Pumpkin picking has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years and now there’s a great range of PYO pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches in Derby and across Derbyshire. Unsurprising really since it’s good, seasonal, wholesome family fun. 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. Fully updated for 2023 – but please check opening times carefully directed with each patch.
Where are the best PYO 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.
It’s also worth considering what you are going to do with the pumpkins afterwards. Sadly many tonnes of pumpkin go straight to landfill immediately after Halloween each year. The flesh of most varieties can be cooked and eaten in a range of tasty seasonal dishes, and any excess can be composted or left for birds and squirrels to eat.
Best places to go pumpkin picking in Derbyshire in 2023
Pumpkin picking Derby
Lime Farm, Mansfield Road, Morley, Derby, DE7 6JU
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 usually 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. Cash and card accepted. Dogs are not permitted in or around the pumpkin field.
Pumpkin patches near Chesterfield
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. The field is really picturesque and there are stunning views in every direction whilst you pick your own pumpkin. There’s a tractor for kids to sit on, a giant chair to climb on and some photo prop boards to aid with that all important Instagram picture! There’s also farm animals to see and in previous years a small range of local produce on sale, such as eggs and honey.
It gets bigger and better each year. There’s a shepherd’s hut selling teas, coffees, hot chocolates, soup, pumpkin pie and homemade cakes, milkshakes and snacks. And every weekend look out for authentic, artisan pizzas from Pizza Pi.
To help manage traffic, Village Pumpkins now needs booking in advance for weekends.
Cash and card accepted. Dogs are not allowed on the pumpkin patch.
Ashover Pumpkins at Ashover Family Farm
Eastwood Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, S45 0BD
Ashover Pumpkins is a picturesque family farm that has diversified into growing pumpkins, sunflowers and tulips. Expect a wide variety of pumpkins to choose from. This autumn they have grown 20,000 pumpkins in a wide variety for cooking or carving. Warm up afterwards with hot food and a hot chocolate or coffee. No booking required. Free entry.
Stretton Hall Pumpkins
Newmarket Lane, Clay Cross, S45 9AP
This will be the third year of pick your own pumpkins at Stretton Hall Farm Shop near Clay Cross. The lovely team have planted 15 different varieties including plenty of white and warty pumpkins. There are dedicated photo areas with prop boards etc, and there’s plenty of seasonal refreshments – including from their brand new tea rooms and on site BBQ.
Their bijou farm shop is a firm favourite of mine and this is a lovely place to pick your own pumpkin in north east Derbyshire. It’s the one PYO pumpkin place to my knowledge where you can also get a pumpkin spiced latte – and where dogs are welcomed.
Toilets on site. Overflow car parking. Note that the pumpkin patch has moved to another field – use What3Words joints.today.smiling. Open from 7th Ocober to 31st October.
Head here for more seasonal content to make the most of Derbyshire this autumn.
Pumpkin patches near Ashbourne
Wyaston, DE6 1ND
This will be the sixth year of Pumpkin Corner PYO pumpkin patch. Expect plenty of organically grown pumpkins with lots of different varieties. There are some beautiful photo props for that perfect Instagram post! There’s usually some yummy food options, for example milkshakes and waffles.
Free entry and no booking required. Pumpkins priced according to size, starting at £1. Cash or card accepted.
No dogs on the pumpkin patch but allowed in the seating area.
Pumpkin Corner is located between Osmaston and Wyaston near Ashbourne, you can find the exact location using What 3 Words blueberry.prickly.bounded.
Shirley, Ashbourne, DE6 3AT
Shirley Pumpkins will be back for the sixth year running with various varieties of pumpkins. Choose from a huge range of colourful, warty and wonderful pick your own pumpkins.
Usually open weekends and half term week in October (weather permitting). No booking required, free entry. Pumpkins available priced according to size and variety. Card or cash accepted.
Pumpkin Picking in South Derbyshire
Pumpkin Plots, Egginton
Pumpkin Plots is located in the South Derbyshire village of Egginton, in between Repton and Hilton, and easily accessible from Burton upton Trent. Post Code DE65 6GU.
Entry and parking is free, and dogs on leads are welcome.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of where to pick your own pumpkins in Derbyshire. Have a great time at a pumpkin patch near you!
For a rainy day activity, check out this cute free printable pumpkin picking journal.
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