The Pop up Farm is a temporary pumpkin farm based near junction 9 of the M1 in Hertfordshire. It’s there until 29th October 2017. Watch our video below so you can see what it’s like and then scroll down for more information. Thanks so much to Lauren, Lily-Jane and Sam for some of the images featured in this article. EDIT SINCE VISITING – Pumpkin Patch closed for this year from 27th October as so don’t plan to visit before Halloween as otherwise you’ll be disappointed.
What is the Pop up Farm?
The Pop up Farm is essentially a big field full of pumpkins. Rather then get a pumpkin from the supermarket you can go there and select one (or more) to buy. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It’s free to park and it’s free to go and walk around the field. You then just pay for what you pick. There there are two main reasons why it’s fun and proving popular. The first is that you can go and get really lovely pictures. There’s something about the bright orange colour of pumpkins and that makes for great photos. And secondly, your children will probably enjoy riding in a wheelbarrow and filling it up. There’s also a small hay bale maze and bales to climb over. I’d say you could easily spend a good hour to an hour and a half there – more if you want to go and take lots of photos.
Where is the Pop up Farm and what else is nearby?
It’s literally just off junction 9 of the M1 in Hertfordshire – about 35 mins from Milton Keynes. Best postcode is AL3 8HT. Another place to go a short drive away (about 10 minutes) is Stockwood Discovery Centre which is in Luton. It has an indoor transport museum as well as a nice play area and gardens to walk around – and it’s free!
Any tips for enjoying the Pop up Farm and when can we visit?
Probably not a bad idea to take wellies. There are portaloos there and a little cabin to buy drinks but take food with you if you need to eat. They do take cards. Bear in mind the pumpkins will obviously be more expensive than the supermarket so budget for that when you’re picking. A really teeny tiny one was £1 and a small one from the crate was £3. The bigger they are the more you’ll pay. You can visit up to 29th October 2017 10am – 4pm but they are closed Monday 23rd as they need to sort out the car park apparently. Like anywhere we visit, do check it’s open before you travel by looking on their social media pages. The closer you visit to 29th Oct the fewer pumpkins will be available. If you’ve enjoyed this article and are looking for more places to visit over half-term have a look at my full list of pick your own pumpkin patches and Halloween events in and around Milton Keynes.
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