Today we went to Undley Farm for their yearly Pumpkin Patch adventure. This is our fourth year of going and it didn’t disappointment. Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger…
Undley Farm is near Lakenheath in Suffolk. It’s easy enough to find with a sat nav and there are signs dotted about. I definitely advise wellies and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty as the fields can get pretty muddy (we brought spare trousers to change J into for the car journey back…it was a good plan).
The farm is free to get into and you just pay for the activities. J went on the bouncy castle which was £2 for 5 minutes (be warned it does get busy and you may have to queue, we got there early so J got straight on).
There’s also donkey rides, a circus workshop, face painting and show and a Maize Maze (we skipped this as it would have cost £13.50, maybe when J’s older and will get more from it then we’ll give it a go).
There are several foods stalls ranging from hot drinks and doughnuts to BBQ and pizza. Prices are what you expect from food trucks really and there’s a choice to eat outside on the haystack or tyres, or under the large gazebo/tent.
There is a tent with some Halloween themed stalls…chocolate stall, decorations, lucky dip, balloon animals etc. We had fun exploring and J ate a chocolate skeleton. He won a bag of Haribo and a toy spider in the lucky dip which isn’t bad for £1.
The pumpkin patch is a huge field. If you’re lucky you can grab a wheelbarrow otherwise you can carry them to the stall to pay. There’s a range of shapes, sizes and colours. J loves running around and was showing me different ones he deemed ‘perfect’. Prices are based on size.
We also had a look in the field of gourds. We had fun talking about shapes and sizes of them, with J choosing his favourites to buy at the end. The good thing about Undley is that it’s ‘pick your own’. The pumpkins are still in the field so you can see how they have grown and the ‘vines’ they attach to. It’s a great learning opportunity.
There are toilets available, however no ‘Changing Places‘ facilities or mobiloo for those requiring a bed and hoist which is disappointing for such a large and well established event. As said previously this all takes place in fields so it is quite muddy and boggy in some places however generally it’s spacious and easy to get around.
Parking is again in a field and there is disabled parking closure to the entrance, just tell the stewards who are directing. We did laugh as we forgot where we parked so ended up walking around the field, haha (I’m my defence there were a LOT of white cars like mine).
There was a St John’s First Aid station which I thought was a great idea.
We have taken a photo of J in the pumpkin patch every year since he was 10 months old. Today we added the latest photo to this collection. It’s lovely seeing him growing up and the changes in his face as he gets older. I’d definitely recommend Undley for a fun, family trip out.