For those who read my blog, you’ll know I’ve always been an advocate of PYO and local produce. I think this stems from my childhood growing up in the countryside and where I learnt from an early age that the seasons brought different gifts: Garden raspberries in the late spring, hand-picked samphire from the nearby coast mid-summer, garden plums, apples and blackberries shortly after and chestnuts from our village woods would christen our first fireside of the autumn.
There’s something magical about visiting a ripe pumpkin patch, especially when you have a little elf for company, and the field to yourself. There’s something eerily beautiful about the way pumpkins exhibit themselves above the ground, candidly displaying autumn’s pregnant bloom.
Here is a small round-up of the best pumpkin patches in Norfolk. If you know of any pumpkin patches further afield do let me know and I’ll add them to this list. (For my email address go to my ‘Contact’ page – don’t forget to send me the pumpkin patch’s address, website if there is one, and a sentence about its offering).
Hill Farm, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 7BA
Located on a pretty farm not too far from where we now live, you’ll find Hill Farm. These guys have been selling PYO pumpkins (and Christmas trees) for around 20 years!
It costs around £1 for a small pumpkin and larger ones are around £4. A mere snip and so much better to buy directly from the producer – not to mention all the fun you’ll have plucking your orange trophy from the soil. This farm has a huge field with plump pumpkins of varying personalities and sizes to choose from.
They also have various Halloween themed spots woven across the fabric of their land. (All of the pictures featured in this post were taken at Hill Farm.)
White House Farm is a very idyllic place just a couple of miles around the corner from us and where our family used to pick strawberries many moons ago.
Things have changed quite some since I was a kid and although you can still PYO fruit and vegetables throughout much of the year, the farm has since make significant improvements. It boasts a lovely on-site coffee shop serving really delicious home-baked cakes, a small shop and delicatessen and there’s often farmer’s market once a month or more. It’s well worth a visit.
The PYO pumpkins here are priced on weight. There’s also a lovely selection of pears and apples ready for plucking.
Other UK Pumpkin Patches
This is supposed to be a great family day out. There’s a pumpkin patch and other outdoor fun such as a maize maze, bouncy castle and kids craft area.