It’s nearly Halloween which means only one thing…. pumpkins! Located just off the M1 at junction 9, is The Pop Up Farm’s Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patch. A new venture by local farmer Ian Pigott, is welcoming the American tradition of pumpkin picking to British fields. The family has been farming for generations, and jumped at the chance of getting kids outside, and learning about farming.
Although it’s their first year it has already by super successful, with thousands visiting in the run up to Halloween, opting to pick their pumpkins from the field, than the supermarket. Doing it this way is great fun, and encourages the kids to learn more about where food actually comes from and it also makes for some wonderful photos, which you can see below.
When you approach you can see the fields dotted with orange from the road and the field is well sign-posted. Once you’ve parked up, you are then greeted by members of the team and given a quiz to complete on the way up the gentle hill to the farm entrance, where you can also find wheelbarrows, coffee and tea, and a hay maze.
The pop up has an array of pumpkins, ranging in colour and size, from delicate squash and white and blue, to giant orange pumpkins that are priced by their weight. Pumpkins start from just £2.50. You could probably spend a good hour here – more if you want to go and take lots of photos.
I’d recommend popping by this wonderful pop-up before Halloween to buy locally, and get your kids involved!
The Pop Up Farm is open from Friday 13th to Tuesday 31st October 2017 10am to 4pm at junction 9 of the M1, AL3 8HT