Where to pick your own pumpkins in Norfolk
C’mon, it’s time to prep for Halloween! Head to one of these local PYOs and make the kids put the legwork in before they can start carving. Bonus brownie points for zero food miles.
White House Farm, Rackheath
This PYO farm on the outskirts of Norwich is a past Muddy Awards winner for their excellent farm shop, so to say we’re big fans is an understatement. We also love that you can rock up at their pumpkin patch with no bookings needed, and that the whole site is dog-friendly (although we don’t recommend taking pushchairs as the ground is too rough). White House Farm is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am – last entry into the pumpkin patch is 3.30pm but the cosy cafe is open until 4.
Wroxham Barns, Hoveton
Not content with just a pumpkin patch, the folks at Wroxham Barns have created an entire festival around the season’s spookiest gourd – and this year it’s bigger than ever. There’s a brand new field with thousands of pumpkins ripe for the picking, a carving barn, Wilma the Witch’s potion school and even (blergh) maggot races. Every ticket includes unlimited access to Junior Farm and The Fun Park, so you’ll be able to meet plenty of cute and cuddly animals, check out the new den building and tree platform walkway, and finally enjoy their newly reopened indoor play area.
The Pumpkin Festival opens on 23 October and booking is recommended. Child tickets cost £13.99 and include the cost of a pumpkin; adult tickets cost £12.99 and do not include the cost of a pumpkin. Under 2s go free. Open from 10am to 5pm.
The Pumpkin House, Thursford
Why have a pumpkin patch when you can have a pumpkin house? Head to this family-run farm in North Norfolk via a wooded walkland and you’ll be greeted with thousands of pumpkins to choose from (priced by size) as well as a maze and a brand new Hay Play for littlies. Your four-legged friends will have to stay behind as this is a working farm, but there is a pop-up cafe selling hot drinks, homemade cakes and pumpkin soup.
The Pumpkin House opens on Friday 22 Oct from 10am to 4pm, and will be open every day until Sunday 31 October. No booking is necessary and parking is free.
Hill Farm Farm Shop, Horstead
One of the best things about a good pumpkin patch (aside from the fun of picking the perfect Jack-o-Lantern candidate) is the Insta opportunities – so we love that this farm shop has an on-site photographer to capture your kiddos in their element at the weekends. Pumpkin picking is open from 9am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9am to midday on Saturdays and Sundays. Perfect Pose Photography will be available on weekend dates to capture your autumnal frolicking on camera, so nab a ticket if you want the perfect portrait as well as a homegrown gourd.
Alby Crafts & Gardens, Erpingham
We’re happy to see this quirky patch between Cromer and Aylsham return after their inaugural year – not least because you can pick up some fab gifts from some of Norfolk’s best indies while you’re there. It’s free to park; simply select your squash (priced by size), keeping an eye out for the resident peacocks while you do, and then finish off your day with delicious loaded fries from The Bucket List and a hot choc from Blossom, The Travelling Caravan Cafe. Open every weekend up until Halloween, 8.30am to 4pm, as well as every day from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October for half term. Dogs are allowed, but you’ll have to bring cash as there’s no wi-fi.
Algy’s Farm Shop, Dereham
If you’re feeling brave (or you don’t have a weekend free between now and Halloween – I feel you, lady), how about a little night-time pumpkin picking? As well as a standard daytime offering between 10.30am and 5pm (no booking required), Algy’s offers a floodlit pumpkin patch between 5.30pm and 8pm, every evening from 22 to 31 October. Spooky! You’ll have to pre-book online and tickets cost £10 per adult, £7.50 per child (under 4s go free), and the price includes a pizza or burger for the adults, or a hot dog or pizza for the children.
Pettits Animal Adventure Park, Reedham
If you’re headed to this Muddy favourite between 23 and 31 October, good news! Your ticket price will automatically include admission to their Pumpkin Patch (with one free pumpkin per child aged between 2 and 10), and you can can even have your pumpkin carved for you – saves you a job and several sliced fingers and bent spoons, right? Pettits is also offering spooky live shows, rides and animal exhibitions for a full-on day of fun.
The Tacons, Great Yarmouth
This farm shop-cum-PYO is offering their popular pumpkin patch again this year, with picking open every October weekend and then daily through Half Term and Halloween (ideal if you’ve left it ’til the last minute – like me). It’s free to enter the field and you don’t have to book, simply pay for your pumpkins by size. Dogs on leads are welcome too, to help you sniff out the best squash.