Staffordshire farm celebrates crop of MONSTER pumpkins in time for Halloween!

Richard Bower holds up an enormous pumpkin

Having planted 20 acres with over 150,000 pumpkin seeds, Penkridge’s Lower Drayton Farm was always planning to go big with its annual PYO Pumpkins event this year. But a combination of a wet summer and an unseasonably warm autumn has seen the veggies grow to epic proportions, as farmer Richard Bower explains:

“This year has been a real challenge for farmers in many ways – not least dodging the rain to bring in the harvest. Last year we had a bumper pumpkin crop but no particularly huge pumpkins – this year the yield is average, but they’ve just kept growing – and growing! We’ve got some whoppers on the patch and they are still growing – so our visitors can rest assured that there will be plenty of choice in the run-up to Halloween.”

In addition to getting a pumpkin each as part of their PYO Pumpkins ticket, visitors can pick their own carrots, sweetcorn and potatoes to take home and cook, enjoy the option of a tractor-trailer ride to the patch to pick their pumpkin and then carve it in the new indoor carving barn in the Pumpkin Village (so there’s no mess at home).

Pumpkin fun and games, outdoor play and friendly animals to meet add to the fun, while there’s a spooky walk for those brave enough to take on the challenge. A pop-up pumpkin café serves a range of tasty snacks and drinks – including home-made pumpkin soup.

PYO Pumpkins will run daily at Lower Drayton Farm, just off the A449 outside Penkridge, from Sat 14 – Tue 31 October. Tickets are £12pp – to book head to lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk/pumpkins

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Seed 3PO is busy in the fields marking out the next plot of PYO veg 🥬 it is going to sow 🌱☀️ If you visit our stand at Staffordshire County Show, the Stone Food & Drink Festival or Newport Show you’ll be able to find out more about our farming robot and farming tech in general!  #farmattractionuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #farmvisit #familyattraction #daysoutwiththefamily #LowerDraytonFarm #Familyfarm #workingfarm

Seed 3PO is busy in the fields marking out the next plot of PYO veg 🥬 it is going to sow 🌱☀️ If you visit our stand at Staffordshire County Show, the Stone Food & Drink Festival or Newport Show you’ll be able to find out more about our farming robot and farming tech in general! #farmattractionuk #EnjoyStaffordshire #thisfarminglife #farmvisit #familyattraction #daysoutwiththefamily #LowerDraytonFarm #Familyfarm #workingfarm ...

Today our team enjoyed some GIANT BUBBLE TRAINING ready for our Bubbly Bank Holiday shows! 🫧🫧🫧🫧🫧
Have you booked your tickets for May Bank Holiday family fun on 3, 4, 5 & 6 May yet?
#staffordshire #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands #daysout #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #giantbubbles #bubblyfun #familyfun #farmvisit #maybankholiday #maybankholidayweekend

Today our team enjoyed some GIANT BUBBLE TRAINING ready for our Bubbly Bank Holiday shows! 🫧🫧🫧🫧🫧

Have you booked your tickets for May Bank Holiday family fun on 3, 4, 5 & 6 May yet?

#staffordshire #stafford #penkridge #westmidlands #daysout #daysoutwiththekids #daysoutwithkids #daysoutwiththefamily #giantbubbles #bubblyfun #familyfun #farmvisit #maybankholiday #maybankholidayweekend
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Our farm team are finishing the weekend sowing 🌱 our 2024 Sunflower 🌻 maze in very good conditions ☀️ and before rain 🌧️ forecast for tomorrow. 
The sunflower 🌻 maze will be one of our 6 weeks of summer adventures at Play@. 
We will keep you all updated on its progress between now and summer. ☀️ 
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Our farm team are finishing the weekend sowing 🌱 our 2024 Sunflower 🌻 maze in very good conditions ☀️ and before rain 🌧️ forecast for tomorrow.

The sunflower 🌻 maze will be one of our 6 weeks of summer adventures at Play@.

We will keep you all updated on its progress between now and summer. ☀️

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It’s been a busy day farming - making the most of the blue sky weather ☀️🚜
Have you seen our tractors out in the fields? 
#daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farmvisit #familyattractions #familyattraction #farmattractionuk #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysout #Familyfarm #Spring2024

It’s been a busy day farming - making the most of the blue sky weather ☀️🚜

Have you seen our tractors out in the fields?

#daysoutwiththefamily #workingfarm #LowerDraytonFarm #farmvisit #familyattractions #familyattraction #farmattractionuk #westmidlands #EnjoyStaffordshire #EnjoyStaffordshire #familydaysout #Familyfarm #Spring2024
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Morning everyone from Jelly Tot our Donkey foal!
🌳She’s waiting with her mum in our animal paddocks to meet PLAY@ visitors today!
🐄Alongside our Large & Small Animal Zones every Spring weekend we’re running our popular Reptile Show throughout the day, plus our legendary Farm Trailer Ride will run to the river meadows to visit our cows and their calves.
🐇Bags of fun for animal lovers!
So, who’s joining us for a family day out on the farm? (You’ll find us just off J13 or the M6 in Staffordshire so perfectly placed for day drops from Stafford, Penkridge, Wolverhampton, Telford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and beyond)!

