Pick your own potatoes in the Midlands

It’s September, which means 3 things – schools are back, Christmas & Halloween are on their way… and you can now pick your own potatoes!

There are a growing number of our favourite farms that are letting you pick your own potatoes throughout September, so after the amount of fun Lily at at National Forest Adventure Farm Spudfest last year, we’re bringing you a “mash-up” of the latest spud-filled September days out with the family in the East Midlands!

Picking spuds at the National Forest Adventure Farm
Picking spuds at the National Forest Adventure Farm

National Forest Adventure Farm Spudfest

We visited the National Forest Adventure Farm for their Spudfest last year, and they’re back again this year at weekends throughout September.

Proud of her potato picks!
Proud of her potato picks!

You need to book timeslots in order to visit the farm, and the spuds you pick are included in your entry fee.

Take the Spud Shuttle tractor around the farm to the potato field, fill up a bag of spuds, then enjoy the rest of the farm, including sheep races, barrel rides and more.

The barrel rides are free and run every hour through the day
The barrel rides are free and run through the day

Timeslots are AM or PM and need to be booked in advance. For more information, click here.

To check out our review of last year’s visit, click here.

Manor Farm Park & Woodlands September Spudfest

Spudfest is heading to the amazing Manor Farm Park & Woodlands this year at weekends throughout September.

Filling her bag with potatoes at Manor Farm Park
Filling her bag with potatoes at Manor Farm Park

Visit their SpudFest marquee to dig for potatoes and every child can take home a free bag. There’s also an art gallery competition that kids can get involved with to win a free family day pass.

The farm is open 10am-5pm, with the marquee open 11am-3pm, and adults are asked to wear a facemask in the marquee.

The SpudFest marquee - it was so quiet!
The SpudFest marquee – it was so quiet!

The outdoor play area, woodlands, maize maze and Fort Adventure playground are also open, although Ernie the Milk Float and the indoor play barn are currently closed.

There is so much to explore across the farm and we found our Spudfest visit so quiet.

Lily had the woodland play areas to herself, so many fields to skip through alongside the animals, and the enjoyed searching for the potatoes in the marquee!

Tickets are £7.95 for children aged 2-17 years old and £8.30 for adults. Family tickets for two adults and two children are £29. Under 2s visit free of charge.

The maize maze is also open as part of your visit
The maize maze is also open as part of your visit

Because visitor numbers are limited for social distancing purposes, all visits (including annual pass holders and under twos) must be booked online in advance. Tickets can be booked until midnight the day before visiting.

To book tickets to Manor Farm Park, click here

Check out our review of Manor Farm Park here.

Cotswold Farm Park potato patch

We had our first visit to Cotswold Farm Park last month and it was fantastic. We’ve our eye on their campsite, and have a full review coming soon, but we’re excited to see their potato patch is back this year.

From the 1st to 27th September 2020, you can fill a bag of potatoes to take home.

One of the many fun activities at Cotswold Farm Park
One of the many fun activities at Cotswold Farm Park

Entry to the potato patch is included in the farm park admission price, and you can enjoy all the other fun on the farm, from jumping pillows to animal feeding while you’re there. They also have some fantastic play areas.

The farm park is also supporting a food back throughout the potato event this month, which is fantastic to read.

You need to book online before you visit. Click here to find out more.

Full review of Cotswold Farm Park coming soon

Feeding the animals at Cotswold Farm Park
Feeding the animals at Cotswold Farm Park

Hatton Adventure World

This autumn, join in the fantastic Potato & Sweetcorn shindig, from 5th September to 18th October (crop availability depending).

Current provisional event schedule

You can enjoy a full day at the Hatton Adventure Worls alongside picking your own potatoes and sweetcorn from their fields.

Hatton Adventure World has so many fantastic activities including the outdoor play areas and so many animal activities including falconry displays and sheep races.

Excited to explore Hatton Adventure World
Excited to explore Hatton Adventure World

We had a fantastic time at Hatton Adventure World shortly before covid, and I’ve heard so many great things about visiting here now they have reopened.

There are now even camping and glamping options which we definitely need to check out!

Check out our review of Hatton Adventure World here.

Always plenty of fun activities outdoors at Hatton Adventure World
Always plenty of fun activities outdoors at Hatton Adventure World

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