Halloween is fast approaching and is firmly becoming a favourite holiday of mine. I find that this time of year is always so exciting, as I love Autumn and how beautiful it looks when the leaves change, plus all the fun events that go on!
This year, Myles and I decided that picking our own pumpkins would be the perfect way to spend a crisp afternoon and welcome in the new season. We even took one of my little brothers who thoroughly enjoyed trying to hunt for the largest, roundest pumpkin in the field.
Cattows Farm is situated in the Leicestershire village of Heather, and is one of my absolute favourite places to visit. They have so many fantastic events on throughout the year and give people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
From the 1st October, their pick your own pumpkin patch is open seven days a week until the 31st! It is actually Leicestershire’s biggest PYO pumpkin patch with over 40’000 pumpkins, squashed and ornamental gourds in 26 varieties, with loads of different colours and sizes to choose from.
We collected our wheelbarrow from outside the shop and directed by some friendly “witch crows” before making the short walk to the pumpkin fields. The view from the field was amazing and you could literally see thousands of pumpkins for miles! We scouted for the three biggest pumpkins, one for us and one for each of my little brothers. Once we’d picked the most perfect ones, we headed back to the farm shop to get some smaller hooligan pumpkins and munchkin squash for my Autumn table decoration.
The pumpkins and squashes are sold by weight, with an average sized pumpkin costing approximately £1.50 – £3.50. If you want a huge one, you’ll be looking at spending between £5 and £8, I think our largest was £7.52, however smaller ones start from as little as 40p and you can buy as little or as many as you wish.
When visiting, you can also meet and feed some of the farm animals, and enjoy refreshments in the popular tearoom. This time we just grabbed a pop and sat outside in the fresh air.
We honestly really enjoyed our first pumpkin picking experience and just being able to do something different! We’re already planning to visit again next year with the whole family. Now to decide the perfect scary faces to carve!
Have you been pumpkin picking before? Let me know if you’ve visited Cattow’s too!
Thanks for reading, see you in the next post,
Love Charlie x