Peak District Kids writer: Gemma from Families Can Travel
If your based in the South of the Peak District over the spooky season, then Pumpkin Corner, just 3 miles from Ashbourne, is the place to go for pumpkin picking. Andy and Meg, who run the event, really put their hearts into Pumpkin Corner, expanding and introducing new ideas each year.
Pumpkin picking within the Peak District National Park is actually rather limited. Indeed Village Pumpkins in Barlow is really the only option, although this patch is technically one mile outside the National Park boundary between Sheffield and Chesterfield. So if you are based in or around the South of the Peak District, Pumpkin Corner is your best bet.
In the weeks leading up to the October half term, Pumpkin Corner is a great option pumpkin picking day out. And what a great way to support local farmers? Grab a selection; perhaps some for carving, some for decoration and some for cooking. It’s such a fun experience for the kids, getting them outdoors and picking their pumpkins straight from the field.
Check out our guide to what’s on this October half term in the Peak District
Arriving at Pumpkin Corner
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There are no buses to Pumpkin Corner so the best way to get there is by car. There are signs for Pumpkin Corner on both the A515 and A52 roads to help direct you there.
There is plenty of free parking available right next to the field where the pumpkins are so you don’t have to walk far.
Your pumpkin picking experience
There’s no need to book to go pumpkin picking and there is no entry fee either, you just pay for your pumpkins.
It sounds obvious but it is a field and it will be October and the ground is likely to be muddy, so wellies and appropriate clothing are highly recommended. We also recommend taking gloves as the pumpkin stems can be prickly.
Head to the entrance and collect your wheelbarrow or wheelbarrows. Our girls always like their own mini wheelbarrows and we take one of the big ones. There are clear paths that make pushing the wheelbarrows around easier, then you can jump into the pumpkin patch when you spot one that takes your fancy.
The entrance also displays a range of pumpkins and their prices, so you can decide beforehand what size you want to look for and what price to expect to pay. Prices range from £1 up to £10 and you can pay by both cash and card.
We love the wide range of shapes, sizes and colours and always get a mixture to decorate our home too!
This year we found some beautifully formed white ones, small stripy ones and pale blue ones which we’ve been told are the tastiest, so best for cooking with.
Photo opportunities and other activities
There are plenty of photo opportunities and props dotted around and we love to get some fun family photos. The wheelbarrows also come in handy for baby and toddler photos!
Each year, Pumpkin Corner seems to add more exciting things to entertain the kids. This year they had people in fancy dress and a ‘spot the mummies’ trail with fun jokes to find.
We always spend over an hour when we visit, searching for the best pumpkins and enjoying the activities and photo props.
Refreshments, food and toilets at Pumpkin Corner
We love the fact that Andy and Meg from Pumpkin Corner try and support new local businesses. To refuel at Pumpkin Corner you will find La Gaufre, a unique trailer serving hot drinks, hot chocolates and waffles, and Glutopia, a vintage van named Honey serving hot drinks and delicious gluten-free treats.
There are plenty of benches to sit and enjoy these treats and there’s a portaloo toilet available too.
2023 opening times at Pumpkin Corner
Pumpkin Corner opens on Saturdays and Sundays (10am to 5pm) from 7th October through to the 29th October. The best choice of pumpkins is towards the start of the month and it may be slim pickings come the end of October.
They update their Facebook page regularly so it’s best to check before you go that they haven’t closed due to bad weather.
Do you need to book?
Unlike Village Pumpkin PYO in Dronfield, there is no need to book. Just turn up with your wellies and have fun finding the perfect pumpkins! Parking is also free.
Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the patch to avoid pumpkins getting eaten. However, there are picnic benches overlooking the patch and dogs are more than welcome to sit and wait.
Other events at Pumpkin Corner
Pumpkin Corner also offers PYO sunflowers in August and for those looking for a kid-free night out, they also have Date Nights in October. These are hosted evenings in an outdoor rustic field setting with ambient lighting, live music, food and drink.