If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already heard me yapping on about how much I love Autumn. If you don’t, let me tell you, I can’t get enough of it! In fact, I love everything about it. From the orange hues of the trees to those crisp sunny days, for me it really is the best season. The one thing I love most about this time of year though is that everything is celebrated so much more. Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas are all a good excuse to get together and celebrate the seasons and I for one am that person that gets giddy with excitement at the thought of anything festive, forcing fun on any Scrooge that stands in my way.
So when I saw an advert for pick your own pumpkins last month at Farmer Copley’s you can only imagine my excitement? After discovering that the first weekend of the pumpkin festival was to begin the 7th and 8th October, I put a firm cross in my diary, eager to make a visit at the start of the season before all of the good ones were gone!
Sunday eventually rolled around and although the sun was out, there was a distinct chill in the air. It felt like the first proper day of Autumn so far this year, so I grabbed my warmest jacket, threw on my wellies and off we drove to the land of pick your own pumpkins.
I was a little overwhelmed as we arrived in the car park as it was so much bigger than I’d imagined in my head. Expecting a little pumpkin patch the size of a small garden and a handful of other eager beavers, I was stunned to see several pick your own fields full of people who appeared to know exactly what they were doing. We parked up next to a stack of hay bails and got out of the car to the most festive atmosphere you could imagine (que me getting very giddy again!). The air smelt like hay and there was a loudspeaker blowing out old country tunes and I felt like I was on one of those Texan farms you see in all the movies!
We head up to the entrance and were greeted by a man renting out wheelbarrows for £5. As he advised that it was merely a deposit and the wheelbarrow was essentially added fun for no extra charge, we grabbed the nearest one and set off on our pumpkin picking mission.
There were soooo many pumpkins, we didn’t know where to start! Green ones, white ones, blue ones, tiny ones… they weren’t like anything you see in the supermarket. Even the standard pumpkins you see everywhere at Halloween were bigger, juicier and more orange than I’d ever seen before! Being the indecisive person that I am, I must have picked and put back at least ten pumpkins before I was satisfied I’d found the most perfect one in the patch!
After half an hour of pottering around and taking photos of everything in sight (much to Chris’s dismay) I spotted a sign for ‘fancy pumpkins’ which of course I insisted we follow! We walked through the gate and were greeted by hundreds of funny looking pumpkins and squash. Determined to pick one of every kind, our wheelbarrow was soon full of lots of weird and wonderful looking vegetables, most of which I didn’t even know the name of!
I could have wandered around the fields all morning but as i’d promised Chris a hot chocolate from the cafe (call it bribery for taking my picture), we set off for the pumpkin checkout. Armed with 7 different pumpkins and squash I was a little worried about how much it was all going to cost but when the lady said £11 I breathed a sigh of relief! Considering it was free to get into the farm I thought that was bloody good value!
We finished off a lovely morning with a homemade sausage roll and a ginormous hot chocolate in the cafe next door. I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect Sunday!
If you’re also looking for some festive fun this October I would definitely recommend a visit to Farmer Copley’s! The pumpkin festival is on on both the weekends of the 14th/15th and 21st/22nd and as well as pick your own, there’s lots of other activities running too including pumpkin floristry and fudge making. Check out the full list of events here!