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Pumpkins are nearly ready for the picking at pumpkin patches in Rougham and Undley.

For the first time this year, Rougham Estate is welcoming pumpkin pickers from October 2.

Thousands of pumpkins, in 12 different varieties and many sizes, are waiting to be picked when Rougham Pumpkin Patch opens

Visitors will be able to grab a wheelbarrow and choose their perfect pumpkins this Hallowe'en.

Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406245)
Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406245)

As well as a sea of orange pumpkins, there will be family-friendly activities including a sandpit and games including 'corn hole' and noughts and crosses using baby pumpkins.

There will also be selfie opportunities with the Rougham Estate scarecrow, while refreshments including coffee, toasties, cakes and ice creams will be available on site.

Amie Deane, Rougham Estate events co-ordinator, said: “The pumpkins are looking good already and I can’t wait to see them in their full splendour over the coming weeks.

Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406242)
Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406242)

"It’s going to be a fun day out. There will certainly be lots to see and I can’t wait to welcome everyone. Don’t forget to bring your wellies.”

Pumpkins start at £1, while colourful gourds will also be available.

Rougham Pumpkin Patch is open each weekend from October 2 and daily from October 25.

Admission and parking are free and toilets will be available.

Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406240)
Rougham Estate is preparing to open Rougham Pumpkin Patch for the first time this October (51406240)

For more information, see www.roughamestate.com.

Meanwhile, the long-established pumpkin patch and maize maze at Undley, near Lakenheath, is also gearing up for its seasonal opening.

As well as 60 different varieties of pumpkins ripe for the picking, Undley offers a fun maize maze and riddles, face painting, pumpkin carving demonstrations, a straw bale climbing pyramid, inflatables, walking pet balloons, crafts tent, hot food and refreshments.

Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, Undley Road, Beck Row, families picking their pumpkins, enjoying the maize maze and other activities a straw bale pyramid and pumpkin carving demonstrations..Picture by Mark Westley. (51405628)
Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze, Undley Road, Beck Row, families picking their pumpkins, enjoying the maize maze and other activities a straw bale pyramid and pumpkin carving demonstrations..Picture by Mark Westley. (51405628)

Every day, a golden pumpkin will be hidden on the patch and whoever finds it will win their wheelbarrow of pumpkins, squashes and gourds.

It opens at weekends from October 2 and throughout half-term.

Booking is essential – for more information, go to www.undleyfarmevents.co.uk

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