As I sit here, the sun is casting its warm 30-degree glow, making it hard to imagine that autumn is just around the corner. But, believe it or not, in a mere 60 days, we’ll be trading our summer attire for cozy sweaters and immersing ourselves in the spooky festivities of Halloween. While this American holiday has been warmly adopted by the UK over the years, there’s one tradition that’s gaining a lot of traction: Pumpkin picking in Cambridgeshire will be the activity you won’t want to miss this October.
Is it the irresistible pull of that perfect Instagram shot, or perhaps the allure of partaking in a seasonal activity that’s out of the ordinary? Whatever the case may be, it offers you a golden opportunity to swap your flip-flops for wellies and try something new!
Before diving into the top spots for pumpkin picking in Cambridgeshire this season, here’s some top tips to get you started.
Top Tips for Pumpkin Picking in Cambridgeshire
- Rainy Day Outfit: Farms can get muddy, especially after rain. Don your wellies for an enjoyable outing.
- Quality Check: Choose pumpkins without soft spots or cuts to ensure they last longer post-carving.
- Handle with Care: Always carry your pumpkin from the bottom. The stalk can snap easily.
- Tools & Facilities: Some farms offer pumpkin carving on-site. If not, consider purchasing a pumpkin carving kit in advance.
- Take a sturdy bag!
- Charge your phone: The pumpkin fields are an Instagrammer’s paradise. So make sure your phone is fully charged for those perfect shots.
- Book Ahead: Most pumpkin patches require advance ticket booking, so plan ahead.
Top Pumpkin Picking Destinations in Cambridgeshire
Skylark Maze & Fun Yard
From intricate maize mazes to a magic and comedy shows and even scarecrow smashing, Skylark’s Week of Wickedness offers more than just pumpkin picking. Find tractor rides, den building, pig racing, Halloween fancy dress competitions and much more.
- Location: Skylark Garden Centre, Manea Road, Wimblington, March, Cambridgeshire, PE 15 0PE
- Date: October 2023
- Tickets (online prices): Adult – £13, Child – £15, Under 3 – Free
Mark your calendars for an unforgettable autumn adventure at Pumpkin Jim’s patch, situated in the scenic locale of Ickleton, Cambridge. Wander through wildflower fields, let the little ones loose in the designated play area and treat yourselves to scrumptious eats from local food trucks. They open their farm gates during the October half-term, offering a festive build-up to Halloween.
- Location: Ickleton, Saffron Walden
- Date: 21-29 October 2023
- Tickets: £1.80 per person
Milton Maize Maze
This year, Farmer Rob at Milton Maize Maze went above and beyond, planting a staggering 30,000 pumpkin seeds, setting the stage for a jaw-dropping selection of over 60,000 pumpkins! But variety is the spice of life, so they didn’t stop at just orange pumpkins. Be prepared to be amazed by their lineup that includes white, warty, striped, and even pink pumpkins! (That’s it I’m sold – I want a pink pumpkin, LOL)
Enjoy Halloween Spectacular Shows and of course, ready your cameras for plenty of Instagrammable moments amidst their vibrant pumpkin and squash displays.
- Location: Rectory Farm, A10 Milton Bypass, Milton, Cambridge
- Date: 7th 8th, 14th 15th & 21st – 29th October
- Tickets: £8 per person, Under 2 – Free
Freshfields’ beloved pumpkin patch in Cambridge will be open for a fantastic 2023 season. Join themfor some autumnal fun on the following dates:
The best part? Entry and parking remain absolutely FREE!
- Location: Freshfields Farm, Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambridge
- Date: Weekends of 7th & 8th and 14th & 15th, From Friday, 20th until Tuesday, 31st. From 10-5pm
- Tickets: Free
Date Idea in Cambridge: Pumpkin Picking, Carving, and Instagram-Worthy Moments Await!
Are you and your special someone looking for a unique and charming date idea in Cambridge this autumn? Look no further! Head over to one of the many pumpkin patches to experience a delightful autumnal day. Imagine picking out the perfect pumpkin together, laughing as you try to master the art of carving, and capturing all those Instagram-worthy shots against the backdrop of a sea of orange and gold. This is not just a date; it’s an experience that’s sure to make your October one for the memory books.
Seize the opportunity for an unforgettable autumn outing at one of Cambridgeshire’s scenic pumpkin fields. Reserve your spot today and let the pumpkin picking adventures begin!
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