Halloween is fast approaching and that means it’s time to pick your pumpkins!

Here are five great places to PYO pumpkins in Staffordshire.

PYO Pumpkins, Lower Drayton Farm

Where: just outside Penkridge, close to Junction 13 of the M6

When: selected dates from 2nd October, then every day from 18th-31st October

Time: 10am-5pm

What’s On: more than 80,000 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes to choose from on this huge pumpkin patch. Pick your favourite and bring it back to the carving tent in your wheelbarrow, before creating your freaky design! Take a selfie in the special Pumpkin Photo Booth for a chance to win a great prize. Advance booking required.

Price: £7 per person, including pumpkin

Website: https://lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk/pumpkins/

Halloween Spooktacular, National Forest Adventure Farm

Where: Tatenhill, near Burton upon Trent

When: selected dates from 16th-31st October

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm

What’s On: enjoy a packed day on the farm, with pumpkin picking and carving, plus broomstick training, scare school, and fancy dress competition! Meet the animals in the barn and paddocks, let off some steam in the indoor and outdoor play areas, and take a ride on the tractor.

Price: £14.99 per person, £11.99 for senior citizens and disabled, free for under 2s and carers.

Website: https://www.adventurefarm.co.uk/event/halloween/

PYO Pumpkins 2021, Essington Farm

Where: Essington in South Staffordshire, close to Wolverhampton

When: 19th-27th October (more dates to be released soon)

Time: time slots available all day

What’s On: choose from 10 varieties, including pink, yellow, white and grey ones! Or even the gruesome knobbly Goose Bumps ones! Advance booking required. The pumpkin is an additional cost, and prices range from £2 to £10, depending on the size.

Price: £2 per person at peak times, £1 per person off-peak (pumpkin not included)

Website: www.essingtonfarm.co.uk/events

Late Night Pumpkin Picking, Canalside Farm

Where: Great Haywood, near Stafford

When: 15th and 22nd October, plus selected other dates for day-time picking between 9th and 30th October

Time: various slots available

What’s On: why not pick your pumpkin by torchlight this year? Hunt for the perfect jack-o-lantern after dark, between 4pm and 8pm, before trying out the Halloween Tractor and braving the Spooky UV Maze. Enter the photo competition and you could win a Halloween themed hamper!

Price: £2 per person, and additional charge for the pumpkin decided by weight

Website: www.canalsidefarm.co.uk/events/

Pick Your Own Pumpkin, Amerton Farm

Where: Stowe-by-Chartley, near Stafford

When: selected dates from 9th-31st October

Time: 9.30am-4pm

What’s On: the only patch on our list where you don't need to book in advance, which means there may be a small wait. There is no charge for the pumpkin picking too - it's included in the admission price. Carve your pumpkin on site and leave the leftovers for the farm animals. Afterwards, enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas, including the go karts and new maize maze.

Price: included in Standard admission price - £4.99 for adults and £14.99 for children

Website: www.amertonfarm.co.uk

Pre-booking is essential

Please note that in most cases you will need to book in advance for PYO Pumpkins in Staffordshire this year.

While these events had only just opened, at the time of writing, and had a good crop of pumpkins, they are anticipating high demand, so we would recommend booking your slot as soon as possible.

Looking for more things to do for half term in Staffordshire?

Have a look at our Half Term page, which is packed with info on events in Staffordshire in Half Term Week.

For things to do specifically for Halloween, our Halloween page is the place to go.

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