Pumpkin picking is an autumn activity that has become really popular in recent years. We took the boy pumpkin picking last year, and although it was more pumpkin selecting from a row of them in a field, rather than actually picking them off the vine, we still had a lot of fun. A visit to one of the many local pumpkin patches is an autumnal treat indeed.
We are keen to pick our Halloween pumpkins again this year. So I’ve put together a list of pumpkin patches in and around Manchester to visit. Most of them ask you to book ahead. Some will be patches of ready picked pumpkins to choose from, some you’ll be able to actually pick your pumpkin and take it home. Either way, it’s a fun thing to do for a few hours and you can snap some adorable photos while you’re at it.
Pumpkins can be picked early in the month. They can be safely stored in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to carve them for Halloween.
13 Pumpkin Patches in and around Manchester
Brookheys Farm, Dunham Massey – A working farm with a proper pumpkin patch.
Cockfields Farm Park, Ashton-Under-Lyne – Join them for the pumpkin festival this year.
Delamere Farm Shop – Open from 9th October, it’s time to pick your own pumpkins!
Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream – Check out their Facebook page for info about their pumpkin patch, don’t forget to grab a yummy ice cream when you visit!
Dunham Pumpkin Patch – Pick your own pumpkins and enjoy some wood fired pizza on site. Book tickets in advance.
Farmer Berties Pumpkin Patch, Glazebury – Opposite Bents Garden Centre, this is known for being a great patch to visit. Open for just two weeks before Halloween, more info on their Facebook page.
Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington – With indoor and outdoor picking throughout October, this is a well-established pumpkin patch with reasonably priced tickets.
Libby’s Pumpkin and Sunflower Patch, Macclesfield – Libby’s patch is a family-friendly fun day out, with an on-site café and free parking.
Malpas Pick Your Own Pumpkins, Malpas, Cheshire – No booking required. Maize maze entry is £2.00 per person. The maze leads to the hidden pumpkin patch and photo prop village. There are 100 scarecrows to spot through the maze and a Harry Potter area.
Reddish Vale Farm, Stockport – Visit Reddish Vale Farm for a spooktacular time this Halloween, visit all the animals and outdoor play areas and then join in some ‘fangtastic fun’!
Smithills Open Farm, Bolton – Open 16th and 17th October and then from the 23rd until the 31st October.
The Hayloft, Widness, Cheshire – Saturday 25th September to 31st October. There will also be a spooky maze, miniature railway, tractor rides and the coffee shop will be open serving breakfast, lunches, drinks, cakes & ice cream.
Village Pumpkins, Derbyshire – North Derbyshire’s original pumpkin patch based in Barlow a small village between Sheffield and Chesterfield
Other Halloween Attractions…
Spooky World at Applejacks Adventure Farm, Warrington, WA4 4NW
There are lots of pumpkin patches to pick from in and around Manchester this year. If I’ve missed any, please comment below and I will add them. Happy pumpkin picking!