One of the first things I mentioned in my Cyprus photo diary was that I was ready to embrace the autumn winter season now that I am back home. Of course that meant pumpkin picking! Last year we went to a local pumpkin patch the day before I went into hospital for surgery (I was trying to take my mind off my operation). We arrived when it opened, only to head up to a field with less than 10 pumpkins in it; the majority of which were smashed or rotten. We managed to pick a small pumpkin, but I was so disappointed with the experience. This year we decided to try somewhere new – Penyfodau Fawr Farm.
We were up and out bright and early on a Sunday morning and in Swansea by 9am. After last year, I was so worried that there would be no pumpkins left that I dragged Ryan out of bed and into the car. I don’t think I could have been more wrong! We arrived before anyone else and was kindly greeted by the staff who showed us where we could pick our wheelbarrow and where we would find all the pumpkins. A wheelbarrow was very much needed as I decided to pick so many!
They had some pre-picked pumpkins all ready to go home in a large barn, which would be great if you had smaller children. However, with our bright pink wheelbarrow we decided to head into the fields to find ours. There were 3 huge fields full with pumpkins, I have never seen so many in my life! We traipsed up and down the fields in the pouring rain, getting covered in mud and picking out one of every type – it was one of the best mornings ever!
The selection of pumpkins and the variety in sizes was brilliant! Once we had filled the wheelbarrow, we took it back up to the farm shop where the staff kindly washed them all down before they went in the boot of my car. As you might be able to see from the pictures we had quite a mixture of pumpkins, all different sizes and these all came to £15! We also had a little mooch around the shop and picked up some veg to take home too.
If you are looking to go pumpkin picking in the South Wales area, I would definitely recommend Penyfodau Fawr Farm! They had a fantastic selection and I think the prices were extremely reasonable. It was a lovely experience and the staff were so friendly. They are open every day up until Halloween, however keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. All of the pumpkins are individually priced, but the ones in the barn are labelled if you would like an idea as to how much they each cost. Depending on how the weather has been you may also want to take some wellies as it was pretty muddy when we went.
We haven’t carved our pumpkins yet, as they are currently sat around our fireplace making it look very autumnal, which I love! I also have one of the small ones on our coffee table, with some spooky treats and a pumpkin rum candle from Homesense. It has instantly made our living room look so much more cosy.
Have you been pumpkin picking? I would love to know where you went, so please leave me a comment below!