Best places in Nottinghamshire to pick your own pumpkin

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Pumpkins were once used as a cure for freckles and a remedy for snake bites - but these days they're carved into ghoulish Halloween patterns and used to make a warming wintery soup. Pumpkin season is fast approaching and while it's easy to buy one in the supermarket it's far more fun heading to a muddy field and picking your own.

Tens of thousands of pumpkins are grown across Nottinghamshire, so there's plenty to go around. If it's bad weather, check venues are open before heading out and in any case it's advisable to wear wellies or boots.Nottinghamshire Pick Your Own Pumpkins It all started 13 years ago with 300 pumpkins, now this family-run business has grown and grown with more than 40,000 to choose from. After a summer season with thousands of sunflowers, the fields are turning orange.

There's an array of white, blue, green and pink with squashes and ornamental gourds to choose from as well. With tasty food from Little Schnauzer Coffee Company, and free parking, it's a great family outing but no dogs are allowed.Cost: Free admission. Pay for what you pick, pumpkins range from £3 to £11.Maxey's Farm Shop P...P...Pick up a Pumpkin began in 2012 in a small field next to the shop.

All the pumpkins are homegrown from seed and it's a proper family affair. Three generations of the Maxey family are involved in setting the seed to planting out and harvesting. This year visitors have the added bonus of visiting the new cafe at the award-winning farm shop. Pumpkins are available from October 7 until October 30, 9am to 4pm and October 31, from 10am to 3pm.

Cost: Admission £2 per person, under 16's free until October 14, ,and £3 per person, October 15 to 31. Mini Squashes start from 50p and pumpkins from £2.

 

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