With summer drawing to a close and the temperatures dropping, it’ll soon be time to embrace the spirit of autumn.
And what better way than to embrace the spirit of the season than to dust off your winter coat, pull on your wellies – and take your the kids pumpkin picking?
From glittery pumpkins to traditional carving and fancy dress, there’s a pumpkin picking event to suit everyone in Lancashire.
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Here, Lancs Live takes a look at some of Lancashire’s best places to take your family on a pumpkin picking outing ahead of Halloween.
The Pumpkin Picking Adventure, Windmill Animal Farm, Burscough
A day of farmyard fun and pumpkin picking is on offer at this idyllic, family-friendly farm. Home to a stunning range of rare breed and exotic farm animals where you can experience everyday working life on the farm, watch and feed animals and visit play areas, the family farm is flinging open its doors for its annual pumpkin picking adventure this October.
The ticket includes full day admission to Windmill Animal Farm as well as the pumpkin picking, where you can pick your own pumpkin from the fields that they are grown in and visit the pumpkin field at any time during your visit.
You get one pumpkin per ticket but are welcome to buy more.
Prices start at £15.95 for an adult and £16.95 for a child, though babies under one-year-old, pensioners and carers go free.
The Pumpkin Picking Adventure at Windmill Animal Farm takes place from October 9 to 31, 2021. For further details, and to book tickets, click here
Roby Mill Pumpkin Patch, Johnsons Farm, Skelmersdale
This family-run farm will be hosting its family friendly pumpkin picking event from October 8 to October 31.
Fresh air and the blissful, scenic location of this peaceful, Upholland farm make it a perfect opportunity to get stuck into seasonal pumpkin picking every day between 10am to 5pm.
With a host of pumpkins from smooth to warty, orange to white, Roby Mill Pumpkin Patch is also offering pumpkin merchandise in a marquee along with painted glittery and gold pumpkins and carving kits.
A classic Citroen Van brought in specially for the pumpkin picking season will provide delicious snacks and hot treats.
Entry and car parking is free and pumpkin prices start at £2.
Organisers say they can’t wait to welcome people back for pumpkin picking at a safe, socially distanced event, with online pre booking required on the farm’s Eventbrite page for weekends and for half term. Booking is not necessary outside of those dates.
To find out more or book tickets, visit the farm’s Eventbrite page.
Church View Farm, Southport Road, Lydiate
Pumpkin picking opens at this picturesque location on Saturday, October 2 and runs until October 31 - or until the pumpkins run out.
A hot food van will be offering snacks and there will be a fairground and an ice cream van, while wheelbarrows are provided for the pumpkins so you can get stuck into the spirit of the season.
The farm shop itself sells locally sourced, fresh fruit and vegetables and has a meat van on the first Sunday of the month.
Opening hours for the pumpkin picking are Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
No booking is required, and there is no admission fee. To find out more, visit the farm’s Facebook page.
Farmer Ted’s Pumpkin Festival, Flatman’s Lane, Ormskirk
Spooky thrills and chills are on offer as part of the Farmer Ted’s Pumpkin Festival which opens in October.
Located at the site of the famous ‘Farmaggedon’ Halloween event, the pumpkin picking is available within the farm’s very own pumpkin patch, along with a host of thrilling activities including paintballing, spooky ghost stories, fancy dress competitions, pumpkin carving and lots of competitions.
On top of that, the farm’s usual activities including Shaun the Sheep adventure and the mini beast centre will also be open at the event, which takes place from October 2 to 31.
Prices start at £11.50 for adults and £15.50 for children over two years, which includes a pumpkin.
For more details, and to purchase tickets, visit Farmer Ted's booking page.
Bradshaw’s Farm Shop & Garden Centre, Prospect Farm, Garstang
Pull on your wellies and grab a coat for the family friendly, pumpkin picking on offer at this family run farm shop and garden centre specialising in home grown and local fresh produce.
Pumpkin picking is available every day in October, with bookings required for weekends and half term.
You don’t need to book for weekdays in term time and organisers say people can just turn up on these days.
Opening hours for pumpkin picking are 9am to 4pm from Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sundays.
To make a booking, contact the farm on Facebook or email [email protected]
Pumpkin Alley, Downholland, near Ormskirk,
With crowds flocking to last year’s incredibly popular pumpkin picking at Pumpkin Alley, organisers have now introduced a booking system to ensure this year’s event is safe and affordable at the same time.
With 15 acres of pumpkin fields and some growing up to 70Ib in weight, Pumpkin Alley is now in its 10th year.
Based at Poplar Farm in Downholland which also specialises in growing sunflowers and other flowers, Pumpkin Alley grows many of its pumpkins organically, using muck instead of pesticides.
And with safety as the top priority for this year’s event, online booking has been introduced. For families it will cost £5 as well as a £1 admission fee, but a free pumpkin is included.
Owner Joe Appleton said: "I have always put safety first - we have a 100 per cent safety record, so this is primarily to keep everyone safe while having a good family day out."
The pumpkin festival at Pumpkin Alley runs throughout all of October. For more details, and to book tickets, click here.
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