Pumpkin picking has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. Local farms have responded to this demand and there are now a decent range of pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches across Derbyshire. Unsurprising really since it’s good, seasonal, wholesome family fun. If you’re going with kids, check out this cute free printable pumpkin picking journal. What could be better than wrapping up warm and spending some time in the fresh air searching for the perfect pumpkin. Here’s everything you need to know about pumpkin picking Derby and Derbyshire.
As the season is now drawing to a close it’s highly recommended that you check the social media pages of any pumpkin patch before making a special journey to check that they are still open and have pumpkins.
Where are the best pumpkin patches in Derbyshire?
My advice would be to go early for the best selection. Uncarved pumpkins will last if kept in a cool, dry place. Then carve it closer to Halloween. Pumpkin patches are likely to be open whatever the weather. Wellies (or at least sensible shoes) and waterproofs advised! Although do check before travelling in adverse weather conditions.
Best places to go pumpkin picking in Derbyshire in 2021
Our Halloween tradition is to go pumpkin picking at Village Pumpkins. We have been every year since my daughter was just a baby. It’s a really fun afternoon out and I love recreating the photos and seeing how much she’s grown.
Pumpkin picking Derby
Mr Pumpkin is a much loved option for pumpkin picking Derby. It’s a fourth generation arable farm, located in Morley, approximately 4 miles outside of Derby city centre. They’ve been growing pumpkins since 2017 and are one of the biggest pumpkin farms in the region. This year they have planted almost 90,000 different pumpkins! There are over 40 different varieties to choose from. From giant orange pumpkins, to teeny tiny white pumpkin and from the ugliest, wartiest variety to the cutest, most aesthetic, Mr Pumpkin has it all.
There’s also a range of other family friendly entertainment to amuse the kids. There’s a Pumpkin Trail that raises money for the Air Ambulance, bouncy castle etc. Hot and cold food and drinks provided by another local farm, Oakfield Farm who cook freshly homemade burgers, sausages, pumpkin pie, soups etc.
Pre-booking required. Tickets should be purchased online and are available now. Tickets cost £2, under 16s free. Pumpkins priced from £2. Cash and card accepted. Well behaved dogs are allowed in the fun field but dogs are not permitted in or around the pumpkin field.
Pumpkin patches near Chesterfield
Village Pumpkins – NOW CLOSED FOR 2021
Johnnygate Lane, Barlow, Dronfield S18 7SE (easily accessible from Sheffield as well as north Derbyshire).
Village Pumpkins is a delightful pumpkin farm on the outskirts of Barlow near Dronfield and Chesterfield. This is just a well set up field where you can pick your own pumpkins. The field is really picturesque and there are stunning views in every direction. There’s a tractor for kids to sit on and some photo prop boards to aid with that all important Instagram picture! In previous years there have been piglets and chickens to see, and the opportunity to buy a small range of local produce such as eggs and honey.
It gets bigger and better each year. Expect local butchers selling bacon sandwiches, burgers etc, hot and cold drinks, locally made cake etc.
Free entry, and free parking in the week, or £1 per car at weekends and then just pay for your pumpkins (prices range from 50p to £10 per pumpkin depending on size and variety). Cash and card accepted. No booking necessary. Open every weekend from the start of October and then everyday from Monday 17th October.
Dogs are not allowed on the pumpkin patch and in previous years there haven’t been any loos.
Eastwood Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, S45 0BD
Ashover Pumpkins is a picturesque family farm that has diversified into growing pumpkins and sunflowers. After selling out early last year, they have planted three times as many this year. In October there will be over 20,000 pumpkins in 15 varieties to choose from.
No booking needed. Free entry, just pay for your pumpkins. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Cash or card accepted. Hot food and ice cream, and tea, coffee and hot chocolate will be available. No dogs.
Stretton Hall Pumpkins
Newmarket Lane, Clay Cross, S45 9AP
This is the first year growing pumpkins for Stretton Hall Farm Shop. But given how much I love their bijou farm shop, and the passion with which they embraced Christmas last year, I feel confident recommending them. This will be a really lovely place to pick your own pumpkin.
Stretton Hall is a delightful farm shop featuring all sorts of locally grown and reared fresh farm produce but also the most amazing cake counter, bakery products from The Loaf in Crich. They also whip up a blinking good coffee and always have a range of seasonal luxury lattes and speciality hot chocolates, including pumpkin spiced lattes. There’s also a café area to sit and enjoy your refreshments. Read more about why I love Stretton Hall, and my other favourite farm shops in Derbyshire.
Opens 2nd October until 31st October with a BBQ every Saturday and on Halloween. Kids pumpkin carving activity on site, dedicated photo areas with prop boards etc, plenty of seasonal refreshments, toilets on site and overspill car park.
Click here to read my Ultimate Guide to Autumn in Derbyshire for more autumn events and things to do.
Pumpkin patches near Ashbourne
Wyaston, DE6 1ND
Pumpkin Corner is now located at a new site between Osmaston and Wyaston near Ashbourne, you can find the exact location using What 3 Words blueberry.prickly.bounded. Pumpkin Corner PYO pumpkin patch has twice as many pumpkins and more varieties than ever before. Expect yummy food options. Look out for a special, ticketed evening event – details will be posted on their social media.
Free entry and no booking required. Pumpkins priced according to size.
Shirley, Ashbourne, DE6 3AT
Shirley Pumpkins is back for the third year running with ten varieties of pumpkins. Choose from our huge range of colourful, warty and wonderful pick your own pumpkins.
Open weekends and half term week in October from Saturday 9th (weather permitting). No booking required, free entry. Pumpkins available priced according to size and variety. Card or cash accepted.