one or family. Arguably the prettiest pick your own in Devon, it boasts views of boats bobbing along the Teign estuary and you might even be fortunate enough to see the choo choo of the Flying Scotsman chugging past, all from the pick your own fields.
Prices of pumpkins range from 50p up to £5. A range of squashes such as Harlequin, Crown Prince and Kabocha are also available.
Well behaved dogs are welcome, but not amongst the fruit and vegetables.
Address: Shute Farm, Newton Road, Bishopsteignton, TQ14 0PN
Dart’s Farm Pumpkin Festival
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October 2-4pm
There is nothing that Dart’s Farm cannot do, including this seasonal jollity. Dart’s farm is joining in the pumpkin fun on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October with Spookley the Square Pumpkin storytime, Farm walk and quiz as wells as pick your own pumpkin and pumpkin decorating. Head down from 2-4pm (having prebooked tickets (£9.95 per child) online here Tuesday or Wednesday) with the kids all dressed up in their Halloween outfits for Dart’s Farm Pumpkin Festival.
A farm shop rivalling on a boutique department store, there is sure to be something that catches your eye from their gifts, gardening, kitchen, children’s, or outdoor shop – we say that a trip to Dart’s deserves a little something for yourself too. And with the restaurant open til 6pm you might like to grab something for dinner with the little Halloween ‘terrors’ before you head home too.
Address: Dart Farm Village, Topsham, Clyst St George, Exeter EX3 0QHWest Town Farm
Thursday 25th October 10-1pm
After much persuasion and many requests, West Town Farm have agreed to open up their pumpkin patch for a few hours on Thursday 25th October. It’s £1.50 per child and you can see how the pumpkins grow and choose the best one to take home. Take snacks with you as there won’t be refreshments or lunch provided this time. The car park is a 5 -10 minute walk to the pumpkin picking field and wellies are a must!
West Town farm is a fabulous place with wonderful views, a Farm Trail, a site of organic arts and community garden, and so close to the city, it’s a real city gem.
Register your interest here.
Address: West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter EX2 9TGThorne’s Farm Shop pick your own pumpkins
Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October 10 – 2pm
Thornes Farm shop are joining in the pumpkin fun for the first time and have an exciting couple of days planned. Devon Wildlife Trust will be there on the Friday with seasonal activities to entertain young minds. Little ones can make wands to add that bit of sparkle to their Halloween outfit, decorate cupcakes and try to Guess what’s in the box and of course pumpkin carving. All activities are free and the pumpkins range from £1-£4. Enjoy food from their cafe and why not treat yourself to some local fruit and veg, pies and cider too? They also have some cheeky ‘covered’ charity Farmers 2019 Calendars on sale – #nevertooearlyforchristmas!
Address: Hawthorn Gardens, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Crediton EX17 4BHPips pick your own pumpkin day
Saturday 27th October from 10am until sell-out
Although officially closed for the pick your own season, Pips pick your own throws open its farm gates on Saturday 27th October at 10 until sell-out for pumpkin picking of nearly 1000 pumpkins. Come with cash (card machine is too slow!) and pick small-medium £3 or medium-large £4 pumpkins and for £1 enter Yealmpton Preschool’s pumpkin carving competition. Carving tools will be provided on the day but you may wish to take your own as it could become busy. Face painting is also available from the preschool team.
There are picnic benches, and some animals to say hello to and parents can stock up on lovely organic veg (some from Pips so pretty much as low food miles as you can get!) at Ben’s Farm Shop and Grower’s Organic Plant Centre.
Address: Behind Ben’s Farm Shop, Yealmpton, Plymouth, PL8 2LT
Riverford’s Pumpkin Day
Saturday 27th October from 11-4pm
For a fantastic end to half-term week, take a trip to Riverford to join in their annual pumpkin day.
“Pull on your wellies and join us around the country for our annual pumpkin celebration. It’s a real family friendly event with plenty to keep everyone entertained, including pumpkin carving, face painting, wildlife spotting, our Human Veg Machine, Christmas food and drink tasters and plenty of organic refreshments.”
A real family favourite event, Riverford really know how to throw a celebration where everyone can have fun. Great activities for the kids to get involved with including, craft area, farm tours and entertainers while the adults are also so very well looked after with market stalls, music and fantastic organic seasonal food and drink (if you haven’t enjoyed a meal at Riverford you are in for a treat – it’s delicious!)
All are welcome (it is not an exclusive event for Riverford customers), but it is ticketed so pre-buy tickets here. Dogs are allowed on the farm too on a lead, but not inside the barn or restaurant. And bring cash for refreshments and for some of the children’s activities such as face painting as there aren’t any card payment facilities or cash machines on site.
Address: Riverford Organic Farmers, Wash Farm, Buckfastleigh, TQ11 0JU