After discovering that Woore Fruit Farm was dog friendly last October, we couldn't wait to return to their fields to pick this year's pumpkins with Elsa and Buffy.
It looks like we got there just in time because this pastime has become so popular in Britain that this farm has completely sold out and is now closed for the 2020 season!
It seems like the combination of a sunny Sunday, the start of the half-term school holidays and the lockdown restrictions (which seem to have left families with very few options to entertain the kids this year) have led to a boom in pumpkin sales at Woore Fruit Farm! Luckily we timed our visit perfectly because we arrived early and there were still quite a few pumpkins available. It only started to get really busy as we were leaving, but this was a good reminder to plan ahead for these sorts of excursions in the future.
Dogs are allowed in the fields as long as they are kept on a lead and any mess has to be bagged and binned. Wellies are recommended as the area can get quite muddy and you do end up trampling over a few squashed pumpkins and vegetation. Wheelbarrows had been sanitized and were stacked up ready for visitors on arrival; Grabbing a wheelbarrow is a good idea - the pumpkins are a lot heavier than they look, and it's not easy balancing a muddy one in your arms whilst navigating both yourself and a dog trough the fields! The pumpkins cost around £2-3 on average for a medium sized one (and there is the added bonus that you're supporting a local business!). There were signposts reminding visitors to adhere to social distancing guidelines this year too.
Elsa and Buffy really enjoyed exploring and sniffing around the fields in the sunshine. We are very grateful that Woore Fruit Farm is dog friendly. It's wonderful being able to share experiences like these with your family, paws included!
Although Woore Fruit Farm is now closed for the 2020 season, there are lots of other pumpkin farms across Britain that are still open this week. If you are planning a trip then we'd recommend contacting the venue in advance to make sure that your dog will be welcome, and that they still have pumpkins available to pick!