Cattows Farm in Leicestershire has always been our annual pumpkin picking adventure, the minute the calendar turns to October.
This year was no different, so October 1st and we headed straight to Cattows Farm from school for the first day of pumpkin picking.
Opening times at Cattows Farm
Cattows Farm is open 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. They do get busy at weekends, but early or late in the day is usually quieter.
We were there around 3.30pm, when people were generally finishing their afternoon teas, so there were only a few families around until closing.
Price and parking at Cattows Farm
Cattows Farm is completely free to explore, with plenty of free parking too. There is a smaller carpark next to the cafe area and then overflow parking further along.
In 2020, rather than paying in the normal farm shop area, you pay for your pumpkins in a covered over tent area further along from the normal farm shop, where they are currently doing building work (very excited to see the results!).
You do not need to book to go to the farm and can arrive at any time, but booking in the tea room is required for indoor afternoon teas.
Pumpkin patch at Cattows Farm
There are plenty of wheelbarrows around by the carparks or you can take your own trailer or baskets if you like. You can explore the fields, pick your own pumpkins and then the team weigh them at the farm shop tent area for you to pay depending on their weight.
Cattows Farm is the biggest pumpkin patch in the UK, where you can find over 170,000 pumpkins, so even towards Halloween you are sure to still find plenty to pick. Find out more here about their different types of pumpkin.
We chose 4 pumpkins of different sizes and paid just under £5. Cost-wise, according to the website: “All our pumpkins, squashes and ornamental gourds are sold by weight and can start from as little as 20p. Typically an average size pumpkin would cost approximately £1.50 – £3.50, with massive ones in the region of £5 – £8 each.”
You can pay by cash or card and the farm shop has relocated into the tent area where you can pay for your pumpkins as well as other farm treats, from fresh pasta and cordials through to Halloween cookies and some beautiful gifts!
What else is there to do at Cattows Farm in October?
There are always plenty of family-friendly activities at Cattows Farm alongside the pumpkin picking. This year they have set up a fantastic funfair alongside the tea room, with a few small rides, a family-friendly ghost train, and some funfair games. I believe all take cash or card and extra covid measures are in place.
They have also set up a pumpkin wall this year as well as the “How Tall This Fall (Autumn)” board that they have each year too. You can also find pedal tractors, peep boards and the bale mountain, and throughout October on selected days, you can also find other activities available depending on the weather.
You can easily spend a good few hours at Cattows Farm – our 2 hours after school definitely weren’t enough on the 1st, and we’re already excited to head back again!
Food and drink is available throughout the day in the beautiful tearoom. Halloween afternoon teas have to be prebooked online and sell out fast each year, and you can prebook your table online for other afternoon teas or meals too. Their breakfast is also very popular!
For Covid-secure changes, you have to wait at the entrance to be seated, where you can also find hand sanitiser before you enter. You will also notice screens across all the food/payment areas and QR codes at the tables.
Tables are reduced in numbers and more spaced out, however to make up for the reduced indoor area, there are now outdoor seating areas and you can buy takeaway hot and cold drinks/snacks from the side window.
Halloween Afternoon Tea
We booked for the Halloween afternoon tea for the first time, and it really was a great experience! They do book up very quickly, however it really didn’t disappoint!
Although I think I prefer a normal afternoon tea to the Halloween choices, the staff had really worked hard to make it look amazing – I don’t know how they did it! With all the sandwiches and cakes all themed into spooky treats, Lily was in her element and it was a great way to kick off Halloween.
As it was just myself and Lily, there was far too much for us to eat in one go, plus with the excitement of the pumpkins too, we packed the food into a box, and went off on our pumpkin adventures.
The Halloween decorations in the tea room were lovely too and the staff were helpful as always. We always look forward to a treat in the tea room when we visit, so thank you to the team for really making us smile 🙂
Toilets at Cattows Farm
Toilet facilities are available including a disabled toilet and baby changing. These are located outside the tearoom area.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Cattows Farm too – just make sure they’re on a lead! They aren’t allowed in the tea room or farm shop, however are welcome around the rest of the farm.
What do I need to bring?
I’d bring walking boots or wellies with you as it can get muddy, as well as a bag or something to put your pumpkins in, just in case all the wheelbarrows are out! If you want to use the rides/funfair, then it could be useful to bring some change, but I believe they do accept cards.
The pumpkin fields themselves are fields, so not really suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs unless you have off-road wheels, however the tearoom is accessible and there is a disabled toilet and baby changing available. There is also a flat, concrete path to the tearoom, which lead to the small animals and farm shop areas.
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