Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere! - Pumpkin Picking In Devon

Friday, 21 October 2016

Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere! - Pumpkin Picking In Devon





 If you've been on Instagram at all over the past couple of weeks, chances are...you will be experiencing severe Pumpkin Photo envy!

Every October without fail I find myself admiring everybodys pumpkin-themed pictures and wishing I could find a fab pumpkin patch local to us...and this year I decided that I needed to take action! No longer would I sit at home, scrolling sullenly through my IG feed...looking on at the pumpkin-frolicking being undertaken by my peers. No...this year I would get out there and find a decent pumpkin patch for myself right here in Devon!

The task proved a little more difficult than I had hoped, I spent the best part of 2 days google searching and only being able to find listings for Pumpkin Days and Pumpkin Festivals at various farms and stately homes across the county...these all sound like a lot of fun but they just weren't what I wanted...I just wanted a plain and simple Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch.

Somewhere that me and the kids could wander around on our own with a big wheelbarrow, picking pumpkins and taking gorgeously autumnal photos to our hearts content with no festival-style crowds, musicians, other activities, etc.

I was beginning to think all hope was lost, but then I took a chance and called Lifton Farm Shop...where we had spent a lovely (if longer than intended...) day strawberry picking this summer...their website was advertising two special Pumpkin Days next week but I couldn't see any mention of pumpkin picking prior to then...

But to my delight, the friendly lady on the phone told me that they DO offer plain old Pumpkin Picking every day (while stocks last..)...so we all piled into the car and off we went!

And OH MY GOODNESS...we were NOT disappointed.

I have truly never seen so many pumpkins in all of my life!








Tyne has a book called "Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere" and Lifton Farm Shop was as though this book had come to life...there were hanging baskets full of pumpkins, there were gigantic displays of pumpkins everywhere we looked, there were tractors full of pumpkins, there were even pumpkins dotting the walls right around the childrens play and picnic area....

Everywhere we looked, there were pumpkins!!









We collected a big wheelbarrow (much to Tyne's delight) and headed off to find the PYO pumpkin patch just behind the shop...two big fields full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and after we lingered for a while taking some photos, we filled our wheelbarrow up with 5 pumpkins (one each!) and headed inside to pay.

I was surprised to find that our 5 pumpkins of choice only cost £7 in total...bargain!!









We then headed into the lovely little area play area which the kids had loved in the summer....although it's October now the weather was still mild and sunny, so the kids had a good play here for a while and then we treated ourselves to some delicious homemade cakes from the farm shop to munch on before we headed home with our Pumpkin haul.









If you, like me, are looking for somewhere to take some Pumpkiny Pictures in Devon...Lifton Farm Shop is an absolute must!!! I can't sing it's praises enough...they have really gone all out with their displays and decorations, and it's such a lovely little afternoon out with the kids.

You can find their address and opening times at www.liftonfarmshop.co.uk


*I was not asked to write this post or invited to visit this shop, I am writing about it purely because we really enjoyed visiting this place and I think more people need to know about how fab it is!

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24 comments:

  1. Thank you! I've been desperately trying to find somewhere local to go pumpkin picking! Google hasn't been particularly helpful to me either 😂 x

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  2. That looks like such fun. I love the big giant spider in the fields as well

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  3. I have also been googling 'pumpkin picking in Devon' and not had any luck. So glad I've seen this post, this place looks great. Might have to pop over on Sunday, hopefully they will have some pumpkins left then :/

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  4. Your photos are ADORABLE! This looks like so much fun. If I was still down in Bristol, I'd love to check out this place. But, alas, it's a bit too far from Yorkshire. I have friends who are closer, though and so I'll definitely share with them!

    #Sharingthebloglove

    Kat x

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  5. That looks like a fab day out, beautiful photos. I love spongebobs pumpkin house and the giant spider. Your boys outfits too, they are gorgeous xx

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  6. I already saw some of your pics on instagram but reading the whole story now, it looks really amazing! The kiddies are goregous too! I love their outfits! #SundayBest

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  7. Wow what a totally brilliant place, love it and not lots of carving and cooking 😀 #sundaybest

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  8. Fab!! We're going this week! Can't wait! I
    Hope there's some pumpkins left! #SundayBest

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  9. What beautiful pictures! What is it about pumpkins that makes everyone so happy, I absolutely love them. We go to a pumpkin and apple festival each year and the children just have a ball! A xx #SundayBest

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  10. Love these photos! Your kiddos are the cutest!

    #sundaybest

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  11. This is adorable, I have a couple of pumpkin fields near to us but as my daughter is only 1 I'm not sure how much fun she will have, it would totally be for my benefit only haha!! Maybe next year. Lovely photography.x #SundayBest

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  12. Wooow, your pumpkin patch pictures are so adorable. Sailor is so adorable, I really like the one the three sitting together.

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  13. Oh, your photos are fabulous! I was like you last year - loved everyone's pumpkin patch photos and I was determined to find one near us this year. I did, but it was harder than you'd think to find - I found one by word of mouth in the end rather than google! Love those minion hay bales and the giant spider - so cute! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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  14. Loving the photos of Pumpkins and the minions. Makes me want to take the girls before it's too late. #SundayBest

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  15. You found a lovely place to go pumpkin picking, it looks great. We went pumpkin picking this week with Alice of school and had so much fun. It great how much they love it. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x

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  16. Oh wow there really was pumpkins everywhere you looked! I've never been pumpkin picking it just looks amazing. I guess it is different here being we are in spring now, it looks amazing! #sundaybest

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  17. So many pumpkins!! And what gorgeous pictures you got there!!! #sharingthebloglove

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  18. I read your other post where you mentioned finding a pumpkin patch so this made me chuckle that you finally found your Pumpkin Farm! Yay!
    The pictures are fab and it looks like you all had a great time - I need to find one, although I'm running out of time!! #sharingthebloglove

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  19. Love the photos. It looks like real fun, and your kids are so cute! :) x #SharingtheBlogLove

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  20. This looks brilliant! I can't get enough of the pumpkin pics at the moment! I love the minions there, thats very different from a lot of the other places I have seen.
    #SharingtheBlogLove

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  21. Wow, what an amazing place! #sharingthebloglove

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  22. This is amazing, sooo many pumpkins! I am totally jealous. I couldn't find anywhere nearby that wasn't charging £18 a person!!!xx

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  23. What an amazing place, I can't believe it was so difficult to find! You'd think they would be shouting about it from the rooftops! It has made for some absolutely stunning photographs from you too - I love them all. #SharingtheBlogLove

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  24. Brilliant photo's. Uber cute and what a lovely day out for you all.Great to see you in a photo too. #sharingthebloglove

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