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P-P-P-Pick up a pumpkin!

The witching hour is almost upon us - time to pack the kids in the car, head to your nearest pumpkin patch and pick yourselves a big 'un.

Devon Pumpkin Picking, Stoneford Farm, Newton Abbot 16, 17, 23 – 31 Oct

Pic credit Emily Fleur Photography/Devon Pumpkin Picking

What: Fancy trying somewhere brand new for 2021? Richard and Emily have sown a field in South Devon just off the A38 near Bickington with 12 exciting varieties ripe for the picking. You can also have a go at welly-throwing and there’s a photoshoot opportunity with Emily in her other hat of Emily Fleur Photography. A 15-minute photoshoot costs £30, or for 30 minutes it’s £50.

Need to know: Free entry; no need to book; NO dogs; and pumpkin-themed savoury pies and puddings to nosh.

Pick your own Pumpkins, Day-Pottles Lane, Exminster, 16, 17, 23 – 31 Oct

What: Based at Little Silver near Exminster, Pick your Own Pumpkins has got it all going on this year! Pumpkin picking is just the half of it, with axe throwing (bring the plasters), electric bikes, bouncy inflatables, laser clay shooting and a face painter.

Need to know: 10am-5pm; free entry; pumpkins from £1; wheelbarrows available; dogs allowed on leads but not in the pumpkin patch; plus loos and refreshments.

Halberton Court Farmshop, Tiverton, dates TBC

What: A PYO field, cafe and shop selling their home-grown veg and topnotch Devon producers. Dates not yet announced but they posted a little video of the field growing nicely back in August and it looked like pumpkins a-plenty.

Need to know: Free entry; no need to book; NO dogs.

Pips Pick Your Own, Kitley Farm, Yealmpton, Plymouth, Sat 9 – Sun 31 Oct

What: Farmer Neil has been busy, having grown more of the orange fellas than ever – 10,000 to be precise and more whoppers, measuring up to 35cm across. He’s also created a spooky, skeleton-draped serving area, and booked The Real Pig Company (from 12 Oct) to rustle up the vittles, from cheesy chips to hot dogs, luxury pulled pork burgers and cakes. Other reasons to go include his unpasteurised Devon honey made by the farm’s bees, and his cute collection of ducks and geese who come running over to say hello.

Need to know: Open 10am – 5pm; free entry, pumpkins from £3 – £7; wheelbarrows available, no booking needed. Turn off on A379 when you see Ben’s Farm Shop, the PYO is right behind. Dogs on leads.

West Town Farm, Ide, near Exeter, Tues 26 – Sun 31 Oct

What: This organic farm and education centre’s Pumpkin Days are an organised affair – you book your slot complete with tractor-ride to the picking patch and there’s plenty to do (apart from arguing over which pumpkin is the best), including a hay bale maze, feeding the pigs, face painting and craft, as well as an option on lunch in their Farmyard Cafe.

Need to know: Open 10am – 4.30pm. Book tickets (adults £5, children £4, under 2’s free, including pumpkin). Dogs on leads.

Shute Fruit, Bishopsteignton, until Sat 31 October

What: Owned by jam-and-pickle-makers extraordinaire, David and Lori Reich, who have a pick your own cornucopia, including with a last hurrah of their bean and courgette harvest, and pumpkins.

Need to know: Phone first on 01626 777570 or check their Picking Today web page for what’s ripe and ready.

Terawhiti Farm, South Milton, near Kingsbridge, 9-10, 16-17 Oct

What: Terawhiti Farm’s Pumpkin Patch Days are open for just two weekends, promising big ones, small ones, warty ones and pale ghostly ones with prices from 50p (cash only), and they’re doing a hog roast (card or cash). Mud likely so wear wellies and fancy dress – if you fancy.

Need to know: No need to book; free entry; dogs welcome; and Salcombe, Hope Cove and Bantham are just ten minutes away if you fancy a run-out on the beach afterwards.

The Jolly Group, Silverton, Exeter, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 – 31 Oct

What: You can pick flowers here, kids can run around a Maize Maze and now it’s time for pumpkins, with over 50 varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd this year.

Need to know: Pre-book online for discounted tickets (£1 online/£2 on the gate); 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm); loads of wheelbarrows; no dogs/only guide dogs; there’s a picnicking area (with loos) so feel free to bring your own Scooby snacks.

Braunton Pumpkin Patch, Braunton, Sat 23 – Fri 29 Oct

What: Braunton’s pick your own has changed its location from Moor Lane this year, but don’t worry it will be signposted.

Need to know: 10am -4pm; free, no need to book and they take cash and card. You can bring the pooch on a lead and don’t forget those wellies.

Strawberry Fields, Lifton Farm Shop, Lifton, Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

What: The Muddy Award-winning Lifton Farm Shop are hosting two weekends of Pumpkin Fest and a Halloween Maize Maze (the existing Pie Power maize, but dressed with some spooky surprises). Plus, there’s a bigger area for carving this year, Magic Martin will be up to his usual tricks; plus a takeaway kitchen and ice-cream.

Need to know: Booking essential, £2.50pp (under two’s free, pumpkins not included) and tickets always sell out; the Halloween Maize ticket reduced to £4 with your booking; stay as long as you like; no dogs in the pumpkin patch (but allowed in the outdoor seating area). Site not recommended for pushchairs.

PYO Pumpkin Festival & Charity Scarecrow Trail, Thorne’s Farm Shop, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Crediton, Thurs 28 – Sat 30 Oct

What: Small but full of lovely local produce, Thorne’s Farm Shop is adding a new reason to head over their way with the added bonus of a charity scarecrow trail around the farm. Dressing up is de rigeur, and there’s a free bag of sweets for every completed trail find.

Need to know: Free entry; no need to book; from £1 – £4; cafe and shop open.

Dart’s Farm, Topsham, from Weds 20 Oct – 31 Oct

What: Dart’s PYO fields will be open from the 20th, along with their fabulous farm shop, eateries and Orange Tree concession, should you want to pop in and start stacking up on Xmas presents and pantry goodies.

Need to know: No booking required just head down to the gazebo by The Hen House on the front field and wait for a member of the team to give you instructions; free parking; price weight-dependant; 10am -4.30pm. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

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