Morning everyone from Jelly Tot our Donkey foal!

🌳She’s waiting with her mum in our animal paddocks to meet PLAY@ visitors today!

🐄Alongside our Large & Small Animal Zones every Spring weekend we’re running our popular Reptile Show throughout the day, plus our legendary Farm Trailer Ride will run to the river meadows to visit our cows and their calves.

🐇Bags of fun for animal lovers!

So, who’s joining us for a family day out on the farm? (You’ll find us just off J13 or the M6 in Staffordshire so perfectly placed for day drops from Stafford, Penkridge, Wolverhampton, Telford, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and beyond)!
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Tractor 🚜 and trailer rides are go to see our beef herd 🐂🐂🐂🐂🐂 Who’s joining us for a family day out on the farm this weekend?

Tractor 🚜 and trailer rides are go to see our beef herd 🐂🐂🐂🐂🐂 Who’s joining us for a family day out on the farm this weekend? ...

#westmidlands Bubbly Bank Holiday 
This early May Bank Holiday we’ve got a lovely bubbly treat in store for PLAY@ visitors with our BRAND-NEW giant bubble show! 
With several shows throughout the day little (and big) kids will be entranced as they join in the interactive bubble fun (PLUS you get to enjoy all the other fun of the farm – including out HUGE indoor playbarns, massive outdoor adventure play, farm trailer rides (weather allowing) large & small animal talks and our amazing reptile show)… 
Book your tickets now for Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 May 2024…
#daysoutwithkids #familydaysout #LowerDraytonFarm #Familyfarm #westmidlands #daysoutwiththefamily #familyattractions #farmvisit #daysoutwiththekids #EnjoyStaffordshire #familyattraction #wolverhampton #farmattractionuk #indoorplay #Spring2024 #Spring24 #staffordshire #maybankholiday #maybankholidayweekend #bubbleshow #giantbubbles

#westmidlands Bubbly Bank Holiday

This early May Bank Holiday we’ve got a lovely bubbly treat in store for PLAY@ visitors with our BRAND-NEW giant bubble show!

With several shows throughout the day little (and big) kids will be entranced as they join in the interactive bubble fun (PLUS you get to enjoy all the other fun of the farm – including out HUGE indoor playbarns, massive outdoor adventure play, farm trailer rides (weather allowing) large & small animal talks and our amazing reptile show)…

Book your tickets now for Friday 3, Saturday 4, Sunday 5 & Monday 6 May 2024…

#daysoutwithkids #familydaysout #LowerDraytonFarm #Familyfarm #westmidlands #daysoutwiththefamily #familyattractions #farmvisit #daysoutwiththekids #EnjoyStaffordshire #familyattraction #wolverhampton #farmattractionuk #indoorplay #Spring2024 #Spring24 #staffordshire #maybankholiday #maybankholidayweekend #bubbleshow #giantbubbles
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Happy 72nd Birthday Farmer Ray! 🥳
#Familyfarm #EnjoyStaffordshire #familyattraction #farmvisit #LowerDraytonFarm #familybusiness #thisfarminglife #happybirthday

Happy 72nd Birthday Farmer Ray! 🥳

#Familyfarm #EnjoyStaffordshire #familyattraction #farmvisit #LowerDraytonFarm #familybusiness #thisfarminglife #happybirthday
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Who’s joining us for an a-MOO-zing Home Education session on Monday 22 April?
We’ll be hopping on the farm trailer ride to see our herd of cattle (and calves) who are enjoying the lush, spring grass. You’ll have a talk all about cows and how we look after them from the farmer before heading back to the classroom for some more cow-themed activities!
Book your space now - head to the ticketing section of our website and select the Home Education option.
(Session runs 11am - 1pm and includes a break for lunch. Join us from 10.30am to enjoy a drink and a chat with other Home Educators while the kids explore the playbarn)! 
#LowerDraytonFarm #familydaysout #westmidlands #daysoutwiththefamily #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #farmvisit #meettheanimals #daysoutwithkids #homeeducation #homeeducator #homeeducationuk #homeeducators #westmidsmums #Familyfarm

Who’s joining us for an a-MOO-zing Home Education session on Monday 22 April?

We’ll be hopping on the farm trailer ride to see our herd of cattle (and calves) who are enjoying the lush, spring grass. You’ll have a talk all about cows and how we look after them from the farmer before heading back to the classroom for some more cow-themed activities!

Book your space now - head to the ticketing section of our website and select the Home Education option.

(Session runs 11am - 1pm and includes a break for lunch. Join us from 10.30am to enjoy a drink and a chat with other Home Educators while the kids explore the playbarn)!

#LowerDraytonFarm #familydaysout #westmidlands #daysoutwiththefamily #thisfarminglife #workingfarm #farmvisit #meettheanimals #daysoutwithkids #homeeducation #homeeducator #homeeducationuk #homeeducators #westmidsmums #Familyfarm
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