Autumn is in full swing, Halloween is just around the corner and this year I have my very own house to decorate for the occasion! Skeletons, cobwebs, witches and pumpkins. Lots and lots of pumpkins. And we know only one place for pumpkin picking. Farmer Copley’s.
It’s become a bit of a family tradition for us now to visit Farmer Copley’s every year and pick out our pumpkins to decorate the house for Halloween. It’s a good excuse to get outside in the fresh air and tramp through a field for an hour or so.
We went last weekend to try to beat the mad rush of half term but it was crazy busy. I don’t think the glorious weather helped. There were people everywhere and in all honesty, I was a little bit put off. We were supposed to be having lunch there and I couldn’t see us getting a table very quickly with the queue coming out of the café door. Turns out I didn’t need to worry. Now don’t get me wrong we did have to wait but only for about ten minutes which I think was perfectly acceptable given the volume of people there. So if you go and see it’s busy don’t be too alarmed, I promise you’ll still have a great time.
We needed a table for five and we were soon seated to tuck into what was a delicious lunch. The menu at the moment has a seasonal twist and I enjoyed homemade pumpkin soup and Luca had a Boo-nilla milkshake. There was also pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin pie on the menu. It definitely helped get us in the mood for picking our own.
Once we were full we made our way to the pumpkin patch. Now I say patch but in reality its far from a patch, its massive. There is the main field full of big round orange pumpkins but there is also the fancy pumpkin field which has all the pretty ones, as well as a few warty ones too.
This year has been the best for us so far as Luca really got into the spirit of things. He’s bigger and stronger which meant he was happily wandering around checking out the pumpkins and then carrying them to the wheelbarrow if they passed his scrupulous tests.
His favourite bit though was finding the fancy ones that I wanted. He was checking them all before shouting at the top of his lungs “Mummy I found you one to take photos of!” Only slightly embarrassing.
Like I said before, I have a house to decorate this time and so we chose a fair few pumpkins to bring home with us. From small yellow heart-shaped ones, perfectly round green ones, tall yellow ones and little blue ones. There is honestly something for everyone, although I was disappointed we didn’t find Spookley, one of their signature square ones. They also have the best names like the munchkin and baby bear. Farmer Copley explains all the different types available and which are the best to eat in this video below.
We have a few for carving but the rest I’m hoping to make an autumnal display from to last the season. I’m gonna save some for eating as well.
If you go between 21st and 29th October they have the full-blown pumpkin festival on. There is face painting (£4), rides, a burger van, creepy crawlies, pumpkin carving tent (£2.50), corn cannons (£2), barrel ride (£2), tractor-trailer ride and the Witches Kitchen will be open too for food and drink. It really is a full day out, in fact, we spent so long picking our pumpkins Luca only had time for the barrel ride, corn cannons and to grab some candyfloss before we had to head home.
Be warned though, they expect to get busy on 21st, 22nd and 23rd so expect queues if you do go those days.
Before I finish I really want to mention the staff. I have to give them so much praise as despite being rushed off their feet and ridiculously busy when we went, each one of them had a smile on their face. They were always friendly and kept everything running smoothly. They are one hell of a team and it’s so nice to go somewhere with happy staff that then give truly great customer service. From the waiting staff in the café to the gentleman doing the barrel ride, everyone was a pleasure to deal with and it makes the experience even better.
So if you’re in Yorkshire and still need to get yourself some pumpkins I would highly recommend going to Farmer Copley’s. You really won’t be disappointed.
*Disclaimer – we were very kindly invited to the pumpkin festival as guests and were given a VIP pass in exchange for this review. however, as always all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own*