Every year we always try to do something Halloween related together as a family. This year we decided to finally go Pumpkin Picking in Somerset and found ourselves at Farrington’s Farm. We weren’t entirely sure if it would be suitable for us as parents of a teenager or whether this would be more aimed at younger children, but we were pleasantly surprised to see that there was something for everyone at this brilliant location!
We arrived to plenty of signs for free parking and staff directing us to the correct area. Everything had been well thought out and streamlined, we heard from some of the parking attendants that despite the place being heaving with visitors, the pumpkin festival and pumpkin patch had been busy all half term week and that this was actually the last, and quietest day so far! Everyone was absolutely loving it.
We decided to head straight for the pumpkin patch and were pleasantly surprised that there were still lots of pumpkins there and although a lot were starting to look a little bit worse for wear, there was still a great choice.
Cute little wheelbarrows were dotted around the fields so that you could carry more pumpkins at once – perfect for those stocking up ready for the big day!
There was an activities barn where you could carve pumpkins and take part in spooky events. This was aimed at younger children. My nephew would’ve loved it so we will have to come with the whole family next time.
I would highly recommend setting aside an hour or so to do this part if you have kids under the age of about 10 as there were so many families having an amazing time!
It was lovely being amidst the hustle and bustle of everyone and really made it feel like Halloween. Some children even donned their Halloween costumes for the event. Imagine the amazing photos you could get for the family album!
Nothing went to waste either, when we looked across the fields – we spotted that the cows were absolutely LOVING eating up all of the pumpkin remains. This guy was seriously chowing down on his!
When you’ve seen everything outside, you can make your way to the on-site farm shop and cafe for some shopping and a bite to eat or a hot drink. Everything is fresh, local and beautifully served and displayed.
It’s a running joke in our household that I “bloody love a good farm shop” and Farrington’s Farm has one of the best in Somerset! I love the decor too.
All in all, we had a lovely day out, it was so budget friendly and you could definitely make this a tradition to do every year. The perfect Pumpkin Picking in Somerset experience and a great way to embrace the Halloween atmosphere!
Things to Bear In Mind For Pumpkin Picking In Somerset
Before you go, you might want to think about a few quick pointers. Firstly, pack your wellies or some sturdy boots as the countryside is seriously muddy at this time of the year. It’s great fun to go running around and getting stuck in with all of the activities but you’re going to regret wearing anything other than your oldest shoes!
Secondly, don’t rely on there being card machines everywhere. We were lucky that at Farrington’s Farm you could pay by card as they have a brilliant setup and an extensive farm shop on site but it’s always handy to have some spare change on you for those little things that may crop up.
Travel times – it’s always good to check traffic reports before you leave, especially if you are travelling with younger children. There are often a lot of hold-ups and delays so don’t leave things until the last minute if you can help it. Leaving enough time to make sure you have a full day ahead of you is always a safe bet.